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Where Are The Birthers Now?

Ted Cruz and Barack Obama may be poles apart politically, but they actually have a lot in common. 

Both are smart, articulate, ambitious Harvard Law graduates who decided to run for president after only two years in their first term in the U.S. Senate.

They also have foreign-born fathers and white American mothers.

Ted's father was born in Cuba and Ted himself was born in Canada.

Obama's father was born in Kenya but Barack was born in Hawaii.

Spy Vs. Spy

Before leaving for Washington to speak to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of the Republican leadership three weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reveal information about the bad deal the Obama administration was negotiating with Iran but not telling the Congress.

When there was nothing new in his formal address, just a rehash of what he’d been saying for months, it was assumed that his pre-speech hype was just that, hype.

Jewish Exodus To GOP: Fuggedaboutit

Republicans are salivating over the thought of a huge influx of Jewish voters in the wake of new friction between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of this week’s Israeli election. 

The outcome of the election was deeply disappointing to most American Jews and most Democrats (most Jews are Democrats by a wide margin).  Not just because Netanyahu won but because of how he won, with racist campaign tactics and flip-flops on the two state solution. 

Schock As In Schlock

What does Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Downton Abbey) have in common with such diverse characters as Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, former House colleague Michael Grimm, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert? 

The 33-year-old Illinois Republican, who resigned from Congress today effective the end of the month, is the latest victim of self-inflicted wounds.

Bibi Abandons 2-State Solution

As the election got closer and tighter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved farther and farther away from his 2009 commitment to the two-state solution.

In the years since that speech at Bar Ilan University, his position has gone from "yes, but' to "hell, no" with a few stops in between.

Into The Homestretch

No Israeli politician has meddled in partisan American politics more than Bibi Netanyahu (R-West Jerusalem), much to the detriment of US-Israel relations and the support of Israel's primary support base in America.

Now that his latest and most disruptive foray has backfired on him, he is in full panic mode.  His supporters are accusing the State Department of funding the opposition's campaign.  He knows that's not true, but that's never been an impediment.

Bibi's Scare Tactics

As polls show him falling further behind in the final days before elections for the 20th Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy is one of increasing desperation.  His theme " if you can't convince em, scare em" was strikingly clear in an interview in Friday's Jerusalem Post.

'Israel Wants Change'

As many as 35,000 Israelis turned out for a rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Saturday night for an anti-Bibi rally themed "Israel Wants Change."

Meir Dagan, the former Mossad chief, said all Israelis agree on the need to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon "but going to war with the U.S. is not the way to stop it." 

He had earlier said Netanyahu's speech to the Congress on March 3 was "bullshit."

I'm For It Except When I'm Against It

Remember when conservatives were strong supporters of state's rights?  They still are, except when they aren't.  On the issue of abortion, they want to take jurisdiction away from the federal government and give it to the states, where bans are easier to enact.  Guns are another matter.

They want to take gun control authority away from the state and local governments, especially when it comes to carrying concealed weapons.  That's the latest cause of the NRA and the gun lobby.

Keeping Score

Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip to Washington this week was a big success for him personally as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle gave him an enthusiastic reception, and he went home with good footage for his campaign commercials. 

He didn't produce any of the new information about Iran and its nuclear ambitions he had promised, and he didn't appear to have changed any minds, but the appearance gave him a slight boost in the polls back home, though not enough to take the lead. It remains to be seen whether that is temporary or a trend.

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