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Weekly Address: Pass the USA Freedom Act

By Lindsay Holst President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 29, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) In this week’s address, the President addressed critical pieces of national security business that remained unfinished when the Senate left town. This Sunday at midnight, key tools […]

Etgar Keret Finds Redemption

In spite of its brevity, Etgar Keret’s first memoir delivers some very big truths about the public and private lives of the Israeli author, and his society writ large. Source: Etgar Keret Finds Redemption

Why Does No One Care About Jewish Heritage Month?

If you didn’t know that all of May is dedicated to Jews — well, you’re in good company. Nathan Guttman finds out why no one seems interested in our Heritage Month. Source: Why Does No One Care About Jewish Heritage Month?

Of World’s Fairs, Cellphones and 10 Other Facts About Jewish Illinois

There’s a lot more to Illinois Jewish history than Rahm Emanuel and Golda Meir. Here are a dozen things you may not know about members of the tribe in the Land of Lincoln. Source: Of World’s Fairs, Cellphones and 10 Other Facts About Jewish Illinois

Memories of an Iraqi Pogrom and What It Means Today

A pogrom targeting Iraqi Jews began in Baghdad 74 years ago. It’s worth remembering not only as a calamity, but also as a fragile symbol of hope, writes Shayna Zamkanei. Source: Memories of an Iraqi Pogrom and What It Means Today

Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking surveillance reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Source: Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking surveillance reforms

Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. Source: Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

Israel’s Soccer ‘Win’ May Come With a Nasty Hangover

In their rush to declare victory following the frustration of Rajoub’s plan to expel Israel outright, most Israeli politicians and analysts seemed to ignore the potential symbolism and irony of putting a prominent anti-apartheid activist to adjudicate Palestinian claims of Israeli racism and discrimination. Source: Israel’s Soccer ‘Win’ May Come With a Nasty Hangover

salon: Maybe you’re the kind of person who doesn’t need to be…

salon: Maybe you’re the kind of person who doesn’t need to be told that threatening to rape and murder women is not okay. It’s not a casual means of communicating disagreement; it’s not a hilarious riposte; it’s not a valid expression of frustration at being a sad and lonely individual. And if you know and […]

Weekly Wrap Up: Celebrating Memorial Day, Honoring Oberlin Grads, and a Q&A with @POTUS

By David Hudson This week, the President honored our troops on Memorial Day, reminded us why #CleanWaterRules, and answered your climate questions on Twitter — while the First Lady inspired graduates at Oberlin College. Check out what you may have missed in this week’s wrap up. Honoring Our Fallen Heroes President Obama traveled this Memorial […]

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