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  • Synagogue president wins Democratic nod in suburban Las Vegas district

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The president of a Las Vegas-area synagogue handpicked by the Democratic Party leadership to run in a competitive congressional district won the primary. Jacky Rosen, a software developer who helms Ner Tamid, a Reform synagogue in Henderson, Nevada, and the largest in the region, handily defeated her rivals in Tuesday’s primary in…

  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders meet after she handily wins final primary in DC

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton, after resoundingly winning the final primary in the District of Columbia, held a meeting with her rival for the Democratic presidential nod, Bernie Sanders, that both sides described as positive. Clinton, the former secretary of state, took 79 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary to 21 percent for Sanders,…

  • Obama opposes increased missile defense funding for Israel, AIPAC ‘disappointed’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was “deeply disappointed” in the Obama administration’s opposition to increased missile defense funding for Israel, weighing in on an issue that is apparently obstructing U.S.-Israel talks on renewing defense assistance. “We are deeply disappointed that a June 14 ‘Statement of Administration Policy’ on the…

  • Obama slams Donald Trump for singling out Muslims

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama lacerated Donald Trump for his calls to single out Muslims and Islam for special scrutiny. Obama, speaking after a briefing with top administration officials on U.S. actions against the Islamic State terrorist group, scoffed at accusations this week from the presumptive Republican nominee that using the term “radical Islam”…

  • $20 million gift to help revitalize US Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An exhibit over 20 years old against an iPhone: Docents at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are increasingly noting the battle with hand-held devices to keep the interest of young people. Now a $20 million gift to help revitalize the Washington, D.C., museum will aim to assist the docents while focusing on…

  • After Orlando, Donald Trump ramps up calls to ban Muslim entry, monitor US Muslims

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump ramped up his calls to cut off Muslim entry into the United States and to monitor U.S. Muslims in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, through his Twitter feed and speaking to news outlets on Monday, said a substantial threat existed…

  • After Orlando shooting, an expert warns about who’s guarding Jewish sites

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish institutions must react to the flaws in the security industry exposed by the mass shooting in Orlando, the top Jewish community security official said. Paul Goldenberg, who directs the Secure Community Network, said Omar Mateen’s employment by a prominent security firm, G4S, should raise alarm for Jewish groups that hire security staffers…

  • Billy Crystal and two rabbis help say goodbye to Muhammad Ali

    Billy Crystal recalled the legacy of his “big brother,” one rabbi led mourners in a chorus of “I am Ali” and a second rabbi criticized Israel’s government as part of Friday’s funeral service  for Muhammad Ali at an arena in Louisville, Kentucky. The famed boxer and civil rights activist, who died June 3 at age 74, chose two rabbis…

  • Democrats tussle over adding ‘occupation’ to party platform

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee tussled over whether to use the word “occupation” in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue, reflecting divisions between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps that could play out at the convention. The Democratic National Committee held two days of open hearings this week in Washington, D.C., on…

  • Workers allege Trump stiffed them on overtime during Passover getaway

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — One of the many lawsuits alleging underpayment by Donald Trump is from workers who say they were denied overtime during a Passover event. Trump Miami Resort Management LLC last month settled with 48 workers who said they did not receive overtime during a 10-day Passover event at the Trump National Doral Miami,…