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The man who's already won the US election - satirist Jon Stewart

By Dan Friedman, November 1, 2012

With little more than a hair’s breadth between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the US election is too close to call. However, whatever the outcome, there is already one certain winner – Jon Stewart.

The presenter of The Daily Show and American television's satirist-in-chief has had a good campaign.

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Introducing the halachah of hurricanes

By Hadas Haimov, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has not just caused damage to buildings and amenities in the New York Jewish community, it has also raised religious questions about how Jews should deal with a severe storm.

The Crown Heights Beth Din in Brooklyn has published a set of halachic rules for those currently sitting out the hurricane, which has already killed 17 in North America.

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US mourns Pennsylvania Senator ‘tenacious’ Arlen Specter

By Dan Friedman, October 18, 2012

Arlen Specter, who died of cancer last Sunday aged 82, had been a US Senator for 30 years — the longest serving in Pennsylvania’s history.

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Adelson donates $500,000 to republican candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2012

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has handed $500,000 to a superPAC in support of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Rabbi Boteach is the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District.

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'Jewish Indiana Jones' sentenced to prison for fraud

By Zoe Winograd, October 12, 2012

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, known as ‘the Jewish Indiana Jones', was sentenced to 51 months in prison for fraud in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

Rabbi Youlus, father of nine from Maryland, was charged with pocketing $1.2 million from donations that had been made to his charity ‘Save the Torah’.

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'Netanyahu agreed to return Golan Heights’

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

The US envoy to the Middle East negotiated a secret peace deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to documents seen by Yedioth Ahronoth.

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US warns: Palestinian success at UN will endanger peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 3, 2012

The US has warned EU governments not to back the Palestinian Authority bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, according to a memo obtained by the Guardian.

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Samuel L Jackson in Jewish group's pro-Obama campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A Jewish group has joined forces with actor Samuel L Jackson in a video campaigning against Mitt Romney.

With just over a month to go before the United States votes on whether to return Democrat Barack Obama to the White House or elect Republican Mr Romney, campaigners on both sides are working hard to spread the word about their favoured candidate.

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Michigan student claims staple attack was antisemitic

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

A student at Michigan State University woke up to find a staple attached to his gums after what he claimed was an antisemitic attack.

Second-year journalism student Zachary Tennen was assaulted at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning, allegedly after replying in the affirmative when asked if he was Jewish.

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Adelson backs campaign of Kosher Jesus rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

The man hoping to become the first Orthodox rabbi to hold a Congressional seat is being backed by one of the Republican Party's most powerful financial supporters.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former chaplain of Oxford University, is hoping to win a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey at November's elections.

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