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The Staggering Scale of AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is under way. And it's massive. The conference is expected to reach 14,000 in attendance--a record, organizers say--and is planning to lobby over 500 members of Congress (House and Senate) on Tuesday, weather permitting. It's a staggering organizational feat.

I walked into the plenary hall today, relatively early on a Sunday morning. I passed several rows of empty seats. And then some rows of half-full seats. And then rows and rows and rows of full seats. You could park a large airplane in this place. Maybe two. And--having been here before--it will fill up completely for the big names.


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