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Bill in Congress demands “equitable treatment” for Madoff victims

Friday, December 11th, 2009 And you thought health care reform was the big issue on Capital Hill this month? What about tax relief for Bernie Madoff’s army of victims? A year after the Madoff affair broke into headlines across the world, a coalition  representing the victims of Madoff’s and other Ponzi rip-offs are lobbying for legislation to provide an extended “carryback” period for their losses.

More on the Quinnipiac poll

Predictably, everybody's arguing about the new J Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama's support among Jewish voters (see yesterday's Political insider blog item on the subject here).

More on the Quinnipiac poll

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 Predictably, everybody’s arguing about the new Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama’s support among Jewish voters (see yesterday’s Political insider blog item on the subject here).

CAIR and the latest Islamic terror plot

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 I’ve never entirely bought the argument that the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is somehow in bed with terrorists and extremists. I do see a group that  has a hard time dealing with the extremism in its own community.  And its ambivalent sounding statements on terrorism and extremism sometimes undermine the group’s credibility.

New poll: Jewish support for Obama slipping, but Jews are still top supporters

Jewish Republicans were crowing this afternoon about a new Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama's support among a Jewish electorate that gave him overwhelming support last November.

New poll: Jewish support for Obama slipping, but Jews are still top supporters

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 Jewish Republicans were crowing this afternoon about a new Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama’s support among a Jewish electorate that gave him overwhelming support last November.

Iran Sanctions, the Left Wing split and fears about nuclear containment

 I just finished writing another Iran story, and space issues forced me to leave out one interesting element: the emerging split between Jewish pro-peace process groups over Iran sanctions.

This week J Street, the lobby and political action committee that remains the target of choice of Jewish conservatives, announced it is now supporting the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which  will impose sanctions on companies that help Iran obtain refined petroleum products.

Iran Sanctions, the Left Wing split and fears about nuclear containment

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 I just finished writing another Iran story, and space issues forced me to leave out one interesting element: the emerging split between Jewish pro-peace process groups over Iran sanctions.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations...oh PLEASE

Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.

I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year's White House Chanukah party?

Judging by several calls I've had, you'd think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn't even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn't like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations…oh PLEASE

Monday, December 7th, 2009 Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.  I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year’s White House Chanukah party? Judging by several calls I’ve had, you’d think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn’t even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn’t like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.
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