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  • Political tidbits: Exodus from Lieberman’s Senate office is underway

    Sen. Joe Lieberman’s legislative director Joe Goffman quit yesterday, and Politico says it was a protest against his boss’ endosement of John McCain – and notes a half-dozen other recent defections. Here’s Goffman’s farewell e-mail. Bradley Burston in Haaretz compares the language in the Democratic and Republican platforms on Israel-related issues. In another piece, Burston… More ▸

  • A Jewish mother in Minneapolis — and her son in Iraq

    Paula Waterfield wears three items around her neck: A Magen David for her religion, a flag for her country and a silver star for her son, James, who is on his sixth tour of duty in Iraq. Waterfield is a member of the organization Families United For Our Troops and Their Mission, which is in… More ▸

  • Florida delegates: We’re behind Barack, but have work to do back home

    “I don’t want anyone to blame Hillary if [Obama] loses the election,” said Jewish Democratic National Convention Hillary Clinton delegate Bill Kling Wednesday morning. Her speech was “absolutely heartfelt. …I think she did enough to show her support.” The 80-year-old Plantation resident was representative of his fellow Florida Jewish delegates pledged for Clinton. They lauded… More ▸

  • Waxman on good turns deserving others

    When it comes to Barack Obama and the Jews, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has some advice as old as Hillel, and it sounds a lot like “Do unto others.” Waxman, the powerful chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee adds a twist to familiar appeals to Jewish Democrats attending the party convention… More ▸

  • Flaum makes it five

    The GOP convention has made it to half a minyan. David Flaum, the chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, is one of five Jewish speakers scheduled to address the GOP convention next week in St. Paul. Of course, that’s about how many Jewish speakers the Democrats have in a given night this week in Denver…. More ▸

  • Debbie takes the vows

    There’s converting and there’s becoming a priest. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is one of four people formally nominating Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to the presidency on Wednesday evening at the Democratic Party convention in Denver. Wasserman Schultz, of course, was one of the more avid supporters of Obama’s rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton… More ▸

  • Charlie Wilson begs off war talk

    The potential for an attack on Iran? That’s not Charlie Wilson’s war. “I don’t think we should invade Iran tomorrow,” the former Texas Democratic congressman famed in print and on film for his efforts to rout the Soviets from Afghanistan told JTA. “I don’t think we should invade Russia. I’m a little concerned that the… More ▸

  • Carter will be in Denver, but his speech will be from New Orleans

    Jimmy Carter’s speech at the Democratic National Convention will be on videotape from New Orleans, but he will be present in the convention hall in Denver on Monday night. Obama convention spokesperson Jenny Backus called to clarify her e-mail yesterday and said the controversial former president will “be recognized” before his speech and may even… More ▸

  • Hadassah will join Joe in St. Paul

    In case you missed it, JTA Washington bureau chief Ron Kampeas reported last week that Hadassah Lieberman will be joining her husband at the Republican National Convention. She’ll be a special guest at the Republican Jewish Coalition National Women’s Committee luncheon, fashion show and silent auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the… More ▸