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
Daily Archives: 06/11/2012
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:
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.