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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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Palestinians reject Netanyahu’s call for direct talks, support French plan

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah rebuffed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest call for direct talks, opting instead to join a French-led... [Link]

Spanish tribunal: BDS is anti-constitutional, discriminatory

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Citing anti-discrimination laws, a Spanish constitutional tribunal recommended scrapping a local government motion calling for a boycott against Israel. The Ministerio Fiscal, an adviso... [Link]

Trump: no plans for Israel trip “at the moment”

Ben Sales (JTA) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said a trip abroad would not be prudent “at the moment” because it would not sway voters. Trump’s comments, mad... [Link]

New JCC day camp replaces German beer hall

Julie Wiener It may well be the first Jewish day camp to be located on the site of a German beer garden. The JCC in Manhattan’s Camp Settoga, slated to open in late June, is replacing Platzl Brauhaus (“... [Link]

Bob Dylan’s forgotten pro-Israel song, revisited

Gabe Friedman “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan sang in 1964’s “My Back Pages.” Reverse-aging or no, the legendary Jewish folk singer turns 75 on Tuesday. While Dy... [Link]

Democrats drafting party platform include critics of Israel, friends of Israel – and a BDS backer

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democratic Party platform drafting committee is top heavy with veterans of political battles over Israel — some friendly, some critical, and including at least one m... [Link]

French Jews react to first screening of buzzy, irreverent comedy on anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz PARIS (JTA) — When the French-Jewish film director Yvan Attal titled his much-hyped comedy about anti-Semitism “They Are Everywhere,” he did so in reference to how some anti-Semites feel abo... [Link]

Genesis Prize Foundation billionaire co-founder will leave his money to charity, none to 4 kids

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Jewish billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced plans to leave his entire fortune to charity,  not leaving a single kopek for his children. Fridman, Russia’s second richest man, ... [Link]

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