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  • Whither the Orthodox Dems?

    Couple of interesting nuggets today about where Orthodox Democrats are leaning in the election. According to the Daily News, New York City Councilman Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, is planning to vote for Obama out of concern for the racially-tinged language employed by the Clintons in advance of the South Carolina primary. Felder’s announcemnt should… More ▸

  • Ayalon: I’m trying to help Obama

    Former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, has been getting slammed for a recent op-ed in which he said Barack Obama’s candidacy should be met with “with some degree of concern.” First, his successor, Salai Merridor, took a swipe at Ayalon, asserting that Israel has no intention of interfering in American elections: “Opinions to… More ▸

  • Chicago papers: Take Seals over Footlik

    Just in case you forgot during all the presidential hoopla, JTA is looking at the Democratic congressional primary in the 10th District of Illinois, where former Clinton aide and M.O.T. Jay Footlik is vying against Dan Seals to see who will get the chance to take on the strongly pro-Israel Republican incumbent Mark Kirk. Footlik,… More ▸

  • I didn’t want your endorsement anyway!

    Quick Quiz: Which presidential candidate is touting the newspaper endorsements he DIDN’T receive? Answer: New York’s own Rudy Giuliani. Check out this campaign ad that tries to explain why Rudy’s hometown paper called him “a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man.” More ▸

  • JTA PODCAST: Obama addresses Jewish concerns

    Barack Obama just finished a conference call with Jewish reporters (read the news brief). He took four questions, the first from JTA’s own Ron Kampeas. But while questions dealt with the Middle East, and the recent controversy about Obama’s church, what the candidate really wanted to talk about was the smear campaign that has circulated… More ▸

  • Solomont helped win Kennedy’s support

    Alan Solomont, the prominent Boston Jewish philanthropist and Barack Obama’s chief fund-raiser, was among those who approached Ted Kennedy about endorsing the Illinois Senator. Here’s JTA’s brief on it: A key Jewish fund-raiser for Barack Obama prodded U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy to endorse the presidential hopeful. Alan Solomont, a prominent Jewish philanthropist and fund-raiser for… More ▸

  • McCain to Times: Thanks, but …

    Hillary is pretty psyched to have gotten the endorsement of the New York Times, judging from its prominence on her website. John McCain? Ummm, not so much. Gold star for anyone who can find a reference to the Gray Lady on McCain’s site. He’s happy about Sly Stallone’s endorsement though. More ▸

  • Not to be outdone …

    Barely 12 hours after we posted Obama’s letter saying the U.S. should block any Security Council resolution that fails to mention attacks against Israel, John McCain sent a letter to Condoleezza Rice saying more or less the same thing. Dear Madam Secretary: The United Nations Security Council resumed today its discussions regarding a compromise statement… More ▸

  • Obama: Mention rocket fire at Israel

    After a week in which he was blasted, then defended, by the Jews, Barack Obama has come forward and endorsed Israel’s criticism of typical United Nations imbalance on the Middle East. Obama wrote to U.N. Ambassador Zhalmay Khalilzad this week urging him to block a proposed Security Council resolution on the Gaza situation if it… More ▸

  • Jon Voight: Every Jew should vote for Rudy

    Obama’s got Oprah. Huckabee’s got Chuck Norris. Hillary’s got Streisand. Even Dennis Kucinich has Sean Penn. And Rudy? He’s got Jon Voight. An email making the rounds today (thanks to Shmais news service) says Rudy’s the best guy on Israel. Voight, an Oscar winner and the father of Angelina Jolie, isn’t Jewish. But he does… More ▸