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Inaugural Distress

This week on Unorthodox, political reporter Rosie Gray and veteran inauguration announcer Charlie Brotman

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And How Are We Tonight, President Trump?

Bad faith, political speech, and the intrusive ‘we’

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What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Broader aims on Middle East realignment led the outgoing president’s efforts at two-track diplomacy. One track was misdirection. The other handed the region to Russia and Iran.

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The Anthropological Case of Bibi Netanyahu

Is there anything behind repeated criminal allegations against the prime minister? Depends on your definition of ‘anything.’

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First-Person Politics: Dispatch From Hillaryland

‘I was struck by the fervent hatred many Sanders supporters maintained for Hillary Clinton.’

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First-Person Politics: Dispatch From Trumpville

‘In retrospect, I clearly ignored too much of my own anecdotal evidence.’

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Anti-Russia

Liberty and servitude in the new philo-czarist age

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Another Strand in the Tapestry

Who is behind Trump’s political data analytics company?

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Alberto Nisman Lost His Life. But He May Win His Case.

As former President Cristina Kirchner heads for prison, Argentina may finally hold Iran accountable for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. Excerpts from the revealing Argentine book, ‘Nisman Must Die.’

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A Warning to Jewish Democrats: The Time to Fight for Your Party Is Now

The GOP has already lost its soul to its most radical elements. Will the Dems, like Britain’s Labour, now do the same?

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No One Is Afraid of AIPAC

The flagship pro-Israel lobbying organization failed to stop Obama’s Iran Deal. It may lose even more influence under Trump.

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Phone Call From Biden Said to Precipitate Ukraine’s UN ‘Yes’ Vote

Sources suggest the U.S. actively pressured Ukrainian officials to declare Jerusalem settlements ‘illegal’

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The Knesset Member and the Terrorist

Why did a prominent Israeli parliamentarian smuggle cell phones to a convicted murderer?

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Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Why the new Commander-in-Chief has few good options for rebuilding the Middle East order that Obama negotiated away

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Wise Up

How American Jews are wooed with meaningless gestures

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Bye-Bye, Neocons

The Jewish conservatives and ‘nation builders’ who led us into Iraq and Afghanistan bet the farm against Donald Trump, and lost. What now?

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Turkey and Israel Trust Each Other Again, Maybe

As in the late 1950s, common enemies may make strange bedfellows, or even friends, of Erdogan and Netanyahu

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Anti-Zionism and the Fear of Jewish Ghosts

On Leon Pinsker’s 195th birthday, what he got right—and wrong—about his idea that a Jewish state would cure the world of anti-Semitism

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Donald Trump Is No Andrew Jackson, and Other Errors of Stephen Bannon

The Jacksonian political movement was an enemy of swindler capitalism that enfranchised the lower class, welcomed immigrants, grew into the enduring Democratic Party, and revolutionized the United States as a democracy instead of an aristocracy

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John Kerry Searches for a Sign on Palestine at the Saban Forum

The Obama administration’s chief diplomat is the man with two brains

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Chuck Schumer and the Sycophantic Style of American Politics

The Senate’s ranking Democrat sees himself as a guardian of the Jews. So why does he insist on palling around with their detractors on the left and the right alike?

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Will Trump and Netanyahu Make the America-Israel Relationship Great Again?

PEOTUS is stacking his cabinet with friends of the Jewish State, but the geopolitical realities of Iran, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS may complicate his Middle East policy, whatever it turns out to be

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Latino Jews Respond to Trump

Feelings of unease, and tiny pockets of satisfaction, around the results of the 2016 presidential election

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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America?

The ADL says most people in the Middle East harbor anti-Semitic views. But American Jews are largely in favor of offering safe haven to them.

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The View From Tel Aviv

Israeli leftists are no strangers to sudden electoral defeats. Is there anything American liberals can learn from them?

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Cuban Solidarity and the Death of the Tyrant

How Fidel Castro’s libertarian exiles found unlikely allies through the Yiddish press

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The Alt-Right’s Jewish Godfather

How Paul Gottfried—willing or reluctant—became the mentor of Richard Spencer and a philosophical lodestone for white nationalists

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The Democratic and Republican Party Elites Have Both Collapsed. Is Fatah Next?

How municipal Palestinian elections backfired on Mahmoud Abbas

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Relax, the Nazis Aren’t Marching on Brooklyn

Trump’s victory may embolden some jerks—and a few real bigots—but now more than ever reasonable people need to stay reasonable

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