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Posted: Thu, 12/19/2013 - 17:30 | Political Insider

The Congress finally passed and sent to the President this week a bipartisan two-year budget bill intended to prevent a repeat of October's government shutdown that sent the Republican brand plunging into the subbasement.

The Tea Partiers are outraged, even to the point of branding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a "tax-and-spend" liberal.

While the House GOP leadership backed the budget compromise, the Senate Republican leaders were in full retreat, scared that the tea partiers would seek revenge on him.

Posted: Thu, 12/19/2013 - 17:01 | Political Insider

The highly respected former governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, told a New York audience the Netanyahu government is not doing enough to make peace with the Palestinians.

Posted: Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:47 | Political Insider

Posted: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 18:37 | Political Insider

For as long as I can recall we've been told by the people who are supposed to be foreign policy experts that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the source of instability in the Middle East.  Solve that, they preach, and all the other problems can be solved.  

Posted: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 01:49 | Political Insider

Negotiations to make sure Iran doesn't build a nuclear weapon got a boost Tuesday when a South Dakota senator agreed to administration pleas to hold off passage of new sanctions.

Sen. Tim Johnson (D), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced he would hold off bringing to a vote new sanctions legislation following conversations with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Posted: Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:57 | Political Insider

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum this week compared himself to Nelson Mandela and likened the struggle against apartheid to Republican efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act.  Both, he said, are about opposing "injustice."

But that doesn't mean Santorum was on the same side as the late South African leader in opposing apartheid. He apparently praised Mandela's struggle for freedom because everyone else is doing so this week, but apparently he had problems with Mandela's goals.