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  • Democratic convention’s first night studded with Jews

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Famous Jewish Americans are featured throughout the first night of the Democratic National Convention, from Sarah Silverman to Bernie Sanders. The convention’s first-night keynote speaker is Bernie Sanders, who lost to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the primaries, but was the first Jew ever to win a major party’s primary. This…

  • Bernie Sanders wants his delegates to back Clinton. They’re not listening.

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Bernie Sanders’ delegates are going to raise hell on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, his own wishes be damned. “Change that’s worth a damn always comes from the bottom up, not from the top,” said Norman Solomon, coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network, an unofficial group, at a news conference…

  • Yeshiva U’s search for a new president: Is a Ted Cruz aide the answer?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — As Yeshiva University continues its search for a new president with an emphasis on financial sustainability, JTA has learned the name of at least one candidate: the deputy chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign this year. Nick Muzin, who earned a medical degree at Yeshiva’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has…

  • Bernie Sanders booed for urging delegates to support Hillary Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Delegates for Bernie Sanders booed the one-time presidential candidate for telling them to support the presumptive Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. In a speech to supporters Monday ahead of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders thanked them for helping create a “political revolution” and advance progressive causes. And despite the…

  • 5 things to expect from Bernie Sanders’ speech at the Democratic convention

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — It’s been perhaps the second-most surprising presidential campaign this year. When Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old Jewish democratic socialist from Vermont, began his campaign last year, no one expected him to take a strong insurgency all the way through the primary season. Now he’ll take his message of economic reform to a…

  • Donald Trump surrogate Michael Flynn retweets anti-Semitic post, then apologizes

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a surrogate for Donald Trump’s Republican presidential campaign, retweeted an anti-Semitic post and then apologized, saying it was in error. The tweet, from a user called Saint Bibiana, alleged that Jews were blaming the former Soviet Union for leaks that were published recently from internal Democratic National Committee emails. “CNN implicated,”…

  • Sanders delegates plan to fight Kaine nomination at convention

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Delegates for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention are planning to fight the nomination of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the party’s vice presidential nominee. At a news conference Sunday, Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California and national coordinator of a group of Sanders delegates called the Bernie Delegates Network,…

  • Former KKK leader David Duke to run for Senate

    (JTA) — David Duke, the anti-Semitic former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, announced he will run for Senate in Louisiana. Duke is a registered Republican, and will run in that party’s primary for the Louisiana Senate seat being vacated by Republican David Vitter, according to the Associated Press. Duke served one term as…

  • Ivanka Trump, you’re hired: The Donald’s daughter takes center stage

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Thursday night, it turns out, would not be the night Donald Trump made his “pivot,” or toned down his rhetoric to appeal to a broad spectrum of Americans. But there was a Trump who made overtures to the wider electorate, with friendly language and — in the context of a Republican convention — gutsy policies. Her name is Ivanka….

  • Donald Trump, accepting nomination, paints dark picture in pledging to put ‘America first’

    Trump, accepting the Republican presidential nomination, called Israel the United States’ “greatest ally in the region,” and attacked the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.