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For Jewish Politics, A Decade Of Declines

Civil liberties, Jewish power, unity on Israel, confidence in elected officials all took hits in a period scarred by 9/11.

12/24/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

At the end of the 1990s, the nation seemed to want nothing more than a scandal-free White House and reassurance that computers wouldn’t go haywire when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But a decade later, the political landscape has been radically transformed, and several important narratives have unfolded that will change Jewish life in America forever.

Jimmy Carter’s message to the Jewish community: lions, lambs and why he still doesn’t get it

I was intrigued by Jimmy Carter's Chanukah message to the Jewish community, delivered via JTA, which provided a real insight into what makes him a decent human being – and made him a wretched failure as a president and Middle East policy analyst, which he fancies himself to be.

Jimmy Carter’s message to the Jewish community: lions, lambs and why he still doesn’t get it

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 I was intrigued by Jimmy Carter’s Chanukah message to the Jewish community, delivered via JTA, which provided a real insight into what makes him a decent human being – and made him a wretched failure as a president and Middle East policy analyst, which he fancies himself to be.

Michael Oren Correct To Stomp On J Street

My colleague, James Besser, asked, on his blog , why Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren (correctly described as “smart and sophisticated”)  “continues to pick needless fights” with J Street, the so-called and cynically self-described “pro-peace process lobby” and political action committee (see a JTA story on Oren’s latest comments).

The very last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever.

I'm guessing tonight's party won't be the end of it.

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Jewish groups are lauding yesterday's House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can't produce itself.

But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up. 

The VERY last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever. I’m guessing tonight’s party won’t be the end of it.

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 Jewish groups are lauding yesterday’s House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can’t produce itself. But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up.

Politics Of Meaning Redux?

11/05/1999
Staff Writer
Back in their early White House days, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s more provocative guests was Michael Lerner, the Jewish activist and writer whose “politics of meaning” especially captured the first lady’s interest. That ended when Lerner overpublicized their personal relationship. But now Clinton’s vice president and personal choice for heir has found a politics-of-meaning guru of his own. And unlike Lerner, prominent feminist writer Naomi Wolf does not make free house calls.
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