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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Flipping for Florida: Pounding the Republicans’ main line of attack on the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman rapped Massachusetts Senator John Kerry on Monday for “flip-flopping” on Israel’s security fence and for “mistakes in judgment” regarding a 1997 remark praising Yasser Arafat as aRead More


The Blood of Martyrs

By Gus Tyler

While on a recent trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld predicted that Osama bin Laden would be captured “at some point.” The scuttlebutt is that such a “capture” seems likely to come near enough to Election Day to provide President Bush with the votes necessary to lift him out of his sagging standing in theRead More


Groups Back Bill To Monitor Universities

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Risking a clash with civil libertarians, major Jewish communal organizations are lobbying the Senate to approve a bill that would tighten federal monitoring of government-funded Middle East studies programs at universities.The bill, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, is pitting the JewishRead More


Author Challenges Rambam’s Principles

By Steven I. Weiss

A religious debate over intellectual freedom is brewing in the Orthodox world, following the recent publication of a book challenging the widespread view within Orthodoxy that Maimonides’s Thirteen Principles of Faith represents a binding articulation of Jewish theological dogma.In his book, “The Limits ofRead More


It’s a Rich Battle as O’Reilly, Times Critic Square Off in Culture War

By Nathaniel Popper

The culture war sweeping across America sometimes can appear to boil down to a sparring match between two men.In one corner is Bill O’Reilly, representing the Fox News Channel and the new brand of conservative populism sweeping the nation. In the other is Frank Rich, wearing the colors of the New York Times and liberal urban culture.ThisRead More


Middle Class Feeling Pain Of Lengthy Jobs Dearth

By Nathaniel Popper

One number stood out among the disappointing employment statistics for February released last week: The average length of unemployment rose to 20.3 weeks — the highest in two decades.The lengthening tenure of the unemployed comes as little surprise to Joel Shurkin, a reporter who shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the ThreeRead More


U.S. Plans To Pressure Iranians Over Nukes

By Marc Perelman

In a bid to get Iran to halt its nuclear programs, the Bush administration is planning to expose the regime’s hidden nuclear activities in the run-up to a key meeting in June of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to people close to the issue.Two sources said that the United States and Israel have intelligence on Iran’s nuclearRead More


Defending Withdrawal Plan, Sharon Aims at Top General

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — While Israel and the world community try to guess just what Prime Minister Sharon means when he speaks of his “disengagement plan,” Sharon himself has begun lashing out at the plan’s critics, choosing as his first target an unlikely — and quite unsuspecting — opponent: Israel’s military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. MosheRead More


Reform Rabbis Seek To Revive Food Laws

By Nacha Cattan

More than a century after the founders of Reform Judaism rejected kosher dietary laws as outdated practices likely to “obstruct” modern spiritual development, a growing cadre of the movement’s religious leaders are seeking to revive the practice.Discussion about resurrecting the observance of kosher laws, or kashrut, dominated the latestRead More


Oscars Knocked for Nazi Filmmaker Nod

By Miriam Colton

The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is defending the decision to honor Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl during the Oscars ceremony.The inclusion of Riefenstahl, nicknamed “Hitler’s filmmaker,” in Sunday night’s video montage memorializing members of the movie industry who died in 2003Read More


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