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  • Obama’s and Romney’s answers to AJC’s questionnaire

    The American Jewish Committee has posted answers to President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s responses to a questionnaire from the organization. The questionnaire does not ask about the issues that AJC surveys have shown are ranked highest in importance by Jewish voters. (Like other Americans, Jews are largely focused on the economy, a topic that is…

  • Ex-Mossad chief on Iran: We need ‘people who are solution orientated and not war orientated’

    Think Progress reports on remarks made by former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy at the Wilson Center in Washington. Among the remarks from Halevy highlighted by Think Progress: I think the use of the red line creates clarity on the one hand and it also creates a commitment that not always can be met. And therefore,…

  • Jeffrey Goldberg: ‘Biden downplayed the importance of confronting Iran’

    Bloomberg View columnist Jeffrey Goldberg pans Joe Biden’s debate performance on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program. He writes: [[READMORE]] Romney was handed an additional gift last week by Vice President Joe Biden. Over the past three years, I’ve been impressed with Obama’s seriousness on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, the urgency with which…

  • Is Sarah Silverman good for Barack Obama?

    The recent exchange between Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt and the father of comedian Sarah Silverman still has people buzzing. To recap: Rosenblatt wrote an essay in The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly, taking the potty-mouthed comedian to task for her popular and potty-mouthed pro-Obama videos. Rosenblatt criticized Silverman for being "crude" and "vulgar." He suggested that…

  • RJC’s anti-Obama video nears a million views, but another video calls president a ‘mensch’

    The Republican Jewish Coalition’s “mini-documentary” attacking President Obama’s approach to Israel is nearing a million views on its YouTube page. As of this writing, it’s just 1,003 views shy of a million. Another mini-documentary attacking Obama on Israel, “Absolutely Uncertain,” passed the 2 million views mark on its YouTube page more than a week ago,…

  • ECI ad called Baldwin ‘extreme’ for voting for measure backed by 193 members of Congress

    As I noted earlier this week, the Emergency Committee for Israel has been running a TV ad in Wisconsin accusing Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrats’ nominee for U.S. Senate, of “extremism” on foreign policy. The Baldwin campaign’s lawyers have sent letters asking TV stations to pull what they call the “deceptive” ads. (I had argued…

  • Baldwin campaign asks TV stations to stop airing ‘deceptive’ ECI ads

    On Tuesday I examined an ad that the Emergency Committee for Israel is running on TV in Wisconsin attacking  Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrats’ nominee for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. I argued that the ad was misleading on several counts. Yesterday, Politico reported that the Baldwin campaign’s lawyers have been asking television stations to stop…

  • Berman airs ad showing Sherman grabbing him

    Was Rep. Brad Sherman’s brief grabbing of Rep. Howard Berman the turning point in the two California Democrats’ ugly election battle? Berman seems to be betting on it. Berman’s campaign is out with a new ad, "Unhinged," highlighting footage of Sherman roughly grabbing his fellow congressman around the shoulder at a heated moment in a…

  • Jewish presidential candidate arrested outside debate

    Inside, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney went 10 rounds onstage. Outside the debate venue, Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential candidate, was getting arrested with her running mate. (The Forward spoke with Stein this summer about her Jewish identity and other things.) Politico reports: [[READMORE]] Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and her…

  • At the Hofstra debate, Jews with questions

    Last night’s presidential debate was held in Long Island’s Nassau County, so it’s not surprising that Jews would be represented among the folks asking questions. But they seemed so well-represented that the Forward’s Gal Beckerman dubbed the event the “Long Island Jewish Community Center Debate.” Among the 10 questioners, I counted four with obviously Jewish…