Stephen Bannon: 5 Things Jews Need to Know About Trump’s Chief Strategist

Stephen Bannon at a Donald Trump rally at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., Nov. 5, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump appointed Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist. Before joining Trump’s campaign, Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart News, a site steeped in conspiracy theories that has featured the white supremacist, anti-Semitic ideologies of the so-called alt-right. Bannon has also been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks himself. The Anti-Defamation League slammed… Read More

Does Trump Want to Scrap the Iran Deal? If so, This is How He Does it

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WASHINGTON (JTA) – Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the… Read More

Van Hollen Wins Maryland Senate Race

REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD.) GREETS A VOTER AT THE TEMPLE EMANUEL POLLING STATION IN KENSINGTON. VAN HOLLEN WAS DECLARED THE WINNER IN THE RACE TO SUCCEED SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-MD.) (DANIEL SCHERE)

Chris Van Hollen will be Maryland’s next senator, replacing retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who will retire in January after five terms. Van Hollen, who represents the state’s 8th congressional district, defeated Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga, 55, the minority whip in the state Senate Tuesday night. When the race was called shortly after the polls… Read More

Nation Votes, Heaves Sigh After Bitter Election

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during United States presidential election 2016. (Gage Skidmore)

The polling station at Leisure World’s clubhouse in Silver Spring Tuesday morning was quiet, when resident Rafael Mevorach, 70, left after casting his ballot. Asked about the election season that was ending, he summed up his thoughts with three words: “Oh my God!” Mevorach said he supports Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. Leisure… Read More

How to Survive the Election

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It is a challenging time,”  affirmed Dr. Matthew Torres, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. This echoes the American Psychology Association’s recent finding: Of adults in the United States over the age of 18 surveyed, 52 percent reported the “2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.” “Societally, we’ve… Read More

Among Cleveland’s Orthodox Voters, Reluctance Reigns

Jeff Bookman, a suburban Cleveland jewelry seller, has his reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament but believes the Republican  candidate can return America to traditional values it has lost. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bookman)

“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be  dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary  Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even say he’s… Read More

The Jewish Vote: Senate Races to Watch

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Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadocio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email scandal, with… Read More

Report Cites Anti-Semitism in Trump Campaign as Factor in Hateful Tweets

Ben Shapiro, Yair Rosenberg, and Jeffrey Goldberg are the three journalists targeted the most with anti-Semitic tweets.

When the Anti-Defamation League released its report last week saying Donald Trump supporters were “disproportionally responsible” for a rash of anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists during the presidential campaign, it stopped short of accusing Trump’s campaign of anti-Semitism. But Danielle Citron, a member of the ADL’s task force for the study and a law professor at… Read More

Bibi, Barack Part Amiably as Chilly US-Israel Relations Thaw

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with President Barack Obama during their meeting at a New York City hotel on Sept. 21. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most  important thing they said was “see you soon.” Netanyahu’s invitation to Obama to visit Israel post-presidency augured a thaw in U.S.-Israel relations, which was also seen in remarks by… Read More

ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community

Jonathan Greenbelt, ADL national director (JTA/Courtesy Anti-Defamation League)

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an international forum. The same can be said for embracing causes that, on their face, are not inherently “Jewish.” But whereas some may… Read More