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  • Levinson son traveled to Iran to find information on his father

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Driven to desperation by what he said have been the White House’s failures, Robert Levinson’s son traveled to Iran to seek information on his father’s whereabouts. “In late February, I traveled to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, where my father was last seen,” Dan Levinson said in an Op-Ed published Thursday…

  • Obama decries rise of anti-Semitism in Jewish heritage month message

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama decried the “rise of anti-Semitism” in his annual proclamation of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. “We cannot pay proper respect to the legacy of Jewish Americans without also reflecting on the rise of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in remembering the lessons of the Holocaust,…

  • Critical profile of Melania Trump unleashes flood of anti-Semitic abuse on reporter

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A reporter who wrote a critical profile of Melania Trump has been deluged with anti-Semitic abuse. Julia Ioffe told the Guardian that on April 28, the day her profile of the Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump’s wife appeared in GQ, she had received a phone call playing a speech by Nazi…

  • After weeks of brickbats, Bernie Sanders offers Hillary Clinton a bouquet

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The combative tone in Bernie Sanders’ campaign statements faded on Tuesday evening to a softer pitch of suasion. “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,” Sanders’ statement began after his rival for the Democratic presidential nod, former Secretary…

  • Establishment candidates win Dem Senate nods in Md., Pa.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic establishment candidates defeated progressive challengers in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and a Jewish state senator won the Democratic primary in Washington’s Maryland suburbs on Tuesday. Rep. Chris Van Hollen won the party’s nomination for the Senate seat in Maryland being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring, defeating Rep. Donna Edwards….

  • Trump sweeps 5 states, Clinton wins 4

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump swept five primary contests and Hillary Clinton won four on Tuesday, consolidating leads that increase the likelihood they will face off against each other in November’s general election. Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont vying with Clinton for the Democratic nod, won just one state, Rhode Island, out of the five…

  • In Nevada, an open House seat, a Jewish front-runner and a Muslim candidate who feels dissed by his party

    HENDERSON, Nev. (JTA) – Come November, Nevadans in this suburban Las Vegas district may well elect to Congress Jacky Rosen, a software developer and president of her synagogue. A Jordanian-American lawyer says her win would be at his expense, and it’s because of his Muslim faith. But Jesse Sbaih isn’t blaming Rosen. Rather he is blitzing the Nevada…

  • White House: We’re prepared to make the largest ever military pledge to Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House said it is prepared to commit to the “largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in U.S. history” in its defense assistance talks with Israel. A White House official made the statement to JTA in response to a letter sent Monday by 83 U.S. senators to President…

  • Iran’s foreign minister: Nuclear deal could falter, Holocaust deniers are like KKK

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iran’s foreign minister said the Iran nuclear deal could falter and vowed to recover whatever litigants seize in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing access to frozen Iranian funds. Javad Zarif in an interview with the New Yorker posted Monday also likened Holocaust deniers in Iran to the Ku Klux Klan….

  • A former senator announces his marriage to a man, and his debt to Martin Buber

    In the New York Times on Sunday, Harris Wofford, the former Pennsylvania senator and a founder of the Peace Corps, describes his 50-year love affair with his late wife, Clare, and his marriage this week to the man he has been seeing for 15 years, Matthew Charlton. It’s a lovely, poetic take, and it hinges…