Why Obama’s Former Speechwriter Calls Him the Most Jewish President Ever

He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That… Read More

Local Officials Decry DACA Decision

In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday to unwind an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, City Councilman Zeke Cohen said he plans to continue to welcome undocumented immigrants and refugees to Baltimore. In a seven-minute video posted to Facebook, Cohen, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who represents… Read More

Obama Abstains on Israel

At the recent White House Chanukah parties — the last such affairs under the outgoing Obama administration — there were smiles and warm feelings all around between the president and American Jews. That was in keeping with the administration’s oft-repeated assertion that it is the most supportive of Israel in history. That the White House… Read More

Illogical Letter

Gary Kaplowitz’s lashon harah in his Dec. 2 Your Say letter “Be Wary of Democratic Party” belies logic and denies reality. Like a “Fox,” he contends that the Democratic Party’s “campaign rhetoric has incited the worst racial, ethnic and religious strife since the 1960s.” In point of fact, Donald Trump first established his political currency… Read More

Keith Ellison’s Views

When Keith Ellison threw his hat into the ring to seek the chairmanship of the Democratic Party, he challenged long-held thinking about the type of person who could lead a major American political party. Ellison is both African-American and Muslim, two personal attributes that make him unique as a leading figure in American politics today… Read More

Dreaming of Health Care

Despite reports that the Affordable Care Act is in danger of being obliterated after the election, enrollment in the health insurance marketplace reopened Nov. 1 to high demand, with more than 100,000 people signing up for coverage in the first week alone. Anyone without insurance can enroll until the marketplace closes Jan. 31. Since the… Read More

At Peace

Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under… Read More