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Jewish Democrats create “Rabbis for Health Insurance Reform”; will the Orthodox sign on?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 You can’t say the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) isn’t doing its part for their party’s embattled  health care reform legislation  – or, as the Obama administration has rebranded it, health insurance reform.

Joshua Fattal and the perils of Internet journalism

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 I’m a huge fan of the Internet – in fact, it’s a large part of my job.  Obviously,  I’m a blogger, and regard blogging as an essential ingredient in the newspaper of tomorrow. But I’m also alarmed at how easily distortions and mistakes, reported as “news” by bloggers and disseminated to vast, worldwide audiences that uncritically accept their outpourings,  become indelible parts of the news background.

Huckabee heading to Israel - and embracing settlers (again)

Monday, August 10th, 2009 One sure sign a politician is laying the groundwork for a future presidential bid is a sudden yearning for Israel travel.  So it must be for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,  who will be visiting Israel next week.

Jewish groups react to Limbaugh - but ignore the bigger problem

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 Isn’t there something off key in the reaction of a growing number of Jewish leaders to talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s latest outrage?  Limbaugh, who has built a stellar career out of carefully orchestrated rage, apparently crossed a line when he likened Democratic health care reform advocates to Nazis and said President Obama has “a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook.” Say what?  Do people actually believe this stuff?

J Street Having Capitol Hill Impact? NORPAC says ‘yes’

Friday, August 7th, 2009 Their opponents claim they’re having absolutely no impact in Congress, but a NORPAC action alert today says differently.

Are we broadening the Iran debate - or narrowing it?

Friday, August 7th, 2009 Look at the Iran talking points major Jewish groups provide to their own activists, and one point is always spelled out explicitly:  Iran isn’t just an Israeli or a Jewish issue.  Make that a central part of your activism, the pro-Israel troops are instructed.

California Dreaming: Let’s hope it’s not contagious

Friday, July 31st, 2009 The Wall Street Journal ran this headline yesterday:  “Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low.” Californians, it turns out,  aren’t happy with his role in a budget crisis that brought the state to the brink of bankruptcy and will now produce record cuts to an an already-pared back education system and benefits to the poor, the elderly and the sick.

WaPo and NYT disagree on Obama settlements policy

Friday, July 31st, 2009 They’re longtime journalistic rivals, and now the Washington Post and the New York Times are slugging it out on the question of President Barak Obama’s demand for a complete Israeli settlements freeze.

Obama bashing watch: Prez hit on anti-Semitism envoy

Friday, July 31st, 2009 This just in from the Jerusalem Post: President Barack Obama’s failure to name a special envoy on anti-Semitism “raises questions about the importance the new administration attaches to the fight against anti-Semitism,” according to Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.” Seriously.

Holocaust Museum teams with Google Earth to show Darfur destruction

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has always been out front in using new technologies to tell the story of what happened to the Jews in World War II. And it has for several years been a leader in trying to focus world attention on the continuing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, in the belief that one important way to honor the slaughtered Jews of the Holocaust is to prevent genocide in today’s world.
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