OpEdge: Trump’s Stand-Up Shtik

THE JOKE IS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Marc Jampole   AT FIRST LISTEN, Donald Trump’s speaking style when he eschews the teleprompter seems chaotically free form, as if he had tossed a few dozen tweets and sound bites into one of his “Make America Great Again” caps and picked a few out, one at a […]

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Cuomo and Antisemitism

by Ron Skolnik ANDREW CUOMO meant well. When, in the wake of the Trump inauguration, a disquieting series of bomb threats menaced Jewish community centers and acts of vandalism struck Jewish cemeteries nationwide, Cuomo’s rejection of antisemitism was commendably swift, impassioned and principled. “New York,” declared the state’s Governor, “has zero tolerance for bias or […]

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OpEdge: Netanyahu Hits a New Low

by Marc Jampole ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu sank to a new low in shamelessness when he recently said that a Palestinian leader gave Hitler the idea for the Final Solution — which, it is always instructive to recount, involved gassing and incinerating millions of people because they were Jewish. This egregious rewriting of history, […]

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March 2: Senator Russ Feingold

Russell Dana Feingold, who served as U.S. senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011, was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on this date in 1953. Feingold was a left-leaning legislator, significantly more so than most Democrats, and was the only senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act. He worked on campaign finance reform, in opposition […]

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July 8: Tzipi Livni

The most prominent woman politician in Israel today, minister of justice in Netanyahu’s third government from March 2013 until December 2014, Tzipi Livni was born in Tel Aviv on this date in 1958. Livni was the daughter of Irgun members and was raised a rightwing nationalist. She served in the Mossad, earned her law degree, […]

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The Hardliner Who Ended Otherwise

Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014 by Thomas G. Mitchell and Ralph Seliger AFTER ALMOST EXACTLY EIGHT YEARS IN A COMA, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon finally succumbed on January 11th. Known for bold, even reckless moves both as a career military officer and as a politician, he was reviled by the left as a hawk and […]

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September 8: Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving Independent (unaffiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans) ever in Congress, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1941. After losing several elections in Vermont as a third-party candidate, Sanders became the mayor of Burlington in 1981, and in 1990 became the first self-described socialist elected to Congress since […]

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March 17: Spitzer’s Folly

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned from office on this date in 2008 after he was exposed as the regular client of a fancy prostitution ring. Spitzer, a child of wealth, had been elected New York Attorney General ten years earlier and made a reputation pursuing white collar crime, including cases of securities fraud, bank […]

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