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Posted: Fri, 04/09/2010 - 10:04 | Political Insider

A few weeks ago, I was wondering what was going through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head when he decided to attend next week's nuclear summit in Washington, where representatives of 47 countries, including many of heads of state, will gather to talk about nuclear terror, and in the process produce what local officials say will be some record-breaking traffic gridlock.

Posted: Thu, 04/08/2010 - 13:48 | Political Insider

There's been a lot of buzz in recent days about the possibility Justice John Paul Stevens, who will turn 90 next week, will retire this summer. Stevens has served for 34 years.

Posted: Wed, 04/07/2010 - 16:29 | Political Insider

Over at the Spiritual Politics blog, Mark Silk, who heads the Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, has an interesting and provocative analysis of President Obama's appearance at yesterday's White House Easter prayer breakfast.

Posted: Wed, 04/07/2010 - 10:50 | Political Insider

In the Jewish-legislators-in-trouble department, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis) could face his stiffest challenge yet, if current polls are accurate.

According to a survey conducted for Wisconsin Public Radio, Feingold, who is in his third term, trails former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican who hasn't even announced his candidacy yet, by 12 points.

Here's a link to the survey.

Posted: Sun, 04/04/2010 - 06:09 | Political Insider

 Israeli newspapers are seething with rumors of an likely attempt by the Obama administration to “impose” a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That seems unlikely to me, if for no other reason than you can't very well impose a two-state solution when there are, in fact, three entities that are part of this equation, and one of them – Hamas – has no interest in anything resembling peace.

Posted: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:30 | Political Insider

This just in: the ADL is applauding the repeal of an Oregon law barring teachers from wearing religious garb in public school classrooms.

That puts Oregon in line with most other states, which do not prohibit teachers from wearing head scarves, turbans, religious-themed T-shirts - or kippot.

ADL regional director Hilary Bernstein had this to say: