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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is adding staff. The campaign has tapped Jay Footlik, chief liaison to the Jewish community for the Clinton White House during the mid-1990s, as its director of community outreach, a job that includes the Jewish portfolio. Also on board is Jared Ash, a young former stafferRead More


Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, Wrote On Prayers, Holidays, Spirituality

Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, one of Conservative Judaism’s most respected writers on Jewish prayer, holidays and spirituality, died of a stroke Monday at his home in Manhattan.A native New Yorker, Greenberg served as rabbi of Temple Sinai, now in the Philadelphia suburb of Dresher, for more than 50 years. Following his retirement in 1996,Read More


Democrats Hone Appeal At Parleys In Capital

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Lieberman came out swinging left on Monday, invoking the name of liberal icon Paul Wellstone as he told a conference here that he would work to pass a bill mandating spousal benefits for domestic partners of gay federal employees.The Connecticut senator’s remarks stoodRead More


Reform Parley Raps Bush Domestic Agenda

By Daniel Treiman

WASHINGTON — While thousands of pro-Israel activists gathered a short distance away for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, with many voicing support for the Bush administration’s handling of foreign policy, leaders of America’s largest synagogue movement were focused on the president’s domesticRead More


Israel, Activists Train Sights on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Openly pleased with the Bush administration’s recent warnings to Syria not to aid Iraq, Israel and its supporters here have begun ratcheting up their accusations against its radical neighbor in apparent hopes of widening the rift between Damascus and Washington.Senior officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee told the ForwardRead More


D.P. Moynihan as ‘American Cincinnatus’

By Bill Bradley

Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote of the classic Greek dichotomy between the fox and the hedgehog. The fox knows a lot about many things, but the hedgehog knows everything about one big thing.In his own way Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the foxiest hedgehog in American life. He was blessed with the fox’s interest in many, many things, and the hedgehog’sRead More


Foreign Minister Brings Word Of Concessions on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite its public criticisms of the internationally sponsored “road map” to Middle East peace, the Israeli government quietly has agreed to accept the plan and help shore up the new Palestinian prime minister.These concessions came in a surprise meeting Monday between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and President Bush.ApparentlyRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

U.S. Presses Israel on India DealUnder American pressure, Israel grudgingly has agreed to suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. Washington fears that the sale will increase tensions between India and Pakistan, as the Bush administration wages war in Iraq and keeps a watchful eye on North Korea.Israeli sources inRead More


‘Beautiful Things’: Drug Sting Nabs Chasidic Kingpin

By Seamus Mcgraw

Natan Banda seemed perfectly at ease as he slid his car into a parking space on a shadowy Washington Heights side street last July and shut off the engine. The 31-year-old businessman with addresses in the chasidic communities of Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg didn’t even bother to turn around and look at the man who walked to the rearRead More


Quiet Cooperation as U.S., Iran Battle Common Enemy

By Marc Perelman

Despite their declared enmity and public clashes over terrorism and nuclear reactors, Tehran and Washington have been quietly cooperating in waging the war on their common enemy, Saddam Hussein.To be sure, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld publicly warned Iran last week to keep the Badr brigades, the Iran-based military wing of an Iraqi oppositionRead More





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