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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Sunshine State Scramble: Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Jewish Democrat from south Florida, has emerged as the best-financed of the several contenders vying to replace Senator Bob Graham, who declared this week that he would not run for re-election in 2004.Deutsch, whose district stretches from Broward County south to Key West, has some $3 million cashRead More


Sharansky Article On Campus Tour Irks Hillel Leader

By Eric Marx

In a rare rebuke, a top American Jewish organizational official is criticizing the Israeli minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, for penning a scathing critique of American Jewish campus activism.Avraham Infeld, interim president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said thatRead More


‘Coleman Republicans’ Wave Moderate GOP Flag

By E.J. Kessler

Call them the “Norm Coleman Republicans.”A surprising number of Jews running for office in 2003 appear to be modeling themselves after the newly minted Minnesota senator and former mayor of St. Paul — moderate, Jewish Republicans running on urban-friendly platforms.In mayoral, city council and state senate races in New York, New Jersey andRead More


Scientist’s ‘Theory of Everything’ Could Realize Einstein’s Dream

By Ariel Zilber

Many observers have anointed scientist Brian Greene the intellectual heir to the late Carl Sagan, the famed author, astronomer and television host credited with popularizing science to a mass audience through his 1980 public television series, Cosmos.“It’s very flattering,” Greene said of the comparison. “Carl Sagan was a hero ofRead More


Dark Novel Delivers an Unexpected Happy Ending

By Bill Gladstone

By her own account, Montreal resident Edeet Ravel has been fairly negligent about getting her writing into print. Which is why it amazed the Israeli-born author and former high-school teacher when the British publisher Headline found her letter in its slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts; the firm asked to see more than the five pagesRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Tales From the Blogosphere: On October 17, the Anti-Defamation League charged The New Republic senior editor Gregg Easterbrook with “either absolute ignorance or total bigotry” for writing in his Web log that “Jewish executives” in Hollywood “worship money above all else.” Three days, two editorial apologies and one lost job later, theRead More


Newsdesk October 31, 2003

Senate Moves Against MalaysiaThe U.S. Senate made military aid to Malaysia conditional on religious freedom, including greater tolerance of Jews. On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment to its foreign-aid spending bill that would require a State Department determination of religious freedom and tolerance in MalaysiaRead More


Dogmatists and Pragmatists

By Gus Tyler

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz was credited this week by The New York Times as being the “intellectual architect of the plan to oust [Saddam] Hussein.” The occasion for mentioning him was his recent trip to Iraq to get a firsthand sense of what was happening there.While there is no doubt that he did playRead More


Bush Keeping Slots Open for Resettlement of Refugees

By Nathaniel Popper

The Bush administration announced last week that it will leave the door open for the resettlement of as many as 70,000 refugees in the United States over the next year, allaying fears of refugee advocates that the resettlement program was on the brink of demise after years of declining admissions.Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Unreliable Survey?: A Jewish Democratic group is challenging a recently reported finding that 35% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Republicans in last November’s midterm election.The statistic comes from exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service in 2002; the release of those polls’ findings was delayed for nearly a year becauseRead More


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