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Insult and Injury: Obama Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC

President Barack Obama is sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power--widely seen as among the most anti-Israel members of his administration--to address a prominent pro-Israel gathering next week. The move is described by the Associated Press as an effort to mend fences after the administration had withheld speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. In reality, it is a further slap in the face.
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Flashback: Sen. Obama Urged Bush Admin. to Save Christians in Middle East

President Barack Obama has done little to stop the terrorist militias of the so-called Islamic State from abducting and murdering Christians in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. As a junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, however, Obama was outspoken on the fate of minorities in Iraq. Obama wrote two letters to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, demanding to know what the Bush administration was doing to secure Assyrian Christians and other minorities in Iraq.
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Kerry: Netanyahu Was Wrong About Iraq–Why Trust Him on Iran?

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. should be wary of trusting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warnings on Iran, because Netanyahu had also backed the Iraq War. Kerry's remarks were hypocritical, since he also supported the war. And they raise the disturbing suggestion, beloved of conspiracy theorists, that Israel is dragging the U.S. to war. Yet it is worth asking whether Kerry's criticism has merit.
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Villaraigosa Out of Senate Race

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer after 2016. With strong support among Latino voters in California, Villaraigosa was seen as a major potential threat to Attorney General Kamala Harris, who was the first to declare for the seat.
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Netanyahu Out-Trolls Obama; Rejects Democrats’ Invite

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned down an invitation to meet with Senate Democrats, according to Reuters, politely informing them that meeting with one party alone "could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," according to Reuters. It is a response that reprises Democrats' complaints about the speech Netanyahu is to deliver before a joint session of Congress on March 3--and turns their own arguments against them.
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Net Neutrality: Silicon Valley’s Whiz Kids Are Stumped

The whiz kids of Silicon Valley are celebrating the GOP's apparent collapse on Net Neutrality. The New York Times exults: "the little guys appear to have won." It omits that the "little guys" are some of the richest people in America, and--by their own lights--the smartest. The odd thing is that the nerds who have an app for everythng seem to be unable to explain what Net Neutrality actually is, and why we need it. Case in point: Tuesday's epic failure by Tumblr CEO David Karp on CNBC.
Condoleezza Rice (Reuters)

Black Conservatives Fund: Draft Condi for California!

The Black Conservatives Fund (BCF), a political action committee (PAC) that declares it is "committed to turning out the black vote and elect black conservatives at every level of government," has launched a fundraising drive around an effort to draft former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to run for U.S. Senate in California to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). A recent poll showed that Rice outperformed all other candidates, actual and potential, from either major party.
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Jerry Brown Riding High in New California Poll

A new Field Poll reveals that a majority of California registered voters still have a very positive view of Gov. Jerry Brown--even though a similar majority also believes he spends too much money on big government projects the state cannot afford.
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Dershowitz Rips Obama over Iran Deal, Bibi Snub

Former Harvard Law School professor and renowned defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has slammed President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over their efforts to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress next week. In an op-ed to be published in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, Dershowitz accuses "Obama of direct intrusion on the power of Congress and on the constitutional separation of powers" in his objections to the speech.

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