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Al Sharpton speaking on April 29, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Al Sharpton says he regrets his ‘cheap’ rhetoric

WASHINGTON — Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking...

Rabbi Abba Cohen, far left, with Karen Pence and Vice President Mike Pence at a National Day of Prayer service in the White House Rose Garden, May 2, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump’s religious freedom changes hearten some Jews, rattle others

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s definition of religious freedom is being welcomed by many Orthodox leaders and rattling more liberal Jewish leaders, although...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, with her spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, March 15, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Getty)

Rep. Omar’s Jewish advisor

WASHINGTON — Almost as soon as a conference call started between Ilhan Omar, the controversial congresswoman, and Jewish community leaders, Hadar Susskind recognized a...

Sen. Chuck Schumer at the 2019 AIPAC conference.

At AIPAC, sparring on what defines anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said at AIPAC: “It will always be wrong to use anti-Semitism as a political weapon, always,” Schumer said, reminding the...

Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2018 AIPAC conference.(Ashernet)

AIPAC says it won’t be ‘silenced’

WASHINGTON — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee wants you to know it will not be silenced. “When they try to silence us, we speak up, and when they tell us...

Adam Milstein (Lev Radin via Getty Images)

Milstein pulls out of AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON — Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at next week’s annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in...

Rep. Ilhan Omar, l, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, March 8, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The Omar issue isn’t going away

WASHINGTON — Democrats came to an agreement last week on a resolution to denounce anti-Semitism and other forms of bias, but most — particularly the House speaker,...

AIPAC Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, March 6, 2018. (Michael Brochstein/Getty)

With ‘Jexodus’, Trump challenges, angers Israel bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — The House hearing was about foreign aid, and almost as soon as it started it took a political turn: The most powerful congressional appropriator was...

AIPAC Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, March 6, 2018. (Michael Brochstein/Getty)

Rep. Omar: ‘AIPAC buys politicians’

WASHINGTON — US Rep. Ilhan Omar started a firestorm by saying on Twitter that AIPAC pays lawmakers to support Israel. Both Democrats and Republicans have offered sharp...

Elan Carr (Collage by Laura Adkins)

New anti-Semitism monitor has a colorful background

WASHINGTON — Elan Carr’s career until now has been equal parts prosecutor, policy wonk, politico and performance artist. He has now been appointed the State...