Remember all those stories about how Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would be booted from the Democratic caucus once the party no longer needed him to hold on to their razor-thin majority in the Senate?
It’s looking less and less likely that’s going to happen, despite the fury of some Democrats and a major “Netroots” campaign to have the three-term senator ousted from his position as chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported today that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) could be a candidate for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations, now that the current chair – Sen. Joe Biden – is headed to the Vice President’s mansion.
It was billed as a “tele-town hall with Jewish leaders nationwide,” but Sen. John McCain’s electronic meeting on Sunday sounded more like a staged campaign event than a give-and-take with community leaders.
With bank failures and a bearish stock market casting a dark shadow over the Capitol, Congress is scrambling to pass the record $700 billion financial bailout package this week. And that’s causing big problems for numerous Jewish lawmakers.
Many Jewish House members - there are 30 of them - were watching the clock as today’s debate dragged on and their prospects for getting out of town in time for the beginning of Rosh Hashanah diminished with every tick.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
James Besser in Washington
A new poll by J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby, showed overwhelming Jewish support for new peace moves in the region, but strong resistance to territorial compromise on Jerusalem.
James Besser in Washington
Last week the Political Insider reported on the curious fact that leaders of Christians United for Israel had decided to make most of their “Washington Summit” this week off limits to the press.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) signaled an aggressive effort to win the pro-Israel vote in November with a stingingly partisan speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference on Monday.
Breaking with a tradition generally observed by AIPAC keynoters, McCain attacked Sen. Barack Obama by name for his positions on Iran and the Iraq war.
McCain warmed up a friendly crowd by indirectly criticizing Obama’s offer to meet with Iranian leaders.
This week’s Jewish Week asked whether Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent and top John McCain supporter, would keep his promise to speak at pastor John Hagee’s Christian Zionist summit in July, now that the minister’s endorsement has been rejected by McCain.
It didn’t take long to get an answer: on Wednesday, Lieberman said he had no plans to reverse his decision. Here’s his statement in full: