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  • Clinton edges Sanders in Kentucky, Jewish senator takes Oregon

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appeared to split two Democratic primary contests on Tuesday, with the Jewish senator ramping up his rhetoric against the party leadership as the odds of claiming the nomination fade. A number of media outlets predicted Clinton would win Kentucky, where she led Sanders by half a percentage…

  • Melania Trump: Attacks on Jewish reporter went ‘too far’ but were ‘provoked’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Melania Trump said critics who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic abuse went too far, but also said the reporter “provoked” the onslaught with her critical profile of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s wife. “I don’t control my fans,” Melania Trump told DuJour, a lifestyle magazine in an article posted Tuesday, “but I…

  • Sheldon Adelson appeals to Republican Jewish leaders to support Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sheldon Adelson asked other Republican Jewish leaders to back Donald Trump. The Associated Press obtained an email Adelson sent to more than 50 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition in which he asks them to support Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes,…

  • Hebrew U, Smithsonian launch Einstein project on relativity theory’s centennial

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Smithsonian Institution and the Hebrew University are marking the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity by launching an initiative to make science more accessible to young people. The project, joining the Science Education Center at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Albert Einstein Archive at Hebrew University, will “make…

  • Treasury secretary: US must make clear some Iran sanctions are lifted

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States is obliged to make clear that certain sanctions no longer apply to non-American banks when dealing with Iran, the U.S. Treasury secretary said. “When Iran took the actions that it took, we took the actions that we committed to take, which is to lift nuclear sanctions,” Jacob Lew said…

  • Detroit Jews ask: Are targeted Israel boycotts the same as BDS?

    (JTA) — For the second year in a row, the Detroit area’s Walk for Israel has rebuffed the sponsorship of left-wing pro-Israel groups because of their support for boycotting settlements. At the heart of the dispute is a question of definitions: Is support of a boycott targeting Jewish enterprises beyond Israel’s 1967 borders the same as backing…

  • Several Jewish groups praise Obama administration’s transgender protections

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid controversy over new protections President Barack Obama has extended to transgender people, a number of Jewish groups have welcomed them. A statement Friday from the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center praised the guidance issued the same day by the Justice and Education departments requiring that schools receiving federal funds end discrimination…

  • Donald Trump reportedly to get big financial boost from Sheldon Adelson

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to help elect Donald Trump president, The New York Times reported. On Friday, the Times quoted two Republicans as saying that Trump and Adelson met last week in New York when Adelson was in the city to attend an event…

  • Obama sending mixed messages on Iran, charges ex-sanctions officer

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A banker who once enforced U.S. sanctions on entities dealing with Iran said the Obama administration is sending mixed messages on whether it will penalize those who do business with the Islamic Republic. “Washington is pushing non-U.S. banks to do what it is still illegal for American banks to do,” Stuart Levey,…

  • Donald Trump gets long-awaited Sheldon Adelson endorsement

      WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing his fears about Iran and praising Donald Trump’s experience as a CEO, Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “You may not like Trump’s style or what he says on Twitter, but this country needs strong executive leadership more today than at almost any point in…