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Run Newt, Run

If nothing else, and there probably is nothing else, Newt Gingrich has made this campaign a lot more interesting and a bit longer.

You'll get no complaints from me.  Or anyone else in the media. 

Newt is the only candidate ever fired by his staff; it's usually the other way round but last summer they all walked out on him.  But he came back and for one, brief, shining moment, he was the frontrunner du jour.

Is Romney Taking Nixon's Advice?

Did anyone ever doubt that the "Massachusetts Moderate" who tried to transform himself into a "severely conservative" primary candidate would make a U-turn back to the center after winning the nomination?

For the last remaining skeptics, his senior advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom, removed the veil this week when he invoked the image of an Etch A Sketch toy which allows users to erase the previous picture and draw an entirely different one.

Dan Schueftan Coming To Georgetown

Prof. Dan Schueftan, a familiar visitor to Capitol Hill since the 1980s is returning to Washington this summer for an extended stay as the Aaron Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at Georgetown University for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Gulf States Tell Russia: Dump Assad

Russia may be softening its support for Bashar Assad, and it could be the result of unexpected Arab pressure, a well-informed Congressional source told me.  

The Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, recently told Lavrov he was not welcome in any of their countries until Russia gets on board with their position toward Syria, the official said, and tell Assad to leave.

Iron Dome Gets Congressional Boost

In the wake of Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile success record in knocking down Palestinian missiles and rockets fired from Gaza earlier this month and the smuggling of more power Iranian missiles into Gaza, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced legislation to increase American funding for the advanced weapon defense system.

'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'

If you think this has been one of the nastiest campaigns you've ever seen, you're not alone.  John McCain and Barbara Bush, a pair with a lot of firsthand knowledge, are just two of the many who will agree with you.

Ackerman Retirement Leaves Vacuum In Pro-Israel Leadership

The surprise decision of Congressman Gary Ackerman to retire after 30 years is a major loss for pro-Israel forces on Capitol Hill. He has been the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and an influential leader in strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Fanning The Winds Of War

If Teddy Roosevelt were alive today he'd be drummed out of the Republican Party – and not just because his views on protecting the environment, busting trusts, increasing government regulation of businesses, regulating meat inspection and food and drug safety are totally out of step with today's GOP.

'Weapons Of Mass Starvation'

It’s not often that a rabbi sends out press releases announcing his arrest, but then it’s not every day one gets arrested with George Clooney.

Can't Buy Me Love

It's hard to believe, but Mitt Romney just didn't come across as a good ole boy in his big foray into the Deep South this week. All those cheesy grits and y'alls didn't win over the hearts and minds of Mississippi and Alabama voters, finishing third in both of those primaries.  But he did win enough delegates there and with victories in Hawaii and American Samoa he actually increased his overall delegate count.

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