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

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 )

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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 )

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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...
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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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From Hillary to Andrew: subterfuge

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data can be housed on relatively small hard drives rather than in spacious warehouses. Likewise, the time expense of retrieving that data should be reduced, because it can be obtained through a few keystrokes rather than a tedious search of file cabinets. Consequently, open records requests should be far easier to fulfill, because electronic corresponde...
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As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

Ron Kampeas What are the most contentious issues — and how much will they influence the outcome? ... [Link]

Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

Gabe Friedman The Israeli prime minister went to the hospital for prostate exams in vehicles disguised as a pita delivery van and a pest control van. ... [Link]

Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest N.Y. gay pride parade

Gabe Friedman The fringe Hasidic group said the protesters were hired to fill in for “yeshiva boys” who would normally protest but were kept away. ... [Link]

Seamless goes ‘kosher style’ (bacon included)

Uriel Heilman Going from kosher to kosher style. ... [Link]

Aussie moneyman ripped for anti-Semitic rant against Jewish official

Gabe Friedman A financial adviser unleashed a series of curse-laden tweets at Australia’s assistant treasurer over the official’s plan to cut commissions. ... [Link]

Israel’s defense chief: Help for Syrian rebels is exchange for Druze safety

Marcy Oster Moshe Yaalon said the medical aid has been conditioned on the rebel fighting not getting too close to the Golan border fence and that the local Druze population is not harmed. ... [Link]

Pine Bush school district settles anti-Semitic lawsuit for $4.5 million

Uriel Heilman The 2012 suit alleged that officials in the upstate New York district long had failed to respond adequately to the complaints by students and their families. ... [Link]

Israel backers rally outside U.N. Human Rights Council

Marcy Oster The Geneva rally was held as a commission of inquiry presented its report on last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict to the council. ... [Link]

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