Author: Daniel Loeb

JCPOA Voting in the Senate (Washington Post’s Sep. 2 projection). Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has announced her intention to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the “Iran Deal,” guaranteeing President Obama the 34 votes he needs to sustain a veto. Short before, Senators Bob Casey (PA) and Chris Coons (DE) have announced that they will vote in favor of the Deal. (The full statement by Casey can be found below.) On Tuesday, the Senate will return from its summer break, and its first order of business is a resolution to keep the U.S. out…

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Pennsylvanians are now able to register to vote online, thanks to the efforts of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration. This is not a misprint! The process is relatively straightforward, as the diagram to the right shows. *October 5 is the registration deadline for the November 3, 2015 general election.* This crucial election will determine not only control of city councils, county commissioners and school boards, but also the all-important Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The upcoming state redistricting will largely determine the balance of control in the state’s legislature and Congressional delegation, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will surely be called upon to…

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JDate is suing its non-profit competitor for its use of the letter “J” and the idea of using a smartphone application to match people anonymously. JSwipe is a new free Jewish dating application for smartphones. JDate’s parent company, Spark Networks (NYSE: LOV), takes in more than $50 million a year in fees from their online dating network, including JDate, ChristianMingle, and BlackSingles. JSwipe, on the other hand, is a small team based out of a factory in Brooklyn, and “motivated by passion, inspired by impact, and committed to making love free” according to JSwipe’s founder, David Yarus. Of course the letter…

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Jaq Basilis and Julie Dancis of Camp Galil and Habonim Dror calling for $15 minimum wage at rally in Rittenhouse Square. Photo by Sophie Haeuber (April 2014). — by Stuart Applebaum Jewish law and tradition are clear about our duty to fight for the basic rights of all working people. Shantel Walker makes $9 per hour at the Papa John’s restaurant in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood where she’s worked for the for the last 15 years, almost half her life. Because her wages are so low, she often has to choose between eating lunch or buying a Metrocard to get…

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A recent DEBKA article suggested that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had a change of heart regarding President Obama and the Iran nuclear deal: Netanyahu has switched tactics for his struggle against the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers… Instead of an all-out effort to block the deal’s passage through Congress, Netanyahu will propose to Congress new laws to specify the issues on which Iranian violations would make US administration penalties mandatory. In Tehran, the Guards chief has rejected the UN resolution as “crossing Iran’s red lines.” Cartoon courtesy of The Cartoon Kronicles: http://cartoonkronicles.com/ It looks like Netanyahu only wants to criticize…

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The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) just hosted its 28th Annual Conference May in Philadelphia. Humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts from around the world gathered to learn the latest applications and benefits of therapeutic humor presented by field experts, share best practices and network. Beth Usher The conference coincided with the graduation of AATH’s Humor Academy. Graduate Beth Usher gave a moving keynote speech on her experience of having gone through a hemispherectomy. In 1985, when she was five-years old her family learned that her brain was dying of Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. Two years later, suffering from hundreds…

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Six weeks before falling victim himself to gun violence, the pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church made remarks on the Senate floor on May 9, 2015 regarding the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer, together with South Carolina state legislator Clementa C. Pinckey: On Wednesday, the racist gunman Dylann Roof opened fire at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church’s weekly bible study killing AME’s pastor South Carolina State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney along with eight congregants attending the bible study. TPM:Cafe has published a history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, its place in the history of…

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Many thanks to everyone who came to our 10th anniversary celebration. Philadelphia Jewish Voice President Bonnie Squires welcomed the sell-out crowd, served as M.C., thanked our gracious hosts Mark and Judi Aronchick for opening up their beautiful home to us, and praised David and Debra Magerman of Six Points Kosher Events for their generous donation of the lavish buffet. They even sent along Jim, their wonderful staff person, to arrange all the platters. The event raised $12,000 to support our paper. Founder and publisher Dan Loeb spoke about his inspiration ten years ago in creating our community all-volunteer newspaper. (His…

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Disagree with the Iran talks? Then use informed 2015 arguments, not the 1938 Munich analogy! (Courtesy of Courtesy of The Cartoon Kronicles @ cartoonkronicles.com.) Many politicians and advocates use the specter of Nazi appeasement to scuttle an Iran deal. Certainly Chamberlain’s 1938 Munich Agreement handed over the Sudetenland in exchange for empty promises and paved the path towards World War II. However, what would have happened if the Munich Agreement had resembled the currently proposed agreement with Iran? Imagine if Germany had not be given control of any new territory, but only allowed normal trade with the rest of the…

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Biden (left) and Boehner (right) look on as Netanyahu speaks before Congress. DEBKA reported that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declined an invitation for a closed-door meeting with Democratic Senators next week in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein: Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation, I believe that accepting it at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit. DEBKA added that National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the latest U.S. administration official to attack Netanyahu, sharply called his forthcoming speech on Iran to Congress “destructive to the relationship between the two countries”…

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