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New Year’s Congressional Commotion

Monday, September 29th, 2008 James Besser in Washington With bank failures and a bearish stock market casting a dark shadow over the Capitol, Congress is scrambling to pass the record $700 billion financial bailout package this week. And that’s causing big problems for numerous Jewish lawmakers. Many Jewish House members - there are 30 of them - were watching the clock as today’s debate dragged on and their prospects for getting out of town in time for the beginning of Rosh Hashanah diminished with every tick.

Pelosi: Lieberman Could be Toast

Friday, August 15th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Sen. Joe Lieberman is riding high as a top surrogate for his pal John McCain, but he could face rough going in the Senate next year if the Democrats pick up as many seats on November 4 as most experts predict. This week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued the strongest-yet warning to the former Democrat - not that Lieberman seems very interested in the opinions of his old colleagues.

The Presbyterians Meet, Talk About Israel, Who Cares?

Monday, June 30th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Recently the Jewish Week reported on a new dustup between Jewish leaders and the Presbyterian Church (USA), the mainline church that played an early role in promoting the idea of targeted sanctions aimed at Israel.

AIPAC By the Numbers

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’ gaudy, it’s over the top, some say it’s tasteless, but it sure as heck is effective. AIPAC’s legendary “roll call,” a decades-old tradition at the annual policy conference banquet, is a graphic indication of the group’s continuing Capitol Hill clout. You can bet politicians in both parties, at every level of the political game, hear the message loud and clear.

The Great Yeshiva `Riot’ Of `68

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Forty years ago this spring, Columbia University was rocked by student riots, and Yeshiva University, where I was a senior, was the scene of a major water fight. And therein lies a tale.

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