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Posted: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:59 | Political Insider

Here's the emmes. The truth. Bibi Netanyahu gave a rousing speech on an important subject in his best colloquial American before an enthusiastic Congress and said nothing they haven't heard many times before. But his speech failed to live up to its hype. 

The prime minister and his aides had been saying for days that he was bringing to Washington critical new information that the White House had withheld from the Congress and the American public. He didn't deliver.

Posted: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:00 | Political Insider

A leading Jewish lawmaker and Israel supporter said Speaker John Boehner's "ham handed politics" of sandbagging President Obama by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to lobby the Congress against the administration's Iran policy has damaged bipartisan support for Israel. 

"It was a dangerous mistake," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), who announced she will not be attending the speech.

Posted: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:26 | Political Insider

No doubt smarting from the refusal of President Obama and top administration officials to meet with him when he comes to Washington next week to speak to the Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu turned down an invitation to meet with top Senate Democrats.

Incredibly, Netanyahu, who is coming as a guest of the Republican congressional leadership, said meeting with Democrats would appear partisan.

Posted: Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:20 | Political Insider

An editorial appearing today in Sheldon Adelson's Israel Hayom and distributed widely by the Israeli Foreign Ministry compares Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog to Neville Chamberlain and, by implication, Barack Obama to Hitler.

Posted: Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:24 | Political Insider

The Siberian Express that brought severe cold weather to Washington over the past week was responsible for some severe cases of brain freeze inside the Beltway.

Posted: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:36 | Political Insider

Jeb Bush says he loves his father and brother but "I am my own man." 

You couldn't tell it by his choice of foreign policy advisors unveiled last week.  With 19 or 21 of the names on his list having worked for his father or his brother – or both – they look like a collection of retreads.  The only name missing was a Cheney.