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Posted: Sun, 01/03/2016 - 17:48 | Political Insider

It was a year that saw historic advances in gay rights, freedom for a long-serving Israeli spy, the overthrow of a Speaker of the House, Israeli lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment, a PM on his way to jail for corruption and a major political defeat for AIPAC and Bibi Netanyahu.

Posted: Fri, 01/01/2016 - 19:32 | Political Insider

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled he plans to name as his next interior minister a convicted felon who went to prison for bribery and corruption the last time he held that job.

Posted: Thu, 12/31/2015 - 13:47 | Political Insider

When I heard Ted Cruz boast that that he'll "carpet bomb [ISIS] into oblivion" to see if "sand can glow in the dark," and Donald Trump bloviate about how he plans to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS, I was taken back to January 20, 1981.

I'd taken my family to the Mall to watch the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan.  He wasn't going to be another wimp like Jimmy Carter; no, he would get tough with America's enemies, starting with Iran, which had held 52 American diplomats and other citizens hostage for 444 days.

Posted: Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:49 | Political Insider

It's that time of year.  The joyous season of giving.  No, I'm not talking about Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanza.

It's the time of year when we are flooded with appeals for money, not just in the spirit of generosity in this holiday season but because there's just a few days left to write those checks and get a tax deduction for the entire year.

Posted: Mon, 12/21/2015 - 18:37 | 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 - 15:26 | 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."