President Barack Obama

Alan Gross To Be Obama Guest At SOTU

The Maryland man who spent five years in a Cuban prison for smuggling internet equipment for the Communist nation's tiny Jewish community will be a guest of President Obama at tomorrow night's State of the Union Address. 

Alan Gross, who was freed as part of a deal restoring relations between Cuba and the United States, will get hearty applause from Members of Congress, including those who think Obama made a bad deal with the Castros.

Balanced Budget Blather

President Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the top 0.1 percent -- that's 1 percent of the top 1 percent -- to give tax breaks to the middle class was quickly denounced by Republicans as "counterproductive."

He'll unveil his plan public in Tuesday's State of the Union Address but the opposition wasted no time in letting him know it is a non-starter.

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s A Bad Thing

09/23/2014
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More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics.

Pro-Israel Iraqi Official May Be Tapped For Key Post In New Cabinet

Mithal al Alusi, honored by AJC for moral courage, says U.S. should unite region against terrorism.

08/20/2014
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Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, whose support for Israel earned him the American Jewish Committee’s Moral Courage Award as well as tragic personal consequences, told The Jewish Week on Tuesday that he has been approached about becoming Minister of Human Rights in the new Iraqi government of Haider al Ibadi.

Mithal al-Alusi, chief of the Iraqi Nation party, gives a press conference in Arbil in 2011. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Im

Obama’s Faith-Based Advisers Divided Over Exemption For Anti-Gay Discrimination

07/09/2014
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Washington -- President Obama’s faith-based advisers are coming down on different sides of a debate over a pending executive order that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.

Doing It The AIPAC Way

03/10/2014
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There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.

A Jewish Duty: Creating A More Representative Judiciary

01/02/2014
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Of all the wisdom and political theory from the great Thomas Paine that has endured perhaps some of his wisest words were those he imparted on the eve of the American revolution: “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must… undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” (The American Crisis, Number IV: Philadelphia, September 12 [1777]). Paine’s words are both thoughtful and inspiring and serve as a reminder that we must constantly defend and enhance our justice system in America to support freedom.

Members of Native American tribes pose for photos at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2012. Getty Images

Transcript: Obama's Prepared Remarks At Jerusalem Convention Center

03/21/2013

Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcomethat I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.

'We Share A Common Story'

03/20/2013
Staff Writer

There were hugs and smiles at Ben-Gurion Airport today as President Barack Obama arrived on a three-day visit to Israel to “reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our two nations.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu greets President Obama at Ben Gurion Airport.

Why Is Obama Going To Israel In March?

There has been a good deal of speculation about why President Obama, who did not visit Israel during his first term, is planning to go to Jerusalem in three weeks.

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