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When Republicans win, it’s ‘dysfunctional’

Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for truth), the left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value. Rather, feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are more important.

The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country — the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current charges of a “war on women” and of a “culture of rape” on American college campuses, the immediate assertion that the killing of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, was caused by racist police — testify to the left’s cavalier attitude toward truth.

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View from Central Park

Welcome, North Korea

What is happening in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset? A bill undermining the bedrock of any Democratic society, the sacrosanct freedom of speech, was put forth by Eitan Cabel of the Labor Party, to limit the distribution of free newspapers. And it passed. True, formally the bill still has two more readings, plus a host of other hurdles, to become law. I don’t think it will survive. But still. The principle of it! Yisrael [Israel] Hayom is a daily newspaper that is distributed free (thi...
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Liberal Lens

Should the GOP look forward to 2016?

THE DRAMATIC, across-the-board victory engineered by Republicans in the Nov. 4 elections would seem to bode well for the party’s chance to capture the White House in 2016. The GOP took full control of Congress, flipped at least four governor’s offices from blue to red, and prompted much talk of a resurgent Republican movement. Not so fast. A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shift...
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View From Denver

A free master’s degree

BOY HAVE I got a deal for you! Actually, I do. It’s a free master’s degree in education. No tuition. No registration fees. No classes to take, not even online. No research papers to write. No model lessons.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:46 )

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View from Central Park

War over Jerusalem

I CONSIDER myself a Yerushalmit, a citizen of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the city that raised me. For any Jew, when terror lives on and Jerusalem is under attack, it is painful, for the city is a symbol of our one and only home as a people. Even more so, when it’s literally been one’s home. The boiling kettle that is the possibility of an intifada brewing in Jerusalem — more than brewing at this point — has just sparked twice more. It is scary to think of where this is all leading. We h...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

After legal battle, Israel OK’s African-American family as citizens

Gabe Friedman Israel’s Interior Ministry has agreed to recognize a family of African Americans who converted to Judaism as citizens of Israel. ... [Link]

Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

Gabe Friedman Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. Beating up a rabbi doesn’t help. ... [Link]

Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

Gabe Friedman President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death. ... [Link]

Former NYC council candidate arrested on child porn charges

Marcy Oster Joseph Hayon, who admitted that he viewed and shared the pornographic images of children between ages 2 and 12, ran under the campaign slogan “Our children are our future,” ... [Link]

On basalt boulders, remembering a Golan Heights attack

Julie Wiener More than 63 years after seven Israeli soldiers were killed by a Syrian sniper, sculptors create a memorial for them. ... [Link]

Al Pacino pulls out of play over playwright’s support of Hitler

Marcy Oster Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a supporter of Nazi Germany in his 70s and 80s and supported the German occupation of Norway during World War II. ... [Link]

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty and need assistance, confab told

Marcy Oster Representatives of 39 countries participating in the two-day “Living in Dignity” conference called on the international community to provide more assistance to survivors. ... [Link]

As Israeli Rabbinate targets Rabbi Riskin, battle lines take shape

Ben Sales Rabbi Shlomo Riskin believes Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is challenging his job because his decisions on women and conversions question the Rabbinate’s hard lines on Jewish law. ... [Link]

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