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By Oren Rawls

Unorthodox Behavior: A blogger going by the nom de guerre “Hasidic Rebel” and an agunah named Chayie Sieger are airing their ultra-Orthodox communities’ dirty laundry in the mainstream media.Sieger’s story of a Bobover chasidic marriage gone bad — real bad — is chronicled in the July 28 issue of New York, a weekly magazine. For sevenRead More


Officials Seek New Probe in Slaying by Cops

By Nacha Cattan

New York elected officials are demanding a second investigation into the four-year-old police slaying of a hammer-wielding Orthodox man in Brooklyn.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, both Democrats, have mobilized separate efforts calling for a reopeningRead More


Atheist Crusader Faces Starr in Legal Fight

Michael Arthur Newdow, the man best known for his crusade to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, has a new adversary: former solicitor general and independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Starr is leading a team of lawyers representing Sandra Banning, the mother of Newdow’s daughter. The couple, who never married, is in theRead More


State Department Hawk Under Fire in Intelligence Flap Over Syria

By Marc Perelman

The uproar over the administration’s handling of intelligence on Iraq is prompting the intelligence community to try to regain the upper hand over the more hawkish elements in disputes over other “rogue” countries, analysts said.Last week, several media outlets reported that objections from the CIA and otherRead More


Newsdesk July 25, 2003

Feinstein Backs VouchersSenator Dianne Feinstein of California has come out in favor of experimental school-voucher program being pushed by fellow Democrat, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams.In an opinion article in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Feinstein wrote that although she has never before supported a voucher program and still deeply believesRead More


Lobbyists Quiet Before White House Visits

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — On the eve of back-to-back White House visits by the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, and with pressure mounting for Israeli gestures to strengthen the Palestinian leader, Washington lobbyists for Israel were keeping an uncharacteristically low profile this week.With a handful of exceptions on the right and left, lobbyistsRead More


Spotlight Shifts to Lieberman’s Children

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman lost its two top finance staffers this week in a staff purge that drew attention to the six-figure salaries the campaign was paying to Lieberman’s children for their work as fundraisers.Finance director Shari Yost and her deputy, Jennifer Yocham, resigned, in what the campaignRead More


Sharon Faces Ire As He Eyes Hamas Prisoner Release

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon braced for fierce Cabinet opposition this week in the wake of his decision to release Palestinian security prisoners belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the Forward that following next week’s planned meeting betweenRead More


Green Dreams and Red Tape: A Tale of Innovation, Squelched

By Michael Tomasky

Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the Corporate Squeeze By Lis Harris Houghton Mifflin, 241 pages, $25. * * *The City of New York publishes a little booklet called the Green Book, which is a directory of every government agency in the city and all their leading officials. A copy sits on any serious urban reporter’sRead More


Palestinians Head to D.C. To Fight West Bank Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A team of young Palestinian policy advisers is coming to Washington this week in an effort to sway political opinions about the security fence that Israel is building in the West Bank. The group’s presentation on the subject has already influenced at least one member of the Bush administration: NationalRead More





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