Tonight at convention, Ann Romney flips Obama team’s attempt to demonize Romney’s success

August 29, 2012

Tonight’s speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were solid and periodically inspiring. Ann Romney spoke about her husband and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the keynote.

The most affecting moment, for me, came when...

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Cory Booker’s spring

May 26, 2012


With Newark’s mayor in the headlines for braving a burning building to rescue a neighbor and more recently characterizing as “nauseating” efforts on both sides of the political aisle to demonize the other...

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Conservatives imagine Lugar has a ‘tude –when he’s simply making a point

May 9, 2012


Full disclosure: with yesterday’s defeat of Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, this independent political commentator believes the American people lost a decent and experienced legislator. As I wrote in two previous posts here and here...

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Too bad the American family is enjoying no such surplus

May 8, 2012


In April, the federal government notched its first budget surplus since President Obama took office, according to today’s news.

Too bad it would appear that American families aren’t seeing any such surplus.

I’m no...

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Jews look for good news: reaction to Obama at AIPAC

March 5, 2012

Attendees’ reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference ranged, among the delegates with whom this reporter spoke, from mixed to strongly...

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Congrats, Mitt, on another job well done

February 3, 2012


Congrats to Mitt Romney, whose victory in Florida’s primary was hard earned. To me, it seems pretty clear that, for Republicans, Romney is the sensible choice. The man has been successful at virtually everything he has ever touched,...

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Some Jews still support Obama as Israel stares down nuclear threat

January 30, 2012

By some accounts, most American Jews are planning to vote for President Barack Obama in 2012. And Democrats seem to be mounting a massive public relations effort to shore up Jewish support in advance of the election.

In editorials, on blogs...

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Why Iowa matters (though we’re not sure yet for whom it will matter most)

January 4, 2012


With Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney neck-in-neck in the wee hours on Wednesday, looks like the Iowa caucus is up for grabs. At the moment, 18 votes separate these men. Can’t wait to see what’s being reported later this...

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U.S. headed for showdown with Iran? This commentator has another theory

December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Iran’s navy chief said that the Islamic Republic could close the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping channel vital to transporting one third of the world’s crude oil, adding that doing so would be “very easy” for his...

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Alusi says, U.S.: “Don’t be the power to help Tariq al-Hashemi; speaks of precarious times for middle east Christians

December 25, 2011


In the aftermath of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and with upheaval in middle eastern nations from Egypt to Syria, Christians are more vulnerable than they have been for decades.

This Christmas Day I spoke with my source in Iraq,...

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