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Huckabee: No Palestinian State in Israel

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1. Huckabee: No Palestinian State in Israel
2. Supreme Court Most Popular Branch of Government
3. Curt Schilling: Massachusetts 'Run Into the Ground' by Politicians
4. Revealed: Margaret Thatcher Opposed German Reunification
5. We Heard: Kennedy Tribute, Chicago Sun-Times


1. Huckabee: No Palestinian State in Israel

Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said during a trip to Israel that the land "belongs to the Jewish people alone."

He acknowledged that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own, but insisted: "It just can't be in Israel."

Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News personality, was accompanied on his trip by Helen Freedman, executive director of Americans for a Safe Israel.

He told reporters that two sovereign nations cannot control the same piece of territory, and said: "Many people with many different faiths believe in a strong Israel. They believe in Israel based on issues of security as well as promises made in the Bible. This land belongs to the Jewish people alone."

Asked about the so-called Israeli "occupation" of Palestine, Huckabee said he would characterize the Israeli government's efforts as "accommodation, not occupation," the Jewish Voice and Opinion reported.

He referred to the Barack Obama administration's criticism of the Israeli government over construction of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, and his backing away from campaign promises of support for a unified Jerusalem.

"The current administration has taken a different track from the one followed by the Bush and Clinton administrations, and Obama's position now is different from what it was during the campaign," Huckabee observed.

He also said: "Jews should have the right to live wherever they choose in their homeland. If the Arabs didn't want to lose land, they shouldn't have started wars."

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2. Supreme Court Most Popular Branch of Government

The U.S. Supreme Court is easily America's favorite branch of government, with an approval rating nearly twice that of Congress, a new Gallup poll reveals.

The nationwide survey found that 61 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court's performance, and 28 percent disapprove.

The president's approval rating is at 54 percent, and Congress is at 31 percent.

"Now that the political dust storm created by President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is over, the Supreme Court heads into its 2009-2010 session with public support similar to its most positive ratings of the past decade," Gallup observed.

Back in September 2008, only 50 percent approved of the court's performance, and 39 percent disapproved.

Half of respondents in the new poll said the court is "about right" ideologically, an all-time high, while 19 percent said the court is too conservative — down from 30 percent in September 2008 — and 28 percent said it is too liberal, up from 21 percent.

"One reason public attitudes toward the court have improved over the past year could simply be that Americans are feeling more positive about government in general," Gallup stated.

"An absence of highly controversial Supreme Court decisions during the last term — like those that created a backlash against the court in other years — may also be a factor."

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3. Curt Schilling: Massachusetts 'Run Into the Ground' by Politicians

Former Major League pitching star Curt Schilling hasn't finalized his decision on whether to run for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy, but he's being outspoken in his criticism of elected officials.

Schilling, who helped lead the Boston Red Sox to victory in the 2004 and 2007 World Series, has expressed interest in the Senate seat but said in a recent interview in Quincy, Mass., that he doesn’t know when he will make up his mind about running.

He is a longtime Republican supporter who backed John McCain in 2008, but he is not registered with the GOP and would have to run as an independent.

Schilling didn't mince words on his 38 Pitches blog for the WEEI sports radio network:

"I live in a state where I can’t drive 1/2 a mile without a torn-up road, or on a major highway without paying a toll, a large toll. How in the hell is this state broke? How in the hell has a state with supposedly as intelligent a voter base as Massachusetts allowed itself to be run into the ground by entrenched and often times corrupt ‘me first’ politicians?...

"I’m not even close to a Rhodes Scholar or Ivy League graduate, but I also know I’m watching many people with those exact credentials run this state, and this country, into the ground."

Schilling, a six-time All Star who announced his retirement earlier this year, also delineated his positions on a variety of issues:

  • "I’m pro-life (with exception to rape, incest or terminal consequences to mom or child during birth) and against gay marriage. However, let me be very clear on both of those issues. Those issues are so far beyond the scope or responsibility of one person to legislate, it’s laughable. The state you reside in should be the body that determines BOTH of those laws."
  • "I am absolutely for the Second Amendment. But I also think this country has become so beholden to special interests and lobbyists that we have completely sacrificed the safety and well being of the individual American citizen. Why should our police officers have to worry about automatic weapons?"
  • "Taxes? Sure I’ll pay them, regardless of the number. Would I prefer lower taxes? Sure, who wouldn’t? But I’ll pay, whatever they are, because that’s the cost of being able to live in this country and I’ve never had a problem with that."

Schilling added: "I’ve always tried to vote for the right team more so than the right person. I believed in Dick Cheney, I believed in Colin Powell, I believed in Condoleezza Rice. I voted as much, if not more, for the team President Bush had assembled as I ever did for the man. It’s the reason I voted for his father, it’s the reason I voted for Bill Clinton."

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4. Revealed: Margaret Thatcher Opposed German Reunification

Kremlin documents that have only now come to light disclose that two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher told Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that Britain opposed the reunification of Germany.

In a meeting in Moscow in 1989, Thatcher made it clear to Gorbachev that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to prevent the union of West and East Germany.

Thatcher also said the breakup of the Warsaw Pact was not in the interest of Britain and the West, and vowed that the West would not seek the dismantling of communism in Eastern Europe.

"Even 20 years later, her remarks are likely to cause uproar," The Times of London reported. "They are all the more explosive as she admitted that what she said was quite different from the West's public pronouncements and official NATO communiqués. She told Mr. Gorbachev that he should pay no attention to these."

Thatcher told Gorbachev that a united Germany would "undermine the stability of the whole international situation and could endanger our security."

The Times' report is based on official Kremlin documents smuggled out of Moscow.

After Gorbachev left office in 1991, copies of the state archives went to his personal foundation in Moscow. Several years ago Pavel Stroilov, a writer doing research at the foundation, came across the documents and copied more than 1,000 transcripts of Politburo discussions and meetings with foreign leaders, then brought them to London when he moved there.

The transcripts at the foundation have now been sealed.

During her meeting with Gorbachev, Thatcher asked that her remarks about German reunification not be recorded. Gorbachev agreed, but the Kremlin transcript included them anyway, The Times disclosed.

The documents also reveal that the Russians discussed pulling down the Berlin Wall themselves, six days before the wall was opened, and that France also opposed the reunification of Germany.

The year following the Gorbachev meeting, Thatcher was still trying to slow down the move toward reunification. She told Gorbachev: "I am convinced that reunification needs a long transition period. All Europe is watching this not without a degree of fear, remembering very well who started the two world wars."

East Germany and the Federal Republic of Germany were joined on Oct. 3, 1990.

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5. We Heard: Kennedy Tribute, Chicago Sun-Times

THAT in the wake of Sen. Ted Kennedy's death, a move is afoot to rename one of the most storied rooms in Washington, D.C., after the Kennedy family.

Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and John Kerry of Massachusetts introduced a resolution renaming the Caucus Room in the 100-year-old Russell Senate Office Building as the Kennedy Caucus Room in honor of the three Kennedy brothers who served in the Senate, The Hill newspaper reported.

The room has been the site of hearings into the Teapot Dome scandal in 1923, the Pearl Harbor attack in 1946, the Watergate scandal in 1973, the Iran-Contra affair in 1987, and the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas in 1991, among others.

John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy both announced their presidential candidacies in the room.

"It is there that I propose we affix the Kennedy name," Dodd said, "not just as a monument to the things that the three Senators Kennedy have done, but to the spirit of compassion and compromise, fierce advocacy and tender friendship that Teddy embodied perhaps more than any other Senator of our time."

THAT an investor group has made a bid to buy the Chicago Sun-Times, which filed for bankruptcy in March.

STMG Holdings LLC offered to buy the paper and its sister publications in a deal worth about $25 million — up to $5 million in cash and about $20 million in the takeover of debt, Breitbart.com reported.

The Sun-Times Media Group's top creditor is the U.S. government. The company owes back taxes and penalties from past business practices by its former owner, Conrad Black, who is currently jailed for fraud.

In other media news, the publisher of BusinessWeek says the magazine has generated interest from 93 potential buyers.

Terry McGraw, chairman of the magazine's publisher McGraw-Hill, told Bloomberg Television "there's a lot of interest," but he declined to name any of the suitors.

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