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Posted: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:30 | Political Insider

"Treatment of Jews and the status of Jews in Russia has often been a barometer for judging Russian rulers," Princeton politics professor Stephen Cohen said Sunday, and " [Vladimir] Putin has been better for Jews in Israel than any Russian leader in history. If you want evidence of that, just ask Israel."

Speaking on Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, Cohen said "of all the autocrats who have ruled Russia over the last 400 years, Putin is the least authoritarian," with the possible exception of Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted: Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:11 | Political Insider

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference going on at the Washington Convention Center is the best dog and pony show in town, replete with a variety of interesting breakout groups, intelligent speakers, training sessions for activists, hasbarah, hands-on lobbying for the rank and file and the star power of meeting a glad-handing herd of pandering politicians.

Posted: Fri, 02/28/2014 - 23:50 | Political Insider

In a sign that Barack Obama may be stepping up his personal involvement in the peace talks, the White House announced Thursday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to meet with the President on March 17, two weeks following Monday's scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House denies that the President will be pressing the two leaders to embrace a framework for peace being prepared by Secretary of State John Kerry.  Obama just wants to “take stock” of the negotiations, officials said.

Posted: Mon, 02/24/2014 - 02:13 | Political Insider

If you’re a conservative politician courting the votes of bigots and racists, especially in Texas, Ted Nugent is your go-to guy.

Posted: Sat, 02/22/2014 - 02:29 | Political Insider

Political scandals are like the motto on the box of Morton Salt: when it rains it pours. 

Once the initial story breaks, it is often only the beginning, and more seem to follow.  There's a hemorrhaging of revelations that is hard to stanch, as Chris Christie is learning. 

Posted: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:38 | Political Insider

While in the Senate, Missouri Republican Kit Bond was an outspoken opponent of Obamacare and a reliable vote against health care reform and just about everything else supported by the Obama administration.  But once out of Congress he’s a changed man.  The epiphany wasn’t spiritual; it was monetary.