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Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52 | Political Insider

BURLINGTON, VT – Bernie Sanders is back here in his adopted hometown trying to decide what to do next.

He should think about some famous advice from this state's legendary progressive Republican senator, George Aiken. 

Aiken would offer his state's junior senator, Sanders, some advice that he gave to Lyndon Johnson in 1966 about another lost cause.  Declare victory and go home.  It's over.

Posted: Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:12 | Political Insider

It's time for Republican leaders to do more than simply shake their heads and cluck their tongues over Donald Trump's bigoted attacks on a federal judge because of his ethnic heritage.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) today said Trump's behavior is "the textbook definition of racist comments" and should be "absolutely disavowed."

He's right.  So what's he going to do about it?

Other leaders have made similar statements, but Trump responded by doubling down in his attacks on the judge.

Posted: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:05 | Political Insider

If anyone has been campaigning to be Donald Trump's running mate it is Newt Gingrich.  He even had backing from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who had just pledged a reported $100 million to help Trump's campaign and get a high level job for the former speaker of the House. 

But that all apparently came crashing down on Sunday when Gingrich had the audacity to criticize the Donald's racist attacks on a federal judge hearing a case involving one of Trump's many failed enterprises.

Posted: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:06 | Political Insider

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blew it. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed him a major political victory on a platter and Abbas dropped it.

In his zeal to block a French-led effort to convene an international Middle East peace conference, Netanyahu told his French counterpart that such a meeting would be useless, but he's ready to "fly to Paris tomorrow" for one-on-one negotiations with the Palestinian leader.

Posted: Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:35 | Political Insider

Sen. Oren Hatch wrote in an article in a newspaper in his home state of Utah that he left a meeting with Judge Merrick Garland convinced that nothing happened in the session to change his opposition to President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

There was just one problem with that conclusion. The 82-year-old senior Senate Republican had not yet even met with the Jewish nominee to the high court. 

After 40 years in the Senate Hatch is starting to remember things that happened tomorrow.   Maybe he's been there too long.

Posted: Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:18 | Political Insider

You want settlement construction on the West Bank to "keep moving forward" without interference or objections from the US government?  Trump's your guy.