The Stealth Campaign in Congress to Support Israeli Settlements

by Lara Friedman Since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented but little-noticed campaign has been waged in Congress—backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and others—in support of Israeli settlements. At the core of this campaign is… Continue Reading  

Politics versus Policy: Follow-up to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

by Paul R. Pillar The Obama administration had to expend considerable political capital in fending off attempts, during the recent Congressional review period, to kill the agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program. As a matter of policy toward that program,… Continue Reading  

Cardin Bill “Good Starting Point for Discussion:” Administration Official

by Jim Lobe A senior administration official told LobeLog Thursday night that the just-introduced Cardin bill, “The Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015,” offers a “good starting point for a discussion” with Congress, although the White House doesn’t agree with… Continue Reading  

Cardin Finally Introduces Still-Weaker Iran Oversight Bill

by Jim Lobe After a couple of weeks of negotiations with fellow Democrats and (indirectly) with the White House, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has finally introduced the latest version of his “Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015.” It is co-sponsored… Continue Reading  

AIPAC Spent $14.5 Million on TV Ads during Iran Deal Debate

by Eli Clifton In the aftermath of Senate Republicans’ failed efforts to derail the plan agreed on in July to limit Iran’s nuclear program, responsibility has fallen on AIPAC for its inability to persuade a meaningful number of Senate Democrats… Continue Reading