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Bush’s Odds in 2004 Depend on the Economy

By Gus Tyler

At this moment, one of the hottest political questions is: Who will be the Democratic candidate for president? Right now, Howard Dean appears to be the frontrunner. But he is not necessarily the only candidate who could fare well in a contest with President Bush. Almost any one of the serious present aspirants has a good chance to win comeRead More


Chanukah Menorahs Recalled by Crate and Barrel

By Miriam Colton

Just hours before Chanukah began, the popular catalog store Crate and Barrel recalled 800 menorahs because of a fire hazard.If the candles in the menorah are allowed to burn down completely, the menorah’s acrylic base can ignite, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in an official statement on December 19 (Chanukah began thatRead More


Activist Esther Leah Ritz, Champion of the Underdog, Dies at 85

By Max Gross

Esther Leah Ritz, the first female president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and a prominent figure in Jewish philanthropic and liberal causes for decades, died in a Milwaukee hospital last Friday at age 85. The cause of death was pneumonia.At various times Ritz was president of the Jewish Community Centers Association, chair of FriendsRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Candidate Contribution: The most recently declared presidential candidate — President Bush — surprised a New York area Jewish charity last week with a hefty contribution.Bush’s check was discovered in the mail Friday by the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, William Rapfogel, who was opening envelopesRead More


Trying a Tyrant: Saddam Should Face an International Tribunal

By Kenneth Roth

Saddam Hussein’s capture is cause for rejoicing. Finally the specter of this brutal dictator has been lifted from the Iraqi people, their neighbors and the world. Few men have more blood on their hands or are more deserving of trial and punishment. By carefully presenting and condemning his atrocities in a court of law, we now have theRead More


Economic Recovery, Always Just Around the Corner

By Gus Tyler

Herbert Hoover, the Republican president of the United States during the beginning of the Great Depression, seems to have set a style of coping with economic disaster that is now being copied by our modern “Hoovers.” As the worst depression ever experienced in the United States deepened, Hoover decided that what was needed was toRead More


Joe Is Losing Poll Strength In the States Voting Feb. 3

By E.J. Kessler

Bye-bye, bounce.Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, riding a wave of press attention after Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean brought sympathy and the capture of Saddam Hussein bolstered his pro-war stance, has been positioning himself as the “anti-Dean,” the “clear choice” for those dissatisfied with the front-runner.But pollsRead More


Jews for Jesus Draws Opposition in Florida

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A fierce religious turf battle exploded in South Florida last month, as a Christian missionary blitz drew fierce opposition from Jewish groups.As part of its “Behold Your God” campaign, several dozen Jews for Jesus activists spent two weeks in mid-December attempting to win over members of the 225,000-personRead More


Bush Seeks To Pressure Iran, Syria On Weapons

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Encouraged by Libya’s surprise decision to abandon its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration has instructed its Middle East experts to seek ways of pressing for similar changes in Syria and Iran.Staffers at the State and Defense departments have been told to step up efforts to elicit change in theRead More


Israelis Help Iran Victims Despite Rebuff

By Nathaniel Popper

Israel’s president is calling on Israeli citizens to find ways of donating to Iranian relief indirectly through international humanitarian organizations, despite Iran’s rejection of aid from the Jewish state.“I am sorry about the decision of the rulers of Iran to reject the humanitarian good will of the citizens of Israel,”Read More


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