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Oct 08th
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Liberal Lens

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 officials does not mean that these officials are corrupt.” The theory is that as long as a donor and a politician do not agree to an overt bribe, everything is A-OK.

View From Denver

An uncomfortable defense

IT IS easy to say, “free speech.” It can be difficult to accept. Yet, accept it we must. The alternative is Stalinist Russia or, in more contemporary terms, Saudi Arabia, with its beheadings, hand-choppings and lashings for the exercise of freedom of speech in the field of religion. Feel free to substitute for Saudi Arabia other Islamist regimes in which it is punishable by death to convert from Islam to another religion. Even under the specter of Stalinist Russia and radical Islam, free s...
Conservative Lens

Pakistan — more legitimate than Israel?

Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel’s legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country’s legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan? The answer, of course, is always “no.” In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan. There are two reasons for this. First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israel’s legitim...
View from Central Park

Emergency experts

I keep hearing this phrase: “When the tallest mountain trembles, the smallest mountain comes to help.” As if the friendship between the people of Nepal and the people of Israel was not already so strong. Now it will be stronger. Israelis are no strangers to Nepal. As has become the ritual over the past decades, many IF soldiers travel to Nepal and India upon termination of their service.
View From Denver

Meditation, exercise, creativity, and...

FOUR. Jewish spirituality, set down by the Prophet Isaiah, comes in fours: delight, honor, freedom from planning daily tasks and freedom from speaking about them. Together, these four gifts comprise the serenity of Shabbos. Together, they call attention to four other human strivings, outside of Jewish spirituality. In an electronically engaged world, even its most successful participants seek a respite from its pressures and quandaries. We want in. And we want out. We want into the producti...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Why did James Franco need a rabbi? and 7 other Jewish news Qs

Jas Chana Bob Dylan, Kim Kardashian and Madonna walk into a quiz — this one. They’re schmoozing, shilling, maybe even schvitzing. And not to be outdone, James Franco pops in for a little celebrating... [Link]

Netanyahu pins wave of attacks on incitement by Hamas, PA

Marcy Oster Saying terrorism has been ongoing since Zionism began, the prime minister asserted in a nationally televised address, “We will defeat it.” ... [Link]

2 stabbed in suspected terror attack in northern Israel

Marcy Oster A crowd started to punch and kick the assailant as he lay on the ground before being dispersed by police. ... [Link]

‘The Muslims Are Coming!’ ads must run in NY subways, judge rules

Gabe Friedman The ruling countered the city transportation authority’s banning of political ads from subways and buses following a controversy over an anti-Islamic ad. ... [Link]

The terror attacks in Israel, a timeline of the escalating violence

Ben Sales A list of the terror attacks that rocked Israel this week and the events that led up to them. ... [Link]

Palestinian man killed during Israeli raid on eastern Jerusalem home

Marcy Oster Israeli forces were looking for a suspect in the Jerusalem stabbing of a yeshiva student earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Israeli army: Palestinian woman was shot after trying to attack soldiers

Marcy Oster The 18-year-old lunged at an Israeli officer who was trying to disarm her at a West Point checkpoint after she ignored calls to put down her knife, the army said. ... [Link]

Israeli man seriously hurt in West Bank stabbing

Marcy Oster The suspected attacker, reportedly a Palestinian resident of Hebron, fled the scene. ... [Link]

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