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3 board members resign from group that rescinded honor for Angela Davis

(JTA) — Three board members have resigned from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which rescinded its award to African-American activist Angela Davis, allegedly due in part to complaints from Jewish leaders.

The resignations follow controversy over the museum and educational center’s decision last week to withdraw the Fred L. Shuttlesworth...
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Golden Globes 2019: All the Jewish moments

(JTA) — From Michael Douglas’ Yiddish exclamation to more success for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to Regina King’s Hebrew-letter tattoo, the 2019 Golden Globes had its fair share of Jewish moments.

Rachel Brosnahan is not Jewish, but she does a convincing job playing a very Jewish woman in “Mrs. Maisel.”...
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Five Jewish facts to know about Elizabeth Warren

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In the waning days of 2018, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA., formally declared her interest in running for the presidency.

Warren was not the first to do so — former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has for months been canvassing for Democratic votes in Iowa, the...
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Congress is now 3 times more Jewish than the United States as a whole

(JTA) — More than 6 percent of the new Congress is Jewish, with 34 Jews among the total of 535 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, so Congress as a whole is more than thrice as Jewish as...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer shares secrets of a healthy Supreme Court

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bryant Johnson says pressure creates diamonds, and I think I just upped the carat level.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer did not know that his two other clients on the Supreme Court — Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan — are Jewish, too. Until I...
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NASA named the most distant object explored by a spacecraft with a term used by Nazis

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Earlier this week, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by what it says is the most distant object ever explored by a spacecraft.

But calling the trans-Neptunian object by its official designation of 2014 MU69 was cumbersome and boring for NASA scientists, who considered some 34,000...
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How Facebook monitors harmful content: 5 takeaways

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg insists that the massive social network is a force for good, but the company keeps getting called out for being slow or unable to curb the worst tendencies of users and abusers. In the latest probe of its practices, The New York...
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Organizers cancel Chicago Women’s March

(JTA) — Local organizers canceled the 2019 Chicago Women’s March, citing the high cost and overextended volunteers.

The announcement was made at the end of November, but local media reported it this week. The Chicago groups said in the announcement that it would hold a Women’s March “anniversary action” on...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital following cancer surgery

(JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital after cancer surgery and will continue to recuperate at home.

Ginsburg, 85, who was released on Tuesday, had surgery to remove a cancerous growth from her left lung. The growth was discovered during tests after she fell...
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UMass student asked to remove ‘F*** Nazis’ sign because it’s not inclusionary

(JTA) — A University of Massachusetts student was asked to remove a sign from her dorm window saying “F*** Nazis, you are not welcome”  because it did not foster a sense of inclusion.

Nicole Parsons, a junior, said she put up the sign following an incident in which a swastika...
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