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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Embattled Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is fighting back against his congressional critics, accusing them of “improper conduct” and demanding an ethics investigation into their activities.Abramoff, a top fund-raiser for President Bush’s reelection campaign and one of the capital’s leading Orthodox philanthropists, is being investigatedRead More


‘Campus SuperStar’ Sexes Up College Life With Song

By Benyamin Cohen

It was 7:58 p.m. on Thursday night, and 700 screaming fans were gathered inside EarthLink Live, a hip concert venue in Midtown Atlanta. Outside, another 300 eager ticketholders lined the street. A young 20-something shrieked into her cell phone, taunting a jealous friend as she sauntered through the throngs into the sold-out event. In the lobby,Read More


In This Week’s Yiddish Forward

• In our color supplement: photos of Passover from the Forward archive, and the Abel Pann exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.• We reprint a rare article on the origins of the Haggada by Isaac Bashevis Singer from when he used the pseudonym “Yitskhok Varshavsky.”In This Week’s Russian Forward• An interview with Israel’s foreignRead More


A Chat With Big Bird’s Boss

By Marjorie Ingall

It’s hard to believe “Sesame Street” is turning 35. It still looks so dewy and youthful. Big Bird still peers out at the world with his big innocent unwrinkled birdie eyes; nerdy Bert still does his patented slow burn at Ernie’s goofball antics; Oscar still snarls when excessive sappiness and sentiment get too near his trash can. ButRead More


Newsdesk April 2, 2004

Israel Keeps Basketball TournamentThe Final Four of the Euroleague will be held in Tel Aviv on April 29 as planned.The basketball organization’s managerial committee, meeting in Barcelona, voted Tuesday against a proposal to move the gala event of the season from Tel Aviv due to security concerns.The committee also dealt the Spanish teamRead More


Pullout Plan Faring Well With Bush, Arab States

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite his mounting legal and political problems at home, Prime Minister Sharon is making headway in securing U.S. support for his unilateral withdrawal plan and aggressive efforts to crush Hamas, according to American and Israeli sources.Encouraged by the relatively mild response of Arab leaders to Israel’s assassinationRead More


Fox Newsman Exaggerated Fundraising Efforts

By Nathaniel Popper

The self-described enemy of political spin, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly, appears to have been overstating his charitable efforts on behalf of Israel, while defending his support for Mel Gibson and “The Passion of the Christ.”During a March 10 appearance on the Don Imus radio show, O’Reilly struck back at one of his sharpest critics,Read More


Bushies Skip Opportunity To Rip Foe Over Israel

By Nathaniel Popper

Even as the White House races to discredit former U.S. anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, Bush administration officials and their allies appear to be steering clear of one politically loaded piece of evidence.A 1992 report by Sherman Funk, then inspector general of the State Department, alleged that Clarke overlooked Israel’s illegal sale ofRead More


Philanthropist Attacks University for Right Turn

By Steven I. Weiss

The gloves came off in a long-simmering intra-Orthodox battle last week as the chairman of an upstart seminary castigated the leadership of Yeshiva University for a perceived rightward shift.Howard Jonas, the billionaire chairman of the fledgling Manhattan-based seminary, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, declared in a speech at the school’s first galaRead More


Conservatives Seek Support For God Talk In Public Life

By Miriam Colton

Congressional conservatives are struggling to build support for a new bill that would limit the ability of judges to prohibit government acknowledgment of God.Known as “The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004,” the bill would prevent federal courts from ruling on issues such as the legality of the national motto “In God We Trust” or theRead More


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