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  • A little more on the Palin-Meridor meeting

    Sarah Palin and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor talked about the U.S.-Israel relationship and the challenges both countries face, including the Iranian nuclear threat, in their meeting Monday morning at a Leesburg, Va. hotel. An embassy official said the ambassador had requested the opportunity to meet Palin and Monday was the first… More ▸

  • Post-hurricane woes continue in Houston — and it could get worse

    The aftermath of Hurricane Ike and the rebuilding effort in Houston and Galveston have been lost in the media frenzy surrounding the economic crisis and the presidential election. Because of that, the fund-raising effort to help Texans has suffered, according to the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. “The fact of the… More ▸

  • McCain’s Jewish tele-town hall

    John McCain will be spending Sunday morning with Jewish leaders. After an introduction from Joe Lieberman, the Republican presidential nominee will hold a “tele-town hall” with representatives of groups such as Chabad-Lubavitch, Agudath Israel, the Orthodox Union, Young Israel and rabbis of various denominations, according to a campaign press release. McCain will discuss Israel, national… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Good news for Jewish Dems in House, Obama gets serious about Fla.

    The chances for re-election of two Jewish members of Congress have been upgraded by the Cook Political Report – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) from Lean to Likely Democratic, and Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) from Likely to Solid Democratic. Jewish Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz almost triples the fundraising totals of incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young in… More ▸

  • RJC’s latest calls Obama “reckless”

    The newest advertisement in the Republican Jewish Coalition’s ad campaign takes on Barack Obama’s position on Jerusalem. Headlined “Where does Barack Obama stand on Jerusalem? It depends on what day you ask him,” the advertisement states that the Democrat’s “shifting views on Jerusalem are reckless.” It points out that at his speech at the AIPAC… More ▸

  • Rabbis for Obama: GOP “creeping toward hate speech,” RJC McCarthyite

    A pro-Obama group of rabbis says recent statements by John McCain and Sarah Palin are “creeping toward hate speech” and blasts the Republican Jewish Coalition for using McCarthyite tactics. In a statement released Thursday, the group of 562 rabbis states that “increasingly those speaking on behalf of the McCain campaign have been demonizing Senator Obama… More ▸

  • No undecideds in this crowd

    If Wednesday night’s bipartisan debate-watching party at a Washington, D.C. synagogue can be used as a gauge, then the newspaper ads might as well stop – everyone in the Jewish community has already decided who they’re voting for next month. When the 125 people in attendance at Washington Hebrew Congregation were asked if any of… More ▸

  • Terrorism and the ballot box

    Way back in my AP days, just as the Afghanistan war was getting underway, I wrote about the difficulties minorities face in special forces in the U.S. military. Blacks made up 20 percent of the military but just 4 percent of special forces. In the process, I uncovered a federally commissioned Rand Institute report, that… More ▸