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  • Did Obama win the Battle of Long Island?

    President Obama is generally considered to have done well in the second presidential debate, which followed his disastrous performance in the first debate. It seems like he has also persuaded several of the undecided Long Island voters who posed questions at the second presidential debate, hosted at Hofstra University. (As was noted at the time,…

  • Berman: ‘If elites voted, I would win overwhelmingly’

    Time magazine has a good overview of the heated intra-party battle between Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman. There’s this passage: Berman is a key foreign policy player who has sponsored far more legislation in his career (he accuses Sherman of having only sponsored three bills in his entire career, “and two were renaming…

  • Pro-Sherman mailer slams Berman’s Dem backers

    The L.A. Jewish Journal reports: A pro-Brad Sherman mailer sent out in October to Republican voters in the San Fernando Valley’s new 30th Congressional district features a shadowy and ominous-looking image of Rep. Howard Berman, Sherman’s Democratic opponent for Congress, shown alongside Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)….

  • Mishpoche tsuris: Mandel’s cousins-in-law rebuke him on gay marriage

    Ohio Republican Senate hopeful Josh Mandel married into one of Ohio’s most wealthiest and most prominent Jewish families. But they’re also mostly Democrats — and some haven’t been too keen on his Senate candidacy against liberal stalwart Sen. Sherrod Brown. Now some of Mandel’s cousins-in-law have taken out an ad in the Cleveland Jewish News…

  • The Calif. State Assembly’s disappearing Jews, and what it means for future Congresses

    The L.A. Jewish Journal notes an interesting election tidbit: The California State Assembly may not have any Jewish members soon. Three current Jewish members are being term-limited out, the Journal reports. The Jewish mayor of Santa Monica, Richard Bloom, is challenging an incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, but the Journal concludes “the 80-member body could soon…

  • NJDC’s presidential quiz: Domestic differences, Mideast similarities

    The National Jewish Democratic Council has launched a new website featuring a 10-question "Jewish voter" quiz that contrasts the two presidential candidates. The quiz poses eight questions on domestic issues on which there are differences between the two candidates — from health care, tax policy, same-sex marriage, abortion, immigration, etc.. The quiz concludes with two…

  • The final push for the Jewish vote: From Barbra Streisand to Bryna Franklin

    Both parties are making their final push for the Jewish vote in the last days before the election. Democrats are bringing out their big Jewish guns: Alan Dershowitz, Ed Koch (note the conspicuous menorah in the background) and, yes, Barbra Streisand. The Republican Jewish Coalition, for its part, has a new video out in its…

  • Bloomberg endorses Obama, citing climate change, hurricane

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for reelection, citing climate change and New York’s experience with Hurricane Sandy.

  • Halevy’s blind spot on Democratic presidents’ pressure?

    In His New York Times Op-Ed, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy argued that Republicans are the only U.S. presidents who have mounted "serious, sustained pressure on Israel’s leaders." In response, Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin offers a lengthy survey of how Democratic presidents — including those who were unquestionably friends of Israel — have also pressured the…

  • Romney has visited Yad Vashem and Sderot, too

    In their final debate Monday night, President Obama responded to criticism from Mitt Romney for not visiting Israel since his election by noting that on his 2008 trip to Israel as a candidate, he had visited Yad Vashem and Sderot. "So that’s how I’ve used my travels when I travel to Israel and when I…