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Jewish Leaders Deal Potentially Lethal Blow to J Street

Jewish Leaders Deal Potentially Lethal Blow to J Street

J Street suffered a potentially mortal blow against its attempts to regain its shattered credibility as the Conference of Major Jewish Organizations overwhelmingly refused to extend membership to the organization on Wednesday. Of the 39 members voting, only 17 voted

Palestinians Must Agree on Nine Concepts Prior to an Independent State

Palestinians Must Agree on Nine Concepts Prior to an Independent State

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel are engaging once again in peace negotiations. Disconcertingly, the Obama Administration pressured Israel to agree to the release of more 104 hardened terrorists as a presage to the commencement of these talks. These prisoners, prevented from harming

Willow Creek Church's Involvement in Anti-Israel Group Raises Concerns

Willow Creek Church's Involvement in Anti-Israel Group Raises Concerns

Since the creation of the modern Jewish state, American evangelicals have proudly been among Israel’s most vocal supporters. Millions of these supports are members of the more than 11,000 congregations which belong to the Willow Creek Association–an umbrella organization formed by Willow Creek Community

Missouri Legislature Poised to Create Monopoly for Large Campaign Donor

Missouri Legislature Poised to Create Monopoly for Large Campaign Donor

Major Brands, a top liquor distributor, is attempting to obtain near-monopoly status for its Missouri operations, courtesy of its allies in the state legislature.  Such a stranglehold not only erodes economic freedom; the resulting loss of efficiency resulting from the change will

Judge Orders $3.58 Billion Judgment Against the Syrian Arab Republic

Judge Orders $3.58 Billion Judgment Against the Syrian Arab Republic

In what plaintiff’s Washington, D.C. lead trial counsel Richard D. Heideman termed a “landmark victory for justice,” a federal judge awarded $3.58 billion in damages against the Syrian government in response to its sponsorship of the brutal 1985 coordinated terrorist

Paul Krugman: A Fundamental Difference in Visions for America

Paul Krugman: A Fundamental Difference in Visions for America

Nobel Peace Prize winning economist Paul Krugman dished out another serving of rhetoric on ABC’s “This Week.” His performance on Sunday follows Krugman’s deficit reduction debate with former congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL) and a recent speech in which Krugman advocated

Bibi Netanyahu on Iran: 'Diplomacy Has Not Worked'

Bibi Netanyahu on Iran: 'Diplomacy Has Not Worked'

Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu addressed AIPAC’s annual policy conference live via satellite Monday morning. He delivered a stern warning about Iran’s continued efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu reminded the audience, “Iran has made it clear it will

Israeli Ambassador on Iran: 'Diplomacy Hasn't Worked'

Israeli Ambassador on Iran: 'Diplomacy Hasn't Worked'

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, addressed thousands of pro-Israel activists at AIPAC’s annual policy conference Sunday morning. Much of the remarks focused on the threats posed by Iranian nuclear weapons capabilities.  The ambassador warned, “Sanctions have not

AIPAC Delgates Applaud McCain Criticism of Obama Foreign Policy

AIPAC Delgates Applaud McCain Criticism of Obama Foreign Policy

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) offered a sobering view of the present situation across the Middle East along with a harsh critique of the Administration’s foreign policy. The remarks were offered during this morning’s Foreign Policy Roundtable at AIPAC’s annual policy

Clerics Place Demands on Presidential Visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Clerics Place Demands on Presidential Visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Leading Palestinian figures extended an invitation to President Obama to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque during his March visit to Israel. The mosque sits on the Temple Mount, the site of both the first and second Jewish temples and the present

Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman

Israeli Election Results Increase Chances for Peace

Israeli Election Results Increase Chances for Peace

As expected, results from Israel’s parliamentary elections last week will extend Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister. While the exact outcome differed somewhat from expectations, the prospects for peace have been bolstered with Netanyahu’s continued leadership. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament,

Hugo Chavez Successor Could Be Venezuela's First Jewish President

Hugo Chavez Successor Could Be Venezuela's First Jewish President

Will the next President of Venezuela be Jewish?  Hugo Chavez handily won reelection in October 2012 by a margin of 10 percentage points. However, just months later, Chavez languishes in a Cuban hospital, suffering from what is likely terminal cancer. Henrique Capriles, Chavez’s

Morsi: Boycott USA, Jews 'Descendants of Apes and Pigs'

Morsi: Boycott USA, Jews 'Descendants of Apes and Pigs'

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi  delivering racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American remarks . The incendiary rhetoric becomes relevant now that the Obama administration plans to give 200 Abrams tanks and 10

Georgetown Univ. Law Prof. in the NYT: 'Give Up on the Constitution'

Georgetown Univ. Law Prof. in the NYT: 'Give Up on the Constitution'

In a NY Times op-ed, Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman called for politicians and judges to engage in “constitutional disobedience.”  According to the Georgetown University academic, the Constitution, “with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions”,

Report: Women in Cuba, Kazakhstan, Pakistan Better Off than U.S.?

Report: Women in Cuba, Kazakhstan, Pakistan Better Off than U.S.?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released its annual Global Gender Gap Report. Faculty from Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley collaborated on the project which ranks Cuba, Nicaragua, and the Philippines ahead of the United States as

The Four Myths of the Fiscal Cliff

The Four Myths of the Fiscal Cliff

The media, pundits, and leaders from both political parties continue to warn of the impending fiscal cliff. Amidst all this chatter, four myths are being promoted as established fact. All are incorrect. Public policy based on such mythology threatens this

Israeli Invasion of Gaza Justified

Israeli Invasion of Gaza Justified

If the government of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu decides to invade Gaza, the world should support the decision. Israel has remained remarkably restrained over the years as terrorists within Gaza mercilessly target civilian centers with rocket attacks. The

Jesus Would NOT #OccupyWallStreet

Some on the Left suggest that if were Jesus alive today he would be encouraging or even participating in the Occupy protests occurring around this nation. Although Leftists often derisively dismiss the value of religious beliefs to contemporary government and

Radical Organization Led by Union Boss Invades Capitol Hill Office Building

Demanding higher taxes on the “wealthy” and condemning Republican plans to reform entitlements, a crowd of protesting loudly gathered in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill this afternoon. Protesters then streamed into Representative Dave Camp’s office. As chants

National Science Foundation Funds Study on 'That's What She Said' Use

Last year, the federal government funded the National Science Foundation (NSF ) to the tune of $6.9 billion. Each year, the NSF disburses much of this government funding in the form of grants. These include graduate research fellowships. According to

Wisconsin Senate Republicans Did Not Violate the Open Meetings Law

On March 7, the Wisconsin Senate passed a bill reforming the public sector union bargaining process. For weeks, the Senate remained at an impasse on the issue as absent Senate Democrats denied the quorum required to move forward. By redrafting