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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Eric Mink is a freelance writer and editor and teaches film studies at Webster University.  He is a former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York.  Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com.

How Trump can win the nomination

By Eric MinkPublished April 6, 2016

Donald Trump periodically whines about being the victim of unfair treatment by official Republican-dom, a laughable complaint considering that the essence of his campaign persona is that of a defiant outsider from official political entities. Trump also...

Congressional Dems upset at Jerusalem platform omission

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished September 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congressional Democrats expressed disappointment about the removal from the Democratic Party platform of a reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told JTA on Wednesday that the controversy surrounding...

Akin’s comment triggers biting responses

By Eric MinkPublished September 5, 2012

Todd Akin’s amiable embrace of nonsense science and his numbskull decision to modify the word “rape” with the word “legitimate” are electronically enshrined for eternity. His televised interview with Fox 2 reporter Charles Jaco barely two weeks...

Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished August 11, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan's leading role in framing Republican budget policy in assessing Mitt Romney's pick as running mate. Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken...

Eric Mink

Conservatives channel ‘Animal House’ on ACA decision

By Eric MinkPublished July 4, 2012

Republicans seem distressed and disoriented since last week’s multi-part U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. I can’t tell if they’re apoplectic at losing what they thought was...

Sen. Richard Lugar, right, accompanies actor George Clooney with Sen. John Kerry for Clooneys testimonial on Sudan issues, in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2012. Lugars defeat in a primary election has pro-Israel activists worried about bipartisanship in Congress.

Lugar’s defeat raises specter of more partisanship on foreign policy

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Richard Lugar was never considered to be one of Israel’s leading advocates on Capitol Hill. The veteran Republican senator from Indiana, who suffered a primary defeat last week after 35 years in office, is famously his own man. Lugar,...

Letters to the editor, week of April 18, 2012

Published April 18, 2012

Religion and electability No doubt, religion plays a major part in the everyday lives of millions of Americans, and the political arena is no exception. Take this year’s GOP presidential candidates, for example, all of whom are trying to curry favor...

Roy Moore wins GOP nod for Ala. chief justice

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A former Alabama chief justice whose removal for placing a monument to the Ten Commandments in his courthouse was celebrated by Jewish groups won the Republican primary in a bid to get his old job back.   Roy Moore's career as a judge...

Josh Mandel

In Ohio, GOP pins Senate hopes on young Jewish Iraq vet

By Zach Silberman, JTAPublished February 28, 2012

WASHINGTON -- As the 2012 campaign heats up in Ohio, Republicans are pinning their hopes on a young Jewish military veteran to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. Josh Mandel, a 34-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the current state treasurer,...

Court clears Orthodox Jew for not carrying ID on Sabbath

JTAPublished February 19, 2012

An Orthodox Jew was found not guilty by a Hague appeals court of failing to produce an ID card on the Sabbath. The man had faced a fine of nearly $200 for failing to prove his identity when requested to do so by police, under a national ID law. Orthodox...

Rick Santorum

Primary victories by Santorum underscore Romney’s woes with conservatives

JTAPublished February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum won three contests in the race for the Republican nod for the presidency. The former Pennsylvania senator's victories Tuesday in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado were not determinative because each of those states will decide...

Special Nevada caucus participants sign religious declaration

JTAPublished February 5, 2012

Participants in a special Saturday night Republican caucus in Nevada were required to sign a legal declaration stating they could not attend their regular caucus due to their "religious belief." Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the front-runner...

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