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Bigotry In The Name Of National Security

Crises have a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people.  The Syrian refugee crisis is a classic example as politics seems to overwhelm principle – not unique but no less appalling, especially considering the lives at stake – as so many politicians succumb to xenophobia and religious bigotry and try to justify it in terms of national security.

'My God Is Better Than Your God'

Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz want to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating several cabinet departments, although neither could remember just which ones he wanted to deep six.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to go the other way and create a new agency of government, one that will be totally useless, an utter waste of taxpayer money and further antagonize people around the world who think America is already too arrogant and domineering.

Barack's Chanukah Gifts For Bibi

Chanukah came early for Bibi Netanyahu this year when Barack Obama gave him a very big gift he's always craved and the promise of another. 

Just before Bibi arrived for his first White House meeting since he launched his bungled attempt to block the Iran nuclear agreement, senior administration officials told reporters that the President was throwing in the towel on efforts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians for the remaining 14 months of Obama's term. 

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Menorahs

The White House is looking for a special menorah for this year's Hanukkah celebration hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Past menorahs have ranged from historical treasures to original art.  In 2012 it came from a synagogue damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the following year it came from a synagogue destroyed during the Holocaust.  Another that year was the "Statue of Liberty Menorah" from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

'Best Part Of Being Jewish'

Donald Trump has suggested customers should begin boycotting Starbucks because the company's traditional red holiday cups don't have any Christmassy decorations.

"Did you read about Starbucks?  No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks," the bloviating billionaire told a rally in Springfield, Illinois, this week. 

Oy Vey, Send Money

Are you feeling lonely and neglected because nobody writes or calls? No one seems to care?  Do you stare at an empty email in-box as you sit around waiting for the phone to ring?

Well I have a simple solution to your problems: Write a check.

Incitement Works Both Ways

Palestinians keep accusing Israel of planning to alter the status quo on the Temple Mount by tearing down the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to make way for a Third Temple.

Preposterous, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  He insists repeatedly and loudly that Israel always has and will continue to respect and protect the status quo on Mt. Moriah, including banning Jewish prayer.

So where do Palestinians get such dangerous ideas? 

Speaking Truth To Power Takes Guts

Benjamin Netanyahu returns to Washington on November 9 for the first time since his acrimonious campaign to defeat President Obama's signal foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear agreement. Unlike March, this time he has an invitation to the Oval Office.

Both men will be trying to bury the proverbial hatchet, at least publicly, but it will be mostly for show given the anger, frustration and distrust between them.

The Hidden Cost Of The Iowa Caucuses

If you think the Iowa caucuses don't affect you, you haven't been grocery shopping lately.

While you're at the supermarket, presidential contenders of all parties are shopping for votes in Iowa that you will pay for with higher prices on just about everything in your grocery cart.

That's because taxpayers are spending about $6 billion annually on federal tax credits, incentives and mandates promoting the conversion of nearly half of the Hawkeye state's corn crop to ethanol, a fuel additive of questionable value to energy and the environment.

Chaos In The House

The battle to succeed Speaker John Boehner following his sudden resignation just took another surprising turn when his would-be successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California), suddenly dropped out of the race when he came under fire from the party's most extreme right wing for not being conservative enough.

This is certain to move the House GOP leadership farther to the right and away from the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters.

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