Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

The scramble for the post-9/11 pot of federal allocations aimed at strengthening homeland security has not always been an edifying spectacle. As is inevitably the case where millions of taxpayer dollars are distributed, the results can be as much the result of patronage and politics as with real need. But the recent allocation of Homeland Security grants for security at...
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Former American diplomat Dennis Ross writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Sept. 24 about what Israel really gained by bombing Syria: "Sometimes in international relations, it is good to preserve mystery. The irony is that often when an action has been taken but not admitted, everyone seems to know anyway. That certainly seems to be the case...
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Women's Work
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Quietly, unobtrusively, Jewish Woman magazine, a glossy quarterly put out by Jewish Women International, which is based in Washington, D.C., has reached its 10th anniversary -- and has marked the occasion with one of its strongest editions. (There's also an online version that can be accessed by going to: www.jwmag.org .) The fall issue has a pretty standard mix for...
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Hillary and Rudy are both in the lead, but electability means more to Democrats
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With the first of the 2008 caucuses and primaries only months away, the endless presidential campaign is about to be clarified as the long list of candidates without a prayer are winnowed down to the few viable contenders. In recent decades, the conventional political wisdom has been that the process by which our two major political parties choose a presidential...
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's propaganda tour of New York City, and his offensive speeches at Columbia University and the United Nations, provoked a variety of reactions. But among the most astonishing is that his presence incited the editorial column of The Philadelphia Inquirer to claim that this was the perfect opportunity to "engage" with a leader of a country that...
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