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Moment readers on Ayn Rand

11:37 11 October in Latest, Politics

More than half of Moment readers say Ayn Rand’s ideas have no place in politics today, according to a reader survey. Rand, the Jewish author and philosopher born Alisa Rosenbaum, is said to have influenced Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. And as Ryan prepares to...

Anti-Jihad ads come to Washington

14:12 10 October in Latest, Politics

A Christian social justice group is fighting the newest wave of anti-Muslim advertisements with a campaign to raise $25,000 to buy counter-advertisements aboard the D.C. Metro system that read, “Love Your Muslim Neighbor.” The campaign, announced yesterday, comes after the controversial ads, which have already been...

Bachmann takes on falafel

14:02 10 October in Latest, Politics
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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is coming under fire for anti-Muslim statements that she never made but were taken seriously by readers of a satire magazine. In what is described by the satirical publication the Daily Currant as a real interview, the congresswoman tells local news station...

Pulpit Freedom Sunday vs IRS

12:32 05 October in Latest, Politics

By Daphna Berman Some 1,500 pastors are expected to publicly endorse political candidates and openly violate IRS law this coming weekend as part of Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The brainchild of the Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, the public effort is expected to draw much media attention—but with...

Jews and tonight’s debate

14:00 03 October in Latest, Politics

Tonight’s debate is unlikely to sway Jewish voters or even directly appeal to them, a leading expert on American Jewish voting trends told In the Moment. “Partisans come to a debate with preset expectations and most Jews are partisans,” said Kenneth Wald, a political science professor...

Ayn Rand in Washington

13:53 03 October in Latest, Politics

By Nadine Epstein Last evening, I attended the world premiere of Atlas Shrugged, Part Two, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, attended by the glitterati of the libertarian world. Spotted in the crowd were Grover Norquist, Matt Kibbe (head of FreedomWorks), the heart and...

Win a free iPad (really!!)

13:10 28 September in Latest, Politics

The Republican Jewish Coalition is giving away iPads to volunteers who rack up enough phone banking hours ahead of the November elections. For 50 hours of phone time, volunteers will get the $599 iPad 3 and for 40 hours, they’re being offered the $499 version. “It’s a...

Kosher food fight

12:05 27 September in Latest, Politics
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A legal battle over kosher food for Jewish prisoners in Texas begins Monday. Max Moussazadeh, a Persian Jew who was convicted of murder in 1993 and was originally sentenced to 75 years in prison, says that withholding kosher food is a breach of his religious rights...