Political tidbits: More on Emanuel, Feingold moving up?

  • The Republicans may not be attracting Jewish votes with their political activism, but Jim Besser in The Jewish Week says the real goal of GOP Jews may be simply to keep their Jewish campaign donors excited and committed.
  • Besser also notes a report that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) could be in line to be chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • YNet has a look at Paul Volcker, a possible Secretary of the Treasury and the head of the committee that probed the liability of Swiss banks during the Holocaust.
  • Scott MacLeod in Time notes that Rahm Emanuel’s appointment has made the Arab world much less excited about an Obama administration, and takes a look at Emanuel’s connections to Israel.
  • The Obama foreign policy team is likely to be "centrist and pragmatic," and Dennis Ross could have a top Middle East-related role, reports Nathan Guttman in the Forward.
  • "Obama has nothing to fear from the right-wing Jewish lobby," writes Akiva Eldar in Haaretz.
  • Martin Peretz rips the Financial Times’ idea of Bill Clinton as a special envoy to the Middle East.
  • The New Yorker talks to Rahm Emanuel’s rabbi in Chicago.
  • Don’t let Joe Lieberman return to the Democratic Senate caucus after he backed the Republican Jewish "fear" campaign, writes Jeffrey Feldman in the Huffington Post.
  • Louis Farrakhan talks about Obama, and says he intentionally kept quiet the past few months so he wouldn’t damage the campaign of the president-elect.
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