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The Jewish Players in Impeachment

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry began this week with quite a splash.

A bunch of Jewish actors are at play in this drama, and we’ve covered some before:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is caught in the middle of it...
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What we learned from Tuesday’s elections

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Tuesday’s off-year elections brought some surprising news.

Here are four key takeaways:

Turning Blue Blues

It wasn’t a good night for the GOP.

Virginia’s legislature flipped to Democratic. It looks like Kentucky elected a Democrat governor, Andy Beshear pushing out the Trumpian incumbent, Matt Bevin....
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What presidential wannabes said at J Street

By RON KAMPEAS

Taking a turn on J Street J Street convened its eighth annual conference this week, its 11th year of existence. The gathering attracted 4,000 activists and marked a major turning point in how Democrats treat Israel: Withholding aid to pressure the Jewish state to comply with policy...
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Why what Elizabeth Warren said this week on Israel matters

By RON KAMPEAS

Leveraging Israel Left-wing Jewish activists have been ambushing Democratic presidential candidates at campaign events for months, asking them to outright condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. One of their tactics is to ask the candidates whether they would consider withholding aid from Israel to get it...
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Stuck outside of Columbus with the Pittsburgh blues again

By RON KAMPEAS

COLUMBUS (JTA) — The Democrats are holding their debates in states that voted red in 2016, but which they hope to take from the Republicans next year.

It was Florida in June, Michigan in July, Texas (yes, Texas) in September and this month in Ohio, in suburban...
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2 senators reach across the aisle to tackle the Syria nightmare

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Oren writes of being in a reverie on Sept. 30, 2013, his last day as Israel’s ambassador to Washington, when he heard President Barack Obama tell his boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “If war comes, we’re with you, because that’s what the American...
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As more Democrats call to impeach, Trump cries ‘treason’

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump thinks Adam Schiff should be tried for treason.

Why is difficult to discern. Jeff Mason of Reuters tried to extract an explanation during a White House news conference Wednesday with Trump and the president of Finland.

“Do you consider anyone who...
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As the Ukraine scandal brewed, Trump had some pretty strong things to say at the UN

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The news that gobbled up our attention this week was obviously impeachment, For anybody that possibly missed it, an intelligence community whistleblower accused President Donald Trump of extorting help from Ukraine to smear his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Are there Jewish...
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