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March 8, 2013   

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This week's issue highlights the following significant developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Dennis Ross offers a 14-point plan for peace in the Middle East. 
  • The Violence Against Women Act is once again law as President Obama signs it into effect. 


    The House can finally agree - on blurring the line of separation of religion and state.  

  • Bipartisan gun control talks have ended in the Senate regarding universal background checks.

  • Senate Republicans are open to gutting the Voting Rights Act.

  A new breath test can detect stomach cancer.   



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Israel & The Middle East 
dennisrossTo Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief,
by Dennis Ross

Washington's former chief negotiator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposes a fourteen-point agenda to ensure that any new talks have a chance to be productive. 

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A campaign to talk up a two-state solution
The White House announcement that President Obama will not bring a peace initiative on his upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank reinforces the sense that he sees the visit as an opportunity to reset ties with both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples at the start of his second term.
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Oren: Israel trying to guarantee US military aid 

Jerusalem is working to salvage some of the military aid the US provides Israel, after US President Barack Obama was forced to approve $85 billion in automatic government budget cuts on Friday night.
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As close as ever, by Dore Gold
A dramatic front-page New York Times story on Jan. 8, 2013 gave readers a rare glimpse into the level of intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and Israel.
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Prime Minister Erdogan's 'Zionism' Comments Isolate Him and His Country
Speaking recently at the 5th Global Forum of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan grouped Zionism in with anti-Semitism, fascism, and Islamophobia as "crimes against humanity."
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Reproductive Rights
vawaObama Signs Violence Against Women Act
President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with curbing attacks against women a year and a half after it lapsed amid partisan bickering.  
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Where all 50 states stand on abortion, in two charts 
Arkansas lawmakers overrode a gubernatorial veto on Wednesday to
approve the nation's most restrictive abortion law, banning (with some exceptions) abortions after the twelfth week of pregnancy. Opponents have vowed to challenge the law, so its ultimate fate remains to be decided.
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Abortion Bill Veto Overridden By Arkansas State Senate
The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. 
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Texas ALEC Chair Files "Preborn Pain Act," as Promised by Rick Perry

This morning, Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) filed the state legislature's first attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks-the so-called Preborn Pain Act-a move championed last winter by Governor Rick Perry. 
Separation of Religion & State
Church, State and Bible Class in Texas

It may be a little late for the holiday of Purim, but on Tuesday, in Eastland, Tex., Gay Hart will be baking hamantaschen - the traditional doughy, triangle-shaped pastries accented with dollops of prune, Nutella or some other delectable paste - for the mostly Protestant students in her class on the Bible at Eastland High School. Her curriculum also includes latke recipes for Hanukkah, "challah-days" and the Hebrew melody "Hava Nagila." 

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sandyA First Amendment Storm

House Republicans and Democrats do not agree on much these days, but they managed to join together last month to breach the proper separation between church and state.

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Gun Violence Prevention

schumerChuck Schumer ends talks with Tom Coburn on guns 

Sen. Chuck Schumer is ending the bipartisan gun control talks with Sen. Tom Coburn without a deal, a major setback to President Barack Obama's effort to pass universal background checks.
Political Byte

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Kicks Off 'Women Lead'

Reps. Chellie Pingree and Lois Frankel will lead a group to recruit and support female candidates for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an effort to bolster the party's already-prodigious edge among women, the political committee will announce Wednesday.
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votingSenate Republicans Open To Gutting Voting Rights Act, Despite Scalia's Analysis  
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued last week that the court may need to reject the key element of the Voting Rights Act because political pressures would prevent Congress itself from doing so.

World salute to Israeli police officer 

Gal Sharon was recently elected first VP of the International Police Association - a first for a woman and an Israeli.

Israeli singer Rita's special surrealistic concert at the UN General Assembly

UN Ambassador Prosor has pulled off one of the most unusual diplomatic achievements ever: a full-fledged UN-sponsored Farsi-Hebrew musical event full of goodwill and sympathy. 

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breathStomach cancer 'spotted by breath test'

Scientists from Israel and China found the test was 90% accurate at detecting and distinguishing cancers from other stomach complaints in 130 patients.    

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SodaStream - Building Bridges, Not Walls

Israeli company SodaStream is creating more than home soda dispensers - they are building bridges between Palestinians and Israelis.

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

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