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  • WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward for information leading to killer of Jewish DNC staffer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — WikiLeaks has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer of a Jewish Democratic Party staffer. The offer from the clearinghouse for hacked and leaked documents was made Tuesday on Twitter, but it came after Roger Stone, a one-time adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, alleged on Twitter that…

  • In courting Kissinger, does Hillary Clinton risk losing the left?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – If Hillary Clinton is indeed courting Henry Kissinger, what happens to her relationship with Bernie Sanders? Reports that the Democratic presidential nominee is actively pursuing endorsements from Kissinger, who like her is a former secretary of state, and other former Republican officials have raised alarms on the left. It also has provided…

  • To name or not to name: Jewish organizations grapple with the Trump question

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — “This condemnation is against you personally,” the Jewish War Veterans said earlier this week, concluding its message to Donald Trump. “You, Mr. Trump, deserve our contempt.” If the sign-off to the statement condemning the Republican nominee for his attacks on the Muslim parents of a soldier killed in action was cuttingly personal, it…

  • Obama: $400M paid to Iran was not ransom money

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama rejected claims that the United States had paid a ransom for the release of Americans held by Iran. Speaking Thursday at a briefing with reporters on national security, Obama said the $400 million in cash transferred to Iran earlier this year was to settle claims Iran had on the…

  • Billionaire hedge funder Seth Klarman backs Clinton over ‘unacceptable’ Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seth Klarman, a hedge fund manager involved in pro-Israel giving, said he would back Hillary Clinton for president because the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is “unthinkable.” “His words and actions over the last several days are so shockingly unacceptable in our diverse and democratic society that it is simply unthinkable that Donald…

  • Ga. lawmaker meets with Jewish groups after ‘termites’ apology

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., met with Jewish leaders in Atlanta after apologizing for likening the settlement movement to termites. “Appreciate meeting w/ @AJCGlobal today to open important dialogue,” Johnson said in a tweet Tuesday after meeting with the local office of the American Jewish Committee. The AJC office tweeted soon after: “Thank…

  • Gone missing: Actual Democrats in Republican Jewish Coalition ad bashing Democrats

    A couple of weeks ago, the Associated Press encountered a “handful” of out-and-proud white supremacists credentialed for the Republican convention. The reporter asked Sean Spicer, the spokesman for the Republican National Committee, to explain. Here’s what he said, per the AP: Convention organizers release credentials in large blocks to state delegations, special guests and media…

  • Six Jewish moments from the DNC’s final night

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — The Democratic convention’s last night was all about the first woman to walk out onto a major party convention stage to accept its nomination. “The next president – and her husband,” is how Hillary Clinton put it in a tweet attached to a picture of her hugging Bill Clinton. On this breakthrough night…

  • Why Bill Clinton’s Hebrew Hillary button resonated

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — There was a thrill ride on Jewish Democratic social media Wednesday night when Bill Clinton was spotted at the Democratic National Convention sporting a button backing his wife – in Hebrew. Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman, indulged in a little partisan kvelling when he appeared Thursday with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on…

  • Democratic National Committee: Exchange on Holocaust Day ‘insensitive’

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — A back-and-forth among Democratic National Committee staffers over whether the party should mark Holocaust Remembrance Day was “insensitive,” the DNC said. “The DNC joins with our constituents to commemorate many holidays and we did the same with Yom Hashoah as well,” a DNC official told JTA on Wednesday, emphasizing that the DNC…