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Back To The Barricades

As their 41st attempt to repeal Obamacare died in the Senate today, House Republicans unveiled their 42d tilt at that windmill.

The Senate stripped from legislation needed to fund the government when the new fiscal year begins October 1 the House provision to defund the Affordable Care Act.  If the House tries to tack it back on when the bill goes back there in the next several days for final passage the likely result is a government shutdown that many in the GOP feel  -- and the polls affirm -- would be disastrous for their party.

Obama On Israel, Iran At UN

President Barack Obama focused primarily on Syria, the nuclear dispute with Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.  You can read the full text here.

Obama On Israel, Iran At UN

President Barack Obama focused primarily on Syria, the nuclear dispute with Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.  You can read the full text here.

Jews Follow 'False Religion," Says Virginia Candidate

In the Virginia governor's race, the Republican ticket is balanced between the far right and the extreme right.

It had been widely assumed the Virginia GOP couldn’t pick anyone more conservative than Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-abortion crusader who had proposed intrusive exams for women who want to terminate their pregnancy; wants to reinstate Virginia's unconstitutional anti-sodomy laws and has subpoenaed the research papers of scientists who had the audacity to claim humans are responsible for global warming.

Hopes, Threats And Bluffs

Since the latest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace began, several Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed, and on each side politicians quickly declared the deaths as proof that the other side isn't really interested in making peace.

Really?  Or are they just looking for excuses to scuttle the talks?

GOP To Poor: Let Them Eat Cake

If there ever was such a breed as compassionate conservative it appears to be extinct.  If you needed any evidence just look at what the House of Representatives did this week.

By a narrow 217-210 it voted to eviscerate the food stamp program by cutting nearly $40 billion from this valuable food assistance program for the needy. The Congressional Budget Office estimated 3.8 million Americans will lose their benefits as a result.

Boehner, Napoleon And Einstein

Boehner, Napoleon And Einstein

Kerry To Meet Bibi On Syria, Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry is flying to Jerusalem Sunday to personally brief Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his meetings in Geneva this week with his Russian counterpart about removing Syria's chemical weapons.

You can expect him to reassure the Israeli leader of President Obama’s continued commitment to making sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.  Many Israelis see Obama’s confrontation with Syria as an indicator of American resolve to stand up to Iran on the nuclear issue.

Syria Crisis Serves The Cau$e

After some low key lobbying to urge Congress to support military action against Syria – on the theory that punishing Bashar Assad for using poison gas was critical to American credibility in convincing Iran not to build nukes – AIPAC went very high profile, reportedly at White House urging.

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