Walter Jones Will Be Missed

Walter Jones (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Representative Walter Jones, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. His death will not get as much attention as the recent passing of former representative John Dingell, Jr., who… Continue Reading  

Hariri’s Focus: Economy Not Hezbollah

Said Hariri (Dominic Dudley via Shutterstock)

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz After a nine-month deadlock, the Lebanese have a new but predictable cabinet of ministers. Rotation of leadership is rare in the Middle East. Both Prime Minister Saad Hariri (a pro-Saudi Sunnite leader) and Gebran Bassil (the… Continue Reading  

Congress Poised to Move Forward with Bold Agenda on Yemen

A destroyed school in Yemen (Shutterstock)

by Kate Kizer Although the brutal assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi may have begun to recede from the American public consciousness, Washington has clearly not moved on. In fact, the new Democratic majority in the House is poised,… Continue Reading  

A Historic Day in Congress

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Wikimedia Commons)

by James J. Zogby I spent Thursday morning at the offices of two new Members of Congress, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The scenes at both were just delightful. Throngs of Palestinian Americans jammed into Tlaib’s… Continue Reading  

GOP Purse Strings Held by Saudi Lobbyist

Norm Coleman (CBS)

by Eli Clifton Last month, Republican members of the House blocked a vote on legislation introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) to end the U.S. role in supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In doing so, House Republicans protected Saudi… Continue Reading