DNC Dealing With Chair Absence

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With Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation this week, the party now finds itself in search of a leader. Donna Brazile, the 2011 interim chair who preceded Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House of Representatives from Florida, is serving in the position again through Election Day. One name floating around party… Read More

A Fly (Donkey?) On the Wall: Behind the Scenes of the DNC

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PHILADELPHIA — As the Democratic National Convention opened, Democrats were certainly feeling the Bern — also the actual burn because it felt like 500 degrees and humid. (The temperature officially maxed out at 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.) Despite the heat, delegates and attendees were exuberated for a day of Democratic bliss…. Read More

Philly Area Artist Switches Mediums, Paints Two DNC Donkeys

Jonathan Mandell primarily uses tile, glass shards, minerals and semi-precious stones to create elaborate mosaics, but he jumped at the recent chance to paint a couple of the 57 DNC Donkeys displayed around Philadelphia. Mandell, a Bala Cynwyd resident, applied to participate in the Donkeys Around Town program conducted by the Mural Arts Program, arts… Read More

Scenes from Philadelphia with the DNC in Town

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With the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, all sorts of visitors descended on Philadelphia, particularly in Center City. Protesters, almost all of them carrying some kind of Bernie Sanders paraphernalia, gathered in the City Hall courtyard and spilled out into Dilworth Park, where kids frolicked in the fountains. Assorted other politicos,… Read More

Debra Messing Shares Why She Supports Hillary Clinton

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Actress Debra Messing stopped by Philadelphia on July 20 at the Hillary for America headquarters in Center City to raise awareness for the candidate she supports — and believes the rest of the country should get behind. Messing, most well known for her iconic, ahead-of-its-time role in the sitcom “Will and Grace” — and, more… Read More

AJC Diplomatic Reception Promotes International Interest in Israel

The first thing to know about the American Jewish Committee is that it single-mindedly focuses on Jews and Israel. This week, the AJC was in Philadelphia, just as last week it was in Cleveland. Not for Democrats and Hillary. Not for Republicans and Trump. It’s here simply to promote the cause of Judaism and the… Read More

Jewish Groups Hold Events to Counter Inflamed Rhetoric

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Two Jewish organizations held events this week — the week of the Democratic National Convention — addressing the issue of hate speech and inflamed political rhetoric. Bend the Arc Jewish Action held a reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History called “To Bigotry No Sanction: The 21st century Jewish movement for justice in… Read More

Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC

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City Hall was a hotbed for those protesting the Democratic National Convention and, even more so, the candidate the convention was officially nominating. Starting as early as 10 a.m. on Monday — the first day of the convention — protesters showed up to voice their support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout the day, there… Read More

Trump Call for Russian Spying Causes Stir at AJC Event

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The theft by suspected Russian agents of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, leading to the abrupt departure of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman after the release of 30,000 of those emails by WikiLeaks, was bound to continue to earn headlines on Wednesday. But as Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention in… Read More

Wasserman-Schultz Resigns from DNC Chair Post

When the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, it will be without one of the party’s key leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday. Her term was scheduled to end next year. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals… Read More