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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 ▸

  • Political tidbits: Silverman talks about the “schlep,” new ads and more

    Sarah Silverman talks to the New York Times about her video for “The Great Schlep.” The National Jewish Democratic Council’s new advertisement deals with energy independence, while the Republican Jewish Coalition’s latest is about Obama’s statement that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “without preconditions.” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reveals that Barack Obama’s campaign… More ▸

  • What Palin would have said today (and why Hillary backed out)

    I’ve spent the past few days listening to people play the blame game about today’s Iran rally: Malcolm, Malcolm bo-balcom, banna fanna fo-Hillary, mi my mo-morman – Forman. One thing is clear: The McCain camp did intend to use the joint appearance with Hillary Clinton as a hammer with which to slam Barack Obama. How… More ▸

  • The rabbi and the pastor

    Eric Fingerhut has an article up about two prayers recited at Barack Obama’s big night last week in Denver at the Democratic convention: one by Rabbi David Saperstein, the Reform movement’s man in D.C., and another by Pastor John Hunter of Florida: Barack Obama’s big night began with a prayer from a rabbi and ended… More ▸

  • Biden & Schumer headed to Florida

    In an interview with JTA last week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted that Joe Biden would be a big asset with Jewish folks in Florida, predicting he would “come down and move around the bagel places and the condos.” Well… it didn’t take long. Biden heads to Florida on Tuesday – we don’t see any… More ▸

  • A quick leftover from Denver: The Faith Caucus

    There was a lot of hype the week before the Democratic National Convention about its Faith Caucus – and debate over whether the intersection of religion and politics would be harmful for both (here and here). But a visit to Tuesday’s two “Faith in Action” panel discussions found a program that had similarities with the… More ▸

  • JTA VIDEO: The final day

    Eric Fingerhut attends a session on MLK, Obama and black-Jewish relations. Ron Kampeas checks out an event with Obama foreign policy advisers and then interviews a Chinese convert to Judaism running for Congress. More ▸