An Amazing Newt Gingrich Anecdote

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At least I think this is an amazing anecdote, given Gingrich's current position on Israel. The anecdote is from 1998, but apparently it's never been told publicly before. Sarah Wildman picked it up on a recent trip to Israel from Danny Seidemann, head of a Jerusalem NGO called ir Amin. Here she shares the story with Sarah Posner in the first episode of the Posner Show. Then they discuss how and why Newt's relationship to Israel has evolved since 1998.

Sarah and Sarah also have an interesting exchange about the paradoxical relationship between American conservatism and American Muslims.

You can watch the whole conversation here.

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Robert Wright is the author of, most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic. More

Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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