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Bibi Still Meddling

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can't keep denying he is meddling in the American presidential race when he has consistently failed to tell his friends to stop using him in their anti-Obama ads.

Arlen Specter, A Vanishing Breed

Arlen Specter, who died Sunday at 82 following a long battle with cancer, was a vanishing breed: a Republican senator who was both a moderate and a Jew.  

The only Jewish Republican senator, he switched parties in 2009 because he felt the GOP had moved so far to the right he felt he could not win his party's nomination for a sixth term, but many Pennsylvania voters saw the switch as opportunism and he lost the Democratic primary the following year.

Arab American Group Endorses Romney

Although a recent survey shoed the President leading by almost two-to-one among Arab-Americans against Mitt Romney, the leader of one group warns that a vote for Barack Obama "would be voting for despotism, violence and backwardness in your native lands."

Farid Ghadry, leader of the Washington-based Reform Party of Syria, an outspoken Obama critic and closely linked to Bush era neocons, said, "Arab Americans have no choice but to vote for Romney because not only do we care about America but we also care about eradicating the tyranny we escaped from."

A Vote FOR Ahmadinejad

I think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a despicable and dangerous fellow.  And I hope he keeps his job as president of Iran for a long time.

He is term-limited and has to leave office next year, but I hope Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei grants him a dispensation and lets his former protege run again even though he's fallen out of favor. 

What’s The Difference Between An iPad And A Pizza?

Question: When are volunteers not really volunteers?

Answer:  When you have to pay them.

For instance, if you have to offer your “volunteers” iPads or AmEx gift cards, they’re not really volunteers.  In fact, the IRS may require declaring the “gifts” as taxable compensation.

Latest Romney Flip-Flop: Mideast Peace

After spending last week flip-flopping on the economy and even renouncing his own 47% tape and other positions, Mitt Romney is about to make another major pivot, this time on Middle East peacemaking. His conversion could disappoint a lot of his pro-Israel backers, particularly Evangelicals and the party’s small conservative Jewish base.

Romney could also give a major dose of heartburn to his biggest backer, Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul who has pledged $100 million to defeat Obama and is an outspoken opponent of Palestinian statehood.

A Reporter's Notebook

House Race May Test Israel’s Importance To Voters

The race in California’s new 30th Congressional district pits a pair of Jewish moderate Democratic congressmen, may reveal a great deal about the importance of Israel in a newly formed district with a sizeable Jewish population.

Voters will be choosing between one legislator with a 30-year record as an influential pro-Israel leader on Capitol Hill and another who simply votes right without doing any of the heavy lifting. Will voters recognize and reward the difference?

It’s Now A 3-Way Race

In the wake of the first presidential candidates’ debate, it’s now a three-way race. 

The biggest surprise of the evening was the appearance of a new Mitt Romney.  Those who were expecting the old Romney of the primaries and the campaign since the Tampa convention in August (read: Democrats) were disappointed when the new Romney showed up.

Obama's Arab-American Support Dropping

Arab-Americans still strongly support President Obama, but not by the same wide margins as they did four years ago, according to a new poll by the Arab American Institute.  But before Republicans celebrate they should know that he still leads Mitt Romney by nearly a two-to-one margin.

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