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Posted: Tue, 11/25/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 James Besser in Washington President George W. Bush, who must be busy packing cartons at the White House and selecting a mover, also found time this week to issue a few presidential pardons and commutations.  But those hoping convicted spy Jonathan Pollard would be among them were quickly disappointed. The list of recipients includes a cocaine distributor, a bank embezzler and someone convicted of improperly using food stamps, but no spies.
Posted: Sun, 11/23/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 James Besser in Washington In the current issue, the Jewish Week examined the reaction of a worried Jewish left (read the story here) to a Barack Obama administration that some fear may be shaping up as too centrist for their taste.  But what about the Jewish right?
Posted: Fri, 11/21/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Friday, November 21st, 2008 James Besser in Washington Has there every been so melancholy a meeting between an Israeli prime minister and an American president as the one that will take place here in Washington next week?
Posted: Fri, 11/21/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Friday, November 21st, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’s been an anomaly of Jewish life since 2003: Jews have been more opposed to the Iraq war than almost any other group, and yet Jewish organizations have been mostly silent on the subject. Among major Jewish groups, only the Reform movement has called for an end to the conflict, and they have done so with exquisite caution.
Posted: Thu, 11/20/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 James Besser in Washington A leading Jewish congressman has won his battle for control of a committee that could play a major role if lawmakers decide to get serious about energy independence, health care reform and a host of other issues. After a nasty inside battle, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) shoved aside the current chair of the Energy and Commerce  Committee, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).  Waxman won the post by a 137-122 margin in a poll of Democratic House members.
Posted: Sun, 11/16/2008 - 01:00 | Political Insider
Sunday, November 16th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Will  President-Elect Barack Obama pick Sen. Hillary Clinton, his vanquished rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state?  Two weeks ago, experts scoffed at the idea, but a meeting between the two in Chicago on Thursday has set political tongues wagging.