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  • Major Liberal Groups Avoid Rapping Obama on Warren Pick

    Unifying the country requires reaching out to those with whom you disagree. That’s what a couple of top Jewish leaders are saying about Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in next month. Others in the community, however, say the president-elect’s choice is a disappointing kickoff to his administration. Critics… More ▸

  • Inauguration Pastor Under Fire for Syria Praise

    Bloggers uncovered praise for Syria by the evangelical pastor who is slated to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. “Syria’s a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years,” Rick Warren said during a 2006 visit in a tape uncovered by the conservative Web site World Net Daily. “So it’s… More ▸

  • Op-ed: the Bush I Know

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will watch Monday night as the grandsons of Harry Truman and David Ben-Gurion light a menorah on the State Floor of the White House. It will be the eighth year the president has devoted an evening to celebrate Chanukah, and more than 600 Jewish friends and guests will… More ▸

  • Op-ed: Don’t Defend Religion by Silencing Free Speech

    A draft resolution scheduled for consideration by a committee of the United Nations General Assembly threatens to silence criticism of religion. The resolution, circulated by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, representing more than 50 Muslim nations, is perversely being advanced under the guise of protecting human rights. In its current form, the resolution would… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸

  • As U.S. Election Nears, Israelis Catch Election Fever

    Just beyond the beer taps at a Tel Aviv bar with an American flag hanging out front, a makeshift polling station draws dozens of Americans in Israel casting their vote for the U.S. election, 6,000 miles away. “This is more fun than voting in the Bronx,” said one voter, sealing his ballot in an envelope… More ▸

  • Rough Campaign Takes Toll on Mccain’s Image

    When John McCain stopped in New York one Tuesday in October 2007 to make his pre-primaries pitch to a room full of Jewish bigwigs, he spent virtually all his time discussing foreign policy — but only after an emotional introduction from James Tisch that focused less on policy than the character of the presidential candidate… More ▸

  • Foreign Policy Smarts, Experience Make John Mccain the One

    As a patriotic Jewish American, I care deeply about Israel’s well-being and security as well as that of our own country. In having to choose between the two presidential candidates, I find myself looking closely at their statements, record of accomplishments, the people who advise them now and those they were influenced by in the… More ▸

  • On Mideast, Mccain Surrogates at Convention Likely to Echo Bush

    John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history. In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it comes to Israel and how to deal with Iran, Republicans… More ▸

  • Obama Camp to Raise Domestic Issues in Bid for Jewish Votes

    After months of playing up their candidate’s support for Israel, Obama advisers say the campaign is opening up a second front in the battle for Jewish voters. Obama Jewish outreach director Dan Shapiro told JTA the campaign will now be emphasizing that the presumptive Democratic candidate’s “values” are “in sync” with historic “Jewish values” on… More ▸