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February 11, 2013   

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • President Obama will visit Israel next month, reinforcing strong ties between the US and Israel. 
  • A proposed South Dakota laws implies women cannot think on the weekend.


    Voucher schools are teaching creationism while receiving public funds. 

  • The fight between Karl Rove and the Tea Party could cost the GOP the Senate.

  • Nancy Pelosi turned the tables on Stephen Colbert and interviewed him at a Democratic retreat.       



Remember to check out our blog to keep up with current issues and opinion and to sort fact from fiction on the Internet.  Be sure to read Presidential Ponderings, thoughts and observations from JACPAC President Gail Yamner. 

Israel & The Middle East 
obama'Obama trip underlines strong US-Israel ties'  
US President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Israel is "very important" in underlining the strong US-Israeli ties at a time of a raging regional storm, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday, in his first public comments about the presidential visit. 
New Israeli Knesset Prepares for Political Battle  

Many young faces - that's what gets your attention when you look at the 120 Knesset Members who, jubilant and excited, took their seats at the plenary hall on the first day of the 19th Knesset. Accompanied by their children, parents, spouses and grandparents, the newly-elect Knesset Members arrived at the parliament, where they hugged, kissed, shook hands and swore allegiance to the Knesset. 

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Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with US
Iran's supreme leader Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.
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An anti-Semitic agenda at the UN 

Israel has taken a stand against suffering through a review by a council that commends Syria and demonizes its southern neighbor.

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Reproductive Rights
President Obama sends support to abortion rights group
Days after proposing a compromise on his contraceptive coverage policy, President Barack Obama sent a strong video message of support for women's right to make their own reproductive choices at a NARAL Pro-Choice America annual dinner Tuesday night. 
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sdakotaSouth Dakota Bill Implies Women Can't Think on Weekends

Two years ago, South Dakota legislators passed a new law designed to deter women from seeking abortions. Under the law, a woman must consult with her doctor, then visit an anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy center," and then wait 72 hours before she can actually have an abortion. Now legislators want to raise the barrier to accessing an abortion even higher by disqualifying weekends and holidays from the waiting period.

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North Dakota House passes two abortion bills

The North Dakota House passed two anti-abortion bills by wide margins during its floor session Friday afternoon. House Bill 1305 was brought up for debate first. HB1305 would make it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to knowingly perform an abortion based specifically on gender or on genetic abnormalities.
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Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person
Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.  
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Separation of Religion & State
voucherHundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

School voucher programs allow parents to choose to send their children to private and parochial schools, rather than public schools. The state uses the money that would have funded their public schools to pay student's tuition. Some parents make their choices between schools based on the sports teams or the quality of school facilities and quality of education. Others choose based on religion, and some of these religious schools teach creationism.   

Political Byte

roveHow the Civil War Between Karl Rove and the Tea Party Could Cost Republicans the Senate 

Think of the brewing Republican civil war between establishment-types like Karl Rove and right-wing Tea Party activists as a bullfight. Initially, in 2009-10, Rove and establishment Republicans were scared of this new, large group that had entered the ring. It was unruly, unrefined. As time progressed, though, Rove came to see its strength and the way it brought in crowds.

colbertPelosi to 'Interview' Stephen Colbert at House Dem Retreat

Stephen Colbert went in and out of character at various points during the House Democratic Caucus retreat this morning and faced friendly jabs from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom he called his "frenememy." After introducing Colbert the character as a model of Bill O'Reilly, Pelosi tried to convince him to become a Democrat.  

A spellchecker on speed

Speakers of English as a second language are painfully aware of the intricacies and nuances of their adopted tongue. "Want going out in Friday?" might make perfect sense to the non-native speaker but is utterly incorrect. Technology can help: Spellcheckers do a passable job at the basics and Microsoft Word understands how to match tense and suggest active versus passive construction.

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

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