Political Insider
Posted: Mon, 02/03/2014 - 22:37 | Political Insider

When Members of Congress and their staffs take free trips abroad – something they're doing in record numbers these days – their preferred destination is Israel.  And picking up the tab to the tune of $1.7 million last year, was a charitable tax-exempt arm of AIPAC called the America Israel Education Foundation.

Posted: Sat, 02/01/2014 - 10:26 | Political Insider

Sometimes a Member of Congress is blessed with an opponent who becomes an asset to his or her reelection.

Posted: Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:48 | Political Insider

The evidence keeps piling up that the worst wounds in politics are self-inflicted.  The latest cases come from Washington and Jerusalem this week.  There's the congressman who preferred cocaine over Congress, another who threatened to toss a reporter off a balcony and an Israeli cabinet minister whose mouth runs faster than his brain.

Posted: Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:45 | Political Insider

First Responders -- As a sign of how deeply divided Republicans are, they had four separate responses, two of which came from the Tea Party wing.

The GOP leadership's designated responder, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, was clearly the most personable and effective. Her presentation seemed like an extended biography (ala Chris Christie's keynote speech at last summer's Republican convention), and when she got around to the issues the big question was Where's the beef?"

Posted: Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:35 | Political Insider

The worst wounds in politics are self-inflicted.  Nixon and Watergate.  Clinton and Monica.  Reagan and Iran-Contra.  Bush 41 and Read-my-lips, Romney and 47 percent, Anthony Weiner and Twitter. 

Gov. Chris Christie may not have directly ordered the fiasco at the George Washington Bridge, but he is responsible for the atmosphere that made it possible. 

Posted: Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:35 | Political Insider

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio was slammed by the media for giving a closed-door speech to an AIPAC dinner in his town last week and barring the media. He said the secrecy was at AIPAC’s request. Of course it was; otherwise who’d have noticed?   

The unannounced speech included all the usual pandering, and by all accounts he said nothing particularly interesting and nothing he hadn’t said many times before.