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'Singe Not Burn'

Sometimes a joke is just a joke, but when it is done at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner, it can have a lot more meaning. The rule is the humor is supposed to "singe not burn," and friends and foes and even the President of the United States are fair targets.

Free Alan Gross

The Jewish and interfaith communities of Greater Washington on Monday will commemorate the 63d birthday of Alan Gross, an American jailed on charges connected to bringing computer equipment into Cuba for the Jewish community there.  They will mark the occasion at noon on April 30 at their weekly vigil in front of the Cuban Interest Section at the Swiss Embassy on 16th Street in Washington.

Marco Rubio Auditions For VP

Marco Rubio auditioned this week to be Mitt Romney's running mate by campaigning with the presumptive Republican nominee in Pennsylvania and then giving what was billed as a major foreign policy address at the Brookings Institution, an important Washington think tank.

The speech was better on substance than delivery.  The freshman senator from Florida appeared nervous, halting and one point unprepared when he was missing the last page of his speech.  At times he looked like he hadn't done more than glance at his text before going up on stage.

Court Dismisses Ex-Staffer's Suit Against AIPAC

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals today upheld the dismissal of the defamation suit against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by a former staffer, Steven Rosen, who was fired in the wake of his arrest on espionage charges in 2005, reported the Legal Times.

Iron Dome On The Move

The House of Representatives today took a major step today toward funding 10 additional batteries of Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system when the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces include $680 million for the program in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.  It is expected to be approved by the full committee in mid-May and go to the House for final passage.

Who Needs Enemies When We Have Each Other?

The Israeli government sometimes looks like a circular firing squad, with various ministers shooting in all directions.

It doesn't say much for the management skills Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acquired with his MBA at MIT. 

We're Gonna Miss 'Em

Since Mitt Romney sewed up the Republican nomination this month, the most entertaining part of the 2012 presidential race is over.  Whatever your politics, you had to enjoy the GOP primaries as candidates covered the full spectrum from far right to extreme right as they vied to convince voters they were the most conservative.

Now with that phase ended, Romney has pulled out his Etch-a-Sketch and is trying to plot a course back toward the center to win over the voters who will eventually pick the next president.

Show Me The (Jewish) Money

Republicans talk a lot about attracting Jewish voters to their column, but they know their chances of making dramatic gains are small at best, and that once again Barack Obama and the Democrats will win an overwhelming majority of Jewish votes.

So why are they devoting so much time and energy to portraying the incumbent as hostile to the interests of the Jewish state?  It isn't because they want to win votes of evangelical Christians because they've already got that locked up.

The answer is money.

Obama To Visit Holocaust Museum

President Obama will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday to mark the Days of Remembrance established by Congress.  He will speak about how the United States is honoring the pledge of "never again" by developing a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, the White House reports.

He will be introduced by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, and will tour the museum.

Elan Steinberg: An Effective Advocate For Holocaust Survivors

Elan Steinberg, a driving force behind the campaign during the 1990s for restitution of Jewish properties stolen by the Nazis and their Communist successors, died Friday after a brief struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

As the creative and media savvy executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress, he played a critical leadership role in the helping galvanize American government backing for efforts to convince European governments, Swiss banks, insurance companies, museums and other entities to restore the property stolen during the Holocaust era.

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