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May 3, 2013   

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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 
peaceNetanyahu calls for peace deal to avert binational state 
The end goal of a deal with the Palestinians is to prevent a binational state and provide security for Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in his first meeting with the Foreign Ministry's top officials since taking office in March.


Former Mossad chief defends decision to defy Netanyahu on Iran  

A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency has come out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy of setting "red lines" for Iran's nuclear program, saying that the Islamic Republic's effort to develop nuclear weapons can be countered at any time.

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Steinitz: Israel didn't ask for US help in Syria

Contrary to US media reports, Strategic Affairs minister says Israel did not pressure US to take military action against Syria.
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'Iran already past nuclear red line,' expert says
Iran has essentially crossed the "red line" set by Israel for its nuclear activity, and the coming few months will be a crucial period, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, a former head of IDF Military Intelligence, said on Tuesday.
Reproductive Rights
The Bishops' Lawsuit: A Colossal and Purposeful Drain on Public Funds

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/01/4156563/abortion-clinic-to-open-in-wichita.html#storylink=cpy
This week, the government filed an emergency motion in the New York Archdiocese's lawsuit against the contraceptive coverage mandate, requesting that the court halt proceedings and dismiss the case. The emergency is that the government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the Archdiocese.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/01/4156563/abortion-clinic-to-open-in-wichita.html#storylink=cpy   

New Medical Exam Policy for Sexual Assault Cases
Techniques for collecting and analyzing evidence in rape cases have evolved over the last decade, as has the understanding of the psychological effects of sexual assault. But how health practitioners, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and others respond after a rape still varies widely across the country.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
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peacecorpsWhy Female Peace Corps Volunteers Deserve Better

60 percent of Peace Corps volunteers are women. As a returned volunteer, it is unthinkable that they do not have the same access to abortion services in the cases of rape, incest or life endangerment that other women who are provided with health care coverage by the federal government receive. Sen. Lautenberg's bill to address this oversight -- the Peace Corps Equity Act -- should be applauded. We need to respect the rights of the committed volunteers who continue to serve our country all over the world.  
Separation of Religion & State
religionReligion and politics 101: A Q&A with Rev. Steven Baines

How come churches on both sides of the issues were so active in last year's elections? How can they maintain their tax-exempt status if they're preaching about politics? Is it true that religious freedoms are under threat in the current political climate? 

Political Byte

secondtermjinxToo Early to Know Whether Democrats Will Fall Prey to Second-Term Jinx

This early in the 2014 congressional midterm-election cycle, it's impossible to know what the election will be about-whether there will be a wind in favor of either party and, if so, what the velocity and impact will be.
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Ed Markey Will Face Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts Senate Race

Rep. Ed Markey on Tuesday won the Democratic Party's nomination for Senate in Massachusetts, easily defeating his congressional colleague Stephen Lynch in a special-election primary. Markey, who has served in the House since 1976, will now face Republican Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 general election. 
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The Group Behind the Draft Palin Movement

The Tea Party Leadership Fund wants Sarah Palin to run for Senate in Alaska. And if it raises a little money for itself in the meantime? Well, that would be just fine. 
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Gun Violence Prevention

Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states

Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate.
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backgroundcheckRep. Mike Thompson pushes gun background-check legislation
In a move laden with election-year political implications, Rep. Mike Thompson announced Tuesday that he has more than 100 co-sponsors for a bill to expand background checks on gun buyers.   
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The top 65 ways Israel is saving our planet 

Since 1948, Israel has set itself a task of finding creative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
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waterIsraeli-Arab study looks to get drugs out of water  
Researchers from the Technion and Al Quds University will cooperate to find ways of ridding wastewater of pharmaceutical residues.
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In Some Israeli Schools, It's Arabic in First Period and Hebrew in Second   
Lian Jabbar-Rothschild is 11 years old, with a big, gummy smile and a lot to say. A student in the sixth grade at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand bilingual school in Jerusalem, where Jewish and Arab children learn together, in both their languages and with an aspiration toward equal representation of both their cultures, Jabbar-Rothschild is a case study in co-existence. 
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