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The very last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever.

I'm guessing tonight's party won't be the end of it.

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Jewish groups are lauding yesterday's House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can't produce itself.

But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up. 

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 Jewish groups are lauding yesterday’s House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can’t produce itself. But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up.

The VERY last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever. I’m guessing tonight’s party won’t be the end of it.

Michael Oren and J Street: Narrowing the Pro-Israel Tent

I haven't spoken to Michael Oren, Israel's current ambassador in Washington, more than a handful of times, but he's always struck me as smart and sophisticated. So I can't help but wonder why he continues to pick needless fights with J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee.

Michael Oren and J Street: Narrowing the Pro-Israel Tent

Monday, December 14th, 2009 I haven’t spoken to Michael Oren, Israel’s current ambassador in Washington, more than a handful of times, but he’s always struck me as smart and sophisticated. So I can’t help but wonder why he continues to pick needless fights with J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee (see a JTA story on his latest comments here).

Bill in Congress demands “equitable treatment” for Madoff victims

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.

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).
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