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ACLU defends Islam-slamming kids

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 Since I’m on the subject of Islam bashing: I was struck by new reports describing the ACLU’s legal defense of Christian students at a Florida high school who think it’s cool to wear T-shirts with the slogan ‘Islam is of the devil.”  (See a Florida ACLU release on the controversy here)

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

To say President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement.

The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

Updated: J Street snags Sarah Palin, Avigdor Lieberman for Chanukah party - NOT

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee, is having a holiday party – and its guest list is nothing short of stellar. Of course, the list is a put on, but that probably won’t stop the group’s legion of detractors from finding some deep and dark significance in the official invitation.

NYT slams Obama Middle East policy

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 In case you missed it, check out Saturday’s New York Times editorial blasting President Obama for the high expectations and low performance of his Middle East policy.

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

To say President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement.

The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

Friday, November 27th, 2009 To say President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement. The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

ADL report on "toxic atmosphere of rage" ignites...well, rage

Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week's ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer's health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

ADL report on “toxic atmosphere of rage” ignites…well, rage

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week’s ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer’s health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

Progressive Jewish disillusionment with Obama

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 If you’re looking for graphic examples of how some on the left have soured on President Obama, check out this from the Shalom Center’s Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Waskow offers up a “future history” of Campaign 2012, in which the election of Sarah Palin sparks massive demonstrations and “unprecedented movements of US Army troops” in Washington to counter the protesters. Whoa.

Bold choice for new anti-Semitism envoy?

Friday, November 20th, 2009 It’s looking more and more like Hannah Rosenthal, the former executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), will be the new State Department special emissary on anti-Semitism; her appointment could be announced as early as today, sources here say. That looks to me like an intriguing, out-of-the-box selection.
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