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Bleak assessment of the next Congress: more gridlock ahead

Think Washington is gridlocked today? Wait until January, when the new Congress takes over.

Bitterly polarized politics and an environment in which compromise is a four letter word promise even more paralysis when the next Congress convenes and President Obama starts the second half of his term with even more Capitol Hill tsuris.

Changes at ADL

Today brought the news that Jess Hordes is retiring after more than two decades of service as ADL's Washington director.

I've always felt a special affinity for Jess; he took up his position about the time I started writing a Washington column for Jewish newspapers, and he was more than helpful to a rookie trying to make sense of  the convoluted world of Jewish politics.

A Message From Joseph Reyes

Try to contain your shock, but it has come to my attention that I am not the only Jewish woman out there writing about her interfaith relationship(s)!

Just this week, the newly launched Kveller featured a personal essay about an interfaith divorce in which the ex, who had converted to Judaism, turned away not only from his wife but from Judaism.

If I Lie About My Age On Jdate Will I Still Get Into Olom Ha'Ba?

I never thought I'd stoop this low.

But I sorta, kinda shaved a few years off my age on my Jdate profile. Which is another way of saying, I’m a liar.

It's not my fault. Really, it isn't. Because now that I am over 35, and inching closer to 40, in the world of online dating that renders me persona non grata.

Jimmy Carter's new "peace" mission: thanks but no thanks

I'm not much for the Jimmy-Carter-is-an-anti-Semitic-Israel-hater line - I happen to believe Israel owes him a debt of gratitude for Camp David -  but after reading today's news I have to ask: what is this guy thinking?

According to wire service reports,  the ex-prez  is embarking on a Middle East tour that will include Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank with a group called The Elders  – and including former Irish President Mary Robinson. (As I write this, I'm thinking that "The Elders" probably wasn't a smart name choice for a group of older statesmen heading to Zion).

The goal, the group said in a statement, is to “encourage support across the region for the current final status negotiations with emphasis on the need to reach a just and secure peace."

Well, cool; I'm all for a just and secure peace.

Illinois Republican Party goes for the gutter

 It's really sad and a little scary how anti-Semitism has become just one more piece of cheap campaign rhetoric, to be hurled at just about anybody and any organization that doesn't agree with you.

Today's case in point: the Illinois Republican Party, which just issued a statement headlined “This Just In: Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel MoveOn.org Calls Giannoulias Their Hero.”

When It Comes To Gay Marriage, Are Reform Rabbis Torah-phobic?

We know Reform rabbis support gay marriage. And, yes, they support intermarriage, too. They've got the Jewish marriage thing all figured out.

We know.

And we know that Reform clergymen love "dialogue" with any imam or priest, anywhere, any time.

Singing the Lonesome Blues

If one more Israeli asks me “Did you come here alone?” and then reacts with absolute shock and disbelief when I answer in the affirmative, well, I will just have to throw myself into the Hudson river and call it a day.

Wait a minute.

I will throw myself into the Jordan river, if only I knew where that was, exactly. Near Aroma?

More on the AJC poll: are we losing touch with our immigrant past?

As I wrote yesterday, one of the most eye popping statistics in the new AJC Survey of American Jewish Public Opinion was Question 3, which addressed the controversial Arizona law aimed at illegal imm

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