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Eric Cantor to the Forward: Administration Is 'Bullying Israel'

By Nathan Guttman

The lone Jewish Republican in Congress is taking the Obama administration to task over its latest spat with the Israeli government.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor phoned White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on March 15 — asking him to convey to his bosses the message that it is time to ease pressure on Israel.

“The administration needs to reduce the level of its rhetoric,” Cantor said in an interview with the Forward, “I don’t think that the notion of us telling Israel what is best for its security is a good one.”

Cantor and several other Republican lawmakers have criticized the administration’s tough stance on Israel in light of the dispute over the Jewish state’s approval of another 1,600 homes in contested East Jerusalem. Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent, and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, have also said that the Obama administration was wrong in pressuring Israel.

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Orszag and Cantor: Separated by Policy (and at Birth)?

By Gabrielle Birkner

Peter Orszag, the White House budget director, has been touting President Obama’s proposed 2010 budget as a plan that would set America on a path to economic recovery. Meanwhile, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has been deriding the proposal as attempt to “redistribute wealth,” a plan that would create neither wealth nor jobs. So when it comes to policy, they’re all but on different planets; but when it comes to appearance, these Members of the Tribe look like they could have shared a womb.

Twins: Orszag, left, and Cantor

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Southern Baptist Leader: Say It Ain’t Joe (But Cantor’s Kosher)

By Daniel Treiman

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and a titan of the religious right, has some ideas on which Jews would make good number twos for John McCain.

Land tells CBSNews.com:

I think that the vice presidential choice that John McCain makes is probably the most important choice he’s going to make in this entire campaign. Because he has no room for error, no margin for doubt. If he picks a pro-choice running mate, it will confirm the unease and the mistrust that some evangelicals — and don’t forget this, social conservative Catholics — feel about McCain.

That, of course, means Joe Lieberman’s out. Land explains:

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