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  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 9:35 am

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of...

  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

  • Adelson: Nuke Iran to get it to talk business

    October 24, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Sheldon Adelson, a top backer of Republican and right-wing pro-Israel causes, advocated bombing Iran with a nuclear device as a means of negotiation.

    “You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say ‘OK, let it go,’ and so there’s an atomic weapon goes...

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  • Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

    October 16, 2013 | 9:41 pm

    Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity on Wednesday.

    Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved...

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • Deadlocked Congress brings U.S. gov’t to edge of shutdown

    September 30, 2013 | 11:37 am

    The U.S. Congress, still in partisan deadlock on Monday over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shutting down most of the U.S. government starting on Tuesday morning.

    With the law funding thousands of routine government...

  • The Won Percent

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

  • Ted Cruz, as in lose

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    September 24, 2013 | 9:56 am

    What's playing out in Washington this week is a classic example of that old political shibboleth, "that may be what I said but that's not what I meant." Republicans are piously assuring us they have no desire to shut down the government only to go marching off toward the cliff. ...

  • Who really creates jobs?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    August 14, 2013 | 11:15 am

    There he goes again. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently told Fox News host Chris Wallace that “the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.” That’s a favorite mantra of Republicans. It may make a good sound bite, but there’s not a bit of truth in it.

    For...

  • Top Jewish Republicans funding Iran sanctions think tank

    August 7, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    The three top donors to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the leading think tank advocating for Iran sanctions, are top Republican Jewish fundraisers.

    A review of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ financial filings published this week by Salon, an online...

  • Jewish Israelis bearish on peace process, poll finds

    August 6, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Eighty percent of Jewish Israelis believe the chances of the restarted peace talks producing a successful agreement are moderately low or very low, according to a new poll.

    Some 18 percent of Jewish Israelis said the chances of a peace agreement are high or very high, according...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

  • U.S. Senate confirms Samantha Power as new U.N. ambassador

    August 1, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    Human rights advocate Samantha Power easily won U.S. Senate confirmation as President Barack Obama's next ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday.

    The Senate voted 87-10 in favor of Power, a former White House national security staffer and former journalist who won a...

  • David Brooks’ own private Egypt

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 5, 2013 | 11:53 am

    If only David Brooks’ eligibility rules for Egyptian political candidates applied to Republicans as well.

    The problem with Egypt’s brief democracy, the New York Times columnist writes, was the wrong people were elected by the wrong people: 

    “Members of the Muslim Brotherhood...

  • Liberal Jewish groups unleash on doomed abortion bill

    June 20, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Liberal Jewish groups fired a verbal barrage against a restrictive abortion bill passed by the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, calling it “egregious,” “outrageous,” “an affront,” and “deeply disappointing.”

    Such strong language is unusual in any case for...

  • Adelsons donate $40 million to Birthright

    May 23, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million.

    “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and...

  • Character references: Eric Garcetti

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 15, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    In a few weeks, Eric Garcetti might become Los Angeles’ youngest mayor in more than a century. When Eric was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University from 1993 to 1996, we were close friends and he was a regular at my L’Chaim Society.

    In this age of extreme political partisanship,...

  • Reps. Royce, Engel talk Iran, Syria with Netanyahu

    May 2, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the potential Iranian threat and instability in Syria with Israel's prime minister. 

    Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), its...

  • GOP and the Jews, together again and talking

    April 23, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    He had them until abortion.

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was addressing the Reform movement's Consultation on Conscience conference about his passion, human rights and success in creating mechanisms to combat human trafficking and shine a light on global anti-Semitism. The...

  • House resolution would back Israel strike on Iran

    March 6, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    A slate of Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution that would support an Israeli strike against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

    The non-binding resolution introduced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) "fully supports...

  • Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

    March 5, 2013 | 8:06 am

    A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a unique designation.

    The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual...

  • Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense

    February 26, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, after an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight that threatened to complicate his work as civilian leader at the Pentagon.

    The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican...

  • Senate clears way for vote on Pentagon nominee Chuck Hagel

    February 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    The Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for the likely confirmation of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.

    The Senate voted 71-27 to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It...

  • Obama to governors: Tell Congress to stop spending cuts

    February 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    President Barack Obama urged state governors on Feb. 25 to pressure Congress to prevent $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts from going into effect on March 1, saying he is willing to reach a compromise with Republicans.

    But the president gave no indication...

  • Another Republican senator backs Hagel for Pentagon chief

    February 21, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Chuck Hagel's path to confirmation as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense became more secure on Thursday when Republican Senator Richard Shelby said he would support the nomination.

    Shelby joined almost every other Republican senator a week ago in delaying a vote on...

  • Netanyahu, Rubio in water-bottle toast to U.S., Israel ties

    February 20, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toasted their nations' close ties on Wednesday with a click of plastic water bottles reminiscent of the Republican's sip seen 'round the world in Washington last week.

    Photographers captured the cross-table...

  • Senate Republicans block vote on confirming Hagel as defense chief

    February 14, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    The Senate voted narrowly on Thursday to block a vote on confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, planning another vote for Feb. 26 - when it is expected to pass.

    The tally was 58-40, with almost every Republican voting no, falling...

  • Senate Democrats pave way for full Senate vote on Hagel

    February 13, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.

    Democrats are expected to muster the 60 votes needed...

  • Senate panel sets Tuesday vote on Hagel nomination

    February 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.S. Senate panel plans to vote on Tuesday afternoon on the bitterly contested nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, the committee said on Monday.

    Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which must approve...

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