US government

‘Jewish lobby’ Hagel may be defence chief

By Jonathan Cummings, December 20, 2012

Depending on who you ask, former Senator Chuck Hagel, the front-runner for Secretary of Defence in Barack Obama’s second administration, is “hardly Israel’s first choice”, an “outspoken critic of Israel” and just plain “anti-Israel”.

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John Kerry now front-runner for US secretary of state

By Sarah Pilchick, December 14, 2012

Senator John F. Kerry has become the front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton as US secretary of state.

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Susan Rice - next US Secretary of State?

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

The front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State has proven herself to be a staunch friend of Israel.

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US groups seek better ties with Latino voting bloc

By Gil Shefler New York, November 22, 2012

Florida’s Jews are used to being a coveted voting bloc, sometimes determining the outcome of national elections. But this year, another all-important demographic emerged at the ballots.

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Rabbi Boteach loses out in Congress bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Americans will have to wait to see the first Orthodox rabbi in Congress after Republican Rabbi Shmuley Boteach failed to win a New Jersey seat.

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Giffords faces shooter as he is sentenced to life

By Hadas Haimov, November 9, 2012

Former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court on Thursday to face her would-be assassin.

On January 8 2011, Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, opened fire near a supermarket in Arizona.

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Obama helps Jewish Chief of Staff keep Shabbat

By Anna Sheinman, October 29, 2012

It was always going to be difficult for President Obama’s Chief of Staff Jack Lew to keep Shabbat, but making his observance that bit easier is his special Shabbat helper – the president himself.

Mr Lew told New York Jewish newspaper The Forward: “I saw the president on many occasions on Friday afternoons look at his watch, and ask: ‘Isn’t it time for you to get going?’”

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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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Mindy Meyer brings elephant to fundraiser

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

New York State Senate candidate Mindy Myers brought an elephant to her Long Island fundraiser to "represent the Republican party".

The 22-year-old Orthodox Jew and self titled "Diva of the District" is running against Democratic incumbent of 10 years Senator Kevin Parker.

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No difference between Romney and Obama on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2012

Despite Mitt Romney’s forceful rhetoric on Iran during his visit to Israel last weekend, the substance of his position differed very little from that of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who visited Jerusalem later in the week.

The Republican presidential candidate was careful not to openly criticise his rival, President Barack Obama, but succeeded in angering the Palestinian leadership.

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