Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:32
The race in California’s new 30th Congressional district pits a pair of Jewish moderate Democratic congressmen, may reveal a great deal about the importance of Israel in a newly formed district with a sizeable Jewish population.
Voters will be choosing between one legislator with a 30-year record as an influential pro-Israel leader on Capitol Hill and another who simply votes right without doing any of the heavy lifting. Will voters recognize and reward the difference?
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 01:06
In the wake of the first presidential candidates’ debate, it’s now a three-way race.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the appearance of a new Mitt Romney. Those who were expecting the old Romney of the primaries and the campaign since the Tampa convention in August (read: Democrats) were disappointed when the new Romney showed up.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 08:45
Arab-Americans still strongly support President Obama, but not by the same wide margins as they did four years ago, according to a new poll by the Arab American Institute. But before Republicans celebrate they should know that he still leads Mitt Romney by nearly a two-to-one margin.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:10
In the two days following The Daily Show winning its 10th consecutive Emmy for best comedy show, it showed why an impressive number of political leaders take it seriously and so many young Americans rely on it as their primary source of news.
Jon Stewart’s fist post-Emmy guests were former President Bill Clinton and Jordanian King Abdullah II.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 13:41
Republicans have been on a major crusade around the country enacting laws to restrict access to the voting booth, all in the name of fighting voter fraud. It turns out those righteous Republicans who were so intent on protecting the integrity of the ballot box may actually be the problem, not the solution.
Those most likely to be disenfranchised by the new restrictions are blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, students, the disabled and others most inclined to vote Democratic.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 08:37
In politics, where you sit often determines where you stand.
Up north in Wisconsin’s largely rural First Congressional District, Rep. Paul Ryan told his constituents it was time to end the trade embargo on Cuba. “If we think engagement works well with China, well, it ought to work well with Cuba. The embargo doesn’t work. It is a failed policy.” As for those who wanted to tighten the embargo, not ease it, “I just don’t agree with them and never have.”
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 15:04
What do the Romney campaign and Democratic fundraisers have in common? Both saw a silver lining in the news that President Obama had lost his post-convention bounce. But with different motives. Mitt Romney for all the obvious reasons -- he wants to win. The Obama folks want to raise money.
Shortly after he backed the Republican in a tight Brooklyn/Queens race for Congress a year ago, saying President Obama needed a message on Israel, former Mayor Ed Koch shifted gears and endorsed the president’s election.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 16:30
I have a lot of sympathy for Mitt Romney. That’s because one thing I've learned over 40-plus years in Washington is that the worst wounds are self inflicted. Pedicide is the act of shooting one's self in the foot, and the shot is fired from the mouth. Mitt Romney just shot himself in both feet with both barrels and he did it all by himself without the help of his aides, consultants, advisors, surrogates or anyone else.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:01
Israeli leaders have a penchant for meddling in American politics. It goes back, at least, to 1972 when then-Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin expressed his support for the reelection of Richard Nixon. Benjamin Netanyahu is only the latest – and most blatant – practitioner. And he’s got some clumsy company.