Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

What was thought to be an easy win turned into an uphill battle for a sitting House member
After a campaign hinged on his experience as a veteran of the Iraq war -- and his desire to change the American course of action -- Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared to have eked out a razor-thin decision to unseat Republican incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick in the 8th Congressional District. Murphy won by 1,521 votes in an election where almost 250,000 votes...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When she arrived at Villanova University last year for her first days of college, Dana Tartazky had good reason to feel a bit more anxious than the average student. "I was shaking," she admitted. "I couldn't talk. I was in shock." For Tartazky, who grew up in Haifa, Israel, it was the first time that she had ever been to...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell's supporters packed the ballroom at Philadelphia's Warwick Hotel, and crowded around television sets, which fed them up-to-date information on competitive races throughout the country. They watched with an intensity of focus, as the scroll of numbers across the screen slowly unveiled whether or not Democratic candidates throughout the country could unseat Republicans from their positions...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
"It was the dirtiest, rottenest campaign ever -- and I'm 80 years old," declared Leonard Kornit after he cast his vote at Philadelphia's Kennedy House on Tuesday. For Kornit, Election Day was about sending a message -- showing the government that it has to listen to the people. "They're not following the mandate we gave them," he said. He described...
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More than two years after the Presbyterian Church USA angered many Jews by issuing a strong rebuke of Israel at its national general assembly, a group of clergy representing the 2.5-million-member Presbyterian denomination concluded a series of consultations with Jewish leaders that organizers hoped would lay the groundwork for better relations between the two religious communities. "We are really at...
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