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Posted: Mon, 12/21/2015 - 17:37 | Political Insider

All of the GOP presidential contenders claim to be true and loyal friends of Israel, but for most it is a political statement, grounded less in understanding than in their search for contributions from wealthy single-issue Jewish donors. 

The rare exception is Lindsey Graham.  The South Carolina senator, who dropped out of the presidential race today, had the best comprehension of the issues and record of support among the candidates when it came to US-Israel relations.

Posted: Thu, 12/17/2015 - 14:26 | Political Insider

I don't know how well it will go over with the neo-cons and the anti-Communist wing of the GOP, but Vladimir Putin is backing Donald Trump.

The Russian President told reporters at his annual news conference in Moscow that the American capitalist "is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented." 

Posted: Thu, 12/10/2015 - 20:29 | Political Insider

1.  He loves Jews.  Why else would he credit Joseph with building the Pyramids as grain storage silos? He knows what he knows and is too smart to be confused by the facts. "Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," he said.  Would Dr. Ben lie to us?

2. He saw the arrangement of the 13 5-pointed stars on the $1 bill as a Magen David, thereby establishing US support for Israel dating back 151 years before the founding of the modern state of Israel.  That's commitment.

Posted: Tue, 12/08/2015 - 10:23 | Political Insider

In his Oval Office address Sunday evening, President Obama called for universal background checks on gun purchasers and to "make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun." He called it "a matter of national security."   It would seem like a no brainer.

But Republicans would have no part of it.

Posted: Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:25 | Political Insider

Crises have a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people.  The Syrian refugee crisis is a classic example as politics seems to overwhelm principle – not unique but no less appalling, especially considering the lives at stake – as so many politicians succumb to xenophobia and religious bigotry and try to justify it in terms of national security.

Posted: Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:33 | Political Insider

Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz want to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating several cabinet departments, although neither could remember just which ones he wanted to deep six.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to go the other way and create a new agency of government, one that will be totally useless, an utter waste of taxpayer money and further antagonize people around the world who think America is already too arrogant and domineering.