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Posted: Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:18 | Political Insider

The Maryland man who spent five years in a Cuban prison for smuggling internet equipment for the Communist nation's tiny Jewish community will be a guest of President Obama at tomorrow night's State of the Union Address. 

Alan Gross, who was freed as part of a deal restoring relations between Cuba and the United States, will get hearty applause from Members of Congress, including those who think Obama made a bad deal with the Castros.

Posted: Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:14 | Political Insider

President Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the top 0.1 percent -- that's 1 percent of the top 1 percent -- to give tax breaks to the middle class was quickly denounced by Republicans as "counterproductive."

He'll unveil his plan public in Tuesday's State of the Union Address but the opposition wasted no time in letting him know it is a non-starter.

Posted: Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:16 | Political Insider

The US Navy announced last week that it plans to name a new attack submarine for Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy.  Tablet Magazine reported that would be the first American warship named for a Jew.

Something to kvell about if it were true, but it isn't.  Yes, SSN 795 will be named for Rickover, but beyond that this story is wrong on all counts, according to Norman Polmar, Rickover's biographer and a naval historian.

Posted: Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:55 | Political Insider

That Mitch McConnell is a real miracle worker.  He's been Senate Majority Leader only four days and he's already taking credit for the economic recovery that he tried to block during the previous six years with his record number of filibusters and obstructionist tactics in the Senate. 

Posted: Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:34 | Political Insider

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had his sights set on the White House but instead he's headed for the Big House.  The former government was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week following his conviction on corruption, fraud and bribery charges.  His attempts to blame his wife didn't wash, nor did his plea that his talents would be wasted in prison.

Meanwhile, in Israel police have recommended filing charges of fraud, bribery, breach of trust and money laundering against former defense minister and Labor Knesset member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

Posted: Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:09 | Political Insider

The next stage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the diplomatic intifada.  Both sides are mobilizing their lawyers and lobbyists to do battle on several fronts, but primarily in The Hague and in Washington, D.C.

Since neither side has shown much interest in sitting down at the peace table for serious negotiations, they've opted for the battle of the briefcases.