US Presidential race

Rick Perry goes kosher to win Jewish vote

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry is hoping to cook up some Jewish support with a kosher reception this week.

According to the Politico website, the Texas governor's campaign team ha s organised an £1,600-a-head event for donors at a Manhattan hotel which will include a kosher menu.

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Republicans cause upset in New York election

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

New Yorkers made their thoughts on President Obama's administration clear this week as they handed a Republican candidate a victory in a seat which has been Democrat-run since the Prohibition era.

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Michele Bachmann: The (not) Jewish presidential hopeful

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

As with every US Presidential election, the candidates are after the Jewish vote. (The fact that they'd also quite like to capture the Christian vote, the Muslim vote, the Humanist vote and the votes of the people who believe aliens walk among us, is not the point).

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The Jew who left the USA but still wants to be president

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

An American man living in the West Bank has mounted a rather unlikely bid for the US presidency.

Joseph Friedlander, 51, said he was motivated to enter the race in order to help "prevent the collapse of the greatest country the world has ever seen".

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Gay Jewish Republican meets presidential campaign obstacle

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The presidential hopes of an openly gay Jewish Republican politician could be over before they have really begun, after he was denied permission to take part in a debate.

Fred Karger is a gay rights activist and political consultant who once worked with President Ronald Reagan.

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Trailer: The Ides of March

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011
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George Clooney has teamed up with his Jewish longtime writing partner Grant Heslov on the political thriller The Ides of March.

Due for release next year, the film - about a presidential candidate and his political team - has already been tipped for next year's Academy Awards. Stars include Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Jewish actress Evan Rachel wood.

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Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more:

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Top Democratic Party role for Jewish congresswoman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A Jewish politician has been personally chosen by President Barack Obama to take on a senior role within the Democratic Party.

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Speculation as Sarah Palin plans meeting with Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

The American politician and Tea Party leader, Sarah Palin, is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem today.

Mrs Palin, who arrived in Israel on Sunday after a trip to India, is on a private visit, but her trip has fuelled speculation that she is planning her own White House bid.

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Palin to meet Netanyahu in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Sarah Palin will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel this weekend for a "private visit", Israel media has reported.

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is due to arrive on Sunday with her husband Todd for a two-day visit, according to Yediot Aharonot. She is also expected to meet with other right-wing Knesset members.

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