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  • South Africans mourn jurist and apartheid foe Arthur Chaskalson

    Leaders of South Africa and the country’s Jewish community mourned the death of jurist and anti-apartheid activist Arthur Chaskalson.

  • Obama wants more Wasserman Schultz at DNC

    President Obama reportedly wants Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue at the helm of the Democratic Party. Politico reports that Obama is going to ask the Democratic National Committee to extend the Florida congresswoman’s tenure as the party’s chairwoman. [[READMORE]] Wasserman Schultz had been on the front-lines of this year’s election fight, and was frequently on…

  • From Hollywood, an ode to Howard Berman

    Politico publishes an essay mourning the looming departure from Congress of Rep. Howard Berman, who was defeated by fellow Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman after a bitter intra-party battle. Matt Gerson, who oversees government relations for Universal Music Group (Berman has long been a go-to guy for Hollywood on the Hill), pays tribute to the California…

  • Berman to State? Sherman/Engel/Faleomavaega to ranking member?

    While Tuesday’s election cost Rep. Howard Berman his job, the Los Angeles Times reports that he is one of several people being considered as a possible next secretary of state: Berman, who has been chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is among those now mentioned by U.S. officials as a possible…

  • The case for Bill Clinton as Mideast peace envoy

    Writing on Open Zion, Israeli-American dove Bernard Avishai argues that President Obama should tap Bill Clinton as his Israeli-Palestinian peace envoy: Clinton understands the details and the players. He naturally symbolizes the achievements of the Abbas-Olmert negotiations, which picked up where the Clinton parameters left off. He is extremely popular in Israel and (through Ehud…

  • Bloomberg’s wins and Adelson’s losses

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg picked quite a few winners with his election giving. Politico notes that some candidates that the billionaire mayor’s Super PAC supported beat candidates backed by the National Rifle Association (Bloomberg’s a gun control advocate). Other Bloomberg-backed winners included ballot battles related to same-sex marriage (Bloomberg’s a supporter) and independent…

  • Filner elected San Diego mayor

    U.S. Rep. Bob Filner was elected the mayor of San Diego.

  • How Adelson funding Gingrich hurt Santorum, helped Romney and saved Obama

    Writing in the Forward, Samuel Freedman makes the most provocative post-election argument that I’ve read so far. The thesis is more or less what I wrote in this post’s headline. Freedman argues that casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson’s lavish funding of Newt Gingrich’s doomed Republican primary campaign split the conservative anti-Romney vote and helped to "deny…

  • After elections, J Street declares ‘victory’!

    J Street, the dovish Israel policy group, is pretty pleased by last night’s congressional election results. Here’s an excerpt form an email blast the group sent today: All 49 JStreetPAC-endorsed incumbents in the House – elected. All 7 JStreetPAC-endorsed Senate candidates – elected. JStreetPAC’s challengers and candidates for open seats – elected in 13 out…

  • After Romney’s loss, Jewish conservatives reflect

    What went wrong for Mitt Romney? Jewish conservatives are offering an array of answers to that question. Was President Obama just too strong a candidate? Or was Mitt Romney’s campaign too big a dud? Did Romney’s stances on immigration and same-sex marriage hurt him? Was the loss caused by a failure to confidently articulate free-market…