Center of Attention In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right

Dovid Katz has become a target of scorn for speaking out against 
ultranationalist groups in Lithuania.
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KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and… Read More

Raise Hell Instead of Money Mikulski announces her last term in Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, has announced she will not be running for a sixth term.
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Throwing Maryland politics into a tizzy and spurring jockeying for position for a rare open Senate seat, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday that she will not seek a sixth term in the chamber she’s served since 1987. There was “nothing gloomy about the announcement,” she said at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf in Fells Point…. Read More

Seeking Credit Day school advocates testify on private school tax break

Despite an onslaught of opposition in the state Senate charging private and parochial schools with discriminating against gays and lesbians and a six-hour wait to testify in the House of Delegates, advocates for a tax credit that would reward companies that make contributions to Maryland schools, including private and parochial schools, came ready to do… Read More

Radioactive Affairs Netanyahu and AIPAC make full-court press on Capitol Hill

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The signs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference were emblazoned with the words “This is Israel,” but the overarching message to the record-setting crowd in Washington, D.C., was clear: Stop Iran now. On the first night of the three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, March 3, Brad Gordon, director of policy and… Read More

A Turn to the Right Boteach hosts shadow conference during AIPAC

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WASHINGTON — While thousands of attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference milled around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., awaiting a speech by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a who’s who of right-leaning pro-Israel leaders, donors and supporters filled the large main-floor committee hearing room of the… Read More

New Blood Missouri’s secretary of state, who is young and Jewish, challenges longtime incumbent senator

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National Democrats looking to take back the Senate in 2016 scored what they considered a victory on Feb. 19, when Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, 33, who is Jewish, officially announced his candidacy to challenged first-term incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in his hometown of Columbia. For many Missourians, even Democrats, the announcement by… Read More

Pulling No Punches

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WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the process. Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, March 3 following a six-week buildup that spurred questions about the propriety… Read More

Delegate Accused of Domestic Violence

State Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter. Jalisi, whose disputed residence in Baltimore County drew headlines last fall, is accused by his daughter of slapping her during a Feb. 21 altercation at a… Read More

Jewish Groups Slam Boteach Ad on Susan Rice

WASHINGTON — An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in… Read More

Order of Protection Against BalCo Delegate Extended

Baltimore County Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter, resulting in a one-week extension of a temporary order granted Feb. 24. Jalisi “pushed open my bedroom door and demanded I agree with him in an argument… Read More