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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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Julie Wiener The school immediately called the police who arrived within 90 seconds and found nothing amiss. ... [Link]

Israeli security official: ‘Lone wolf’ terrorism, not Abbas, behind violence

Julie Wiener Meanwhile, leaders in Gaza are calling on West Bank Palestinians to escalate the violence. ... [Link]

Does Susan Rice think Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist?

Ron Kampeas Susan Rice does not believe Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist, Dennis Ross says, but she does not otherwise trust him. ... [Link]

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit Israel, talk anti-Semitism

Gabe Friedman De Blasio will leave Thursday, Oct. 15 for Jerusalem, where he will be the keynote speaker at a conference of international mayors. ... [Link]

Leading rabbi: Jewish visitors to Temple Mount ‘sparked’ current tensions

Julie Wiener Rabbi Shimon Ba’adani,a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages,said Thursday: “Do not provoke the nations, even if we are in control here, there is a halacha …” ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz Assistance with Jewish education freamworks was made possible thanks to two grants by the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations. ... [Link]

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