Category Archives: Politics and Elections

GOP Aspirant Christie Apologizes To Adelson

by James M. Wall Your heart has to go out to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Last weekend Christie went to Las Vegas to roll the dice in the “kiss Sheldon Adelson’s ring”, Republican primary. One of four Republicans who may … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Judah L. Magnes Lives On

by James M. Wall A New York Times column, A Conflict of Faith:  Devoted to Jewish Observance, but at Odds With Israel,” opens with an interview with Orthodox Jewish scholar Charles H. Manekin. In his column, Mark Oppenheimer describes Professor Manekin as a “rarity”, an apt … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Flawed Vatican Charm Offensive

by James M. Wall With the U.S. Congress safely in his back pocket, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned his charm offensive on the Vatican. How is that working out for him? It does not look promising. The Prime … Continue reading

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“Poor George, he can’t help it . . .”

by James M. Wall “Poor George, he can’t help it — he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” This memorable line from future Texas Governor Ann Richards was aimed at soon-to-be President George H. W. Bush. It … Continue reading

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Clinton and Netanyahu Not Good for Obama

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Hagel Confirmed Despite Petulant Senators

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The Family Research Council, formerly part of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization, warned supporters that Hagel’s confirmation shows America is forgetting about “God’s covenant with Abraham: to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her.” Continue reading

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Right Wing Media Pushes “Friends of Hamas” Rumor

UPDATE Tuesday, February 26: The Hill reported Tuesday afternoon: The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief in a 58-41 vote, ending the most contentious confirmation fight for a Defense secretary in U.S. history. Only … Continue reading

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Republicans Block Hagel for Ten More Days

by James M. Wall The agreement Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid (NV) thought he had reached with Republican leader Mitch McConnell (KY), died a slow, angry and ugly death Thursday. When this new Senate held its first session in January, … Continue reading

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GOP Descends Into Its Winter of Discontent

“Why, I in this weak piping time of peace Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun And descant on mine own deformity.” William Shakespeare: Richard III by James M. Wall A … Continue reading

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CUFI and the Ugly Face of Hagel’s Opposition

by James M. Wall This nation’s foreign policy is, for this weekend at least, in the pious hands of John Hagee, a  Christian fundamentalist preacher from Texas. To be sure, Hagee is not the only policy-shaker whose minions are roaming … Continue reading

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