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  • Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel wins Tea Party PAC endorsement in bid for Senate

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A powerful conservative Republican political action committee endorsed Josh Mandel, the state treasurer of Ohio, in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. The Tea Party Express said in a statement Wednesday that Mandel “epitomizes the new face of conservative Republicans, and we couldn’t be more proud to support his…

  • Arab countries are turning on Qatar. What does it mean for Israel?

    Is the Qatar crisis about Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Jazeera or is it personal? And what should Israel do?

  • Senate marks 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate approved a non-binding resolution marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, was approved 90-0 on Thursday evening, the anniversary of Israel’s capture of eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day…

  • 5 presidential scandals with Jews in the hot seat

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Among the Jewish men and women with a front-row seat to America’s executive branch, there are Jews who would be president, Jews who are indispensable to presidents and, less happily, Jews who help mire presidents in scandal. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is a definite category 2, with rumored ambitions of…

  • Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Why are Israel and its friends keeping quiet?

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a “showdown” with the Reagan administration, saying “This country is being held hostage to the whims of the Saudis.” At issue was the sale to Saudi Arabia of AWACS, aircraft with radar-enabled surveillance capabilities that at the time were state of…

  • Republican candidate charged with assault on reporter wins special Montana election

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Greg Gianforte, the Republican who allegedly body slammed a reporter on the eve of a special election in Montana, appears to have won the election. Gianforte, a tech millionaire backed by President Donald Trump, defeated folk singer Rob Quist, 50-44, early Friday morning in the race for the at-large — or statewide…

  • Jared Kushner subject of FBI interest in Russia case

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — FBI agents investigating ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia reportedly are focused on meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with Russian figures. The Washington Post and NBC each reported late Thursday that Kushner’s interactions were of interest to the FBI, but that this did not mean he was a…

  • Israel’s defense minister: Israel tweaked intel sharing after Trump revelations to Russians

    Avigdor Liberman said intelligence sharing with the United States remained “unprecedented.”

  • Appeals court upholds HIAS suit against Trump travel ban

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — HIAS hailed a federal appellate court’s decision upholding its appeal against President Donald Trump’s travel bans. “The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting,” the lead Jewish group advocating for immigrants rights said in a statement Thursday after the decision by the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond,…

  • Mark Zuckerberg just used a Hebrew prayer to inspire Harvard ’17

    (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement speech at Harvard on Thursday was so, well, Zuckerbergish. Self-deprecating jokes about his awful dating technique? Check. Self-deprecating references to not having completed Harvard? Check. Parent-deprecating jokes about their gimlet-eyed view of his success? Check. A rousing call to the students to commit social justice? Check. A recitation of the…