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  • The rabbi and the pastor

    Eric Fingerhut has an article up about two prayers recited at Barack Obama’s big night last week in Denver at the Democratic convention: one by Rabbi David Saperstein, the Reform movement’s man in D.C., and another by Pastor John Hunter of Florida: Barack Obama’s big night began with a prayer from a rabbi and ended… More ▸

  • Cardin will be key Jewish surrogate for Obama

    Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-Md.) appearances before Jewish audiences in South Florida last week were the first of many he’ll be making this fall on behalf of Barack Obama. In an interview last week, Cardin said he went to the presumptive Democratic nominee a few weeks ago and “offered my help” in persuading Jewish voters –… More ▸

  • Carter will be in Denver, but his speech will be from New Orleans

    Jimmy Carter’s speech at the Democratic National Convention will be on videotape from New Orleans, but he will be present in the convention hall in Denver on Monday night. Obama convention spokesperson Jenny Backus called to clarify her e-mail yesterday and said the controversial former president will “be recognized” before his speech and may even… More ▸

  • Remembering Tubbs Jones

    The National Jewish Democratic Council is calling Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) “an outstanding advocate for Cleveland and issues important to the Jewish community” who “will be deeply missed.” Tubbs Jones, whose district in eastern Cleveland and the city’s suburbs was heavily Jewish, died Wednesday of a brain aneurysm at the age of 58. She… More ▸

  • Political tidbits

    MSNBC’s First Read reports that Dan Shapiro, Obama’s new senior foreign policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator, lobbied for the American Petroleum Institute – but the campaign responds that he de-registered as a lobbyist before joining the campaign. Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times notes two instances yesterday of Republicans “making plays to erode Obama’s… More ▸

  • Lieberman: Still an asset in attracting Jewish votes?

    Sure, Joe Lieberman was very popular among Jewish voters in 2000, but would his inclusion on the Republican presidential ticket this year inspire significant numbers of them to jump to the GOP? Jewish McCain supporters say yes, but a recent poll indicates the Connecticut senator might not be much of a draw anymore among his… More ▸

  • Obama campaign geared up for Jewish outreach

    The new foreign policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator to the Obama campaign says he’s “joining an operation that’s already well-organized.” Dan Shapiro said in a telephone interview that the campaign already has 15 Jewish leadership councils – with more still forming – “up and running” in major cities around the country, organizing house parties… More ▸

  • RJC: Don’t let Carter speak in Denver (UPDATED)

    A day after the Democrats announced that former President Jimmy Carter would be speaking next Monday at their convention, the Republican Jewish Coalition is demanding his removal from the schedule because of his “troubling anti-Israel bias.” Carter spoke at the convention four years ago, but that was before the 2006 release of his controversial book,… More ▸

  • No Joementum among Republicans

    When Al Gore picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate eight years ago, many Republicans said he was their favorite Democrat. But that doesn’t mean they want him to be the Republican vice presidential nominee. The Politico’s report that Lieberman, or fellow pro-choice politician Tom Ridge, was apparently being seriously considered as John McCain’s vice… More ▸