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March 27, 2015 • 10:29 am

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Can Jewish Americans Support Both Democrats and Israel?

"'I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president,' vented Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) on Boston Herald Radio last week. ...

Part of the confusion is that being Jewish and supporting Israel have never been wholly synonymous, and regrettably they are getting less synonymous all the time. This is a source of great consternation in many Jewish circles, and a source of profound confusion and frustration in conservative circles. Just as right-leaning non-Jews are embracing Israel, left-leaning Jews are pushing it away. ...

One reason Jews are still liberal is that ideological and partisan affiliations die hard. They tend to be passed, like religion itself, from parent to child, generation after generation. But such loyalties aren't static either. And while Steve King could have phrased it better, he was absolutely right that at some point -- now or in the future -- support for the left and support for Israel must conflict. And King is right to lament it when Jews choose the former over the latter."

— Jonah Goldberg, National Review
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review
Posted March 27, 2015 • 12:26 pm
On the Taliban 5 Released from Gitmo in Exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

"Qatar's 'strict monitoring' of the Taliban 5 -- if it ever really existed -- is set to expire this spring, effectively allowing them to roam free. Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year that there is 'very little' his agency can do to prevent them from returning to the battlefield and trying to kill American soldiers.

"So, far from the fairytale of a hero'€™s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn't have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers. He very may well be court-martialed and spend a good deal of his life behind bars. It's the Taliban 5 who, beginning in just a few short weeks, get to live happily ever after."

— Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics Co-Founder and Executive Editor
— Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics Co-Founder and Executive Editor
Posted March 26, 2015 • 12:18 pm
On France and Obama's Outreach to Iran:

"The socialist government in France usually doesn't have much in common with congressional Republicans, for whom both France and socialism tend to be anathema.

"But the French, according to a Wall Street Journal report, are taking the toughest line among the powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program and are alarmed by the Obama administration's accommodating approach.

"'Some US officials,' the Journal writes, 'privately believe France is seeking in part to maintain strong ties to Israel and to Arab countries deeply skeptical of Washington's outreach to Tehran.'

"When the Quai d'Orsay is more concerned than Foggy Bottom with maintaining warm ties to Israel, it is a sign of a world turned upside down."

— Rich Lowry, Writing in the New York Post
— Rich Lowry, Writing in the New York Post
Posted March 25, 2015 • 12:20 pm
On GOP Presidential Candidates and ObamaCare:

"The House has voted nearly 60 times to repeal ObamaCare in some fashion, whether it's stripping out mandates or defunding the legislation altogether. Those efforts should continue. GOP presidential candidates will run on the promise of repealing the disastrous law, and if elected, they should follow through on those promises from the Oval Office.

"The kind of healthcare and insurance ObamaCare claims to provide isn't affordable, isn't quality and it certainly hasn't made the country better."

— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com News Editor
— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com News Editor
Posted March 24, 2015 • 12:05 pm
On Obama's Iran Agenda:

"Iran is an opportunity, not a threat; it's a potential partner, not an enemy.

"For more than six years, this view of the Islamic Republic has guided the decisions made by Barack Obama. The president has repeatedly declared his eagerness to welcome Iran into the community of civilized nations. His words sometimes suggest that Iran has a choice to make, that their acceptance into this mythical community depends in some way on their behavior. But there’s little over those six years to indicate that he means it. Instead, Obama has made clear that in his eagerness to salvage anything from his tattered foreign policy legacy he is willing to gamble the security of the United States on a blind and irrational hope that Iran will someday change for the better.

"To this end, he has abandoned more than three decades of bipartisan U.S. policy towards Iran -- on its nuclear weapons program, on its regional ambitions, and on its support for terrorism.

"These are radical departures. The Obama administration's goal in nuclear talks is no longer preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons at all costs, but managing the process by which Iran becomes a nuclear state. The Obama administration no longer seeks to thwart Iran's expansionist aims in the region and in many respects is now facilitating its aggression. On terrorism, the Obama administration has cast aside inconvenient realities about Iran’s support for jihadists of all kinds and has chosen instead to pretend that to the extent there any longer exists a war on terror, Washington and Tehran are on the same side."

— Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard
— Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard
Posted March 23, 2015 • 13:01 pm
On Public Opinion and the President's Negotiations With Iran:

"Throughout the contentious debate between the White House and Congress over the Iran nuclear negotiations, one important piece of the equation has been largely overlooked: American public opinion. If voters were confident that President Obama was striking a good deal with Iran that would prevent Tehran from getting nuclear weapons, he'd have little trouble getting support from the legislative branch.

"But the reason the president is facing such bipartisan backlash is that an overwhelming number of voters are deeply worried about the direction of the negotiations. Think about how rare, in these polarized times, mobilizing a veto-proof majority of congressional Republicans and Democrats is for any significant legislation. Yet despite all the distractions, Congress is close to achieving that goal: requiring the administration to go to Congress for approval of any deal.

"The administration is so focused on process and protocol in attacking the opposition because it's a useful distraction from how unpopular the administration's eagerness to strike any deal with Iran has become."

— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
Posted March 20, 2015 • 12:07 pm
On President Obama's Delayed Call to Congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu:

"Remember. Obama made a personal trip to congratulate the new King of Saudi Arabia on his hard-won election."

— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted March 19, 2015 • 11:43 am
On Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Political Gamble:

"When it comes to elections, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is the political equivalent of a scrambling quarterback. During the three-month election campaign that ended Tuesday night, the prime minister fell 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage before evading a savage blitz, escaped a catastrophic sack, then, at the last moment, turned upfield, crossed the line of scrimmage and galloped ahead for a huge gain. ...

"He gambled his entire career and he won, just as he did with the speech in front of Congress earlier this month.

"The three-month election process was heart-stopping and melodramatic, like an old 'Batman' episode from the 1960s without the camp -- including the startling role played by Special Guest Villain Barack Obama doing everything in his power to take down the man he seems to have chosen as his Enemy No. 1."

— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted March 18, 2015 • 11:55 am
On New Environmental Rules Punishing Local Economies:

"In September, the Brookings Institution's Metro Monitor report listed twenty cities that are leading the nation's comeback from the Great Recession through the agonizingly slow economic recovery of the past seven years. As if on cue, the Environmental Protection Agency is now hatching a plan to strangle these cities' recoveries in the crib.

"EPA's new ozone regulations, slated to be finalized in December, would immediately subject 18 of these 20 cities, including all of the top ten, to what is known as 'non-attainment status,' an official designation that cripples a region's industries and can sometimes even subject private citizens to heightened environmental regulation.

"Non-attainment prevents business in a county or region from receiving government approval to expand. It presents a huge discouragement for new businesses thinking of relocating to an area. It also blocks local governments from accessing the funds allocated to them from the federal highway trust fund. ...

"The economic consequences would be devastating, and come just as Americans are finally beginning to see the return of jobs lost during the financial crisis."

— The Editors, The Washington Examiner
— The Editors, The Washington Examiner
Posted March 17, 2015 • 12:43 pm
On the End of Low-Income Taxpayer Program:

"The Obama administration has quietly killed an IRS tax preparation program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged citizens, choosing instead to give millions of dollars to liberal groups for the same purpose.

"Without fanfare, the administration has closed down the free walk-in services at hundreds of taxpayer assistance centers around the country.

"Administration officials are now trying to steer the 'face-to-face' help to volunteer community groups, some with political ties. But one undercover inspection of those groups in 2013 revealed a 49 percent error rate."

— Richard Pollock, The Daily Caller
— Richard Pollock, The Daily Caller
Posted March 16, 2015 • 12:33 pm
Question of the Week   
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the first major political candidate to formally announce his 2016 candidacy for President of the United States, was born in which of the following?
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Quote of the Day   
"'I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president,' vented Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) on Boston Herald Radio last week. ...Part of the confusion is that being Jewish and supporting Israel have never been wholly synonymous, and regrettably they are getting less synonymous all the time. This…[more]
—Jonah Goldberg, National Review
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review
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If convicted of charges of desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, what should be the appropriate level of punishment for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent 5 years in Taliban captivity?