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Posted: Thu, 03/17/2016 - 11:04 | Political Insider

No one questions the qualifications, intellect or integrity of the man President Obama nominated to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Merrick Garland won easy bipartisan Senate confirmation to become the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit a decade ago, with the votes and praise of several Republican senators who today, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), refuse even to extend the courtesy of a personal meeting with the nominee.

Posted: Wed, 03/16/2016 - 20:51 | The New Normal

Last week, the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) released its first “Ruderman White Paper”—a comprehensive, scholarly investigation of media coverage of disability in instances of police violence from 2013 to 2015. Its focus was to expose the lack of coverage on this important issue. New Normal editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer spoke with Jay Ruderman, Foundation President, about why the Foundation is supporting this kind of study.

Posted: Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:24 | Well Versed

For most of us, “Oreo” does indeed conjure the beloved cookie. And most of us will not be aware that in the 70s, “Oreo” was the term used to denote those in the US who found themselves at that delicate nexus of Black and Jewish.

Posted: Fri, 03/11/2016 - 13:28 | The New Normal

On January 18, 2016, my son George Chaim became Bar Mitzvah at our synagogue, Mishkan Shalom. Like my fellow parents who have experienced their adolescent children going through this intensive rite-of-passage, I am still kvelling, sometimes teary-eyed, as I face the reality that we have already experienced thirteen years of his—and my—life together.

Posted: Wed, 03/09/2016 - 18:33 | Political Insider

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to reject an invitation from the President of the United States to meet at the White House, and he didn't do it through diplomatic channels but by a leak to reporters.

The move was seen widely in Washington and Jerusalem as a personal expression of contempt for this president and very much in character with this prime minister. It is hard to see what he thinks he would achieve by insulting Israel's most important ally and the leader of the world's only superpower.

Posted: Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:24 | Well Versed

When was the last time you were at a gallery or museum opening where a featured wine was Manishewitz Concord?  Better—when was the last time you were at an opening at the Ukrainian Institute of America of a Jewish-themed exhibition?