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GOP At War With Itself

Republicans are struggling to get away from a reputation that one of their own, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, pinned on them:  "the stupid party."  Having lost more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in the last election, they have dropped their opposition to comprehensive immigration reform in the Congress, but the party remains divided between those who insist the focus on immigration should be greater border security and those who seek a way to integrate the millions who are already here and help the find a path to citizenship. 

Look Who's Off And Running For 2016

One of my all time favorite political cartoons showed a forest of snow-laden maple trees with taps and buckets for collecting the run off and each bearing a poster saying, "Yorty for President" for the presidential campaign then-Mayor of Los Angeles Sam Yorty.  The caption read, "The sap is running in New Hampshire."

Daily Show Zings Morsi

When dictators start jailing their critics -- the latest are Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- they destroy any claim to believing in freedom and democracy.

All But One Jewish Lawmakers Back Same-Sex Marriage

Jewish backing for same sex marriage is nearly unanimous among Jewish members of Congress.  All 12 senators and 21 of 22 represenatives are supporters.  The lone holdout is the only Jewish Republican in the 113th Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

After Obama's Trip, What's Next?

Barack Obama's trip to Israel was a great success and should boost his influence and support there.  So what comes next?  Does he plan to capitalize on that by trying to restart peace negotiations, and do Israeli and Palestinian leaders share that desire or do they just prefer to talk about talking instead of talking about peace?

Obama Brokers Turkey-Israel Healing

On his way out the door Friday, President Obama capped a spectacularly successful visit to Israel by brokering reconciliation between America's two most important strategic allies in the region, Israel and Turkey.

Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in a trailer on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport before the President boarded Air Force One so the Israeli prime minister could phone his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to apologize for the attack on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos in 2010.

Who Really Won the Iraq War?

The Shock and Awe Campaign that started 10 years ago this week should have been called the Lies and Deceit Campaign.

"The Americans won the war, the Iranians won the peace and the Turks won the contracts," said the Financial Times.

GOP Study Sees Jewish Group As Role Model For Engaging Youth

A report commissioned by the Republican National Committee on how to reverse the party's fortunes cited the Republican Jewish Coalition as a group worth emulating.

"One outside group that has been particularly successful at engaging its community and increasing its Republican support is the Republican Jewish Coalition," said the "Growth and Opportunity Project" report unveiled Monday. "We should incorporate some of its tactics in our efforts."

Why Is Morsi Helping Israel, Not Hamas?

Few were happier with the rise to power in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood than its Palestinian offshoot, Hamas.

Egyptians opposed to Morsi protested outside the Presidential Palace in December. Getty Images

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Kentucky's freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul narrowly won the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) annual straw poll today for the group's preference for president in 2016. Sen. Marco Rubio came in a close second, just 2 points short of Paul's 25 percent.

Paul's victory came as no surprise to the National Jewish Democratic Council, which issued a press release sharply criticizing the choice a day in advance of the actual vote. It faulted him for opposing foreign aid to Israel and for advocating a containment policy for Iran.

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