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  • One more Obama music video

    MTV might be able to have a whole category tilted “Best Obama-related Video” at its Music Video Awards next year. First it was Will.i.am, then it was Zoe Kravitz joining Will.i.am, and now it’s “hip-hop violinist” Miri Ben-Ari recording a music video for Barack Obama – with some support by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and… More ▸

  • Dueling sukkah events

    Now that the debates are over, the sukkah portion of the presidential campaign begins in just a few hours. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will both be visiting sukkot this evening on behalf of their party’s presidential candidates. First, at 6:15 p.m., Nadler will speak about the Obama-Biden ticket to invited… More ▸

  • Obama campaign says no to RJC debates

    Angry about the advertisements that the Republican Jewish Coalition has been running this fall, Barack Obama’s campaign has decided its representatives won’t debate officials of the RJC. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal reports that a debate scheduled for Sunday in Van Nuys has been cancelled, and the RJC states that a Philadelphia synagogue was told… More ▸

  • Foxman wants answers from Hannity

    Why is Sean Hannity inviting a man with an “extensive track record of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks” to be a guest on his television show? The Anti-Defamation League would like to know. In a letter to the Fox News Channel host, the organization states that an espouser of “odious views” such as Andy Martin “ought… More ▸

  • Some trims made to pro-Obama video

    The pro-Barack Obama video featuring retired Israeli security officials is about a minute and a half shorter. That’s because two of the participants have been edited out of the film. Former Mossad director Ephraim Halevy and retired Gen. Uzi Dayan had complained that they were not aware that interviews they had done this summer about… More ▸

  • NJDC takes on McCain, “Big Oil”

    The National Jewish Democratic Council’s latest ad is its first of the election season to go negative on John McCain. Headlined “Energy independence? McCain’s ties to Big Oil keep up dependent on Middle East Oil,” the advertisement criticizes the Republican nominee for promising to give tax breaks to oil companies and collecting campaign contributions from… More ▸

  • More persuasive than Sarah Silverman?

    Zoe Kravitz, the woman who inherited her mother Lisa Bonet’s stunning looks and acting talent and her father Lenny Kravitz’s pitch-perfect ear, is in thick with the entertainers-for-Obama deal. Below, she plays a prominent role in the latest will.i.am. video, and she has her own website where another video explains her involvement. Bonet’s mom is… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Schlep talk, Coleman pulls negative ads

    Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) says Yom Kippur convinced him to withdraw all his negative ads in his race against Al Franken. The New York Times looks at Andy Martin, the “man behind the whispers about Obama” who has a trail of anti-Jewish comments in his past. Newsweek says Sarah Palin is costing John McCain Jewish… More ▸