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February 12, 2007

CQ Notes

Israel

Mounting Zionist Tension
The Arab-Israeli conflict is now sowing discord in an unlikely venue: among Zionist groups based in the United States. In December, the Zionist Organization of America started a campaign to expel the Union of Progressive Zionists from the membership of the Israel on Campus Coalition; the 30- member group, based in Washington, fosters collegiate interest in Israel and includes such heavyweights as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the American Jewish Congress. Last month the coalition’s steering committee voted against expulsion, 9-0, but the intra-group feud smolders on.

Oversight

Oversight Done Out of Sight
Now that they’re in power, Democrats say they’ve brought back the congressional oversight that has been missing for most of the Bush presidency. But when it comes to spying, torture and other hot topics, you’ll just have to take their word for it.

Trade

Where's the Beef?
Maybe the negotiators of the trade liberalization agreement between South Korea and the United States need to channel their inner Bart Simpsons: Don’t have a cow.

Farm Bill Reauthorization

Lawmakers, USDA Differ on How to Fight Troubling Jump in Farmland Prices
Both the Bush administration and lawmakers want to tackle rising rural land prices when the farm bill is rewritten this year, but they are at odds over how to do it.

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