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Posted: Wed, 05/06/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 No doubt Senate Democrats are happy that Sen. Arlen Specter now has a “D-Pa.” next to his name instead of an “R,” but there will occasional second thoughts when the unpredictable lawmaker’s foot finds its way into his mouth. It happened again this week, when Specter seemed to forget which party he now  calls home. In a New York Times Magazine interview, Specter was asked if he cares that, because of his party switch, there are now no Jewish Republicans in the Senate.
Posted: Wed, 05/06/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 President Obama is getting pounded by the religious right for not holding a “National Day of Prayer” event at the White House tomorrow, but he is getting support from a key Orthodox group. In his Institute for Public Affairs Blog, OU public policy director Nathan Diament reviews the history of the event, which began in 1952 and which “has been marked in various ways by all presidents since then.” Diament goes on to say this:
Posted: Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Is the legendary AIPAC “roll call” getting old? In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the story: at every year’s policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,  leaders of the group read out the names of all the congressional, administration and diplomatic officials attending.  Reporters keep count, hometown delegations cheer for their representatives and the message has the subtlety of a good sock in the jaw: this is a lobby with real clout.
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, May 4th, 2009 Anybody  who thinks the Bibi Netanyahu government will be dull just isn’t paying attention.
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, May 4th, 2009 For years, Rabbi Jack Moline – leader of a synagogue in suburban Washington  – argued that the Conservative movement needed a stronger, more visible Washington presence, like the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs, both of which are active players in the capital.
Posted: Sun, 05/03/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 Why does there seem to be much less buzz than usual about  this year’s AIPAC policy conference, which begins on Sunday at the Washington Convention Center? Don’t get me wrong; nobody doubts the policy conference will be the most spectacular Jewish political event of the year, as usual, or that Monday’s banquet will pull in throngs of lawmakers and other top politicians that other organizations can only dream of.  But chatter about the conference has  been surprisingly thin this year.