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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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View from Central Park

Yes, a refuge

Netanyahu is sending a message to world Jewry, specifically European Jewry, that Israel is ITS home. And he is being criticized for it with anger, as if saying Israel is there for you as a homeland is a bad thing. “We say to you our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home. . . Israel is the home of every Jew, waiting for you with open arms.” The response by French and Danish leaders? Rejection and criticism, as if Netanyahu were expressing a controversial thought, sparking conflict....
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They weren’t ‘random’ attacks

On a day when many of us were perplexed and appalled by the White House’s strange referral to the attack on the kosher deli in Paris last month as “random” (and by the painfully embarrassing response about this by Jen Psaki) — an attack the French government immediately recognized as obviously anti-Jewish, not to mention the terrorist himself professing this (while holding the Jews hostage he called a local news station, saying, “I am killing Jews”), on such a day, three recognizable...

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 February 2015 09:27 )

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Powderhounds . . . Skibrews

WE COLORADANS are blessed to live here. Winter is a season we love and look forward to. Unlike so many other places in the country and even the world, where winter is dreaded, we are under the magical spell of cold mountain air and snowy days with snow so powdery that falling into it is like sinking into a fluffy pillow. With that kind of snow, no wonder many of us (me included) are complete snow snobs. When Snow Industry of America (SIA) comes to town, we get to share that love. Officially, it...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 09:32 )

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Conservative Lens

If the President couldn’t tell a lie

In the famous 1997 movie comedy “Liar Liar,” actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son’s birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie — he can only tell the truth — for 24 hours. Let’s imagine that such a wish forced President Obama to do the same, not for 24 hours, but only during his State of the Union address. Here is what he said followed by what he would have said if he could only tell the truth.
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Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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