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Did Menendez kill pro-Israel bill to save it?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 29, 2014

The killing of a major pro-Israel bill in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week has ignited another round of finger pointing between Democratic and Republican senators, with both sides accusing the other of playing politics. Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) pulled the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (S. 462) from the committee’s CONTINUE »

In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with a gun
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
May 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun. All of them miss. “I never even held a gun in my hands before,” she later confesses. “I’m CONTINUE »

Will town hall prayer decision change much?
BY Suzanne Pollak
May 15, 2014

Reaction is mixed as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this month allowing local governments to begin their meetings with a sectarian prayer will lead to more religion in the public arena or possibly even government funding of religious schools. In the case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, the majority of justices said Christian CONTINUE »

BY JTA
May 15, 2014

Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, publicly apologized in his first interview since the remarks were made public. “I’m a good member who made a mistake, and I am apologizing and asking for forgiveness,” Sterling said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that CONTINUE »

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After misstep, possible contender faces next big test with Jewish donors
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 15, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the possible GOP presidential contender who raised the hackles of many a pro-Israel Republican with an off-the-cuff remark in March about the “occupied territories” of the West Bank, will get another chance to appeal to high-profile Jewish donors this Sunday. Many see the earlier flap at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s CONTINUE »