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Posted: Wed, 07/15/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.(), the Senate Judiciary chairman, has attached hate crimes legislation to the defense authorization bill. That’s good news for a bunch of Jewish groups, starting with the Anti-Defamation League, which have been pressing for the legislation – which would broaden existing federal hate crimes laws to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – for a decade.
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner. Bernie Madoff, sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to creating and operating a record-shattering Ponzi scheme that left some pensioners penniless and drove some Jewish charities to bankruptcy,  was transported on Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, NC – a medium security facility near Raleigh.
Posted: Mon, 07/13/2009 - 12:02 | Political Insider

As Congress debates health care reform and frets about the special interests that want to make it a lot less than genuine reform, maybe it’s a good time for lawmakers to take a good look at how Israel delivers medical services.

Talking Points Memo’s Jo-Ann Mort does here.  While Mort is no fan of Israeli policies with respect to the Palestinians, she thinks its health care system has ours beat by a country mile.

Posted: Fri, 07/10/2009 - 10:43 | Political Insider

You have to wonder about some of the members of Bibi Netanyahu’s government.

Posted: Fri, 07/10/2009 - 10:33 | Political Insider

So Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) parents paid some  $96,000 to his mistress (see this Washington Post story).

It sure is nice to see family members helping each other out in times of crisis.

Posted: Thu, 07/09/2009 - 10:48 | Political Insider

If I was Rabbi David Saperstein (and that's not likely; who has that much energy?), I'd be pleased as punch that Al Franken now has “Sen.” and “D-Minn.)  stuck on his name.  But I wouldn't be popping any champagne corks; the 60 vote super majority the Democrats gained in theory when Franken was finally sworn in this week will  be hard to mobilize in practice.