Tea party

Could GOP Lose Its Only Jew In Congress?

The only Jewish Republican in the U.S. Congress -- and the man who wants to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House -- is facing an unusual primary challenge to hang on to his seat in Tuesday's Virginia primary.

If Rep. Eric Cantor, 51, the House majority leader, wins on Tuesday he becomes a leading candidate to succeed Speaker John Boehner if the Ohio congressman is defeated either in November by constituents or by colleagues in the GOP caucus who say he isn't conservative enough for their tastes.

Guarding The Public Trust

06/06/2013 - 20:00

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

Though the Torah is, by anyone’s definition, an ancient document, its “cast of characters,” if you will, often portray sensitivities that are strikingly relevant to contemporary concerns.   One area in particular in which this is evident is in the responsibility of those in leadership positions to be worthy of the trust that others put in them, particularly with regard to fiduciary duty.

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

Relief In Sight: Congress Leaves Town

Here in the national manufacturing center for hot air, we just finished sweating out one of the lengthiest heat waves in the city's history with 16 consecutive days at or above 90 degrees, and many of those over 100 and setting records. 

Huck out, Jewish GOP givers waiting for a winner?

Some pro-Israel hawks are undoubtedly disappointed with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's announcement yesterday that he won't run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

But I didn't see a big “Jews for Huck” surge developing, and I've heard of very few Jewish Republican campaign finance heavyweights who were waiting for him to throw his hat in the ring.

Sen. Rand Paul unrepentant on Israel aid

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has elaborated on his recent call to end all foreign aid – including Israel's $3 billion allotment, and the Tea Party Republican isn't backing down in the face of strong criticism within his own party.

Speaking to ABC News, he said the Tea Party movement is serious about wanting big cuts in federal spending and that “[t]here’s a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren’t maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come.”

Rand Paul and the Tea Party: A toxic mix for Israel aid?

 So Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), a leading light of the Tea Party movement, wants to end all foreign aid – including Israel’s. Does that mean a crisis for Israel aid looms?

Probably not, although I'm sure the folks at AIPAC aren't taking that for granted.

Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish Test Case for Tea Party

12/20/2010 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives because he wasn’t a “true Christian conservative.”

Scary story: an amendment to unravel federal protections?

Am I the only one alarmed by today's New York Times story on a growing movement among conservatives and Tea Partiers seeking “ a constitutional amendment that would allow a vote of the states to overturn any act of Congress?”

Community Bracing For Post-Election Perfect Storm

Voter fears of big government, deficit could lead to dramatic service cuts; confluence of issues clouds GA.
11/02/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

A Jewish federation system that was beginning to recover from the deepest recession in postwar history could be facing a new perfect storm in the wake of this week’s congressional elections and a tidal wave of voter unhappiness about big government and a runaway federal deficit.

New Yorkers at the polls Tuesday.
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