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Gingrich’s Return? Plus: the Claremont Institute, Dinesh D’Souza, and more

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Gingrich at the Gate
By Bill Berkowitz | February 8, 2007

The former Speaker of the House continues his non-campaign for the GOP’s presidential nomination with warnings of a nuclear holocaust and by receiving $1 million from big-time Vegas gaming interests for his new 527 self-promoting "soft-money" organization. Read full story.

See also: Right Web Profile: Newt Gingrich

NEW RIGHT WEB PROFILES

Claremont Institute
A bastion of conservative academics, the Claremont Institute supports a number of advocacy outfits that push rightist causes in both foreign and domestic policy.

Dinesh D’Souza
For the right’s "enfant terrible," a prolific writer and Hoover Institution fellow, the culture wars at home are the real cause behind 9/11.

Lawrence Kadish
An important financial backer of the Republican Party, Kadish is also a supporter of efforts to extend Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories and backer of hardline pressure groups and think tanks.

ALSO NEW THIS WEEK ON RIGHT WEB

The Money behind the "Surge"
By Aaron Glantz | February 5, 2007

Congressional opponents of the Iraq "surge" plan might be content with passing non-binding resolutions, but activists are looking to turn off the money flow. Read full story.

Grim Assessments
By Jim Lobe | February 8, 2007

Recent official reports, including one by the U.S. intelligence community, paint an ugly picture about what lies ahead in Iraq, with at least one expert struck by the intelligence community’s "extreme pessimism." Read full story.

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John Yoo is a former deputy assistant attorney general known for his extreme views on executive wartime powers and for helping author the George W. Bush administration’s infamous “torture memos.”


Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


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Contrary to some wishful thinking following the Trump administration’s decision to “put Iran on notice” and seemingly restore U.S.-Saudi ties, there are little signs of apprehension in Tehran.


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“The fundamental conflict at the heart of Israeli-Russian views on Syria is that Israel’s redline is the establishment of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria and Russia’s redline is the elimination of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria.”


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AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration.


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It would have been hard for Trump to find someone with more extreme positions than David Friedman for U.S. ambassador to Israel.


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Just as the “bogeyman” of the Mexican rapist and drug dealer is used to justify the Wall and mass immigration detention, the specter of Muslim terrorists is being used to validate gutting the refugee program and limiting admission from North Africa, and Southwest and South Asia.


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Although the mainstream media narrative about Trump’s Russia ties has been fairly linear, in reality the situation appears to be anything but.


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Reagan’s military buildup had little justification, though the military was rebuilding after the Vietnam disaster. Today, there is almost no case at all for a defense budget increase as big as the $54 billion that the Trump administration wants.


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