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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hello, Goodbye: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is welcoming retired general Wesley Clark into the Democratic presidential race even as he is insisting that in at least one way, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is outside the Democratic Party.During a conference call September 19 with reporters from Jewish publications, aRead More


Beyond Mexicanidad: The Other Roots of Frida Kahlo’s Identity

By Leslie Camhi

In 1932, Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera were dining with other guests at the Detroit home of Henry Ford, the automotive titan and noted antisemite. (The city had commissioned Rivera to paint a series of murals devoted to the theme of modern industry.) During a lull in conversation, with a characteristic mixture of seeming naivete andRead More


Vatican Distances Itself From Praise Of Gibson’s Movie

By Marc Perelman

The Vatican is distancing itself from the comments of two Catholic officials who recently praised the controversial Mel Gibson movie “The Passion.”In a letter sent to the Anti-Defamation League, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the top Vatican liaison to the Jewish community, said that any endorsements of the film from topRead More


Rabbi Facing Fraud Charges Plans Return to Fundraising

By E.J. Kessler

A Brooklyn rabbi charged with defrauding the federal government of almost $700,000 is proclaiming his innocence and vowing that his legal troubles have only temporarily halted his prodigious political fundraising.Milton Balkany, the dean of an Orthodox girls’ school in Boro Park, surrendered to authorities on August 26 to face charges thatRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Defense: In his latest attempt to mend fences after the dustup over his comment that the United States “ought not to take sides” in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Howard Dean is trying to assuage the ire of Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman.In an interview with the Associated Press, Foxman describedRead More


Democratic Council Rebuilds New York Chapter

Just in time for the Democratic presidential primaries, a Jewish Democratic group is rebuilding its presence in New York.The National Jewish Democratic Council, founded in 1990 as “the national voice of Jewish Democrats,” has hired fundraiser Jill Straus to spearhead its revived New York chapter. Straus will reach outRead More


Suit To Press Bush on Jerusalem’s Status

By Eric Marx

A New Yorker living in Israel filed a law suit this past week against the Bush administration in an effort to press it to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ari Zivotofsky claims in the suit that the State Department broke the law when it refused to list Israel as the place of birth on his 11-month-old son’s passport, even though heRead More


Jewish Groups Choose Sides on Vouchers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With Congress battling over a bill that would strongly influence the future of the school vouchers debate nationwide, Jewish groups on both sides are jumping into the fray.Orthodox Jewish organizations are rallying behind a measure passed by the House of Representatives last week that would bring vouchers to the DistrictRead More


Welfare Bill Drawing Strong Opposition

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A welfare-reform bill endorsed by the Bush administration and working its way through the Republican-controlled Congress is drawing fierce opposition from a coalition of Jewish organizations.The Senate Finance Committee approved a version of the bill last week, which would increase work requirements and cutRead More


Democrats Differ Over Loan Guarantees

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s decision this week to deduct funds that Israel spends on West Bank construction from American loan guarantees pointed up the cleavages in the foreign policy stances of the top Democratic presidential candidates.Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt chose to attackRead More





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