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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2011 14 Nissan, 5771

Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nancy Pelosi was aggrieved.

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner cut her out of talks aimed at averting a government shutdown. When they struck a deal, she was more than 400 miles away, giving a speech in Massachusetts.

On Thursday morning, when the Associated Press's Andy Taylor asked Pelosi how she would vote on the compromise, she was still fuming. "As was pretty evident, the House Democrats were not a part of that agreement," she said, disputing the very term "deal." "I'd rather call it an agreement than a deal," she went on, adding, "I feel no ownership of that or any responsibility to it."

Asked if she might exact a price from Boehner in exchange for enough Democratic votes to pass the compromise, she gave an icy reply: "It's a little late for that." A few hours later, Pelosi walked onto the House floor and, along with more than half of her Democratic colleagues, voted against the compromise, which passed anyway.

It was a stark indication of just how far Obama has moved from the former House speaker who largely defined his first two years in office. Then, she was his rudder, and she kept his presidency on a reliably liberal course. Virtually every important piece of legislation — the stimulus, the health-care bill, financial regulations — was negotiated at the conference table in her second-floor office in the Capitol.

Now Obama is, in a sense, rudderless. He has no use for Pelosi, who, made radioactive by the Republicans in 2010, is minority leader in a chamber that consigns the minority to irrelevance. To the extent that Republicans bargain with Democrats, they do it with Pelosi's understudy, Steny Hoyer (Md.).

Rarely visible in Washington, Pelosi has gone where she is still appreciated: speaking to the Democratic faithful at 86 events across the country in the first 90 days of the year, in addition to the congressional trip to Afghanistan and Italy that briefly landed her ill in a Rome hospital. At her session with reporters last week, the usually put-
together Pelosi was wan.

Obama, without Pelosi charting his leftward course, has drifted to where he appears to feel most comfortable: in the middle, splitting differences. Depending on where you stand, that may be a good thing or a bad thing, but it's hard to quarrel with the politics of it. Liberals howled about Obama's spending deals with Republicans in December and again this month, but the latest CNN poll finds that 58 percent approve of the deal to avoid the shutdown and, by 48 to 35 percent, Obama and the Democrats are getting the credit. Obama perhaps has calculated that the way to appeal to independent voters is to position himself above the fray.

But at what cost? Pelosi loyalists say that, ideology aside, Obama simply isn't getting as much from negotiations as he should, because his bottom line is fuzzy. "The first rule of politics," one senior congressional aide said, "is to know where you want to get to before you start."

Democratic activists are disillusioned by what they perceive as Obama's quick capitulation to Republicans. As labor leaders met in Washington last week for private conferences, the criticism of Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid turned caustic.

"His decisions don't seem to be anchored to anything," one prominent Democratic operative complained to me. "Democrats desperately want to support him but aren't sure what they're supporting or why." (White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer and Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't respond to requests for comment.)

On the eve of Obama's Wednesday speech outlining his budget goals, liberal groups such as MoveOn.
org and the Campaign for America's Future began to mobilize in anticipation that he would again acquiesce to Republican positions. Privately, Pelosi used that opening to reassert her influence with the president.

She called up White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and drew a line in the sand: Democrats couldn't tolerate capitulation by Obama to Republican demands for a restructuring of Medicare, which they hope to make the central campaign issue of 2012.

"Let me be absolutely clear," Obama said Wednesday. "I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry." The partisan speech infuriated Republicans, set back negotiations in the Senate — and delighted Democratic activists.

But the next morning, Obama was in the Oval Office with the chairmen of his bipartisan debt commission, whose recommendations have inflamed liberals. "Very frankly, it is the framework that they developed that helps to shape my thinking," he said.

Pelosi's piloting skills aren't what they used to be.

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Previously:



04/15/11: If progressives ran the world
04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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