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President Obama yesterday.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that Israel would maintain a military presence in the Jordan River valley—the West Bank’s east—under all possible Palestinian deals. President Abbas is known to oppose this. [NYT]

• Jewish leaders—and the Jewish community—are starting to take stock of President Obama’s tenure as the 2012 presidential campaign revs up. [LAT]

• SEC Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro is in the hot seat for having hired as general counsel a lawyer, David M. Becker, who was financially impacted by the Bernard Madoff scandal. [NYT]

• The six powers that have been negotiating with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program urged it to return to the table. [JPost]

• On the presidential campaign trail with Amr Moussa. [NYT]

• A race to replace a seat in Arkansas’s state legislature has included emails urging voters to reject “a pro-abortion Jewish lawyer,” a.k.a. Democratic candidate Jerry Rephan. [Right Wing Watch]





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