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  • 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…

  • Obama’s repeated debate calls for the Iranians to ‘end their nuclear program’

    Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin has responded to my earlier post in which I suggested that there was a possible alternative way of understanding President Obama’s insistence during the debate that the Iranians must “end their nuclear program.” Tobin had previously written that this statement seemingly forecloses the possibility of a deal in which the Iran would…

  • Romney, Ahmadinejad, the Genocide Convention and the First Amendment

    Politico asked some First Amendment experts about Mitt Romney’s call for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be indicted for incitement to genocide: Prominent First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said that, in his view, Ahmadinejad’s comments met the international standard for incitement to genocide under the Genocide Convention — which the U.S. is a signatory to….

  • Obama campaign video touts president’s Mideast travel retort

    The Obama campaign apparently thinks that the president had a pretty good rejoinder to Mitt Romney’s criticism of him for not having traveled to Israel since taking office. The campaign has taken that segment of the debate and made it into an online video. Here’s what Romney had said: [[READMORE]] Number two, Mr. President, the…