Rabbi Jonah Pesner, a senior vice president of the Union of Reform Judaism and the founding director of Just Congregations, the union’s community organizing arm, is considering a run for Senate as a Democrat in the Massachusetts special election to succeed John Kerry, according to the blog “Talking Politics.”
Pesner began having “exploratory conversations” about three weeks ago, and is moving forward with the process, he told the blogger, David Bernstein, who blogs for the Phoenix, a weekly newspaper and website in the Boston area.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 12/25/2012 - 14:36
The NRA is falsely representing Israelis gun laws in its latest tactic to promote more firearms sales and block any new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown massacre that killed 20 school children and six of their teachers.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 12/25/2012 - 09:14
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Connecticut) has been doing a farewell tour of media interviews and gave a Senate speech looking back on his Senate career and legislative accomplishments. But his greatest achievement was not on the Senate floor but in an election he lost.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 21:56
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the senior woman in the U.S. Congress, has been named to replace the senior male senator as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. The Maryland Democrat, who Politico has called the "sawed-off shotgun from Baltimore," is a longtime prominent supporter of the Jewish community's domestic legislative agenda and a strong backer of the US-Israel relationship.
She succeeds the late Daniel K. Inouye, who died last week at 88.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 16:19
Tragedies like the one in Newtown's Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School a week ago today are the fault of Hollywood, the media and violent video games, not the country's virulent gun culture, and the solution is to put more guns in the schools, insisted the head of the National Rifle Association.
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's CEO, defiantly declared making schools "gun free zones" is an invitation to more slaughters like the ones we've seen so often, and he called for posting armed guards in every school in the country.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 09:39
Israel lost one of its best friends and the U.S. Senate lost a true legend Monday with the passing of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. A genuine hero in war and peace, he was one of the last of the Greatest Generation, a generation that saw the Jewish state come into existence and fight for its survival, and he played an important role in advancing U.S.-Israeli friendship for more than half a century.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 23:38
Brooklyn Congressman Jerry Nadler (D) said the Newtown school shooting once again reminds us of the need to discuss gun control and gun violence. That's a no brainer. Sadly, it won't happen. Soon the public mourning and calls for tightening laws regarding gun access will be overshadowed by the looming fiscal cliff or the next story to monopolize the one-crisis-at-a-time media and prove we are a nation with a short memory and shorter attention span.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:59
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger opposed the Jackson-Vanik law linking trade concessions for the Soviet Union with easing restrictions on emigration. The best way to help free Soviet Jewry was to rely on his "silent diplomacy," he insisted
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 01:09
There's an old principle in warfare, "get there first with the most." It's also a good principle in politics, and was on full display during the battle for the Jewish vote in this year's presidential campaign.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:33
Danny Ayalon, the former Israeli ambassador to Washington, was a surprise choice for deputy foreign minister in the new Netanyahu government in 2009 and a bigger surprise when he was suddenly dumped this month by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.