Klan GOP Official In Palm Beach?

Staff Writer
Palm Beach County Republican Party leaders are breathing a sigh of relief — for now. Unbeknownst to them, Derek Black, 19, who was elected a Republican committeeman in August, is the son of a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard. He was to have been sworn in last week, but party leaders discovered that he had failed to sign a loyalty oath before the election, which disqualified him.

Getting More Money To Holocaust Survivors

Staff Writer
Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union who held several positions in the Clinton administration, including undersecretary of Commerce, undersecretary of State and special representative of the president and the secretary of State for Holocaust issues, is the new special negotiator for Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. He held his first negotiating session in mid-March. Q: How would you assess that first session?

Mitchell Meeting Is Bibi’s First Challenge

Staff Writer
As he settles in after officially assuming the post of prime minister on Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu may quickly face his first challenge from George Mitchell, America’s special envoy to the Middle East.

Livni’s Dilemma

Staff Writer
The expected presentation next week of Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is likely to intensify pressure on Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni to join his coalition or face defections, according to political analysts. Livni insisted in an interview with Israeli media that she would not sit “in a government in which I am a permanent minority,” but Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University, said he heard that refrain before.

Last-Ditch Effort For Shalit

Staff Writer
As Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu continued to struggle to put together a coalition government this week, Israelis were riveted to a different drama — the negotiations to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

‘No Peace Through Coercion’

Staff Writer
The Israeli government emphatically rejected this week a proposal by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to impose a settlement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if none is reached by a set deadline, and Israeli analysts dismissed it as infeasible.

Back To The Wall, Bibi Mulls Options

Washington Correspondent
With his back to the wall in his dealings with Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly weighing the possibility of broadening his government to give him more flexibility in anticipation of meeting American demands. The reports are based in part on right-wing elements in Netanyahu’s coalition government that are upset with the prime minister’s decision to work towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Yossi Alpher, an Israeli analyst and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian Web site bitterlemons.org.

John Ensign's 'family values'

So Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) parents paid some  $96,000 to his mistress (see this Washington Post story).

It sure is nice to see family members helping each other out in times of crisis.

Do you think President Obama is doing a good job?

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