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

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 plow more public pension money into Wall Street firms, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in financial fees.

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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Private equity’s private math

To the casual observer, the investment returns recently announced by the California pension system might seem like cause for celebration. The state’s investments in firms that buy private companies generated a 20% return in 2014. California’s $30 billion worth of private equity investments did not come cheap, incurring almost $440 million worth of annual management fees paid to financial firms. But the double-digit gains helped the system generate some of the best overall pension returns in...
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Border security not a cure-all

WITH THE opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed cure-all for America’s broken immigration system. Left unaddressed, though, is a simple question: How does border security address the status of millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the US? The answer is that it probably won’t, according to a person who knows a thing or two about immigration: Felipe Calderon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:29 )

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Rahm Emanuel two-faced on city pensions

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. The system is included in the city’s budget, it is directly funded by the city, and its various boards of trustees include city officials and mayoral appointees. Yet when it comes to enforcing the city’s anti-corruption laws in advance of the Chicago’s closely watched 2015 municipal election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is suddenly arguing that the pension funds are not part of ...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Palestinian teen, trying to breach security fence, killed by Israeli troops

Marcy Oster The 18-year-old was among a group of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel from the northern West Bank. ... [Link]

$20 million will add Jewish middle school in D.C.

Ron Kampeas A donation of $20 million will fund a Jewish middle school in Washington D.C. ... [Link]

Alleged Kansas City JCC shooter says will change plea to guilty

Marcy Oster Miller told the Associated Press by phone from jail that he wants to speak in court about why he committed the crimes and is concerned about a long trial due to his poor health. ... [Link]

Rome chief rabbi, Pope meet at Vatican

Marcy Oster The Pope and the rabbi expressed hope that the two religions would cooperate more intensely to reach common solutions for current European crises. ... [Link]

Mortar shells fired from Syria land near Golan kibbutz

Marcy Oster The IDF said the shells likely were errant fire from the fighting between Syria’s army and the rebels as part of the country’s four-year-old civil war. ... [Link]

Facebook bans pejorative for anti-Russia Ukrainian Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz The phrase “Zhidbanderovets” combines the Ukrainian word for ‘Yid’ with the name of a nationalist whose troops killed Jews. ... [Link]

500 Russian Jews to shop at Hyper Cacher near Paris

Cnaan Liphshiz Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, who will lead the delegation, says he feels safer in Moscow. ... [Link]

U.S. Jewish hikers in Nepal contact families

Marcy Oster They reportedly are at the Mount Everest base camp awaiting evacuation. Meanwhile, the earthquake’s death toll topped 4,000. ... [Link]

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