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Gabby Giffords Plans Surprise Appearance in Congress for Gun Hearing

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Former U.S. Congressman Gabby Gifffords, nearly killed in 2011 shooting attack, will make an unannounced appearance on Wednesday at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, sources said.Read More


41% Say Steven Spielberg Will Win Best Director Oscar for 'Lincoln'

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American filmmaker Steven Spielberg is clear favorite among the public to win the best director award for his film about President Abraham Lincoln at the Academy Awards this year, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.Read More


As Chuck Hagel Confirmation Hearing Looms, New Push for Pentagon Pick

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On the eve of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing, the White House is taking no chances. It’s mounted an all-out push to overcome stubborn opposition to the Pentagon pick.Read More


Max Kampelman, Cold War Diplomat Who Pushed for Soviet Jewry, Dies at 92

By JTA

Jewish groups mourned the passing of Max Kampelman, the top U.S. human rights negotiator who straddled the Carter and Reagan presidencies and who helped bring about recognition of the plight of Soviet Jews.Read More


Australian Elections Set for Yom Kippur, Disappointing Some Jewish Leaders

By JTA

Australia’s national elections have been set for Yom Kippur.Read More


Israel Forks Over $100M in Palestinian Tax Cash

By Reuters

Israel will give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration around $100 million in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday.Read More


Evangelical Christian Israel Backers Push Opposition to Chuck Hagel

By JTA

Conservative pro-Israel opposition to Chuck Hagel remains fierce, bolstered by the pivotal role being played by Christians United For Israel, the Texas-based group founded by Pastor John Hagee.Read More


Advocates Spotlight Plight of African Immigrants in Israel

By Lia Mandelbaum and Anne Cohen

American advocacy groups called for improved treatment for African immigrants and asylum seekers in Israel during a public forum in Los Angeles.Read More


John Kerry Wins Confirmation as Secretary of State

By Reuters

John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.Read More


John Kerry Cruises to 94-3 Senate Confirmation Vote

By Reuters

John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.Read More





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