Daily Archives: 02/22/2012

Former Top NYT Editor Bill Keller Explains Why Press Holds Fire on Iran

CNY Reports: One subject on which the Times, and indeed Keller himself, has called itself out is the paper’s “notoriously credulous stories about Iraqi weapons” in the early 2000s, as Keller wrote back in September.

Ten years later, Times reporters and their colleagues on the international security and foreign policy beats once again find themselves beating the drums of war as they assess the nuclear threat that may or may not be looming in Iran. Read more »

Debate Video: Santorum Tells Romney He Doesn’t ‘Know What You’re Talking About’ Re Earmarks

Algemeiner: CNN Did Fire Four Jeiwsh Journalist; Kept Two for Only 8-Hours a WEEK!

CNN’s decision to fire four Jewish Israeli journalists from the cable network’s Jerusalem bureau earlier this month was due in part to their religion and nationality, and to their perceived inability to operate freely throughout the Middle East. “The fact is, just Jewish Israelis were fired from CNN,” said a source who was directly involved in the layoffs and who requested anonymity. While reports said CNN had fired all its Jewish workers from the bureau, the source told the Algemeiner that “they left 2 Jewish Israeli journalists but here’s the catch, they’re each  working one shift a week for 8 hours.” Algemeiner Via VIN

Unknown Group Says NY Orthodox Jews Back Santorum

During tonight’s Republican debate Rick Santorum will be making his case for the party’s ticket.  In the New York area orthodox Jewish community, Santorum’s case has already been made and it’s succeeded. “He’s always been tough on the issues of importance,” a spokesman for Jewspickrick.com said. The site has been organized by members of the orthodoxy in New York and New Jersey, based on social issues and foreign policy. – Algemeiner

Russia Warns Israel Not to Attack Iran

Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a UN nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic program. “Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a news conference. Y-Net

FACT OF THE DAY

35% of existing homes sold in January were foreclosed properties; median prices were 23% lower than November 2008, yet despite being in middle of the crisis and more expensive, more homes were sold that month compared to now; a month that reports have you belive is yet another sign of a recovery.

Video: Charlie Rangel Dancing

H/T Politkcer

Video: Christie on Good Morning America Wed Morning

Gillibrand The Most Liberal U.S. Senator, According to National Journal

The issue that has brought Gillibrand the most attention by far is her call for repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly LGBT military service members. She introduced legislation in July 2009. In National Journal‘s 2010 survey, she was tied with fellow Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York as the 10th most liberal member of the Senate. – National Journal

AP Poll: Obama Gets at Least 51% Vs all the GOPers

In a general election contest against Mitt Romney, the president leads his  Republican opponent 51 to 43 percent, according to an Associated Press-GfK survey on Wednesday… Meanwhile, Obama would lead Rick Santorum 52 to 43 percent, Newt Gingrich 52 to  42 percent, and Ron Paul 53 to 44 percent. – Politico

Wife Admits: Slain Iranian Nuke Scientist‘s ’Ultimate Goal Was the Annihilation of Israel’

The wife of Martyr Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, who was assassinated by Mossad agents in Tehran in January, reiterated on Tuesday that her husband sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly. “Mostafa’s ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel,” Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani told FNA on Tuesday. Fars News Agency via The Blaze

SSM Bill Passes 72-67 in Maryland Assembly; All 19 Jewish Members and 2 Republicans Vote for It

WJW Reports: LGBT couples may soon be able to tie the proverbial marital knot in Maryland. That’s the meaning of this week’s vote by the House of Delegate passing the Civil Marriage Protection Act by a vote of 72-67. The Senate will take up the bill later this week and is expected to pass it, paving the way for the legislation to be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. Read more »

Two Jewish CA Dem Congressmen Face Off in Debate Ahead of June Primary

SCPR.Org Reports: Congressmen Howard Berman and Brad Sherman Tuesday faced off in an often sharply worded debate at Temple Judea in Tarzana. Redistricting has landed the two incumbent Democrats in the same San Fernando Valley district, touching off one of the hottest Congressional races in the country.

Berman is a 30-year veteran of Congress who is endorsed by many of the party’s establishment, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Boxer on Tuesday said Sherman’s “outrageous” mailer that tried to connect Berman to the San Bruno pipeline explosion prompted her to end her neutrality. Read more »

7 of Obama’s 35 Campign Co-Chairs are Jewish

The list includes: Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.com who has been listed on the Forbes 400  richest Americans; U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), whose mother is a Holocaust survivor and  who identifies himself as of Jewish descent; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff who acted as a  liaison in that post to the Jewish community; Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), a prominent civil rights liberal who  likely will be tapped to make Obama’s case to a Democratic Party constituency  disappointed by Obama’s retention of anti-terrorism practices introduced by his  predecessor; Penny Pritzker, the hotel heiress and Forbes listee who has backed Obama  since the launch of his political career in the 1990s, and U.S. Read more »

Six Dead After Burned Korans Found in Obama-Led U.S. Afghan Base

CNN Reports: Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed for calm Wednesday after officials said six people were shot dead and dozens wounded in protests over the burning of copies of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, at NATO’s main base in the country. The U.S. embassy said its staff were in “lockdown” and travel had been suspended as thousands of people expressed fury over the burning, in protests that flared for a second day in several cities.

It was a public relations disaster for U.S.-led NATO forces fighting Taliban militants ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. Read more »

LAT: U.S., Israel Send Mixed Messages on Iran

The Obama administration is bluntly warning Israel about the danger of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities, but it is far from clear whether the allies are truly at odds over a core policy question or orchestrating an elaborate campaign to wring concessions from the Islamic Republic.

Both countries say that at least for now, tightening a web of economic sanctions around Iran’s vital oil exports is the best way to pressure Tehran into serious negotiations about its nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies suspect is aimed at mastering the know-how to build a bomb. Read more »

Video: And Obama Sings Again…

Can Surging Santorum Win Over GOP Jews?

Ron Kampeas Writes: If Rick Santorum secures the Republican nomination, expect to hear this  mantra from his Jewish supporters: In times of crisis, social issues don’t  matter.

The former Pennsylvania senator, who is leading in national polls in the race  for the GOP presidential nod, is fiercely anti-abortion and believes that states  have the right to ban birth control – stances that are at odds with the views of  most American Jews. Read more »

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