The Tell by Ron Kampeas

Peace, what could go wrong?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Call it the deal of the century, the ultimate deal, the vision for peace: President Donald Trump and his Middle East team unveiled their long-awaited peace plan on Tuesday. My colleague Gabe Friedman runs down the highlights (you can also read all 181 pages here and...
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It’s Campaign Endorsement Season

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s less than two weeks to the first nominating contest, the Iowa caucus, which means that congressional endorsements of presidential candidates are beginning to trickle in.

A lawmaker backing a candidate this early in the race may reflect a desire to tap into the...
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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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