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The Obama Birth Control Imbroglio

In many respects President Obama’s imposition of a federal mandate calling for free contraception and certain abortion procedures on demand – and the uproar it has caused – is emblematic of the problems inherent in the way he sees his role.

‘I Will Absolutely Fight For You’: An Interview With Would-Be State Senate Candidate David...

If the stars are aligned in his favor, attorney David Storobin will become the first immigrant from the former Soviet Union to serve as a New York state senator.

Primary Elections Controversy

Federal law now ensures that overseas military personnel and other citizens have the right to request, receive and return absentee ballots for federal elections on a timely basis. In particular, states are required to get absentee ballots out to those qualifying at least 45 days before the Nov. 6 general election next year.

Major Islamic Charity Chiefs’ Convictions of Hamas Support Upheld

Five leaders of an Islamic charity convicted of using the organization as a means of funneling money and supplies to Hamas were denied an appeal by a US federal appeals court on Wednesday.

America Can Prosecute Terrorists Freed By Israel

On August 9, 2001, Ahlam Tamimi, a member of Hamas, drove a suicide bomber to the Sbarro restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem, where the bomber blew himself up, killing 15 people including Judy Greenbaum, an American citizen from New Jersey.

Jewish Groups Grapple With Expected Cuts In Funding

WASHINGTON - Even before the debt deal was signed Tuesday in Washington, U.S. Jewish groups and recipients of government largesse were asking the same question: Who's going to get cut?

Stephen Solarz: The Jewish Constituent’s Best Friend

Congress has never seen a better friend of the observant Jewish community than Stephen Solarz, who died of esophageal cancer on the 22nd of Kislev. Yonoson Rosenblum's recently published biography of Rabbi Moshe Sherer describes Solarz as an "invaluable ally" for many Agudath Israel projects and there are 20 references to Solarz in the book's index.

The Third Oldest Profession

e Jewish world was rocked last week by still another scandal, one so twisted and nefarious that it simply defies belief.

Innovation: Improving Medicine And The Economy

The federal government just announced that the nation's unemployment rate is still hovering around 10 percent. Voters have seized on this news by demanding that their leaders find a way to drive that number down.

It’s My Opinion: Freedom

A boat was intercepted in the Florida Straits on July 13. A surveillance plane spotted the vessel and directed the U.S. Coast Guard to intervene. The boat held a passenger who had fled the island of Cuba.He was parched and exhaustedand was said to have been adrift for weeks. Rescuers were shocked to see that the seven-foot craft was made of Styrofoam.

One Standard Of Justice?

A front-page story in The New York Timesof July 10 reported that federal immigration authorities in the Obama administration have adopted a "new strategy" to replace the military-style raids that were conducted in the Bush years to find and arrest illegal aliens.

Rubashkin’s Reputation

Almost a quarter of a century ago Raymond Donovan, secretary of labor in the Reagan administration, was acquitted by a jury of larceny and fraud charges. His reaction, as quoted in the next day's news stories, was, "Where do I go now to get my reputation back?"

The Obama Plan: Raising “Palestine” Upon The Corpse Of Israel (Part II)

After Palestine, conditions in the Middle East would be markedly less favorable to both Israel and the United States. The only credible way for Israel to deter large-scale conventional attacks following Palestinian statehood would be by maintaining visible and increasingly large-scale conventional capabilities. Naturally, enemy states contemplating first-strike attacks upon Israel using chemical and/or biological weapons would be apt to take more seriously Israel's nuclear deterrent. Whether or not this nuclear deterrent had remained undisclosed (the so-called "bomb in the basement") could also affect Israel's deterrent credibility and, thereby, U.S. security.

A School’s Historic Kiddush Hashem

On March 27, before a huge crowd in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, the mock trial team of Boston's Maimonides School won the championship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and became eligible to compete in the national competition scheduled for Atlanta on May 8 and 9.

It’s My Opinion: Civility

Florida Governor, Charlie Crist, seems to be delighted with federal stimulus money given to the state. However, other Florida officials are not so comfortable with the windfall. They warn of long-term consequences to the short-term solution.

Title: The Sentence, A Family’s Prison Memoir

A well-known kosher caterer who has a commissary in Florida that prepares kosher meals for federal prison inmates, and who has also been hosting a kosher-for-Passover holiday program for a number of years, told me a humorous story.

The Reparations Lawsuit Against France’s National Railway

We have often been somewhat critical of some of the war reparations class-action lawsuits filed against Germany and other European countries.

The Tenafly, New Jersey Eruv

The Supreme Court's recent decisions concerning gay rights and affirmative action, overshadowed its refusal to accept for review a federal appeals court decision that had required the township of Tenafly, New Jersey to allow the erecting of an eruv using telephone poles.

Supreme Decisions And Times-Style Spin

The world hardly needs a Jewish Press commentary on the affirmative action and gay rights rulings handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week.

Disappointing Political Machinations

We are disappointed to report that because of the last minute intransigence of New York's Governor George Pataki, the state Senate failed to pass the two bills important to the Jewishcommunity which we wrote about last week, and which had been passed earlier by the Assembly.

Gidone Busch Redux

We welcome the call of US Congressman Jerrold Nadler for a new federal probe into the circumstances of the death of Gidone Busch at the hands of 6 police officers several years ago.

Proposed Legislation On Kosher Food, And Computer Hardware For Yeshivas

As we report on page 3, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer have teamed up to produce legislation that protects kosher consumers by requiring those selling food as kosher, to disclose the basis for that representation.

Lieberman Declares Support For Gay Partner Benefits, Partial Birth Abortion

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Israeli soldiers train for urban combat at a military base in southern Israel with mock structures in background

In a speech Monday, Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph Lieberman vowed to work for congressional passage of a bill that would guarantee a range of benefits to partners of gay federal employees, and declared his staunch support for affirmative action and abortion rights ? including the partial birth procedure opposed by many Democrats.

Lieberman?s statements, made at the biannual conference of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, seemed to cement his move away from the centrist image he had crafted for himself in earlier years.

Eco-Judaism: Nothing Jewish About This Fad

In recent years the American Jewish community has been the target of a campaign that tries to argue that Jews are theologically obligated to support each and every green fad to come along. Several organizations have arisen in the name of "eco-Judaism," which is nothing more than the endorsement of the environmentalist political agenda in the name of Judaism.

That Alleged Bomb Plot

We are appalled at the possibility that two leaders of the Jewish Defense League may have been involved in a plot to bomb a mosque and the office of a Congressman of Lebanese descent. Yet such are the charges against JDL Chairman Irv Rubin and member Earl Krugel. They are accused in a federal complaint of planning to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California and the office of freshman California Rep. Darrell Issa.

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