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No third-rate hack job

It is tempting to dismiss allegations of Russian hacking during last fall’s presidential election as blame shifting by sore losers in the Democratic Party and/or the work of a socially-awkward teen-age hacker working from his parent’s basement. Various figures on the right, including President Donald Trump himself, have intimated as much.
Wednesday 04/19/2017
Time to start listening to immigrant leaders
Posted: April 19, 2017

Jews everywhere, myself included, have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shatter families and communities and send people back to dangerous circumstances they fled.

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Haggadah supporter finances anti-Israel projects
Posted: April 19, 2017

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Monday 04/10/2017
Spending this year in Jerusalem
Posted: April 10, 2017

Passover in America is widely reported to be the most-celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will have attended Passover seders this week than will attend High Holiday services this fall. No doubt this is due, at least in part, to homemade matzah ball soup, various iterations of the recipes for sweet charoset, and a time for family and friends to get together – a time to catch up on what everyone has done over the past year.

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Bye, bye Bannon
Posted: April 10, 2017

In another sign that the Trump administration is moving toward greater stability and more traditional governance, the president last week signed an executive order removing White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council. Bannon’s appointment to the council and to its principals committee was roundly criticized as the infiltration of a radical nationalist political operative into the national security system – a toxic mixture. His removal solved that problem, and is seen as a sign of the growing influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army three-star general.

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
A strong showing of bipartisanship in Arizona
Posted: April 05, 2017

Arizonans should be proud of their U.S. representatives and senators.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
The bomb threatener
Posted: March 29, 2017

We were as surprised as anyone else by the arrest of a suspect in the bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions in the United States and abroad, even as we counseled three weeks ago that “at least until we get a better idea of who did what, and why, we need to be careful not to impugn one political side or the other for incubating the perpetrators.”

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What made David Friedman's confirmation so contentious?
Posted: March 29, 2017

David Friedman was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate as America’s ambassador to Israel. But that was only after a highly contentious debate and, unfortunately, only because there is a Republican majority in the Senate.

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Letters to the Editor – 03 31 2017
Posted: March 29, 2017

Sometimes destruction is necessary for peace

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
America the loser with ‘America First’
Posted: March 22, 2017

In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that it “represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters.” “He is following through on his promises,” Mulvaney went on. “We did not consult with special interests on how to write this budget. We did not consult with lobbyists on how to write this budget. The president’s team wrote this budget, and that’s what you’ll see in the numbers.”

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Students committed to standing up for Jewish, democratic values, in United States and Israel
Posted: March 22, 2017

Earlier this month, 85 students from Arizona’s universities traveled to Washington, D.C., for J Street’s National Conference. Last month, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally met for the first time in Washington. Those of us who long for peace and are committed to Israel’s character as a Jewish and democratic state have been troubled by the Trump administration’s ambivalence about some of the most fundamental issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and their first public appearance together did not assuage our concerns.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
How to stop the surge in anti-Semitism
Posted: March 14, 2017

Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm.

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