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  • House Dems: GOP sanctions bill undermines bipartisan stance on Iran

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 weeks ago

    House Democrats are urging Republican leaders to forgo a vote on new Iran sanctions before the House adjourns on July 14 in order to maintain Congress’s traditionally bipartisan approach to Iran.

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is expected to bring three Iran-related...

  • Corker: Republicans are not more supportive of Israel than Democrats

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 6, 2016 | 1:29 pm

    Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee pushed back against those who are trying to make the U.S.-Israel relationship a wedge issue in the presidential campaign, during an appearance at the AJC Global Forum on Monday.

    “I would love to say to the audience that, you know, Republicans are...

  • Jewish Republicans, come home to the Democratic Party!

    May 24, 2016 | 12:32 pm

    This is a dismal time to be a Jewish Republican. Unless he’s struck by lightning or attacked by a swarm of killer bees, Donald Trump will be the Republican Party candidate for president.

    (If you are an enthusiastic, die-hard Trump-ette, you can stop reading this. You are beyond...

  • Incendiary?

    By Dennis Prager

    March 16, 2016 | 11:44 am

    After the recent disruption and cancellation of a Donald Trump campaign event in Chicago, the media — and Trump’s Republican opponents — blamed Trump for what had transpired. Specifically, he was blamed for the incendiary remarks he had made at previous events encouraging violence...

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  • A 2016 election column that doesn’t mention Donald Trump

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 9, 2016 | 12:29 pm

    The 2016 presidential campaign is a real doozy and not only because of colorful personalities and bitterly fought primaries. It is nothing less than a test of the strength of two competing visions of America grappling with a wide range of issues that have been sucked into what...

  • Cartoon: Scalia’s final action

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 17, 2016 | 12:06 pm

  • Phenomenon and the Jews Trouble on the Campaign Trail

    By Steven Windmueller

    January 25, 2016 | 9:14 am

    While there will be Jewish supporters of Donald Trump, his rise in the polls, his unsettling language, his controversial messages, and even his disconcerting comments made recently before a Jewish audience have left many Jews unsettled and possibly even alarmed. Yet, why has he...

  • Trump beats Republicans, not Clinton, in one-on-one matchups

    December 21, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Donald Trump would win a hypothetical head-to-head contest against either of his two closest Republican U.S. presidential rivals, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but he would fall short of beating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton if the election were held today, according to a...

  • For whom the polls toll

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 9, 2015 | 11:50 am

    The horserace polls dominating today’s political news are worse than misleading – they’re bad for democracy. They’re as corrosive of America’s self-image as the news industry’s obsession with murder and disaster, a black hole wildly unwarranted by actual crime and catastrophe....

  • No, there are still two pro-Israel parties

    November 6, 2015 | 9:34 am

    Last week, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) head Matthew Brooks told The Hill, “We as a Jewish community have to take a long, hard step back and acknowledge the reality … that today there is one pro-Israel party and that is the Republican Party.”

    What a boneheaded thing to...

  • Amid GOP disarray, Jews in DC search memories and Rolodexes

    October 13, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    “Do I know this person?” has been a common refrain in the Washington offices of national Jewish organizations since Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, resigned as House speaker last month and his chosen successor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the majority leader, flamed out last week.

    ...
  • At Politicon, diversity and polarity make for entertaining (and loud) political fare

    By Jared Sichel

    October 12, 2015 | 9:49 pm

    Partisan, political theater was on full display mid-afternoon on Oct. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as two of the panels at the inaugural Politicon conference overlapped.

    In “Independence Hall,” a panel included Democratic strategists David Axelrod, James Carville and...

  • Republicans and Planned Parenthood square off in Congress

    September 29, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    Congressional Republicans on Tuesday challenged Planned Parenthood's U.S. taxpayer support, while the health organization's president said defunding it would disproportionately hurt low-income women.

    Allegations that Planned Parenthood improperly sells fetal tissue to researchers...

  • Candidates in GOP debate divided on whether to honor Iran deal

    September 17, 2015 | 8:51 am

    Candidates in a Republican presidential debate were divided over whether to honor the Iran nuclear deal.

    The question of whether or not to abandon the deal drew unusually sharp divisions in the CNN debate on Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • Reading Yesterday’s News

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 17, 2015 | 10:47 am

    My house has been hit by another avalanche — several actually — of piles of newspapers. We Leafs are members of the idiosyncratic minority who still harbor affection for printed matter of the tactile variety. In addition to our collections of books — shelved, stacked and otherwise...

  • Cartoon: Republican Slogans

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 18, 2015 | 2:36 pm

  • With Biden opting out, partisan row over Netanyahu speech intensifies

    February 9, 2015 | 9:25 am

    In a blow to Israel’s efforts to contain the controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would not attend the address.

    Biden’s office informed the media on Friday that the vice president would be out...

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

    January 23, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    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...

  • After Scalise debacle, more hardball expected in the fight for minority vote

    January 6, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    A recent revelation that a top Republican addressed a white supremacist group is reviving an age-old Washington debate: How important are false steps from the past in evaluating a party today?

    Not very, say Republicans, in the case of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the majority whip...

  • 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...

  • Lee Zeldin becomes Congress’ sole Jewish Republican as GOP retakes Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Results late Tuesday showed Republicans winning control of the United States Senate as well as wins for fresh faces with close Jewish and pro-Israel ties.

    In Long Island, Lee Zeldin, a state senator, was set to become the sole Jewish Republican in Congress, ending a short drought...

  • 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...

  • Is Obama’s presidency done?

    October 13, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Is it too early to declare Barack Obama’s presidency a failure?  It seems to be the talk of Washington pundits lately and a new poll showed a clear majority thinks so.

    When Obama came on the scene, I like others, warned that someone who had pretty much done nothing of...

  • What a GOP Senate would mean for the Jewish communal agenda

    October 6, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Should Republicans win the Senate and maintain control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 4 — as many observers expect them to do — the political gridlock that has characterized much of President Obama’s term is poised to intensify.

    Jewish strategies, however, will remain...

  • On a sharing economy and politics

    September 8, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Uber has pulled off what few others can these days: The beloved car service (if I’m allowed to describe it so prosaically) has united politicians of all persuasions. Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians are all vying to outdo each other in portraying the popular company, and...

  • Obama takes on critics of Iran nuclear deal

    November 25, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    President Barack Obama took on critics of a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran on Monday by saying tough talk was good for politics but not good for U.S. security.

    Top Republicans - as well as U.S. ally Israel - have criticized Obama for agreeing to the deal, which the United...

  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • Self-inflicted wounds

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

  • The Israel Factor Panel Wants a Clinton, a Cuomo, a Biden - a Democrat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Our Israel Factor panel hasn't really changed its tune in recent months. It still believes Hillary Clinton is the best 2016 Presidential candidate as far as Israel is concerned. It still sees Andrew Cuomo as the number two Democratic candidate: Cuomo did just a little better than...

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