I was pretty shocked to see Grant that high, let alone moving up. Hard to see how he isn't in the bottom ten, or even five, for his time as President (you have to think of the immense corruption under his watch in the White House, not his great leadership as a General).
I'll be blogging about this later, but every indication is that Likud would include either Kadima or Labor -- or perhaps even both -- in its coalition. So at least from what I heard, it's hard to envision Shas or Israel Beiteinu being the second largest party in a Likud-led government.
I paid for my trip to Israel, as well as my travel within the country, and am staying with family in the country. I reached out to a number of organizations to help set up meetings, but none sponsored my coverage, which I would have publicized had the case been the opposite as is my policy. Thanks for the inquiry.
Hamas is a governmental actor. I'm not sure what you mean by "declared war", but it's clear that the military wing of the government in Gaza is firing rockets at Israel or condoning the firing of rockets in Israel. If that's not a hostile act, I'm not sure what is.
Read what I wrote. I'm not playing games about the greatest number of votes. I'm writing about the fact that Obama received the largest majority -- the largest share of votes -- in 20 years. This is undisputed and is not splitting hairs. Bill Clinton won by a wider margin in 1996, but he did it with Ross Perot in the race drawing at least some support away from Bob Dole. In reality, only two Democrats since Andrew Jackson (FDR and LBJ) received greater shares of the popular vote -- at time period during which 10 Republicans did the same.