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By Oren Rawls

Three Smart Jews: “What if three smart German Jews in the nineteenth century had taken different paths?”So begins “Secrets of Genius,” an 88-page exploration by U.S. News & World Report of “three minds that shaped the twentieth century”: Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx.The “Special Collector’s Edition,” put outRead More


A Guilty Plea, But Questions Remain

By Gus Tyler

Halliburton, the Texas energy giant, headed by Dick Cheney before his election as vice president, pleaded guilty to a charge of bribery to win tax favors from the West African country of Nigeria. The bribe was substantial: $2.4 million.The illegal action was carried through by one of Halliburton’s subsidiaries — Kellogg Brown & Root. ButRead More


Memoir Recalls Bad Hugs: Hers and His

An astute observer of American culture once questioned why anyone would ever buy the autobiography of a celebrity, since the few lines actually worth reading always end up in the newspapers.In other words, why drop $28 for a copy of “Living History,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new autobiography, when we already have been reading for days aboutRead More


‘Guru of Ganja’ Sees Cracks Developing in Federal Anti-Drug Laws

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — The self-proclaimed “guru of ganja” Ed Rosenthal says his one-day, time-already-served sentence for three marijuana-cultivation felonies proves that federal laws against pot are going up in smoke. But a federal judge in San Francisco insisted that this get-out-of-jail-free card could be played onlyRead More


Kosher Food Manufacturer To Pay Compensation

A Brooklyn-based kosher food manufacturer has agreed to a $1.075 million settlement stemming from charges that it violated state and federal labor laws.New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer announced Wednesday that employees would be compensated for unpaid wages. Under the terms of a the settlement brokeredRead More


Bush To Push Direct P.A. Aid

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is set to push for an end to the ban on direct American funding of the Palestinian Authority, according to congressional sources.The White House intends to ask Congress to allow transferring of American financial aid directly to the Palestinian Authority, rather than the current practice of funneling funds toRead More


Charity Chiefs Decrying Lack of Coordinated Opposition to Tax Cuts

By Nacha Cattan

With social service agencies nationwide squeezed between rising need, stagnant budgets and shrinking state aid, growing numbers of local Jewish charity officials are grumbling over the failure of their national leaders to oppose the administration’s tax cut policies.Volunteer and professional leaders at Jewish welfare federationsRead More


Meir Wilner, Israeli Communist Head, Dies at 85

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Meir Wilner, the last surviving signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and longtime leader of the Israel Communist Party, died last week at 85.A member of the Knesset from 1949 until he retired in 1990, Wilner was an unrepentant communist to the end. He said in a 1998 interview, on the 50th anniversary of Israel’sRead More


Bumpy Road to Success: From Strip Joints to Academia

By Alana Newhouse

There are coming-of-age books about Jewish identity, lesbianism, daughters’ relationships with their mothers, the Holocaust, being born out of wedlock, and the dark world of burlesque dancing. But Lillian Faderman’s autobiography, “Naked in the Promised Land” (Houghton Mifflin), just may be the first to cover all these bases in oneRead More


American-Israeli Relations Strained Following Attack

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The sudden surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence this week, and President Bush’s decision to criticize Israel for its role, appear to be driving Israel’s allies in Congress and the Jewish community toward a confrontation with the White House that most had sought to avoid until now.Bush angered pro-Israel groups on Tuesday byRead More





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