Kentucky's freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul narrowly won the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) annual straw poll today for the group's preference for president in 2016. Sen. Marco Rubio came in a close second, just 2 points short of Paul's 25 percent.
Paul's victory came as no surprise to the National Jewish Democratic Council, which issued a press release sharply criticizing the choice a day in advance of the actual vote. It faulted him for opposing foreign aid to Israel and for advocating a containment policy for Iran.
There is an important aspect to Barack Obama's Middle East trip this week that is overshadowed by the announced issues of Iranian nuclear plans, the Syria civil war, upheaval in the Arab world and a desire to restart peace negotiations but is no less important.
The President, who began his first term with an effort to repair relations with the Muslim world, this week will be carrying a message to Muslims about the need to respect the religion of others.
Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman will join former Sen. Jon Kyl in heading a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.
"There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan -- indeed non-political -- consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world," Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a statement issued Monday by AEI, a conservative think tank, announcing the American Internationalism Project.
Outgoing Israeli Deputy PM Dan Meridor and longtime prominent Likud figure now finds himself on the outside looking in, and he says that may be because he has become an outspoken advocate of the two-state solution and reinvigorating the peace process.