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Second Democratic debate has a dramatic moment about race; foreign policy barely features

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The most dramatic moment in the second Democratic presidential debate was a showdown about race and generational differences between front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA.

In a debate that focused heavily on immigration, health care, income equality, civil rights...
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Boston rabbi suggests congregants bring guns to synagogue for protection

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

BOSTON (JTA) — A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country.

Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston neighborhood with a large number of Russian-speaking Jews,...
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Special prosecutor will investigate decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett

(JTA) — A local judge in Chicago has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin on Friday said in his decision to appoint...
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New York City is considering a ban on fur. Hasidic Jews and Jewish fur dealers aren’t happy.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — It’s summer and Marc Kaufman has thousands of coats in the basement of his store in Midtown Manhattan. For a fee, the fifth-generation fur dealer cleans and stores them for his customers to help prevent heat damage.

Upstairs there are racks and racks...
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Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA) — Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year that she turned 50, has died.

Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported.

According to the Jewish Women’s Archives, Krantz is the third-largest-selling female novelist in...
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John Bolton arrives for meetings in Israel amid US-Iran tension

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid tension between the United States and Iran.

Bolton told reporters prior to a meeting Sunday with Netanyahu that Iran should not view President Donald Trump’s decision to not strike Iranian...
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Yad Vashem tells Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘learn about concentration camps’

(JTA) — Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, had a response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referring to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps.”

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” the freshman New York Democrat had said Monday night in an...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg reads out loud her dissent to ruling allowing 40-foot cross to stand in Maryland

(JTA) — The Supreme Court will allow a 40-foot memorial cross to remain standing on public land in Maryland.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not happy with the ruling Thursday and read her dissent out loud to emphasize her opinion.

“By maintaining the Peace Cross on a public highway, the...
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Robert Kraft announces foundation to combat anti-Semitism at Genesis Prize ceremony

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the establishment of a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism as he accepted the Genesis Prize award in Jerusalem on Thursday.

In addition to the $1 million he received along with the prize, Kraft is putting $20 million...
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Here’s what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump says he is “very prepared” for Iran.

“We’re looking at Iran,” he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. troops to the area as tensions there appear to be escalating. “We have...
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