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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


World Economy Needs a New Deal

By Gus Tyler

I n the great and growing debate over globalization and outsourcing, there are always new arguments from both sides — from those who look upon these recent developments as a boon to the world economy and those who look upon the same developments as certain to bring gloom to the world economy. One of the latest and most novel arguments in favorRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvanian’s Powder: Senator Arlen Specter, the moderate Pennsylvania Republican who is facing a primary challenge from conservative Rep. Patrick Toomey, is being criticized by his rival’s campaign and a conservative pro-family organization for refusing to take a position on the constitutional amendment against gay marriage pushedRead More


Bill To Ban Discrimination Based on Travel Introduced

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — New legislation introduced in Congress would bar life insurance companies from denying coverage or otherwise discriminating against Americans based on their lawful past travel to Israel or any other country.The “Life Insurance Anti-Discrimination in Travel Act” was introduced in the House earlier this month by Rep. Rahm Emanuel,Read More


Facing Gaza Withdrawal, Egypt Eyes Larger Role in Peace Process

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

Egypt is stepping up its involvement in Israel-Palestinian negotiations and pressing to revive a postponed Arab League summit in advance of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the United States, which is set for later this month.The Arab nation has also reportedly proposed establishing a new leadership for theRead More


Cairo Calls for Unified Palestinian Security Force

Egypt has mediated a deal to divide responsibilities and spheres of influence between Jibril Rajoub, the current national security adviser to Yasser Arafat, and Mohammed Dahlan, former head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services in Gaza, as Cairo moves ahead with its plan to create a unified security force in the areas controlled by theRead More


‘Passion’ Stirring Controversy Among Middle East Muslims

By Eric J. Greenberg

Just when you thought the issue had faded from view, Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the torture and death of Jesus again is causing conflict, this time in Arab Muslim countries.Again, the dispute revolves around the film’s depiction of Jews.As it did in the United States, Gibson’s bloody hit “The Passion of the Christ” has sparkedRead More


Left, Right Watching Sharon With Suspicion As Bribery Indictment Looms

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Besieged on all fronts, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon pulled yet another political rabbit out of his hat this week, winning approval from the Likud party convention for his surprise proposal to submit his disengagement plan to a referendum among the Likud’s estimated 200,000 members.But the convention victory was a limited one.Read More


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