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OpEdge: Reevaluating the Obama Presidency

by Marc Jampole A FEW YEARS BACK, I rated Barack Obama as the sixth best president of the twelve we have had since World War II, behind Johnson, Clinton, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter, in descending order. At the time, I wrote, “Obama is basically a pro-business, anti-union liberal who shares the consensus view that the […]

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O My America: Schumer’s Soul

by Lawrence Bush MY WIFE was on the phone with Senator Chuck Schumer’s office on Friday when I came in through the door. She was urging the Senator to support the agreement with Iran, so I got on the phone to add my two cents — backed by my editorship of a Jewish magazine with […]

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Netanyahu’s New Clothes

The Emperor is Naked. Will American Jews Say So? by Ron Skolnik From the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S 19th-century classic, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” tells of a pair of swindlers who claim to be able to weave beautiful garments that are invisible to anyone who is exceptionally stupid or unfit […]

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Divest and Regulate!

Building a “Fence” around Fossil Fuels An Editorial from the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents BUILDING A “FENCE AROUND THE TORAH” (s’yag l’torah) is a rabbinic prescription that urges the creation of a buffer zone between our behavior and the possible violation of what is sacred. In religious circles, this adds up simply to […]

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A Challenge to Netanyahu on Iran

by Hillel Shenker IS CONFRONTATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA really the only way that Prime Minister Netanyahu can relate to the framework agreement with Iran that was announced last Thursday? On the one hand we know that Netanyahu thinks that the framework agreement with Iran is “a bad deal” that “threatens the survival of the State […]

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Zuckerman Bound

Dissecting Mort Zuckerman’s Defense of Netanyahu’s Speech by Nicholas Jahr LAST WEEK, on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, billionaire Mort Zuckerman, chair of U.S. News & World Report and publisher of the New York Daily News, stood up on his soapbox and sang an ode to Bibi, justifying the […]

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Racial Equality Is Still a “Dream”

by Allan Lichtenstein The Negro today is not struggling for some abstract, vague rights, but for concrete and prompt improvement in his way of life. What will it profit him to be able to send his children to an integrated school if the family income is insufficient to buy them school clothes? What will he […]

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O My America: Shaking the Grogger at Bibi

by Lawrence Bush LAST YEAR I saw Sheldon Adelson suggesting to an auditorium full of Jews at Yeshiva University that the United States fire a nuclear missile into “the Iranian desert somewhere” as a warning to Iran not to go nuclear. (And I watched Shmuely Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” sitting by the old billionaire’s side, grinning […]

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Netanyahu: Faulty Logic for a Dangerous Policy

by Marc Jampole BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S REASONING makes as little sense as his overall strategy. Netanyahu is determined to scuttle the imminent deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries over Iran’s development of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. (P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, […]

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