Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

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Until now, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter -- one of the most influential Jewish politicians of the last 30 years -- has been known as a political escape artist, achieving electoral victories in the face of probably defeat. Friends and supporters say that the son of an immigrant from Russia, who went from being the lone Jewish kid in Russel, Kan.,...
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U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak tends to wax poetic about the values instilled in him during his career in the U.S. Navy, and more than once has used a battleship as a metaphor to describe American foreign policy. (It must be turned around slowly and with care.) The retired three-star admiral can now rightly be called a political giant killer, having...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
U.S. Rep Joe Sestak's defeat of Sen. Arlen Specter may have been the most talked about victory of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, but political observers say that beyond that, the day held few surprises. Once the Specter/Sestak race was taken out of the mix, "it was pretty much as we expected,"according to Hank Butler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition...
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Foreign Policy Issues Do you support increased sanctions against Iran? If so, what kind of sanctions? Specter: Yes, I support enhanced sanctions. It is important that the next round of sanctions be measured. As RAND scholar Alireza Nader noted in a Sept. 30, 2009 paper: "Additional sanctions may create popular resentment against the government, and may even increase protests and...
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A Jewish astronaut has been chosen to bring the presidential proclamation creating Jewish American Heritage Month into space. "The timing is perfect," Garrett Reisman told reporters during a NASA conference call, as the commemoration is marked each May. Reisman, 42, is a mission specialist launching on May 16 aboard the Atlantis space shuttle, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. After the...
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