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  • Jewish groups fall short in Congress

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (JTA) — While Jewish groups got few of the key things they were lobbying for during the first session of the 106th Congress, activists say much of the groundwork has been laid for next year. “The legislative highway is littered with more failed legislation than successes,” said Matthew Dorf, director of governmental…

  • Power of pro-Israel lobby drops slightly

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is going to have to update its Web site, where it brags about its Fortune magazine ranking as the second most powerful lobbying group in Washington. In the magazine’s new rankings, the pro-Israel lobby slipped to fourth, after holding the second spot for the…

  • Jews slam Congress on U.N. dues-abortion link

    WASHINGTON, Nov.17 (JTA) — Jewish groups that back abortion rights are criticizing congressional Republicans who tied restrictive abortion language to the payment of U.N. dues — and chiding President Clinton for agreeing to the deal. While the groups said they want the United States to pay nearly $1 billion in back dues so it can…

  • Court may clear muddy student prayer issue

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (JTA) — The Supreme Court’s decision to review the issue of student-led prayers at football games could help clear up conflicting rulings on prayer at school-related events, legal experts said. The justices agreed to review an appeals court ruling that said the Santa Fe Independent School District in Galveston, Texas, violated the…

  • China-Israel radar deal has Congress worried

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (JTA) — The initial furor over Israel’s sale of a radar system to China appears to have quieted, but the issue has renewed worries in Congress that U.S. allies are selling advanced military technology to Beijing. The State Department said it does not believe Israel sold U.S. technology to China, and several…

  • Bradley: Is he good for the Jews?

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (JTA) — When Bill Bradley first ran for the Senate in New Jersey in 1978, many Jewish activists backed his Republican opponent, who was seen as a strong supporter of Israel and a friend to the Jewish community. At the time, Bradley, who had retired a year earlier from a star-studded career…

  • U.S. role in peace talks reaches ‘highest level

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (JTA) — On the eve of Ehud Barak’s first trip to Washington as Israel’s new prime minister in July, he made clear he wanted to reduce the level of U.S. involvement in the peace process that had been necessary during the tenure of his predecessor. But with only three months until the…

  • Bradley’s German-born wife

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (JTA) — One interesting twist for Jewish voters that has nothing to do with Bill Bradley’s voting records or policy papers is his wife, Ernestine Schlant. The German-born Schlant is a professor of German and comparative literature at Montclair State University in New Jersey. If Bradley is elected president, she would be…

  • Library of Congress may have Nazi-looted books

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (JTA) — A U.S. commission is looking into whether the Library of Congress has Nazi-looted books in its collection. “Books came to the Library of Congress after World War II from Europe,” Stu Loeser, the spokesman for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, told JTA. “Undoubtedly these…

  • Foreign aid, plus Wye, appears a done deal

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (JTA) — After a month of intense political haggling between the White House and congressional Republicans — and a lobbying blitz by Israeli officials and Jewish groups — a foreign aid bill that includes $1.8 billion in aid to implement the Wye agreement appears to be a done deal. But the deal…