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February 22, 2013   

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • President Obama to receive Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction when he visits next month. 
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to protect birth control access at the pharmacy.


    Oklahoma House Committee set to make creationism part of state curriculum. 

  • Koch Brothers are working on version 2.0 after miserable showing in 2012 election.

  • Just how are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia connected to Bibi Netanyahu?



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 
medalIsraeli President Shimon Peres to give President Obama medal  
President Barack Obama will be the first sitting American president to receive Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction, the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres announced on Monday.


What about Palestinians? Israeli coalition may be hard-pressed to answer  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed his first coalition partner in centrist Tzipi Livni, a move that could get a nod of approval from peace activists and U.S. President Barack Obama. But how cohesive any message of peace will be depends largely on the makeup of the rest of the coalition. 

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What Is Really Blocking the Peace Process?
Hamas and Fatah are lying not only to their people, but also to the rest of the world -- something the international community should take into consideration when dealing with the two parties.
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IDF said set to build field hospital on Syrian border  

After 7 wounded Syrians allowed in on Saturday, military is preparing for onrush of refugees, and wants to treat the injured on Golan Heights frontier rather than inside Israel.
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Reproductive Rights
birthcontrolDemocratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as "ABC"
While the White House and the Catholic Church continue to slug it out over whether private, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby should have to provide their employees with federally mandated birth control, two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to ease one roadblock to women's access to contraception: Pharmacists. 
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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Preparing Legislation To Expand Abortion Accesss
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) pledge to enact legislation to ease abortion restrictions in the state runs counter to the trend in many Legislatures of curbing abortion rights, the
New York Times reports.
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Four Years Later, Slain Abortion Doctor's Aide Steps Into the Void

For nearly four years the site has been abandoned, a low-slung, windowless, beige building just off a highway on the east side of town. But the overpowering smell of fresh paint inside hints of activity soon to come. 

Revealed: Morning-After Pill Not Making Women Slutty
The so-called morning-after pill has exploded in popularity since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration 15 years ago. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.8 million American women used emergency contraception (EC) between 2006 and 2010. Nearly a quarter of sexually active women ages 20 through 24 have used it.  
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Separation of Religion & State
House passes church-funding bill

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Feb. 13 to allow houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy to receive disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, despite warnings by advocacy groups that the measure flouts the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.   

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oklahomaOklahoma 'Creationism Bill': State's House Education Committee Passes Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act 

Oklahoma's most recent creationism measure has made it over its latest hurdle. The Oklahoma Common Education committee passed the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act Tuesday in a close 9-8 vote, Mother Jones reports.

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Flagler official appeals for prayer in schools, meetings

A Flagler County School Board member is calling for prayer time in schools as relief from the "hate" in the world.

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Political Byte

Liberals cheer as Warren comes out swinging in first Senate hearing

Liberal activists who helped elected Elizabeth Warren to the Senate are on cloud nine after an aggressive performance from the former professor in her debut on the Banking Committee.
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kochKoch World Reboots 
The Koch brothers' political network spent hundreds of millions to win the White House and the Senate - and came up empty. So they did what any smart business executives would do: ordered up an audit.

orenSix Degrees of Sally Oren

Scholars of Middle East politics and students of the San Francisco-centered psychedelic-rock movement of the 1960s have for years asked the same vexing question: Just how many degrees of separation exist between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia? 

Frances Eizenstat, a leader and a role model

A leading light in non-profit sector, Frances was the driving force behind the first screening program for Tay Sachs disease.

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

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