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N.Y. Democrat is building a pro-Jewish record in Congress
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 5, 2014

She may not be flashy, a firebrand speechmaker or even very well-known outside of her Queens congressional district, but despite her brief legislative career, freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has become one of Congress’ most steadfast supporters of Israel and Jewish issues. Along the way she has endeared herself to colleagues and supporters on both CONTINUE »

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For Ukrainian Jews, far-right’s electoral defeat is proof that Putin lied
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
June 5, 2014

To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed CONTINUE »

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How the county executive and big money developers are trying to influence the election
BY Marc Shapiro
June 5, 2014

Paula Hollinger hasn’t held an elected office since 2007, when she left the Maryland State Senate after an attempted run for U.S. Congress. After nearly three decades in the Maryland General Assembly, having first been elected as a delegate in 1979, she opted not to return to her state senate seat. “Twenty-eight years was a CONTINUE »

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U.S. ready to work with new Palestinian government, but …
BY Suzanne Pollak
June 5, 2014

The United States intends to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said June 2 that the U.S. “will be judging this government by its actions. Based on what we know now, we intend to work CONTINUE »

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With new Indian leader Modi, Israel sees brighter horizon in the East
BY Sean Savage/JNS.org
June 5, 2014

With a focus on Hindu nationalism and pro-market policies, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises to propel the country in a new direction. India and Israel have enjoyed increasingly close military and economic cooperation over the past two decades, and Modi also brings strong personal and business ties with Israel dating to his CONTINUE »