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  • 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…

  • Michael Bloomberg set to endorse Hillary Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. Spokesmen for Clinton’s campaign and for Bloomberg told The New York Times in a story posted Sunday that Bloomberg would have a prime-time spot on Wednesday, when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also are…

  • Tim Kaine, accepting VP slot, cites Holocaust survivor who died in shooting massacre

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Sen. Tim Kaine, accepting Hillary Clinton’s invitation to join her as running mate, cited as an inspiration a Holocaust survivor who died protecting others during a shooting massacre. Kaine, D-Va., appeared Saturday with Clinton at Florida International University in Miami a day after she announced her pick. Kaine pledged he would continue…

  • Amid tensions with Sanders, DNC chair Wasserman Schultz reportedly cut from convention

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, will not speak at the convention this week, reportedly because of the revelation of emails revealing tensions between the party and the Bernie Sanders campaign. In a related issue, a top DNC official apologized for an email in which he suggests depicting Sanders, who…