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GOP in ‘frank conversations’

GOP in ‘frank conversations’

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White House and suffer modest losses in Congress, and Jewish Republicans and conservatives are coming forward with their own insights.

“There will be a lot of very frank conversations between our organization and its leadership and the leadership within the party,” Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said last week in a conference call that otherwise addressed gains that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared to have made among Jewish voters.

A number of Romney’s financial backers — including Fred Zeidman of Texas, Mel Sembler of Florida and Sheldon Adelson — are among the RJC’s leadership, and Brooks made clear that their voices would be heard.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:50 )

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Americans in Israel vote heavily for Romney

Americans in Israel vote heavily for RomneyTEL AVIV — Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong. It was the pro-Obama election-watching party of Israel’s left-wing Meretz party. Deviating from a solidly anti-Obama consensus in Israel — a poll showed Israeli Jews preferring Republican challenger Mitt Romney over the president, 59% to 22% — Meretz’ s young members...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:18 )

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How the Jewish vote went: About 70/30

How the Jewish vote went: About 70/30WASHINGTON — President Obama’s Jewish numbers are down, but by how much and why? Expect four more years of tussling between Jewish Republicans and Democrats about the meaning of Obama’s dip from 78% Jewish support cited in 2008 exit polls to 69% this year in the national exit polls run by a media consortium. Is it a result of Obama’s fractious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Or is it a natural fall-off in an election that was closer across the board than i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:18 )

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Obama’s second term: More of the same, at least until Iran flares

Obama’s second term: More of the same, at least until Iran flaresWASHINGTON — The day after the election looks a lot like the day before for President Obama, particularly in areas that have attracted the attention of Jewish voters: Tussling with Republicans domestically on the economy and health care, and dancing gingerly with Israel around the issue of a nuclear Iran. With Obama's victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Senate remaining in the hands of Democrats and the U.S. House of Representatives staying Republican, that means more of the s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:59 )

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Dear Lindsey Graham: Some jokes only Jews can make

Ron Kampeas The South Carolina senator’s quip about an all-Jewish cabinet falls flatter than day-old Riesling. ... [Link]

Who are the Republican candidates’ Jewish donors?

Ron Kampeas JTA looks at where the top Republican presidential hopefuls stand on Israel, Iran and immigration, and at the Jewish benefactors who could shape their campaigns. ... [Link]

Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

Marcy Oster The recommendation to pass on a meeting with the former U.S. president came over his “anti-Israeli stance” in recent years, an unnamed senior government official said. ... [Link]

Israeli gov’t minister: Migrants’ deaths show why fence is necessary

Marcy Oster Israel in 2012 built a fence on its border with Egypt and added sophisticated surveillance equipment to stem the influx of migrants from Eritrea and the Sudan, often hundreds per month. ... [Link]

Should Random House pay Goebbels’ estate?

Gabrielle Birkner The notorious propaganda minister left behind 20 years worth of diary entries — from which the offspring of his siblings think they should profit. ... [Link]

Ex-Auschwitz guard, 93, going on trial as accomplice in murder of 300,000

Marcy Oster Oskar Groening, 93, unlike most others brought to trial in recent years, has publicly expressed shame for having been “a cog in the killing machine that eliminated millions of innocent people.&#... [Link]

U.S. diplomat apologizes for FBI director’s remarks about Polish wartime behavior

Julie Wiener Ambassador Stephen Mull said that FBI director James Comey was not speaking for the United States government when he accused Poles and Hungarians of complicity in Nazi atrocities. ... [Link]

More than 1 in 4 Israeli voters made decision at last minute

Julie Wiener The poll found that 15 percent of voters made their decision while en route to the voting site on March 17, while 13 percent decided in the final days of the campaign. ... [Link]

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