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Tightening The Syria Noose

After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.” 

Swiss Banks: Some Things Never Change

The New York Times today took the Swiss banks to task for being “eager” to help “wealthy American tax cheats…hide their money.” It went on to note “Swiss banks rely on tax evasion.”

How Far Can Eric Cantor Rise?

It's no secret that Eric Cantor wants to be the first Jewish speaker of the House. He is an impatient man on the move, and the only mystery is when he'll go for it.

Will he try it before the end of the current term, hold off until the 113th Congress convenes in January 2013, assuming Republicans will still control the House, or wait until John Boehner steps down?

Friends and foes alike point to a quote by Cantor in his high school yearbook: "I want what I want when I want it."

Relief In Sight: Congress Leaves Town

Here in the national manufacturing center for hot air, we just finished sweating out one of the lengthiest heat waves in the city's history with 16 consecutive days at or above 90 degrees, and many of those over 100 and setting records. 

Syria Starts Ramadan With A Bang

Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.

Protecting Athletes From The Savak

Ronald Lauder has a good idea. In a gesture of peace and understanding, he wants to save the Iranians the humiliation of being defeated by Israeli athletes at the 2012 Olympics in London and protect the losers from any retribution they may incur for returning home with the stigma of having been bested by a Zionist by having them sit out next year's games.

The 2012 Olympic Logo, which Iranians believed to be a subliminal Zionist message.

Senators To Saudis: Let Women Drive

A bipartisan group of 14 female U.S. senators wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia this week urging him to give the women of his kingdom the right to drive a care "once and for all." 

Barak Visit: Of Visitors, Books and Diplomacy

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in town to meet with top administration officials -- Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta --on Thursday before heading to New York for a session with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
 
"There are no real expectations that Barak's consultations in the U.S. this week will result in any breakthrough on stalled peace process efforts," reports Laura Rozen in her Yahoo blog, The Envoy.  
 

Herman Cain's Bigotry

"No Jews Allowed."
 
A sign like that would be infuriating. How about a presidential candidate saying he would be uncomfortable appointing Jews to his cabinet, you know, with all those dual loyalty questions? Outrageous bigotry, you say? Now substitute Muslim for Jew and you have Republican presidential wannabe Herman Cain.
 
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