George W. Bush

ADL report on “toxic atmosphere of rage” ignites…well, rage

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week’s ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer’s health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

Pew poll: Democrats more supportive of faith-based funding than Republicans

A new Pew Research Center poll has some interesting findings for advocates of expanding access to government funds for religious groups that provide health and social service programs, including the major Orthodox groups (Jewish “defense” organizations like the ADL generally oppose such programs).

According to the new survey, 69 percent of Americans say they support allowing such “charitable choice” schemes, with only 25 percent opposing.

Apocalypse Now: Iran Threat Dominates AIPAC Confab

03/20/2007
Staff Writers
Washington – The specter of the 1930s overshadowed  the Convention Center here as the pro-Israel lobby this week decried Iran as an existential threat to Israel and the West unseen since World War II. In comparison, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s three-day annual policy conference largely played down the Jewish state’s longstanding conflict with the Palestinians.

Pew poll: Democrats more supportive of faith-based funding than Republicans

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 A new Pew Research Center poll has some interesting findings for advocates of expanding access to government funds for religious groups that provide health and social service programs, including the major Orthodox groups (Jewish “defense” organizations like the ADL generally oppose such programs). According to the new survey, 69 percent of Americans say they support allowing such “charitable choice” schemes, with only 25 percent opposing.

The U.S. embassy in Israel: Washington’s favorite political game

Monday, November 16th, 2009 Early this month the Orthodox Union applauded the introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 2009, but I’m guessing its pragmatic man in Washington, Nathan Diament, isn’t buying tickets for the new embassy’s opening ceremony.

Still Marching For The Cause

09/03/2004
Staff Writer
It was close to 70 years ago that Evelyn Chasan bought a sharp royal-blue suit with a boxy jacket at Klein’s, the fabled department store on Union Square, and wore it to a May Day rally in support of unions and workers’ rights in the adjacent park. The memory came back to her on Sunday as she joined hundreds of thousands of others to march in sweltering heat and demonstrate deep opposition to the re-election of President George W. Bush.

Hillary Clinton in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the ‘reset’ button?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they’d send me the memo. Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”

Debate Over Tactics As Beijing Games Near

07/30/2008
Staff Writer
Although his job is in Jersey City, John Atkins, a numbers cruncher for a financial firm, started his workday one morning last week outside Rockefeller Center.

An Unplanned Lesson

08/21/2009
Staff Writer
Near the end of the 2007-08 academic year, some unusual news about one class at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan came home to Miriam Akabas and her daughter Ariel and other families of then-fifth-grade students:  there would be no boys in the school’s sixth-grade class the following year. For various unconnected reasons, several families of end-of-year fifth-graders were moving from New York City; seven of the departing students were boys, all the males in the class.

A Third Way On Faith-Based Conflict?

Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism was named to President Obama’s faith-based advisory board.

02/11/2009
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama may be seeking an elusive middle ground on major “culture wars” issues in the early days of his presidency. And according to some analysts that could cause headaches for Jewish church-state groups that were hoping for a sharp reversal of former President George W. Bush’s ambitious faith-based initiative.

Last week’s administration decision revamping the Bush-era faith-based office raised more questions than answers about contentious issues like job discrimination and proselytizing.

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