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  • Not Much Change in Platform of Obama’s Democratic Party

    When it comes to the Middle East and Sen. Barack Obama’s Democratic Party platform, things are staying pretty much the same – which, in this case, is the kind of change pro-Israel activists can believe in. The platform committee appears to have heeded recommendations by the National Jewish Democratic Council advising the party not to… More ▸

  • Presidential Forum Highlights Divergent Views on Supreme Court

    When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked Saturday night which member of the U.S. Supreme Court he would not have nominated, the Republican presidential candidate didn’t just name his least favorite justice. He picked four — the group commonly identified as the more liberal wing of the court, including the two Jewish justices, Ruth Ginsburg… More ▸

  • Sole Jewish Republican in House Being Vetted by Mccain Campaign

    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor bridges two unlikely constituencies, say those hoping to see the Virginia Republican on John McCain’s presidential ticket: Jews and hard-core, red state conservatives. Pressed, however, these Cantor devotees admit there’s not much between those two constituencies that the Jewish deputy minority whip in the House of Representatives would bring to the… More ▸

  • Poll: Jews Reject Bush, but Obama Lags Behind Democratic Predecessors

    The good news for Barack Obama as he arrived in Israel this week is that American Jews are still a pretty liberal bunch, especially when it comes to judging the Bush administration, according to a recent survey on Jewish attitudes on foreign policy. The poll found that 90 percent of American Jews believe the country… More ▸

  • Mccain Pitches ‘straight Talk’ and Iraq to Jewish Voters

    No confessional bloc rejects the Iraq war more than American Jews do. But in a bit of political jiu jitsu, John McCain is making the policy his own in his plea for Jewish votes. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee made headlines — and drew heavy fire from Democrats — for launching this year’s American Israel… More ▸

  • Jewish Poll: Obama Just a Little Behind Clinton, but Mccain Doing Well

    In keeping with Barack Obama’s comeback narrative this week, a new poll shows that the U.S. senator from Illinois would do almost as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton among Jewish voters in November. The survey also shows the presumed Republican candidate, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), poised to make gain in the Jewish community. Just… More ▸

  • Obama Tackles ‘pastor’ Question in Meeting with Philly Jews

    It’s the question that just won’t go away for presidential hopeful Barack Obama. No matter how many times he addresses it or gives major speeches about it, the “pastor question” pursues him in the Jewish community — and beyond. And it’s the one that still has many Jewish Democrats on the fence as they head… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The National Council of Jewish Women opposed a judicial nominee with an anti-abortion record. Richard Honaker, nominated by President Bush to a federal bench position in Wyoming, underwent a tough confirmation hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. “We are deeply troubled by Richard Honaker’s record of hostility to reproductive rights and his assertion… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbinical Parley Heavy on Political Conservatives

    Small c, meet capital C. With the Conservative Jewish movement set to hold its Rabbinical Assembly convention here next month, the agenda reads like a who’s who of the U.S. conservative political movement. The assembly’s chief honoree is John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice whose appointment in 2006 marked what was perhaps President… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish organizations marked 35 years since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The National Council of Jewish Women called on supporters to campaign against rollbacks of the decision in the intervening years. “We must prevent the appointment of any more judges to the federal bench who are selected for their… More ▸