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  • Mark Weiner, ex-RI Democratic Party chief and close friend of Clintons, dies at 62

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Mark Weiner, a prominent Rhode Island Democratic fundraiser and close friend of the Clintons, died on the day he hoped to watch Hillary Clinton secure the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Weiner, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, died Tuesday at 62, The Associated Press reported. He was suffering from…

  • Bernie Sanders moves to secure Hillary Clinton’s nomination

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Bernie Sanders proposed the motion that made Hillary Clinton the first woman nominated for president by a major party. After Vermont delivered its delegate count Tuesday on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders, the Independent senator from the state and sitting among the delegation, was recognized. He asked the…

  • Democrats scramble for a unique message that appeals to Jewish millennials

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Amanda Renteria, the national political director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was running through the campaign’s messages for minorities and women: immigration for Hispanics, land use for Native Americans, various policies for defending children and women. She didn’t mention Jews in her briefing Tuesday morning for specialty media, and there’s a reason for that: There wasn’t…

  • Sarah Silverman to Bernie backers: ‘You’re being ridiculous’

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Sarah Silverman told backers of Bernie Sanders “You’re being ridiculous” after they would not stop chanting his name at the Democratic National Convention. The comedian, a leading celebrity supporter of Sanders when he was seeking the Democratic presidential nod, endorsed Hillary Clinton to the Democratic national convention here on Monday night. “I’m…

  • Georgia Democratic congressman: Calling settlers ‘termites’ was ‘poor choice of words’

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — A Georgia Democratic congressman said he used a “poor choice of words” in calling West Bank settlers “termites” at an event near his party’s national convention in Philadelphia. “There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up…

  • Jewish Democrats launching superPAC to counter Republicans’ Jewish campaigning

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Jewish Democrats are setting up a superPAC to defend Hillary Clinton and other candidates from what they say will be a Sheldon Adelson-funded onslaught among Jewish voters. Jews for Progress has raised over $1 million over the last two months, one of its founders, Ron Klein, a former Florida congressman who consults…

  • How Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the ‘Jewish mother’ of Congress, rose and fell

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — When Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke Monday morning to the Florida delegation as the national Democratic convention got underway, some delegates cheered. Other delegates booed. The chaos at the Marriott Hotel here demonstrated the degree to which the Florida congresswoman, perhaps the party’s most prominent Jewish leader, had become a divisive figure since…

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz at last minute drops out of Democratic convention

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, just two hours before she was set to open the Democratic National Convention, opted to stay away from the stage. “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in…

  • Wasserman Schultz to quit as Democratic chief under pressure following email leaks

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Under fire for emails showing rancor between the Democratic National Committee and the Bernie Sanders campaign, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as party chairwoman, but will join Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a senior role. Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday afternoon that she would resign at the end of the week, when the Democratic…

  • WikiLeaks removes anti-Semitic tweets

    (JTA) — WikiLeaks removed tweets that described some of its Jewish critics as “establishment climbers.” The account, believed to be run by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, was responding to tweets linking its massive release of Democratic Party leaks with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to back Republican Party nominee Donald Trump, and there…