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Helen Thomas’s Worst Enemies Are Not Zionists

Some of the worst wounds in Washington are self-inflicted.

Even a paranoid like Richard Nixon had no one to blame but himself for his political demise although he’d assembled an impressive and extensive list of enemies and sicced the IRS and FBI on many of them.

And no one forced Bill Clinton to lust after a White House intern who liked to boast about her conquest.

Iran, Turkey & Holocaust Denial

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Holocaust denial as one of the proudest achievements of his eight years as president of Iran.  That’s because he was willing to “bring up…a taboo topic that no one in the West allowed to be heard,” he told Fars News Agency, and which, he boasted, brought him worldwide popularity.

Ex-GOP Operative Named Next Israeli Ambassador

Just when it seemed to be fading away, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reputation for meddling in American partisan politics got new attention this week with his decision to name as his ambassador in Washington a former Republican operative who promoted his bromance last year with Mitt Romney.

He picked his close confidante Ron Dermer to replace Amb. Michael Oren, who according to some reports, wanted to stay but was forced out by Dermer’s desire for the job. Oren, an American-born historian, has served four years and was considered popular and effective.

Eyes Of Texas Are On Washington

George W. Bush is out of step with the Tea Party, both of Texas's Republican senators and the GOP leadership of the House and Senate.  He is once again calling on Congress to enact a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. He told ABC News' This Week that the failure to enact immigration reform was one of the greatest disappointments of his presidency. 

 “I think it’s very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people,” Bush said.

What Is McCain’s Real Egypt Agenda?

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) wants to halt all U.S. economic and military aid to Egypt until that country adopts a new constitution and holds “free and fair elections” for a new president, which could take many months or even years.

Is he serious or just being his usual contrarian self, opposing whatever President Obama is doing, regardless of merit?

Egyptian Democracy: Retreating Or Advancing?

As Egypt’s revolution lurches on, this week’s military takeover could wind up doing more to reverse the trend toward Islamization and set that country on the course of democracy than the continued rule of its first democratically elected president, the deposed Mohamed Morsi.

Boehner’s Dilemma: Make History Or Be History

Congressional Republicans sometimes resemble a circular firing squad.  That's on display these days as libertarians, tea partiers, religious conservatives, pro-business fiscal conservatives, old-guard GOP’ers, some lonely moderates, assorted wingnuts and a perplexed leadership try to deal with immigration reform.

Playing the Blame Game

To no one's surprise -- except possibly his own – John Kerry couldn’t get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to sit down with one another this week.  He and Jordanian King Abdullah II had worked hard to get them to meet in Amman.

Egypt: Great Expectations Bring Great Disappointment

A year after his resounding victory in Egypt’s first democratic election, President Mohamed Morsi has fled the Presidential Palace and gone into hiding out of fear that the protesters in Tahrir Square want his head.  Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are holding demonstrations around the country this weekend, and once again the epicenter is Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the starting point of the revolution that drove out longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Is Bibi Turning Dovish?

If the Palestinians can't make peace with each other, how can they make peace with Israel?  Fatah said it supports the two-state approach while Hamas opposes any Jewish state.

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