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Bold choice for new anti-Semitism envoy?

Friday, November 20th, 2009 It’s looking more and more like Hannah Rosenthal, the former executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), will be the new State Department special emissary on anti-Semitism; her appointment could be announced as early as today, sources here say. That looks to me like an intriguing, out-of-the-box selection.

New ADL report on rage in America, conspiracy theories and other scary stuff

Those folks at the Anti-Defamation League keep churning out reports, and sometimes they're downright terrifying.

This week the ADL released a report on the growing mood of rage and suspicion gripping the nation since President Barack Obama's election a year ago, fueled by “theories about gun confiscations,”  anti-government “tea parties” ' and a “resurgent militia movement.”

New ADL report on rage in America, conspiracy theories and other scary stuff

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Those folks at the Anti-Defamation League keep churning out reports, and sometimes they’re downright they’re downright terrifying. This week the ADL released a report on the growing mood of rage and suspicion gripping the nation since President Barack Obama’s election a year ago, fueled by “theories about gun confiscations,”  anti-government “tea parties” ‘ and a “resurgent militia movement.”

Different actors, same script in latest Jerusalem building controversy

Haven't we seen this movie before?

The script goes like this: Washington objects to Israeli settlement  construction; there are some angry words on both sides, and then an apparent coming together around some vaguely defined, transparent face-saving compromise. Both sides insist there's no crisis in the relationship.

Different actors, same movie on Jerusalem construction

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 Haven’t we seen this movie before? The script goes like this: Washington objects to Israeli settlement  construction; there are some angry words on both sides, and then an apparent coming together around some vaguely defined, transparent face-saving compromise. Both sides insist there’s no crisis in the relationship.

Pew poll: Democrats more supportive of faith-based funding than Republicans

A new Pew Research Center poll has some interesting findings for advocates of expanding access to government funds for religious groups that provide health and social service programs, including the major Orthodox groups (Jewish “defense” organizations like the ADL generally oppose such programs).

According to the new survey, 69 percent of Americans say they support allowing such “charitable choice” schemes, with only 25 percent opposing.

Pew poll: Democrats more supportive of faith-based funding than Republicans

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 A new Pew Research Center poll has some interesting findings for advocates of expanding access to government funds for religious groups that provide health and social service programs, including the major Orthodox groups (Jewish “defense” organizations like the ADL generally oppose such programs). According to the new survey, 69 percent of Americans say they support allowing such “charitable choice” schemes, with only 25 percent opposing.

The U.S. embassy in Israel: Washington's favorite political game

Early this month the Orthodox Union applauded the introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 2009, but I'm guessing its pragmatic man in Washington, Nathan Diament, isn't buying tickets for the new embassy's opening ceremony.

The U.S. embassy in Israel: Washington’s favorite political game

Monday, November 16th, 2009 Early this month the Orthodox Union applauded the introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 2009, but I’m guessing its pragmatic man in Washington, Nathan Diament, isn’t buying tickets for the new embassy’s opening ceremony.
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