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Senator Hatch is quite pleased with the reception to his Hanukkah song, as he should be. He told me yesterday that he's thinking of writing another Jewish song, maybe about Purim this time. I pointed out that there are a boatload of songless Jewish holidays, and suggested that he recruit his fellow senators to pitch in. And speaking of his colleagues, he told me they all love the song, especially the Jewish ones. Frank Lautenberg loved the song, he said; Russ Feingold loved the song. Joe Lieberman, however, found it "troubling and dissapointing." No, just kidding! Lieberman loved the song as well. 

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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