Debbie Wasserman Schultz, The DNC, And The Anti-Bernie Emails

One week after playing the anti-Semitism card against Trump, the South Florida congresswoman resigns as DNC chair over aide's emails.

07/25/2016 - 13:48

Just last week, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was playing the anti-Semitism card against Donald Trump. But in a startling turnaround, on the eve of her own party’s convention, it’s the South Florida congresswoman who is out as chair of the Democratic National Committee — over a Jewish-related controversy of her own.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, speaking to delegates at the party’s convention. JTA

Law-And-Order Pitch By GOP Seen Testing Jews

Experts unclear how much message will resonate; Florida seen as key for Trump.

07/20/2016 - 00:26
Staff Writer

Cleveland — The “us” versus “them” campaign of Donald Trump moved into high gear here this week at the Republican National Convention as the party’s presidential nominee highlighted his pledge to be a law-and-order president.

Donald Trump introducing his wife, Melania, Monday night in Cleveland. Getty Images

Top GOP Jews Want To Hear More From Trump

Support for presumptive nominee, though tentative, appears to be coalescing.

05/05/2016 - 16:23
Staff Writer

Some prominent Jewish Republicans have begun cautiously throwing their support — however tepid — to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after his two remaining competitors dropped out. But many want to hear from him more on several key issues.

Some prominent Jewish Republicans have begun cautiously throwing their support, however tepid, Trump. Getty Images

You Should Be Scared Of Islamophobia

03/22/2016 - 13:24

All strongmen seduce, and Donald Trump is no exception. He enchants his supporters with his virility, his endless references to his success, his oversized and gilded ego. Because I am great, he promises, you will be too. America will be great. Even if you disagree with him, he holds you in thrall. He doesn’t obey the laws of political physics, or any basic social conventions either. 

Haroon Moghul.

Voters Warm To Candidates Who Are Not Religious

01/27/2016 - 11:46

On the growing list of ways the “outsiders” election of 2016 is upsetting conventional political wisdom, here’s a new entry:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a copy of the Bible he said his mother gave him as a youth. RNS

GOP Candidates Woo Top Jews

Bucking polls, RJC members cheer Rubio, Cruz and Bush.

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Associate Editor

The Republican Jewish Coalition’s presidential “primary” last week in Washington — offering more than $100 million in contributions, but let’s not talk about money — was likely the most important preliminary event of the campaign. It was the only event (aside from debates) that all the Republican candidates agreed to participate in, and it marked a clear distinction between Jewish Republicans and non-Jewish Republicans: The “outsiders,” Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, prominent in polls and among pundits, made little serious impact at the RJC, while proven Israel loyalists Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush received the biggest ovations, according to several RJC directors.

Third in national polls, Marco Rubio, above, along with Ted Cruz. GETTY IMAGES

'My God Is Better Than Your God'

Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz want to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating several cabinet departments, although neither could remember just which ones he wanted to deep six.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to go the other way and create a new agency of government, one that will be totally useless, an utter waste of taxpayer money and further antagonize people around the world who think America is already too arrogant and domineering.

Holy War Breaks Out On The GOP Stump

Religion’s back as Trump may be gaining on the Orthodox street.

09/22/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In the fall of 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy made one of the pivotal speeches of his campaign, challenging the many Protestants who feared that Kennedy’s Roman Catholic faith would prevent him from acting independently of his Church. With Kennedy’s victory, the issue of presidential religion seemed settled. Few could have imagined in the 21st century, “religion” would return to campaign politics with all the grace of a golem.

No GOP Candidate Trumps Trump

Ask Daughter Ivanka Kushner: Donald Trump may be the most closely connected to the Jewish community of them all.

08/09/2015 - 20:00

Among the expansive field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates on display in the party’s first debates, Donald Trump may be the most closely connected to the Jewish people.

Donald Trump participating in the first Republican presidential debate for the 2016 race, at the Quicken Loans Arena. JTA

Who’s Ahead In The ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary?’

With plenty of pro-Israel candidates on the GOP slate, Jewish support is spread thin so far.

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

With the announcement this week that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has become the 16th candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Jewish GOP insiders are sorting through this assortment of pro-Israel riches, for every one of the candidates seems to have compassion and understanding for Israel’s numerous predicaments.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, above, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, center, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are all seen as strong on Israel.
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