Independent and soon-to-retire Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut offered some strong pro-Israel street cred to Queens Democrat David Weprin yesterday with his endorsement. The 2000 Dem vice presidential nominee and 2004 presidential contender is, of course, considered a major Israel defender in the Senate.
This is more than just a typical partisan endorsement since Lieberman, with a bone to pick against his former party for turning their back on him in his 2006 re-election bid, backed Republican John McCain for president in 2008, even speaking at the GOP's convention.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) plans to attend a Glenn Beck rally in Jerusalem.
"The idea of the 'Restoring Courage' gathering in Jerusalem is an important idea and a very constructive one at a very important time for Israel," Lieberman said in a video posted on the right wing talk show provocatuer's website this week. "It's not against anybody or any group, it's to stand with Israel at a time when a lot of the rest of the world is attempting to delegitimize Israel."
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A bipartisan bill introduced by top lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives would considerably tighten sanctions on Iran.
The bill, introduced May 13 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), its ranking Democrat, would ban business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran's energy sector, or $5 million over one year.
It also would expand sanctions against alleged human rights violators and financial institutions that deal with Iran.
Outgoing senator says his new book will give perspective on joys and limitations of Shabbat for public figures; in interview, reflects on mistakes, triumphs and current events.
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Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who will not seek a fifth term in 2012, hasn't announced his future plans. But as a prolific author and prominent observant Jew, Lieberman says he wants to do "a little bit of missionary work," promoting Sabbath observance as a divine gift and lifting the mystique about what an observant Jew can and cannot do, especially while holding public responsibilities, within the confines of the day of rest.
This one is so old it has whiskers: Orthodox groups are supporting, church-state separation groups are opposing and most other Jewish groups are ignoring the latest chapter in the perennial battle over a District of Columbia school vouchers program.
The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, created in 2004, was the first school voucher program involving federal dollars, which made it a particularly explosive issue for supporters and opponents alike.
There's been a lot of buzz in recent days about Mormons in politics – and the claim that church members, long the victims of discrimination in the political world, may be coming into their own in much the same way as Jews have entered the political big leagues in recent decades.
Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney remains a strong contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination; Jon Huntsman Jr. , a former Utah governor and now U.S. ambassador to China, is widely expected to make a run for the nomination.
Update: the National Jewish Democratic Council just released a statement praising Lieberman for his "years of dedicated and loyal service" and saying that "his presence and voice in the Senate will be missed."
It'll be hard to find anybody who's surprised at today's expected announcement that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is calling it quits next year after four terms in the Senate.
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