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  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    2 days ago

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    2 days ago

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • John Boehner’s crude interference in the Israeli elections or: If you can’t win in Jerusalem, try Paris or Washington

    By Michael Berenbaum

    3 days ago

    The invitation by Speaker of the House John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on the question of Iran is a crude interference in Israeli election politics.

    The speech, scheduled for early March, but a fortnight before the...

  • Congress invites Netanyahu, Obama blindsided

    4 days ago

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting President Barack Obama, and a White House spokesman questioned whether protocol had been violated.

    An Israeli official said...

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  • Texas congressman takes heat for tweet on Obama and Hitler

    2 weeks ago

    Rep. Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, has drawn hefty criticism and some praise after he compared President Barack Obama's decision not to attend a rally in Paris to Adolf Hitler's visit to the city after the Nazis invaded.

    Weber, known for his anti-Obama rhetoric, took to...

  • Obama condemns ‘cowardly, evil’ attack in Paris, offers U.S. assistance

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned what he called the "cowardly, evil" attack against a satirical newspaper in Paris and offered U.S. assistance to the French government. "We will stand with the people of France, through this very, very difficult time," Obama told...

  • U.S. blames N.Korea for Sony cyberattack, vows ‘consequences’

    December 19, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The U.S. government on Friday blamed North Korea for a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, calling it an unacceptable act of intimidation and vowing to impose "costs and consequences" on those responsible.

    It was the first time the United States had directly accused...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    December 17, 2014 | 8:07 pm

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    By Jared Sichel

    December 17, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    The news on Dec. 17 about the sudden thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so surprising that we really won’t know for months — or years — what the impact will be. In the meantime, here are seven key points about the deal:

    1. The timing made sense.

    ...
  • Remarks by Obama at afternoon Chanukah reception

    December 17, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Hanukkah, Mr. President!  

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Happy Hanukkah to you!  You stole my line.   Happy Hanukkah, everybody. 

    AUDIENCE:  Happy Hannukah.

    MRS. OBAMA:  Welcome to the White House.  I want to welcome the members of Congress who are here...

  • Alan Gross credits Jewish efforts for his release from Cuba

    December 17, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    Newly released from prison in Cuba, Alan Gross thanked his wife, his lawyer, the Jewish community, President Barack Obama and numerous others in helping secure his freedom.

    Speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Washington, Gross opened his statement with a Hanukkah greeting...

  • Letters to the editor: Barack Obama, Guy Davidi, happy Chanukah and more

    December 17, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Backing Barack

    Yes, finally a prominent voice from the Jewish community has spoken truth to fact (“Why Jews Still Back Obama,” Dec. 12). Kudos to Rob Eshman for stating facts, and not falling for the loud, anti-Obama voices on the right.

    Allan Kretchman via email

    Nice article...

  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy

    December 17, 2014 | 7:01 am

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    A U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN...

  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    December 16, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. But he remains famously shrewd and caustic, feisty and funny, as well as the most prominent gay politician in the nation. With current roiling debate over the financial reform that Frank helped...

  • U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion government funding bill

    December 11, 2014 | 6:53 pm

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Thursday to fund most federal agencies through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

    By a vote of 219-206, the House approved the bill, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security only...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Jews and Liberalism: Is the civil religion going to last?

    December 10, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    In what may be an urban legend, a rabbi with a luxurious beard is said to have sat on the left side in the Frankfurt Assembly during the Revolution of 1848. Asked why, he replied: “Because Jews have no right.”

    Although the identification with the left first appeared among...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    December 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

    December 5, 2014 | 9:44 am

    President Barack Obama nominated longtime Defense Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel, the lone Republican in Obama's Cabinet, who resigned last week after disagreements with the White House.

    In Carter, Obama gets a...

  • Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

    December 2, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said.

    Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the...

  • Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots

    November 25, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager....

  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    November 24, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    At the UN General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Since Modi came to power in May, ties...

  • Missouri grand jury has made decision in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    November 24, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor...

  • Obama condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue

    November 18, 2014 | 8:37 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the attack by two Palestinians on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed four people, including three Americans, and called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to lower tensions and seek peace.

    "I strongly condemn today's terrorist attack...

  • The I-word isn’t impeachment – it’s idiocracy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 17, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Is he – finally – the one we’ve been waiting for?

    Just days after the midterm election, President Barack Obama made a big climate change deal with China, asked the F.C.C. to regulate Internet service providers as if they were public utilities and pledged to address the...

  • ISIS beheads American aid worker, an Iraq war veteran

    November 17, 2014 | 9:03 am

    The Islamic State jihadist group beheaded an American hostage.

    In a video posted online Sunday morning on jihadist and social networking sites, the group also known as ISIS and ISIL said it beheaded American aid worker Peter Kassig, who went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig after...

  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

  • Do Israelis think Netanyahu is ‘chickenshit’? Maybe, but they like him that way

    October 31, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn’t the only one who thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking chances.

    A piece this week in  The Atlantic magazine by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg ignited a firestorm with its revelation that an Obama administration official had...

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