Daily Archives: 06/11/2012

HuffPost: Muslims Say They Can’t Guarantee Obama Their 2012 Election Vote

Nearly four years into his term, Guantanamo remains open, and just last year the president signed into law a four-year renewal of some of the Patriot Act’s most controversial provisions. And in some instances, administration policy has alienated the Muslim-American community. The continued drone strikes in Pakistan and revelations about Obama’s secret “kill list” of terrorist targets are among the list of policies that have caused some Muslims to re-think whether they will vote for Obama again this fall. – HuffPost

Fascinating AAI Profile of ‘An Arab American on the Obama Campaign’

The Arab American Institute writes about the National Training Director for the Obama Campaign. Quite interesting, and perhaps fascinating if you are active in politics and have dreams of climbing the political ladder: Read more »

REPORT: Son of Lead OU Rabbi Enters the White House with… Yeshiva ID!

When Rabbi Menachem Genack, Chief Executive Officer of OU Kosher, was recently invited to the White House with his family to participate in a Jewish heritage event, they were told to bring proper identification. However, upon reaching the outside gates to the White House, Rabbi Genack’s son Moshe was informed that his yeshiva ID was not acceptable because he needed a government-issued ID. Read More at YWN.

Video: Jay Carney Rips Press on Obama’s ‘Private Sector’ Gaffe

Speaking to reporters during a White House press briefing on Monday, Press Sec. Jay Carney was asked if it was fair of President Barack Obama‘s White House to complain about a lack of context when reporting on Obama’s statement that the private sector is “doing fine” when the Obama campaign regularly highlights statements made by Mitt Romney without context. – Mediaite

NY8 – Weekly Standard Headline: ‘N.Y. Democrats Poised to Nominate Former Black Panther, Anti-Israel Radical’

I have yet to see any polling on the race, but the above headline is from the Weekly Standard and was picked up by Drudge. Here is some of the article: New York City councilman Charles Barron may be on his way to winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in New York’s Eighth District, despite a history of racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel rhetoric. Barron, who has earned the support of retiring congressman Edolphus Towns, would be representing a district with a sizable Jewish population. In 2010, he told a reporter that in New York’s Crown Heights neighborhood, Jews “only make up 20 percent of the population, but they’ve always walked these streets as if they owned them, and acted as if they are the only ones in the community that matter.”

NY8 – Politicians Blast Ed Towns For Endorsing Charles Barron

A slew of elected officials including Congressman Jerrold Nadler, former Mayor Ed Koch, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield teamed up this morning for a press conference denouncing longtime councilman and current congressional candidate Charles Barron as an “anti Semite,” “scary monster” and “bigot.” They also had harsh words for Congressman Ed Towns whose retirement opened up the seat and who endorsed Mr. Barron earlier this month. – Hunter Walker, Politicker

Yesterday’s French Parliamentary Election Boosts Hollande

Spiegel Reports: French President François Hollande received a boost to his power on Sunday when left-wing parties scored a clear majority in the first round of the French parliamentary elections.

Hollande’s Socialist Party (PS) cornered around 35 percent of the vote and their green allies Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) came in at 5 percent. The final distribution of parliamentary seats will be fixed after the election’s second round on June 17. Read more »

Israel: Inaction on Syria Shows Israel Can’t Rely on World Powers

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said the world inaction against the Syrian Assad regime is proof that Israel can’t rely on international assurances when mulling future peace deals. Ayalon said that the world’s inaction on Syria is proof that Israel would be wrong to depend on international security assurances in future peace deals with its neighbors. “Only we can ensure our future,” said Ayalon In an interview with Israel Radio, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon Ayalon said Israel is willing to send food and medicine to help those fleeing the war-torn country to Jordan. Another Deputy Minister, Ayoub Kara,  said that Israel would be willing to help treat casualties from the conflict in Syria. – EJP

NYSen: 60% NY Jewish Republicans Still Undecided Two Weeks Before Primary

According to Siena’s latest poll, 60% Jewish Republicans in NY State are still undecided which Republican to back in the June 26thPrimary to run against Senator Gillibrand in November. Nineteen percent Support Congressman Bob Turner and sixteen percent support Wendy Long who also has the support of the Conservative Party. George Maragos has five percent Jewish support. Overall, 70% New York Republican voters have yet to decide whom to support. 16% back Turner; 11% Long, and 3% Maragos.

Siena Poll: 71% NY Jews Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Overall support in the state is only 61%.

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