Blog

My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Iranian Dissident Filmmaker Emad Tayefeh Seeks U.S. Asylum

May 19, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Life in Iran, post nuclear “deal,” is worse than ever for dissidents.

This week I read about Emad Tayefeh (pictured above with fellow Iranians whose relatives are victims of the regime), a filmmaker who recently escaped to Turkey from Iran...

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Can Trump Evolve?

May 11, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat in key states, according to Quinnipiac University poll results released Tuesday.

This latest poll reinforces the massive gender gap. From today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

What...

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Thanks Anyway, Sarah

May 8, 2016

by Heather Robinson

In what seems like an effort to bolster Donald Trump, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced this week that she will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin. She is responding to Ryan’s...

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Cruz Departs the Race; Kasich Hangs In

May 4, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Amid tonight’s surprising political news that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the Republican primary contest after sustaining a sizable defeat in the Indiana primary comes the news that Ohio Governor John Kasich is...

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Pining for Kasich; Love/Hating The Don

April 26, 2016

by Heather Robinson

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary and four others, with the Keystone State considered the biggest prize, I thought I would share some of what I heard a few weeks ago from voters in Pittsburgh when I visited.

Most pollsters are predicting a...

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Mr. Trump Comes to Pittsburgh

April 13, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming today to Pittsburgh’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, in the city’s university district, where he will sit for an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity.

The Steel City is...

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Donald Trump’s Female Trouble

April 4, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Expect Donald Trump to have big trouble in Wisconsin’s primary tomorrow – and beyond.

Female trouble.

Midway through the primary season, Donald Trump’s difficulty attracting women’s support is well acknowledged. But while...

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Trump Defies Expectations at AIPAC

March 22, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Defying dire predictions of booing, walkouts, and even riots, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to surpass expectations by receiving multiple standing ovations this evening in a speech before the American Israel Public...

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Mr. Trump Comes to Washington

March 20, 2016

by Heather Robinson

The eyes of Israel’s supporters  – and perhaps also of Israel’s detractors – around the world are on Donald Trump this weekend as he prepares to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy...

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Donald Trump, Winning in Mississippi and Michigan, Wants RESPECT

March 9, 2016

by Heather Robinson

Fascinating political theater this evening in the aftermath of Donald J. Trump’s victories in the Michigan and Mississippi primaries.

In an event at once reminiscent of a Presidential press conference and a segment on Home Shopping...

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