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Rod Rosenstein discussed removing Trump from office, NY Times reports

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, discussed garnering support among the Cabinet to remove President Donald Trump during the administration’s chaotic first months, The New York Times reported.

Rosenstein in May of 2017 also discussed secretly recording the president, apparently to make the case against Trump, The...
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Michigan professor defends denying student’s letter of recommendation

 By JACKSON RICHMAN

 A University of Michigan professor who denied a student a letter of recommendation for a semester-long study-abroad program in Israel is standing by his decision, citing his support for the BDS movement.

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American Culture department, told JNS that this was...
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South Carolina congressman jokes about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A South Carolina congressman made a joke about Abraham Lincoln groping Ruth Bader Ginsburg, mocking the controversy over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her 36 years ago.

“I thought I was going to be late. Did you all hear the...
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Supervisor of Chester, New York, said town is buying up property to keep Hasidics out

(JTA) — The supervisor of the Town of Chester in southeastern New York said the town is buying up available property in order to prevent future development by the Hasidic community.

Chester Supervisor Alex Jamieson told the local newspaper the Times Herald-Record on Thursday that town residents fear that the...
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Michael Bloomberg planning run for president as Democrat, report claims

(JTA) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, The Times of London reported.

Bloomberg, who considered independent runs for the White House in 2008, 2012 and 2016, will challenge President Donald Trump, the paper reported, citing unnamed sources.

Bloomberg, who is Jewish, endorsed Hillary Clinton...
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Why Stephen Miller’s childhood rabbi singled him out in his Rosh Hashanah sermon

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels didn’t mince words when he criticized Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and a former congregant of his Southern California synagogue, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon.

“Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world...
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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says she had ‘a very strange Jewish upbringing’

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appearing at a Jewish day school in Brooklyn, spoke about her Jewish background and how her family jumped from synagogue to synagogue.

“I had a very strange Jewish upbringing actually,” Kagan, 58, told journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who moderated...
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JFNA, others organizing relief for Hurricane Florence-affected communities

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella organization that works with local Jewish Federations, has announced plans to help Tropical Storm Florence-affected Jewish communities by collecting tax-deductible donations in advance of the storm’s exit from the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.

Torrential downpours of as much as 40 inches...
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Report: 10 more women accuse Netanyahu’s foreign spokesman of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (TPS) – – Ten more women have come forward to accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign spokesman David Keyes of sexual harassment.

A total of 12 women have now accused Keyes of sexual misconduct.

The report on the 10 women by The Times of Israel comes almost a day after...
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State Democratic party mailer accuses NY gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of supporting BDS, silence on anti-Semitism

(JTA) — The New York State Democratic Party in a mailer accused gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of supporting the BDS movement and being silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.

Nixon, who is gay and attends Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue, announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for...
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