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September 21, 2012  

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:



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Israel & The Middle East   

The Answers to Mitt Romney's Israel-Palestine Apathy
Just as Mitt Romney's campaign advisors promised this week that his campaign would start having real policy discussions, we receive the candidate's most substantive treatment of the Middle East to date, in the form of a leaked video from a recent closed-door fundraiser.

AIPAC praises 'steadfast' support of Israel by U.S. leaders, including Obama   

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee thanked elected U.S. leaders, including President Obama, for their "steadfast" support of Israel. The rare statement, issued on Sunday afternoon shortly before the start of Rosh Hashanah, comes at a time of sharp Republican criticism of Obama's Israel record.

rossdershowitzRoss, Dershowitz: Obama has Israel's back on Iran
Dennis Ross and Alan Dershowitz, high-profile supporters of both Israel and US President Barack Obama, told The Jerusalem Post Thursday they were confident the president would support Israel should it attack Iran in a last-ditch effort to stop a nuclear bomb, and that Obama would attack Iran himself if necessary.

Israel's nuclear chief: Jerusalem can defend itself

Shaul Chorev tells IAEA Israel is not indifferent to Iran's "direct and blunt" threats to its existence.


Obama official: Benghazi was a terrorist attack

The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was in fact "a terrorist attack" and the U.S. government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning.


It's not just the sparks that caused this fire in the Middle East

Precisely eleven years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the question of U.S. relations with Islamic countries and communities is once again at the top of the foreign policy agenda.

How Syria Might Unleash War between Israel and Iran
In an exclusive interview, a former Mossad chief lays out how Assad threatens the entire Middle East.
Reproductive Rights

Anti-Choice Activists Distort Abortion Procedures To Target Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion groups have made Planned Parenthood into their most prominent target in the ongoing War on Women, using a variety of tactics against the organization...with the ultimate goal of limiting women's access to reproductive services. In Illinois, anti-choice activists are employing yet another strategy to compromise Planned Parenthood's work: perpetrating misinformation about abortion procedures.


missouriMissouri Legislature Overrides Nixon Veto of Birth Control Refusal Rights
Despite a rare veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, insurers and employers have been told by the Missouri state legislature that they can choose not to cover birth control if they feel that it is morally objectionable.

New Mexico Considering New 'Forcible Rape' Language For Child Care Assistance Policy
The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) of New Mexico is considering an amendment to its child care assistance policy to exempt victims of "forcible rape" from having to file child support claims against the absent parent.
Separation of Religion and State
preistPriest's Dip Into Politics Raises Outcry

Two weeks ago, the weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena on the Upper East Side of Manhattan carried a blunt political message from a priest on the parish staff.


Battle over Amendment 8 focuses on schools, history 

In a debate that touches on the past, present and future of Florida, opponents of a constitutional ban on financially supporting faith-based organizations are asking state voters to pass an amendment to repeal the provision.

Political Byte

courtWhat This Election Is Really About: An Obama Supreme Court Vs. A Romney Supreme Court 

The 2012 presidential, House, and Senate elections all come down to one big, huge, life-changing, generation-affecting issue: who sits on the Supreme Court and which way it leans.



Republican Jewish Coalition begins $5 million TV ad buy

The Republican Jewish Coalition has launched a $5 million television advertising campaign aimed at Jewish voters in swing states.

Voter Registration Laws
paPa.'s new voter ID law sends non-drivers on a bureaucratic journey  

Cheryl Ann Moore stepped into the state's busiest driver's licensing center, got a ticket with the number C809 on it and a clipboard with a pen attached by rubber band, and began her long wait Thursday to become a properly documented voter.


goldThe gold medalist who came back from the dead
When his helicopter crashed during the Second Lebanon War, doctors did not believe Noam Gershony would survive. On Saturday, he won tennis gold at the Paralympic Games

Payson Man Lines Up To See Candidate Who Saved His Life

Lots of folks show up at campaign events to meet a candidate who wants to save taxpayers money.

But Payson resident Chris Walker showed up on Sunday to meet the candidate who saved his life.



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Gail Yamner, President
Marcia Balonick, Executive Director
Joy Malkus, Research Director 

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