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Posted: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 15:03 | Political Insider

Ronald Reagan once explained a dispute within his party as "Sometimes our right hand doesn't know what our far right hand is doing."

That helps explain how today's Republicans are dealing with immigration reform.

A comprehensive bipartisan bill passed the Senate last year and there was a feeling of momentum since the GOP's post-2012 "autopsy" of its defeat concluded it needed immigration reform to attract Hispanic voters, who had given Barack Obama 72 percent of their votes.

Posted: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:00 | Political Insider

If the next President is a student of history and not a masochist, he or she is highly unlikely to dabble in Middle East peacemaking unless both sides come to the White House with a convincing case that they are ready to get serious. And even then caution would be well advised.

President 45 will have the benefit of knowing that all attempts by previous presidents have left an unpleasant residue and often proved a political liability. 

Posted: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 00:32 | Political Insider

When Fatah, his secular-nationalist movement, agreed to the latest attempt to form a unity government with the Islamist terror group Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas said the new government would recognize Israel's right to exist, abide by all prior agreements, and renounce violence. 

Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah in a bloody 2006 coup, would have none of that.

Posted: Sat, 05/03/2014 - 16:58 | Political Insider

Posted: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:19 | Political Insider

The Kerry round of peace talks has come to a halt, at least for the time being and possibly until there is a new cast of leaders in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Washington. 

Success, it has been said, has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.  Not this time.  There is abundant blame -- or responsibility -- to go around several times.

Posted: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:53 | Political Insider

During this holy week, John Kerry, a man with Jewish grandparents and Catholic upbringing, is trying to pass over old disputes and resurrect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.  So far his mission has been like a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem: talking to a wall.  Oh sure, each side professes its desire for peace, but each also has a definition it knows is unacceptable to the other and appears in no mood for real compromise.  That leaves many during this holy season to conclude that under current leadership, peace doesn't have a prayer.