Category: Jennifer Rubin

When do Hamas and Israel reach the beginning of the end?

Historically, when Hamas shelling begins, the United States has promptly recognized Israel’s right of self-defense. Then, within a week or two, with international bodies and regional partners, it increases pressure on Israel to de-escalate. (In particular, Hamas’s use of civilians and locations such as schools and hospitals to shield military assets raises the civilian casualty rate, ratcheting up the pressure on Israel.

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Who should anti-Trump Republicans be rooting for? Centrist Democrats.

However, she is running for reelection, and will seek to help like-minded Republicans win House seats, too. That’s not good, especially if it enables McCarthy or an equally craven MAGA Republican to regain control of the House. And let’s not kid ourselves: Even if Cheney doubled the number of anti-authoritarian, anti-lying Republicans of the sort who voted for impeachment (Read original

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Why a GOP House majority would imperil democracy

There is a tentative agreement between Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and ranking Republican Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) on legislation to form an independent Jan. 6 commission. Ideally, such a body would make a determination as to who precisely in the House or Senate may have assisted insurrectionists, what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.

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Glenn Youngkin is no moderate. He’s a staunch right-winger.

Youngkin has been stressing the need for greater ballot security on the campaign trail and this month sent out a text message inviting “concerned, law-abiding citizens” to join him in forming an “election integrity task force.”

Asked at a campaign appearance in Lynchburg this month if that policy focus stems from a belief that Biden stole the election, Youngkin answered, “No.” But he declined to say if he believes Biden was legitimately elected.

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Liz Cheney doesn’t go far enough

But before people get carried away with the notion that she will defend democracy at all costs, note that some of her answers suggest she does not yet appreciate what is necessary to defeat Trumpism, a mind-set dependent on lies and seeking to undermine the Constitution. For example, she insists she will not leave the GOP and will work to elect non-MAGA Republicans in 2022.

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Biden wants to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war. It will be even harder this time.

Many outside observers have suggested that the administration appoint a special envoy, as it would take weeks, if not months, for the Senate to confirm a nominee for ambassador to Israel, even if that nomination were announced immediately. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the appointment of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Read original

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Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell have blown up the GOP’s ‘working class’ messaging stunt

Reuters interviewed more than a dozen corporate and White House officials engaged in the infrastructure push. Most expect the White House and business groups to compromise on a 25% corporate tax rate — a level neither side would have chosen, but both can live with.

“We don’t like it, but we expect to be at 25 percent,” a lobbyist at a top U.S. energy firm said, requesting anonymity. “If so, we are going to consider that a win.

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