Jill Nelson

Jill is a correspondent for WORLD. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and the University of Texas at Austin. Jill lives in Orange County, Calif., with her husband, two sons, and three daughters. Follow her on Twitter @WorldNels.

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On pilgrimage

Israel | Sen. Rand Paul tells Israelis it’s time to wean off the U.S. dole
by Jill Nelson
Posted 2/22/13, 01:00 am

Israel was the first stop on what appears to be a resumé-building trek for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., perhaps on his way to a 2016 presidential bid.

More than 50 Christian and Jewish leaders accompanied the senator, including GOP chairs of Iowa and South Carolina—two key early primary states. The privately funded trip was portrayed as a “fact-finding” mission, but Paul made two public appearances during his first trip to the Holy Land.

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Associated Press/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A cold peace

Israel | The same men lead the United States and Israel as last year, but their relationship may soon become icier than ever
by Jill Nelson
Posted 2/08/13, 12:00 am

Israel’s surprising election results confused the critics and astounded the analysts. Many predicted apathy and were shocked by the numbers: Voter turnout for the Jan. 22 parliamentary election was over 66 percent—the highest in more than a decade. The vast majority forecasted a sweep for the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a continued trend toward the right, but centrist newcomer Yair Lapid stole the spotlight as Netanyahu narrowly won a third term.

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Photo courtesy of Shelby Barone, ocmomblog.com

Next stop school choice

Education | Alternative education activists take their National School Choice Week message on a cross-country train tour
by Jill Nelson
Posted 2/01/13, 03:00 pm

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.—America’s education system is failing to make the grade. A study cited by the Heritage Foundation notes that "out of the nearly 14,000 public school districts in the U.S., only 6 percent have average student math achievement that would place them in the upper third of global performance." 

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