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  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    2 weeks ago

    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

    By tessc

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Gay marriage: A matter of conscience

    April 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In the sphere of human rights there comes a time when people of conscience are morally required to stand up and declare what they believe is right based on principles of justice and fairness, not for themselves but for others. While this may be especially true for politicians,...

  • GOP self-analysis cites RJC as worthy of emulation

    March 19, 2013 | 7:47 am

    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...

  • Americans backing Israel in ever-growing numbers, poll shows

    March 18, 2013 | 2:50 am

    Americans' sympathies lean heavily toward Israel over the Palestinians in the highest level of support seen in 22 years.

    According to data gleaned from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, 64 percent of Americans support Israel over the Palestinians, with 12 percent backing the...

  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • U.S. Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    February 13, 2013 | 4:24 am

    A U.S. Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate as soon as later this week.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11, with one senator voting "no...

  • Opinion: The Post-Kumbaya President

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 21, 2013 | 8:42 pm

    I wonder where Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are having dinner tonight.

    Four years ago, while Democrats danced at inaugural balls, Reps. Cantor and Ryan dined at The Caucus Room, a Capitol Hill steakhouse, along with other top Republicans, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Sens. Jim...

  • When Jonathan Mann and Israelis meet

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2012 | 10:30 am

    On Monday, a very special event took place at my campus in Tel Aviv University. CNN's anchor and correspondent, Jonathan Mann, came for a visit, in order to host a conference on the topic: "The U.S elections: why does it matter to us?" The event was covered by press worldwide, and...

  • The impact of the moderate Republican

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 17, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    On Oct. 28, 1980, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter stood on a debate stage with his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.  Carter’s one chance to save his presidency depended on his ability to portray Reagan’s views as extreme. The best levers appeared to...

  • Conventional Wisdom

    By Elliot Steingart

    August 29, 2012 | 11:23 am

    It’s good to hear opposing viewpoints. It’s part of the reason I’m in a relationship. My girlfriend told me the name of the Hebrew God is Yahweh. I’ve been Jewish for 27 years and I’ve never heard of Yahweh. It’s worth listening to the other side even if the other side believes in...

  • April Israel Factor: Romney trumps Obama. But why?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:19 am

    The two Presidential rivals were closer last month, but the April 2012 survey of ‎the Israel Factor (now part of our exclusive J-Meter feature) draws them apart.

    ‎‎Romney scored 7.22 (out of 10) in March, and is now on 7.5. Obama scored 7.11 ‎last month and is now on 6.9....

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:17 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and ‎Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 ‎‎(totally ‎agree):‎

    ‎ ‎


    Issue

    Obama

    Romney

    Shows good understanding of Middle ‎East ‎affairs

     

     

    Can be...

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:02 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally ‎agree):


    Issue

    Obama

    Romney

    Shows good understanding of Middle East ‎affairs

    7

    6.1

    Can be trusted to halt...

  • Care about Iran? You’re more likely to vote Romney

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 18, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Take a quick look at the following two tables from PEW’s recent report on the politics ‎of Election 2012. These are the topics voters think are important by order:‎

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    And these are the same priorities divided by party:‎

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    Note these things:‎

    ‎1.‎ While voters...

  • April 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 16, 2012 | 3:52 am

    Israel’s right to say ‘no’

    Smadar Shir of Ynet supports Israel’s decision to deny entry to dozens of pro-Palestinian ‎activists who were part of a coordinated demonstration. ‎

    When a US embassy official refuses to grant a certain person a visa because he was ‎born in...

  • Is There Such a Thing As a Liberal Republican-Lover?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 12, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    I was in New York for most of last week with my family.  We had a great time visiting friends, catching up on the art scene, sampling new restaurants and celebrating Pesach at Sammy’s on the lower east side, to which all I can say is one of the Real Housewives of New York sat at...

  • I Don’t Want to Date a Republican!

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 23, 2012 | 9:15 am

    As a lifelong Democrat, I never thought I would be in this place.  I never thought I would have to confront this dreaded unforeseen fear - the terror that is for me, dating a Republican.  I don’t even know very many Republicans.  But it turns out, I’m not alone.  Outside of...

  • Factor panel: Israel can’t act in Iran without Obama’s consent

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:18 am

    This month, I think the key is to look at statement #4 in question #1 of our Israel Factor survey (questionnaire here, full stats here). There is broad agreement among many of our panelists that Israel “can’t act in Iran without Obama’s consent”.

    Have something to say about...

  • The Israel Factor 03.2012, Questionnaire

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:09 am

    1. Please rank the following statements from 1 (totally disagree) to 5 (totally agree):

    Statement

    President Obama’s AIPAC speech proves that he is very supportive of Israel

     

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was alarmist

    Israel can’t trust Obama to halt Iran’s nuclear...

  • The Israel Factor 03.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 8:02 am

    1. Please rank the following statements from 1 (totally disagree) to 5 (totally agree):

    Statement

    President Obama’s AIPAC speech proves that he is very supportive of Israel

    3.67

    Prime Minister Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was alarmist

    3.85

    Israel can’t trust Obama to halt Iran’s...

  • March 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2012 | 6:23 am

    In Iran Standoff Netanyahu May Be Bluffing

    Benjamin Netanyahu could be playing a clever game when it comes to Iran, and may well actually be in cahoots with Barack Obama, writes Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg

    The former Israeli military official I spoke with Sunday in Tel Aviv...

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