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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


After Rebuke, Bush Officials Voice Support For Israel Plan Israeli Sends Signal to Iran Over Airwaves — In Persian

By Marc Perelman

When Israel’s defense minister chatted on-air with radio listeners last week about the possibility of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he did more than just send a warning to the leaders in Tehran. He also shed light on one of the strangest media phenomena in the Middle East: the Farsi-language program of IsraelRead More


Gibson Film Exposes Rift In Vatican Hierarchy

By Nacha Cattan

The debate over a papal screening of Mel Gibson’s controversial film has become a flashpoint between liberals and conservatives struggling for power in the Catholic Church under the ailing pope.The pope saw “The Passion of Christ” and is said by conservatives to have praised it in a few words, saying, “It is as it was.” But in anRead More


Embattled Academic Tony Judt Defends Call for Binational State

By Nathaniel Popper

Tony Judt is a scholar who was until recently best known for his writings on European history. But then, in a 2,900-word essay in the October 23 edition of The New York Review of Books, Judt dropped the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear bomb on Zionism, calling for the dismantling of Israel as a Jewish state.Judt argued in his essay that IsraelRead More


Senator: Saddam Nab, Dean’s Rise Make GOP An Easy Sell

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein and the rise of Howard Dean are making President Bush and the Republican Party a much easier sell in the Jewish community, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says.“My effort is made easier by Howard Dean, by Dean’s not having a strong record on the war on terror, by his comments on Saddam, by his comments onRead More


In New Hampshire, People Power Drives Primary

By E.J. Kessler

LACONIA, N.H. — Standing before a roaring fire on a cold night in the living room of a comfortable home here, Josh Levin demonstrated why Howard Dean is running away with the hearts of New Hampshire voters — and, probably, his party’s nomination.Levin, 25, a native of Chicago transplanted to this small town by the Dean campaign, stood beforeRead More


Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More


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