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David Sirota, a member of the Denver Jewish community, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author.

Warren many block Biden bid

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the US presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically disdained him, charging him with acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial troubles.


Can Jeb Bush be his ‘own man’?

Jeb Bush’s last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn’t won an election in more than a decade is nonetheless considered a serious contender for his party’s presidential nomination.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:19 )


The economics of marijuana

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:21 )


To Clinton, influence peddling is now OK

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat. She appears to have unified large swaths of the Democratic Party and its activist base to support the core tenets of the Citizens United decision — the one that effectively allowed unlimited money into politics. That 2010 Supreme Court ruling declared that, unless there is an explicit quid pro quo, the fact that major campaign donors “may have influence over or access to elected o...

Deep Democratic party divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are confusing times. On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been promoting standard pro-middle class rhetoric, yet also has been raking in speaking fees from financial firms. One of her potential primary challengers, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, has been sounding anti-Wall Street themes, but only after finishing up two terms in office that saw his state...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:08 )

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Mark Zuckerberg pledges to donate $45B in Facebook shares over lifetime

Gabe Friedman Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a Facebook post announcing the birth of their daughter that they will give away 99 percent of their shares. ... [Link]

4 Israeli reactions to the Russia-Turkey fallout

Ron Kampeas With erstwhile allies Russia and Turkey quarreling, any Israeli schadenfreude is likely tempered by other emotions. ... [Link]

95-year-old Auschwitz paramedic ruled fit to stand trial

Julie Wiener A German higher court overruled a lower court decision that Hubert Z., who is accused of being an accessory in the murder of at least 3,681 people at the Nazi camp, was too frail for trial. ... [Link]

Israeli army to open draft to HIV-positive people

Ben Sales In an announcement timed to World AIDS Day, the IDF said treatment advances and the low risk of contagion led to the policy change for non-combat positions. ... [Link]

Reese Witherspoon producing film on Barbie’s Jewish creator

Julie Wiener The film is an adaptation of a 2010 book about Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel and developed its best-selling Barbie doll. ... [Link]

Judaica store manager assaulted outside Manhattan shop

Julie Wiener An African-American man who claimed to be Muslim reportedly struck the West Side Judaica employee in the face while yelling “F*** the Jews.” ... [Link]

With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward Asia

Ben Sales The prime minister’s warm embrace of his counterpart in India reflects a warming between Israel and Asia’s most powerful countries. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Israel, a ‘green’ pioneer, is now falling short

Gabrielle Birkner As part of the Jewish state’s delegation at the Paris climate conference, I want to wave the flag of the ‘start-up nation.’ But as a Jew, I know Israel is lagging, writes a solar energy activist... [Link]

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