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  • The Jewish vote: Pot, guns, justice and other ballot measures worth noting

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Marijuana? Greater availability. Cigarettes? Less availability. Justice reform? We’re there. Guns? Fewer, please. Charter schools? Also fewer. Beneath the cacophony of calls in the presidential campaign to build walls, end sexual assault, stop race baiting and “lock her up” are a host of ballot measures of compelling Jewish interest. Jewish officials, naturally, are…

  • The House elections: Doubling the Memphis contingent and other Jewish takes

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – California condors? I’ll show you rarities: Jewish congressmen from Memphis and Jewish Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. And both demographics may be set to double in population – to two. Seven Jews either running for open seats or challenging incumbents in Congress have a shot at winning; five in the House and…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition spends $500K to help incumbent in key Pa. Senate race

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition is spending $500,000 in Pennsylvania to protect incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in a battleground state. Matthew Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, told JTA on Monday that the ad campaign targeting Toomey’s challenger, Katie McGinty, had topped $500,000, double what a political action committee affiliated with J Street, the…

  • The Jewish vote: Senate races to watch

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadacio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email…

  • Latest Clinton email twist involves Anthony Weiner

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A renewed investigation into whether Hillary Clinton or her aides mishandled classified information reportedly arose out of the FBI probe of whether ex-congressman Anthony Weiner sexted with an underage girl. James Comey, the FBI director, on Friday wrote to the chairman of congressional oversight committees that the “FBI has learned of the…

  • Curt Schilling calls Jews who slammed his Jake Tapper questioning ‘clowns’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and prospective U.S. Senate candidate, said liberal Jewish leaders who criticized his comments on Jews and Democrats were “clowns.” “Right, I’m the one that doesn’t know history,” Schilling tweeted Wednesday after Media Matters, a liberal watchdog, posted a compilation of liberal Jewish groups and leaders condemning…

  • Bernie Sanders talks with a young progressive. Is the Jewish establishment listening?

    Bernie Sanders passes the revolutionary torch in a recent video, and the recipient happens to be Jewish. Sanders spoke last week to Now This, the progressive news organization that distributes its material via social media. Sanders’ interactions with a youthful acolyte, the interviewer, Armand Aviram, are sentimental and even sweet. And there’s the Jewish subtext:…

  • Counting kippahs and in-laws: Joe Biden says he’s ‘more Jewish’ than Clinton

    Joe Biden wants you to know, he’s more Jewish than Hillary Clinton. The famously Catholic vice president allowed this revelation on Monday in Dayton, Ohio, where he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democrat attempting to unseat Republican Sen. Rob Portman. The moment comes 19 minutes into…

  • Clinton campaign tally shows 5 top donors are Jewish

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A tally of the fundraising for the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president shows that the top five donors are Jewish. The Washington Post analysis, posted Oct. 24, named the top donors, who are contributing $1 of every $17 of the over $1 billion amassed for the Democratic nominee’s presidential run. They…

  • In Miami Beach, Donald Trump’s Orthodox support is increasingly on the down-low

    MIAMI BEACH (JTA) – It’s mid-Friday afternoon on 41st street, aka Arthur Godfrey Road, the heart of the Orthodox enclave here. The high-schoolers in Torah Treasures Judaica store are preparing lulavs for sale before Sukkot, which is to start in a couple of days, and shoppers are rushing into Kosher Price Market for last minute…