Posts by Jonathan Levin  (Page 3)
 

UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm

As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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Marine Vet Suing MD School System For Islamic Proselytization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs7F83acCj4
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Posted by    Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 12:30pm 1/31/2016 at 12:30pm
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An eight-year Marine Corps veteran his wife have filed suit against their daughter’s high school principal, vice-principal, school district and board of education for violating her First Amendment rights by indoctrinating her in Islamic thought.

The case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland is captioned Wood...

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No, NLRB did not rule that unions could boycott Israel

https://platosguns.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/shocker-united-electrical-workers-union-embraces-anti-israel-bds-paul-millerobserver-com/
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Posted by    Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00am 1/29/2016 at 10:00am
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The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decided earlier this month that unions may “endorse” the boycott, divest and sanction (“BDS”) campaign against Israel without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act’s (the “Act”) ban on so-called “secondary boycotts.” But the case did not affirm that unions actually could engage in...

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Can Trump win a general election without Independents?

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Posted by    Friday, January 22, 2016 at 8:30am 1/22/2016 at 8:30am

The Republican emeritus leadership seems to be breaking for Donald Trump over Ted Cruz as the lesser of two evils.  They reason that Trump is less extreme, less likely to cause collateral damage to Republicans in Congressional and state races, and more electable.

They’re also probably wrong, at least about the electability...

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Bob Dole Backs Trump Over “Catastrophic” Cruz (Update – Trent Lott too!)

http://www.pophistorydig.com/topics/im-a-dole-man-1996/
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Posted by    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:30pm 1/20/2016 at 6:30pm
http://www.pophistorydig.com/topics/im-a-dole-man-1996/

Bob Dole, who has endorsed Jeb Bush, has weighed in on the budding Ted Cruz v. Donald Trump contest in the early GOP primaries, and backed Trump in the strongest terms.  According to the New York Times, Dole warned of “cataclysmic,” and “wholesale losses” if Cruz is nominated.

Dole’s logic is viewing...

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Federal Court Rejects Executive Privilege Claim For Fast And Furious Documents

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00am 1/20/2016 at 10:00am

The Judiciary is taking a first, timid step toward interceding on Congress’s side and against executive over-reach regarding the Operation Fast and Furious.

On Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Justice must hand over to Congress documents...

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Tea Party Class Action Against IRS Abuse May Proceed

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:00am 1/19/2016 at 10:00am

Tea Party groups won a major victory last week, when Judge Susan J. Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio certified a class of Tea Party organizations that allege the IRS intentionally delayed their applications for preferential tax treatment based on their political viewpoints.

Winning class...

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Down Go The Unions?

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Posted by    Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:45pm 1/18/2016 at 2:45pm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Association last Monday, and the union had a tough day.  Legal Insurrection previewed the case, here.

Background

In brief, public school teachers in California seek to invalidate state law requiring that non-union members must nevertheless pay the public teachers union fees for...

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Supreme Court Argument: Iran’s Terror Victims Seek To Collect

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Posted by    Friday, January 15, 2016 at 8:30am 1/15/2016 at 8:30am

On Wednesday the Iranian Central Bank argued before the United States Supreme Court that Iranian-owned assets in U.S.-based accounts cannot be used to satisfy judgments against Iran. 

The narrow legal question in Bank Markazi v. Peterson is whether and to what extent Congress can dictate the outcome of a pending suit...

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U.S. interference in transparency law dispute disrespects Israeli democracy

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/13/2016 at 1:00pm

The US State Department is criticizing Israel’s proposed “Transparency Law,” suggesting that Israelis should not know when foreign governments are influencing their domestic politics.

If enacted, the current version of the Transparency Law would deem an Israeli Non-Governmental Organization (“NGO”) a foreign agent if it receives more than 50% of its budget...

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Case argued today before Supreme Court could devastate public sector unions

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Posted by    Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:30am 1/11/2016 at 8:30am

The Supreme Court’s 2016 schedule begins this morning with oral arguments in a dispute over public union dues.  In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association the Court is asked to strike down two rules that that artificially prop-up public sector unions.

First, the Plaintiff challenges a California statute imposing “agency shop agreements” under...

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Is threat of conservative “third party” challenge if Trump is nominee fading?

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/28/opinions/obeidallah-trump-sexism/
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Posted by    Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 7:00am 1/10/2016 at 7:00am
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/28/opinions/obeidallah-trump-sexism/

Bill Kristol, Founder and Editor of that mainstay of the Republican Establishment, The Weekly Standard, has finally come to recognize Donald Trump’s contribution to the Republican candidates as a group.

Kristol is not a Trump supporter...

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Time To Rebuild The Navy

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Posted by    Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00am 1/9/2016 at 7:00am

Last week I wrote that Russia’s re-equipped, re-invigorated and rejuvenated navy was flexing its muscles, using new capabilities and taking on greater responsibility to make substantive contributions to Russia’s war efforts in Syria.

As Russia’s mission prospects improve and the U.S. concedes Bashar Assad’s retention in Damascus, Russia now projects to have...

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Does Marco Rubio have a path to victory?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/7/2016 at 1:00pm

Two recent discussions lay out a path to victory for Marcio Rubio in the 2016 Presidential election.  The New York Sun’s Conrad Black even writes that the presidential election is Marco Rubio’s to lose.

According to Black, the Republicans have an advantage in the general election, whoever wins the nomination:

a party has...

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Top Eight Anti-Corruption Developments

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00am 1/5/2016 at 10:00am

Corruption is inimical to rule of law and rule of law is the sine qua non of good governance and a free society.  So it is that the FCPA Blog‘s list of the eight most important developments from 2015 that provides insight into the state of U.S. efforts to promote good...

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Top Ten Media Fails of 2015 – Israel Edition

http://www.camera.org/nytimes/
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Posted by    Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5:00pm 1/4/2016 at 5:00pm
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CAMERA – the Committee for Accuracy in Middle-East Reporting in America – has released its Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles for 2015.

There are some doozies, from all the usual sources: The New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, MSNBC, AP, The Guardian and Ha’aretz.  There’s also the perennial phenomenon of media silence...

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“Next year in Jerusalem” takes on new meaning in France

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WBDanqAVLw
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Posted by    Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:30am 1/3/2016 at 10:30am
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In response to a year bookended by Islamist terror attacks in Paris, France has seen a rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attacks.  If the French/Islamist conflict continues to victimize Jews, as appears increasingly likely, it will further accelerate French Jewry’s demise.

In January the BBC wrote, “France is emerging from one of...

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