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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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Largest Luxembourg supermarket chain stops selling Israeli produce

Marcy Oster Following disruptive protests, Cactus said it won’t sell the Israeli goods until suppliers verify that they do not originate in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Polish governor tamps down expectations of Nazi gold train

Marcy Oster The Lower Silesia leader said the alleged location of the train car’s discovery has been sealed after a surge of treasure hunters. ... [Link]

Families of Israeli submarine crew receive declassified reports on ’68 sinking

Marcy Oster Sixty-nine sailors were killed when the Dakar went down while returning to Haifa either because of a technical problem or a collision with another vessel. ... [Link]

Hundreds of Palestinians riot following Israeli raid in West Bank

Marcy Oster An Israeli soldier was wounded, possibly by friendly fire, during clashes between Israeli soldiers and hundreds of Palestinians following the arrest of a Hamas operative. ... [Link]

Kansas City shooter found guilty of capital murder

Ron Kampeas The jury took less than two hours to reach its verdict in the trial of Frazier Glenn Miller, a white supremacist who defended himself. ... [Link]

Jewish former lawmakers urge backing for Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Jane Harman, who once was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was among 75 ex-Congress members who signed a letter pressing their sitting colleagues to support the agreement. ... [Link]

Orthodox students at Dartmouth press for stricter kashrut

Julie Wiener More than 500 Dartmouth students have signed a petition urging the Ivy League school in New Hampshire to use a more stringent supervising agency for its kosher cafeteria. ... [Link]

Parents of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff reflect on first anniversary of his slaying

Julie Wiener On the eve of the first anniversary of their son’s murder by ISIS, Arthur and Shirley Sotloff said they had held out hope for his survival because his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. ... [Link]

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