Let the intifada bloom!

It’s not that I think General Flynn would have advised Trump to support the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but almost any National Security Adviser might have tried to tell the man that suggesting the US abandon it might cause the Palestinians to get angry. In his news conference with Mr. Netanyahu in …

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Keep them Muslims OUT!

But Trump’s efforts to do so with today’s executive orders may be unconstitutional. If so, it may be due to a single sentence in the majority opinion Justice Alito wrote in the Hobby Lobby case. That was the one in which five justices said privately-held corporations didn’t have to comply with Federal rules they objected …

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Barack, Bibi and the State of Israel

Tom Friedman has been an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times for a long time. As early as 11 years ago he was being ridiculed (see picture) by the more irreverent members of the blogosphere for his certainty that he was the holder of all truths, even when those truths had been invalidated convincingly. …

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Republican candidates

Here’s a nice summary from Fred Kaplan at Slate of the most notable responses from the Republican Presidential candidates to the three transactions the US concluded with Iran this week: the release of the Navy sailors, the nuclear deal and subsequent release of Iranian assets and this morning’s prisoner exchange. It was pretty evident even …

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Oy, these right-wingers

Ann Coulter thinks says Nikki Haley was mean to Donald Trump and is a closet immigration amnesty-lover who should be deported. (I’m not sure Coulter ever thinks; I think she just reacts to things.) Roy Edroso at alicublog documents the fright-wing’s responses to the release of the 10 Navy sailors momentarily detained by Iran for …

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Who is Sidney Blumenthal

and why do the Republicans think he’s the key to Benghazi? Well, they really don’t. They do seem to think they can somehow hurt Secretary Clinton if they just intone “Sidney Blumenthal” enough times. I mean, seriously. The guy’s never been to Libya. He’s kind of a Clinton hanger-on whom Hillary likes but he knows …

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Benghazi, the exposé

No, not of Secretary Clinton’s misdeeds. Nope. Not at all. Kurt Eichenwald at Newsweek expresses what many Americans feel about this committee, I think: The historical significance of this moment can hardly be overstated, and it seems many Republicans, Democrats and members of the media don’t fully understand the magnitude of what is taking place. …

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If he was insufferable before…

what’s Bibi Netanyahu going to be like now that he’s had to form a coalition government with two little parties which are even more far-right than Netanyahu’s Likud? The late-night deal saved Netanyahu from the almost unthinkable scenario of being forced from office. But it set the stage for the formation of a narrow coalition …

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