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Political Insider challenged: AIPAC didn't push resolution on Palestinian unilateralism

 In the interests of honest reporting, I have to tell you: my blog headlined “big fight over non-binding resolution on Palestinian unilateralism” was misleading.

OMG, Obama not invoking God enough

A pop quiz: before you read this, tell me what the national motto of the United States is.

The reason I ask is that this just came across my desk: the Congressional Prayer Caucus has a new complaint about President Barack Obama.

Sullivan calls for Israel aid cut; ain't gonna happen

Over at the Atlantic, influential blogger Andrew Sullivan yesterday called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel after the collapse of Obama administration efforts to win a 90 day settlement freeze extension in return for a rich package of incentives.

Altschuler Concedes House Race In Suffolk

12/07/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For a while it looked like the Jewish Republican caucus in  Congress would double in size - but after one of the year's closest House races was decided conclusively this week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will still be its only member.

It took more than a month, but Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop was certified the winner Tuesday in the First Congressional District in Suffolk County’s East End, narrowly defeating Republican challenger Randy Altschuler.

Altschuler Concedes to Bishop in Suburban N.Y. Race

12/07/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Randy Altschuler conceded the congressional election in a suburban New York district to incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop.

Altschuler, a Republican, is trailing the Democrat Bishop by 263 votes, unofficial counts show in the eastern Long Island district.

House of Representatives Mourns Israel Fire Losses

12/07/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously mourned the loss of life in Israel's worst ever forest fire and pledged to support assistance.

The non-binding resolution passed Tuesday, sponsored by outgoing Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), "mourns the loss of life and extends condolences to the families affected by the fire in northern Israel" and "supports the Obama Administration’s offer of, and rapid efforts to provide, United States fire fighting assistance to Israel in response to this disaster."

Jewish Groups Praise Child Nutrition Law, With Qualms

12/02/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups praised the renewal of a law funding school meals, but expressed concern that it was financed in part by money designated for food stamps.

The approval in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act means the bill -- which had been subject to some last minute wrangling -- is ready for enactment by the president.

The bill extends for another ten years funding for school lunches and breakfasts for children from families that depend on the meals, estimated at 4.2 million households.

Jerrold Nadler on Steve Solarz: Son Of Brooklyn, Foreign Affairs Expert

Remembering Rep. Stephen J. Solarz.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, who died Monday night  at the age of 70 after a long battle with esophogeal cancer, was an outstanding public servant. Steve served the people of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1992 with distinction, boundless energy, great intellect, and a true passion to pursue justice.

Stephen Solarz: “True passion to pursue justice.”

Pro-immigration forces' worst nightmare about to come true

 If you're among that Jewish faction – formerly a majority, now we're not so sure – that favors fairly liberal immigration policies and sees comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship for some here illegally as a political priority, your worst nightmare is about to come true.

Jews in political news: Jack Lew, Steve Israel on the hotseat

 After one of those “holds” that has nothing to do with the person being considered for high office, the Senate has confirmed Jacob “Jack” Lew as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew, who is now deputy secretary of state, held the OMB job at the end of the Clinton administration.

Lew has always struck me as one of the smartest people in Jewish/public life, which leads to this question: if he's so smart, why does he want this thankless job?

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