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Why Did Bibi Wimp Out?

There’s one weapon Israel wishes it didn’t have: all those loose cannons.  The latest salvo was fired for all the world to see this week when the deputy defense minister essentially accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of bluffing on his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We’re Going To Miss Ahmadinejad

I will be sorry to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leave the Iranian presidency after this week’s elections. 

His confrontational style, virulent strain of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, threats to wipe Israel off the map and boasts of weapons capable of destroying enemies within a thousand or more miles have made it so much easier to mobilize international opposition to Iran and build a broad international coalition against his country’s nuclear program.

A Solution For The IRS Scandal

If you think Karl Rove and the Koch brothers are a bunch of well-meaning humanitarians running social welfare agencies then you don't understand the real IRS scandal.  It's not just a question of whether workers at the Cincinnati office were singling out some applications for political reasons or carefully vetting all suspicious applicants for 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. 

This is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives use and abuse the 501(c)(4) status equally and share responsibility for the present mess.

Frank Lautenberg, Last Of An Era

The last U.S. senator of the Greatest Generation and the oldest member of the U.S. Congress died earlier today after a long illness.  Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) was 89.

He was something of an anomaly in the Senate, a wealthy and highly successful businessman who was an outspoken pro-government liberal.

J Street Using Adelson To Raise Money

J Street and Sheldon Adelson are polar opposites when it comes to Middle East peace, and the leftist pro-Israel lobby group would like to ride that difference to the bank.

The casino mogul spent tens of millions of his own dollars last year in a failed effort to defeat Barack Obama and other Democrats who want to see the United States do more to help Israel and the Palestinians make peace.  

Adelson makes no secret of his hostility toward Palestinians, and J Street wants to turn the right wing billionaire's words on him to help it raise money.

Convicted Felon Leads ‘Extortionist’ Party

The restrictive and disproportionate influence of Israel's ultra-religious establishment on the government and a broad swath of daily life of ordinary Israelis is a leading reason why American Jews no longer feel the strong connection to Israel they once did.  Also contributing to the drift is the corruption in the nation's largest religious political and the open disdain many of the haredim have for Diaspora Jews who don't share their extremist beliefs.

Ira Forman Named Envoy To Combat Anti-Semitism

Secretary of State John Kerry today named veteran Jewish political operative Ira N. Forman to be the administration's Special Envoy and head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

He brings to the job nearly 40 years of experience working at the intersection of the Jewish community and the political world, winning bipartisan respect. He served as the Jewish Outreach Director for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

Repealing Obamacare: Obama 37, Republicans 0

House Republicans made their 37th attempt to repeal Obamacare last Thursday and for the 37th straight time failed.  Actually it passed the Republican-controlled House but it is DOA at the Democrat-controlled Senate, and everyone knew that.  So why try?  

Republicans make no secret that it's easier to keep up these meaningless votes that risk passing legislation that President Obama might claim as an achievement, even if they get to share the credit.

GOP Tries To Repeal Obamacare 37th Time…And Counting

House Republicans intend to make their 2,917th futile attempt to repeal Obamacare this week. Why try again when they know it will ultimately fail like all the other attempts?  Speaker John Boehner has a unique excuse: he said the new members of the 113th Congress haven't had a chance to vote on it yet. 

UN As In UN-believable

Iran named to chair UN Conference on Disarmament. 

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