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Posted: Sun, 10/17/2010 - 09:49 | Political Insider

Think Washington is gridlocked today? Wait until January, when the new Congress takes over.

Bitterly polarized politics and an environment in which compromise is a four letter word promise even more paralysis when the next Congress convenes and President Obama starts the second half of his term with even more Capitol Hill tsuris.

Posted: Fri, 10/15/2010 - 15:07 | Political Insider

Today brought the news that Jess Hordes is retiring after more than two decades of service as ADL's Washington director.

I've always felt a special affinity for Jess; he took up his position about the time I started writing a Washington column for Jewish newspapers, and he was more than helpful to a rookie trying to make sense of  the convoluted world of Jewish politics.

Posted: Fri, 10/15/2010 - 12:14 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Try to contain your shock, but it has come to my attention that I am not the only Jewish woman out there writing about her interfaith relationship(s)!

Just this week, the newly launched Kveller featured a personal essay about an interfaith divorce in which the ex, who had converted to Judaism, turned away not only from his wife but from Judaism.

Posted: Fri, 10/15/2010 - 08:28 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

I never thought I'd stoop this low.

But I sorta, kinda shaved a few years off my age on my Jdate profile. Which is another way of saying, I’m a liar.

It's not my fault. Really, it isn't. Because now that I am over 35, and inching closer to 40, in the world of online dating that renders me persona non grata.

Posted: Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:11 | Political Insider

I'm not much for the Jimmy-Carter-is-an-anti-Semitic-Israel-hater line - I happen to believe Israel owes him a debt of gratitude for Camp David -  but after reading today's news I have to ask: what is this guy thinking?

According to wire service reports,  the ex-prez  is embarking on a Middle East tour that will include Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank with a group called The Elders  – and including former Irish President Mary Robinson. (As I write this, I'm thinking that "The Elders" probably wasn't a smart name choice for a group of older statesmen heading to Zion).

The goal, the group said in a statement, is to “encourage support across the region for the current final status negotiations with emphasis on the need to reach a just and secure peace."

Well, cool; I'm all for a just and secure peace.

Posted: Thu, 10/14/2010 - 15:51 | Jewish Techs

Yoram Samets, of Jvillage Network in Burlington, Vermont, wrote an interesting essay for the eJewishPhilanthropy blog titled "Purposeful and Passionate: Synagogues in the Age of Facebook."