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  • Biden: Don’t trust McCain on Iran

    In his vice presidential acceptance speech [at 20:34 in the video], Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) used the candidate’s contrasting approaches on Iran as one of the distinctions he drew on foreign policy: “Should we trust John McCain’s judgment when he rejected talking with Iran and then asked: What is there to talk about? Or Barack… More ▸

  • Bill Clinton: Need the “power of diplomacy” in Middle East

    Bill Clinton didn’t get into any specifics on the Middle East in his speech tonight, but did say that “our position in the world has been weakened by,” among other things, “a failure to consistently use the power of diplomacy, from the Middle East to Africa to Latin America to Center and Eastern Europe.” More ▸

  • Obama’s great uncle saluted for Buchenwald liberation

    In a speech devoted mostly to a rough attack on John McCain, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry illustrated Barack Obama’s patriotism by recognizing the new nominee’s great uncle Charlie Payne, who participated in the liberation of a concentration camp during World War II [forward to 9:34 of the video]. “On a spring day in… More ▸

  • Bayh: Bush has endangered Israel

    One of the passed over vice presidential candidates, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) attacked President George W. Bush’s Middle East policy, and said John McCain would just bring more of the same. In another example of the Obama campaign’s continued effort to argue that their candidate will protect Israel more effectively than the Republicans, Bayh [at… More ▸

  • Wexler talks Obama and Israel on convention stage

    Rep. Robert Wexler trumpeted Barack Obama’s support for Israel in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, while arguing that the GOP presumptive nominee would make Israel less safe. Here’s an excerpt: We entered into an unnecessary war and remain bogged down in Iraq, as Afghanistan backslides, and the architects of Sept…. More ▸

  • Florida delegates: We’re behind Barack, but have work to do back home

    “I don’t want anyone to blame Hillary if [Obama] loses the election,” said Jewish Democratic National Convention Hillary Clinton delegate Bill Kling Wednesday morning. Her speech was “absolutely heartfelt. …I think she did enough to show her support.” The 80-year-old Plantation resident was representative of his fellow Florida Jewish delegates pledged for Clinton. They lauded… More ▸

  • At the Dem convention, the aliyas keep rising

    We’re getting into Hineh Ma Tov area here. The Jews keep coming at the Democratic convention in Denver. As we noted previously, four rabbis participated in the interfaith launch on Sunday, National Jewish Democratic Council vice-chairwoman Sunita Leeds helped set the rules on Monday, firebrands Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.)… More ▸

  • Postville raid wasn’t kosher, says Dem faith caucus participant

    The first discussion held at the Democratic National Convention’s faith caucus on Tuesday included talk of the federal raid on the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa – but there was no condemnation of alleged worker conditions there or arguments about the kashrut at the facility. Instead, Bishop Wilfredo DeJesus, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership… More ▸

  • NJ Jews at Dem convention want unity

    The little Jewish corner of the New Jersey delegation was hardly united in designation: two were delegates for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), two were for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and one was an unpledged “superdelegate.” They were united in opinion, however: The time had come to unify the party and back the presumptive nominee. I… More ▸