Richard Nixon

Shape Shifters

Three of the Democrats running for president in 2016 started their political lives as Republicans.  That says more about the GOP than it does about the candidates, writes Catherine Rampell in the Washington Post,

Political Journeys Up The River

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had his sights set on the White House but instead he's headed for the Big House.  The former government was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week following his conviction on corruption, fraud and bribery charges.  His attempts to blame his wife didn't wash, nor did his plea that his talents would be wasted in prison.

Meanwhile, in Israel police have recommended filing charges of fraud, bribery, breach of trust and money laundering against former defense minister and Labor Knesset member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

Studio JW: Why JFK Matters

An interview with author Scott D. Reich.

Heather Robinson speaks with attorney and author Scott D. Reich, a member of The Jewish Week's 2013 class of 36 Under 36, about his book "The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters To A New Generation."

Among the topics: JFK and the Jewish community.

New Nixon Tapes Show More Anti-Semitism

08/22/2013 - 20:00

President Richard Nixon is heard in the last set of his White House tapes making anti-Semitic statements in discussions with visitors to the Oval Office and by telephone.

Obama: A Second Truman?

In an early election-season speech, in a campaign that finds the presidential incumbent often under attack as – at best – lukewarm to the interests of Israel, Vice President Biden delivered what he considered a knockout punch last week.

President Obama, Biden declared during a speech at New York University marking Israel’s 64th anniversary, is second only to the commander-in-chief widely considered the Jewish State’s best friend ever in the White House.

Break The Mirror: How Schwarzenegger Learned To Love Sargent Shriver

One loved Nixon. One ran against Nixon in 1972, and was the brother-in-law of the man who beat Nixon in 1960. Yet a real bond seemed to develope between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sargent Shrive. Here's Schwarzenegger's tribute to Shriver in The Los Angeles Times.

The Kissinger “Gas Chambers” Debacle – A Post Mortem

12/25/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except, of course, Henry Kissinger’s publicists and strategists who decided that the slowest news day of the year was the perfect time for him to apologize, sort of, for telling Richard Nixon in 1973 that “if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

Fighting Soldiers From The Sky --The Ballad Of The (Jewish) Green Beret

The recent release of 1973 tapes from the Nixon White House (a barely audible conversation between Nixon and Kissinger) caught Nixon saying, "I didn't notice many Jewish names coming back from Vietnam on any of those lists; I don't know how the hell they avoid it.."

Kissinger redux: understanding the context, missing the point

In his latest defense of his indefensible comments about Soviet Jews during the last days of the Nixon administration, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once apologizes, sort of.

Kissinger, Nixon and the 'it's okay because they helped Israel' argument

 I admit it, after 24 years in this business I was still surprised by the “but-he-was-good-for-Israel” defense of Henry Kissinger I've been reading in blogs, Jewish Week comments and emails.

What Kissinger said, in a White House conversation with that old anti-Semite President Richard Nixon, was this: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

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