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Obama Golfs for the Eighth Weekend in a Row

President Obama is on the golf course once again, the eighth weekend in a row he has played. Indeed, it’s an absolutely gorgeous day here in Washington. He will probably play 36 holes. This is the 11th time this year that the president has hit the links and the 69th time of his presidency.

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Video || Carney Declines to Affirm 2004 U.S. Mideast Policy

Here’s an exchange between me and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney that I thought you might like to see. In discussing President Obama’s decision to say Thursday that Mideast peace negotiations should begin with the assumption that Israel will return to the 1967 borders – give or take some land swaps – Carney yesterday sought to portray Obama’s statement as consistent with existing U.S.

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Binyamin Netanyahu, Pillar of Israeli Strength

Several of you in your comments yesterday noted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s boffo, no-nonsense performance during his appearance with President Obama. These Israelis are tough. They have to be. One of our readers, Brett, noted that Netanyahu was a former Israeli special forces operative. This got me thinking about something I saw on TV twenty years ago, and never forgot. It was during the first

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Dennis Ross, Israel’s Lonely Friend in the White House

Just wanted to make sure you saw this story by Helene Cooper of the New York Times today, a great piece of reporting that shows essentially one man in the White House standing with Israel. Helene is not shy about pointing out Obama’s tilt toward the Palestinians, unusual in the mainstream media. One hopeful sign is that George Mitchell is described here as in the

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