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  • The Khalidi Chronicles — the McCain connection (UPDATE #2)

    Republican Jews, and other McCain supporters, have been paying a lot of attention to Barack Obama’s relationship with Rashid Khalidi. But John McCain has his own affiliation with the Palestinian-American academic and activist. McCain has been chairman of the International Republican Institute since 1993, an organization which "advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political… More ▸

  • Checking the footnotes

    It’s the last week of a very long campaign, so nothing can go unanswered – even an ad’s footnotes. The Republican Jewish Coalition on Tuesday released the last in its controversial series of advertisements attacking Barack Obama for his foreign policy views and advisers, which will appearing in Jewish newspapers later this week. The ad… More ▸

  • John and Sarah Shmoe?

    “‘O’ & Joe or The Shmoes” – that’s the slogan on a new campaign button from the National Jewish Democratic Council. For an $18 donation, you’ll get a button with caricatures of the four candidates and the slogan – with John McCain and Sarah Palin pegged as “The Shmoes.” NJDC executive director Ira Forman said… More ▸

  • Holocaust hype enters the elections

    Just days after an email to 75,000 Pennsylvania Jews suggested that a vote for Barack Obama could cause another Holocaust, at least two of the signatories to the letter are distancing themselves from it. This after the political operative who apparently wrote the letter was fired. The letter, paid for by the state Republican Party,… More ▸

  • RJC turns to TV (UPDATED)

    Voters in Ohio, Florida, Nevada and Pennsylvania will see this television advertisement frequently over the next two weeks. The Republican Jewish Coalition has spent more than $1 million to run it in those four swing states. The ad uses the tag line that the RJC has used in many of its controversial print ads: “Concerned… 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸