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Chris Christie, Piano Player

Political scandals are like the motto on the box of Morton Salt: when it rains it pours. 

Once the initial story breaks, it is often only the beginning, and more seem to follow.  There's a hemorrhaging of revelations that is hard to stanch, as Chris Christie is learning. 

Senator For Sale

While in the Senate, Missouri Republican Kit Bond was an outspoken opponent of Obamacare and a reliable vote against health care reform and just about everything else supported by the Obama administration.  But once out of Congress he’s a changed man.  The epiphany wasn’t spiritual; it was monetary. 

Is Jordan Palestine?

Jordanians are becoming a minority in their own country, outnumbered by refugees from the conflicts around them.  The latest are 600,000+ Syrians who have fled the war in their country that has become a humanitarian disaster, and 200,000 Iraqis who have seen renewed fighting erupt in their country as bombings are a daily occurrence in Baghdad and other cities. 

Short Notes From A Reporter's Notebook

A King's Bicoastal Meetings

Bibi Sets Washington Visit

Bibi & Barack Meetings Set

The White House confirmed a March 3 meeting between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be in town to address the Annual AIPAC Policy Conference.  Iran will be at the top of the prime minister's agenda but the President will also want to focus on the stalled peace talks with the Palestinians and bitter personal attacks on Secretary of State John Kerry by some leading Israeli political figures. 

Oooops, There Goes Another Terrorist Or 22

The Sunni terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has found a way to create martyrs to its extremist cause that like-minded organizations should hasten to emulate.

The New York Times reports 22 would-be suicide bombers were killed in an ISIS training class near Baghdad today when their commander-instructor gave them a real-life demonstration of how an explosives-packed belt works. 

Here Comes Mighty Mouth To Save The Day

Donald Trump, truly a legend in his own mind, once again is offering to rescue western civilization, the country and the state of New York.  He would "quickly" make the Empire state "one of the major energy capitals of the world" if he is crowned, er, make that elected governor.  That's what the coiffed one said at a $100-a-plate Republican Party fundraiser in upstate New York and later television interviews.

Catch 22, Palestinian Style

Fatah and Hamas keep talking about reconciliation but, despite having signed several agreements, have made little if any progress in more than half a dozen years of trying.

Palestinian reconciliation has broad support on the streets of the West Bank, which is ruled by the secular Fatah, and the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and many Western countries.

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is the Catch 22 of Middle East peace making. 

Do Governors Make Better Presidents?

With Chris Christie's presidential prospects sinking faster than a jumper off the George Washington Bridge and Mitt Romney rebuffing suggestions he make a third run for the White House, many Republicans are looking to other past and present governors for 2016.

The GOP team has a strong statehouse bench, especially since it intends to make this year's congressional races and the presidential contest two years later a referendum on Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

Israel #1 Free Congressional Destination

When Members of Congress and their staffs take free trips abroad – something they're doing in record numbers these days – their preferred destination is Israel.  And picking up the tab to the tune of $1.7 million last year, was a charitable tax-exempt arm of AIPAC called the America Israel Education Foundation.

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