The Tell by Ron Kampeas

Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers: Everyone on stage thought that President Donald Trump...
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The Iran Flare-Up, Winners and Losers Edition

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) —Welcome 2020. Is it December yet? Can you set my alarm for December? No? Then how about a dive into how Iran tensions are playing out in D.C. and in the Jewish community.

Badass on the frontline Democrats are seeking to limit President Donald Trump’s...
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How to fight anti-Semitism in 2020, DC edition

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Unfortunately, the new year began much like it ended. After a machete attack in Monsey wounded five people seriously on Chanukah, a woman in Brooklyn was punched in the throat on New Year’s Day.

What can be done about it, especially from Washington?

Here are some of the emerging ideas from experts and...
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This year in Jewish politics was bananas

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — What a year 2019 has been for, well, everyone, but especially for watchers of Jewish politics — and Jews in politics.

Two elections in Israel (with a third to come), three Jewish candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination (Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson and...
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The Impeachment Chronicles

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For the third time in the Republic’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached a president.

There were a number of firsts on Wednesday: Donald Trump became the first elected president to be impeached in his first term — Andrew Johnson had assumed the presidency following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln — and a female speaker, Rep. Nancy...
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Executive order disorder

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — ‘Tis the season for so much news!

In addition to another deadly attack on U.S. Jews, a much anticipated British election and the announcement that Israel is going to have a third election in less than a year, President Trump issued an executive order...
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Three of the impeachment witness lawyers were Jewish, and it matters

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee launched impeachment hearings just hours after the Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA., concluded its own impeachment inquiry.

The 300-page Intelligence Committee report concludes that President Donald Trump “placed his own personal and political interests...
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Buttigieg and the moderate majority

By RON KAMPEAS

ATLANTA (JTA) — As I sat in the Spin Room of the enormous Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta waiting for the fifth Democratic debate to start, it felt like deja vu.

The debate used the same format, again scrunched 10 candidates on a stage (having one nominee...
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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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