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California Budget Woes Threaten Elderly

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s ongoing budget crisis has Jewish federations and their social service agencies bracing for deep cuts that may leave some of their most vulnerable clients in dire straits.Topping administrators’ fears are proposed cuts in their already deficient reimbursements from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid healthcareRead More


Specter Squeezed From Left, Right On Support for Bush’s Bench Picks

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter is getting the political squeeze from both the left and right over his support of President Bush’s anti-abortion judicial nominees. The jam has Democrats predicting that Specter will lose the Jewish vote and fail in his bid for a fifth term.The nation’s senior Jewish lawmaker and a senior member of the SenateRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Presidential Players: The Boston Globe’s seven-part series of articles on the life of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is so voluminous and detailed that it practically constitutes the screenplay for a multi-part television docudrama, a reporter and two political types decided over beers last week.The drinkers — there was a Kerry supporterRead More


Democratic Hopefuls Parade Through New Hampshire

By Roy Morrison

MERRIMACK, N.H. — It’s one of the oddities of American politics that this most parochial and atypical of states has so much to say about selecting presidents.As such, one would imagine that local parades — especially local July 4th parades — would be teeming with contenders for the job. But they won’t have them in Warner. NotRead More


E.U. Shuns Ban on Hamas

By Marc Perelman

Rebuffing Washington, the European Union decided last week that it will not reclassify the political wing of Hamas as a terrorist group, insisting that its activities qualify it as a legitimate organization.Meeting last week in Brussels, the 15 European foreign ministers reached a unanimous decision not to change the political wing’sRead More


Sharon May Shuffle Cabinet, Rebuild Labor Coalition

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon is facing growing political obstacles in his efforts to steer Israel along President Bush’s “road map” to peace, and insiders say he may soon be forced to reshuffle his Cabinet and reestablish a broad-based unity coalition with Labor.Sharon’s moderate policies are meeting opposition not only from hisRead More


Download Interaction To Upgrade Institutionalized Judaism

By Douglas Rushkoff

The emergence of the Internet a decade ago promised to do for media what Judaism did millennia earlier for religion: turn our understanding of the world from a vision received into a vision negotiated. Both cyberspace’s networkers and Israel’s God-wrestlers have sought to turn top-down affairs into participatory ones. InsteadRead More


Syria Makes Overture Over Negotiations

By Marc Perelman

Worried about being diplomatically isolated by Middle East peace talks, Syria has signaled its willingness to enter into negotiations with Israel for the second time in recent months.Syrian President Bashar Assad and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a joint communiqué Monday urging the United States, European Union,Read More


Sharon Mum As Minister Slams ‘Map’ In N.Y. Talk

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Sharon has no plans to rebuke a senior minister in his Cabinet who publicly lambasted President Bush’s Middle East policy in a New York briefing this week and stated — incorrectly, it appears — that he had the support of a ranking presidential adviser.The minister, Effi Eitam of the National Religious Party,Read More


Israel Tries To Ease Concern About Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Responding to American criticism of its West Bank security fence, Israel has given Washington assurances that the fence, which snakes and winds inside the West Bank, is not intended as a border with the future Palestinian state.Israel also assured the Bush administration that it will give due consideration to PalestinianRead More


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