Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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With news outlets wasting little time in calling Pennsylvania for Barack Obama, the partying got under way early; at times, it felt more like New Year's Eve than Election Day. Drinks flowed, party horns were sounded and a three-piece, New Orleans-style brass band supplied the tunes at the Obama campaign's Philadelphia celebration, held at Finnegan's Wake, a two-floor Irish pub...
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A presidential candidates' forum, held at Temple Sinai in Dresher -- a gathering that featured sharply worded questions from the audience regarding some of Barack Obama's previous associations and John McCain's choice for vice president -- went on more or less as originally scheduled, despite a decision by the Obama campaign not to participate in any programs that included representatives...
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U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who recently stumped for Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, and U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican and physician who recently gave a slew of interviews touting John McCain's health plan, don't agree on much. Yet, both said recently that, despite the financial crisis, health care remains a top priority for voters. They agreed...
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For weeks, no one was sure whether the Democrat or Republican had won the race. Ultimately, a contentious recount reversed the apparent result that had been announced on election night. No, it wasn't the disputed 2000 presidential election, but the battle for Pennsylvania's 156th Legislative District in Chester County. In the end, Democrat Barbara McIlvaine Smith defeated Republican Shannon Royer...
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In October 2006, the month before the midterm elections, 106 American soldiers lost their lives in Iraq. At that point, the Sunni and Sh'ite populations appeared embroiled in a full-scale civil war. On the home front, the conflict grew increasingly unpopular. Voters, angry over the direction of the war, decided to punish the party and handed congressional Republicans a historic...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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