Barack Obama

Where Are The Birthers Now?

Ted Cruz and Barack Obama may be poles apart politically, but they actually have a lot in common. 

Both are smart, articulate, ambitious Harvard Law graduates who decided to run for president after only two years in their first term in the U.S. Senate.

They also have foreign-born fathers and white American mothers.

Ted's father was born in Cuba and Ted himself was born in Canada.

Obama's father was born in Kenya but Barack was born in Hawaii.

Jewish Exodus To GOP: Fuggedaboutit

Republicans are salivating over the thought of a huge influx of Jewish voters in the wake of new friction between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of this week’s Israeli election. 

The outcome of the election was deeply disappointing to most American Jews and most Democrats (most Jews are Democrats by a wide margin).  Not just because Netanyahu won but because of how he won, with racist campaign tactics and flip-flops on the two state solution. 

Bibi's Scare Tactics

As polls show him falling further behind in the final days before elections for the 20th Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy is one of increasing desperation.  His theme " if you can't convince em, scare em" was strikingly clear in an interview in Friday's Jerusalem Post.

Keeping Score

Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip to Washington this week was a big success for him personally as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle gave him an enthusiastic reception, and he went home with good footage for his campaign commercials. 

He didn't produce any of the new information about Iran and its nuclear ambitions he had promised, and he didn't appear to have changed any minds, but the appearance gave him a slight boost in the polls back home, though not enough to take the lead. It remains to be seen whether that is temporary or a trend.

Obama: Netanyahu Said ‘Nothing New’ And Offers ‘No Viable Alternative’

03/04/2015 - 19:00

President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress.

The Emmes Of Bibi's Speech

Here's the emmes. The truth. Bibi Netanyahu gave a rousing speech on an important subject in his best colloquial American before an enthusiastic Congress and said nothing they haven't heard many times before. But his speech failed to live up to its hype. 

The prime minister and his aides had been saying for days that he was bringing to Washington critical new information that the White House had withheld from the Congress and the American public. He didn't deliver.

How Bad Is The Rift?

With Israel now a wedge issue, observers split on possible fallout as Netanyahu’s Congress speech approaches.

02/26/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The top professional of a major Jewish organization has expressed confidence that the rift between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have no impact on U.S.-Israel relations.

Benjamin Netanyahu via Wikipedia Commons.

Schakowsky: 'Ham Handed" Boehner Harms Israel

A leading Jewish lawmaker and Israel supporter said Speaker John Boehner's "ham handed politics" of sandbagging President Obama by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to lobby the Congress against the administration's Iran policy has damaged bipartisan support for Israel. 

"It was a dangerous mistake," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), who announced she will not be attending the speech.

Brain Freeze In Washington

The Siberian Express that brought severe cold weather to Washington over the past week was responsible for some severe cases of brain freeze inside the Beltway.

Jeb's Retreads

Jeb Bush says he loves his father and brother but "I am my own man." 

You couldn't tell it by his choice of foreign policy advisors unveiled last week.  With 19 or 21 of the names on his list having worked for his father or his brother – or both – they look like a collection of retreads.  The only name missing was a Cheney.

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