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  • Berman to State? Sherman/Engel/Faleomavaega to ranking member?

    While Tuesday’s election cost Rep. Howard Berman his job, the Los Angeles Times reports that he is one of several people being considered as a possible next secretary of state: Berman, who has been chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is among those now mentioned by U.S. officials as a possible…

  • The case for Bill Clinton as Mideast peace envoy

    Writing on Open Zion, Israeli-American dove Bernard Avishai argues that President Obama should tap Bill Clinton as his Israeli-Palestinian peace envoy: Clinton understands the details and the players. He naturally symbolizes the achievements of the Abbas-Olmert negotiations, which picked up where the Clinton parameters left off. He is extremely popular in Israel and (through Ehud…

  • Bloomberg’s wins and Adelson’s losses

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg picked quite a few winners with his election giving. Politico notes that some candidates that the billionaire mayor’s Super PAC supported beat candidates backed by the National Rifle Association (Bloomberg’s a gun control advocate). Other Bloomberg-backed winners included ballot battles related to same-sex marriage (Bloomberg’s a supporter) and independent…

  • Filner elected San Diego mayor

    U.S. Rep. Bob Filner was elected the mayor of San Diego.

  • How Adelson funding Gingrich hurt Santorum, helped Romney and saved Obama

    Writing in the Forward, Samuel Freedman makes the most provocative post-election argument that I’ve read so far. The thesis is more or less what I wrote in this post’s headline. Freedman argues that casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson’s lavish funding of Newt Gingrich’s doomed Republican primary campaign split the conservative anti-Romney vote and helped to "deny…

  • After elections, J Street declares ‘victory’!

    J Street, the dovish Israel policy group, is pretty pleased by last night’s congressional election results. Here’s an excerpt form an email blast the group sent today: All 49 JStreetPAC-endorsed incumbents in the House – elected. All 7 JStreetPAC-endorsed Senate candidates – elected. JStreetPAC’s challengers and candidates for open seats – elected in 13 out…

  • After Romney’s loss, Jewish conservatives reflect

    What went wrong for Mitt Romney? Jewish conservatives are offering an array of answers to that question. Was President Obama just too strong a candidate? Or was Mitt Romney’s campaign too big a dud? Did Romney’s stances on immigration and same-sex marriage hurt him? Was the loss caused by a failure to confidently articulate free-market…

  • Schneider edges Dold to capture Illinois congressional seat

    Democrat Brad Schneider edged Rep. Bob Dold to win a suburban Chicago congressional seat.

  • Berkley, Lingle, Mandel lose Senate bids

    Jewish Senate hopefuls in Hawaii, Ohio and Nevada went down to defeat.

  • Sherman routs Berman in heated Calif. congressional race

    Rep. Brad Sherman soundly defeated fellow veteran California Democrat Rep. Howard Berman to remain in Congress.