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Posted: Mon, 06/08/2015 - 20:12 | Political Insider

Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry had little to do with Jerusalem and everything to do with separation of powers.  

At issue was the President's preeminence in foreign policy, not whether the United States considers Jerusalem Israel's capital but who makes that decision, the Congress or the executive.

Posted: Sun, 06/07/2015 - 13:27 | Political Insider

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to assure the Americans and Europeans that he still supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite a mountain of evidence that it is a case "that may be what I said but it's not what I meant."

He says he supports it in principle, but in practice there's a lot of contradictory evidence:

Posted: Sat, 06/06/2015 - 13:26 | Political Insider

Don’t look for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the only Jewish presidential candidate in the 2016 sweepstakes and only one who actually lived in Israel, to join the panderfest of candidates trying to out-Israel each other.  I doubt he’ll even make a photo-op pilgrimage to the Holy Land as so many, especially Republicans, are.

Posted: Tue, 06/02/2015 - 15:15 | Political Insider

For a guy who boasted, "I am my own man," Jeb sounds an awful lot like he’s channeling his big brother George.

Posted: Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:23 | Political Insider

Here's one thing presidential hopefuls of both parties agree on: if you want to get to the White House plan to stop in Jerusalem for some photo ops with prominent leaders and religious landmarks.

And if you're like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was there last week, you won't wait till you get home to begin sending -- Tweeting -- those pictures to your friends and supporters.

Posted: Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:53 | Political Insider

Lara Friedman, the eagle-eyed legislative watchdog for Americans for Peace Now, found an example of some of the most amateurish bill drafting by any Congressional office that I've seen in more than 40 years on and around Capitol Hill.

One thing I learned early on was that there's a highly professional, non-partisan staff of attorneys in the Legislative Counsel's office that will take any idea coming from a Hill office and put it into the proper language and form. It helps keep staffers from embarrassing themselves and their bosses.