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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.

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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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Buoyed by haredi growth, Jewish school enrollment in NY up by 4.4 percent in one year

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Enrollment in New York State’s Jewish day schools and yeshivas increased by 4.4 percent last year. According to data compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council from st... [Link]

Undercover video of Hasidic principal handling boy prompts sex abuse probe

Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA) – The story is an all-too-familiar horror tale: An adult in a position of power – in this case a Hasidic school principal – is accused of sexually abusing a child in his care. But... [Link]

Sheldon Silver, NY power broker, sentenced to 12 years for corruption

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on corruption charges. Silver, 72, an Orthodox Jew who for two decades was amo... [Link]

Michelin criticized for not publishing Israel guide

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The president of the World Jewish Congress is taking the Michelin travel company to task for not including Israel in its repertoire of prestigious travel and dining guides. In a letter to th... [Link]

Prominent Connecticut rabbi from ‘Yale 5′ case accused of sexually abusing boys

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A former student of a Connecticut rabbi has claimed the Orthodox leader and yeshiva principal raped and molested him hundreds of times. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, Eliyahu M... [Link]

8th-grader who drew swastika on Boston-area school football field won’t face charges

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A 13-year-old boy who allegedly drew a swastika on a Boston-area school football field will not face criminal charges. The teen, an eighth-grader at the Georgetown Middle/High School, dr... [Link]

Jewish Israeli sentenced to life plus 20 years for revenge murder of Palestinian teen

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jewish-Israeli man convicted of the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen was sentenced to life plus 20 years in jail on Tuesday. The sentence for Yosef Ben-David, 31, of Jerusa... [Link]

3 Israeli soldiers injured, 1 seriously, in West Bank car-ramming attack

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israeli soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack on pedestrians in the West Bank. One of the injured is in serious condition following the attack near the settleme... [Link]

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