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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 May 26, 2005 / 17 Iyar, 5765

Gang of 14, plus 86 midgets

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is a dim reflection on the nation's capital today when renegades in the U.S. Senate negotiate and cut deals with those with whom they disagree, while its putative leaders — Republican Bill Frist and Democrat Harry Reid — play chicken.

The days of Senate leaders representing their broad membership seem over, as Frist and Reid kowtow to their parties' bases. Meanwhile, moderate voters find slim representation from the seven Democrats and seven Republicans who voted to prevent a breakdown in Senate decorum.

So Frist comes out a winner for losing. The GOP base won't care if Frist lost his bid to end the filibuster for appellate nominees. To the base, what is important is that Frist tried.

Besides, true believers can romanticize an exercise in political martyrdom. They want to trample Democrats, who rather unkindly trampled the reputation of some Bush nominees.

Indeed, there are activists who are so hungry to see every Bush appellate court nominee win a seat on the bench that they don't care if Frist's end of the filibuster might have cost the GOP seats in the 2006 election. If they can't have it all, they don't care about winning seats.

I'd find their principled stand refreshing if it weren't for the fact that they see little victory in this week's three very real victories. Priscilla Owen of Texas, Janice Rogers Brown of California and William Pryor of Alabama will be confirmed, after years of being branded as too extreme to win confirmation.

GOP strategist Dan Schnur disagrees with me. Schnur says Frist hurt himself largely by looking as if he lost the fight.

Schnur says Frist should have boasted that the so-called "nuclear option" threat ultimately delivered three conservative judges — and that would have boosted Frist within the base.

Except that far-right biggies are focusing on two judges who won't get confirmed despite the moderates' move. The far-right enforcers also are not done complaining that, despite the deal, the Dems haven't agreed not to filibuster under "exceptional circumstances." Let me add: If Frist declares victory, McCain shares the credit.

As well McCain should. To the extent that McCain is a darling of the media, moderate Republicans and dissatisfied Democrats, he won that special place because he understands that politics isn't just about winning, it's also about getting things done, and working with people on both sides of the aisle.

Notably absent from the bipartisan exercise were Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and former presidential nominee John Kerry. As Schnur observed, Clinton decided it wasn't worth offending the center to join the base, while "Kerry decided it wasn't worth offending the center to stand with the party's base." Neither Kerry nor Clinton presents a profile in courage.

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Quoth Schnur: "For better or worse, the Senate is gradually becoming the House." At least the Old Senate — the deliberative body Senate — is alive in Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Conservative Torquemada Grover Norquist told Salon the religious right would go after Graham for this exercise in bipartisanship.

Graham understood as much when he joined the Gang of 14. But he explained to the press, "People at home are going to be very upset at me for a while, but judges are going to get a vote who otherwise wouldn't.'' Or as my husband and I announced on our wedding invitations: "It's the right thing to do, but we're going to do it anyway."

Graham also joined McCain in being one of 11 senators — nine of them were Republicans — who voted against a pork-laden transportation bill that spends $11 billion more than the White House wants to spend. Which means that 89 senators preferred to spend money Washington doesn't have.

Only 11 senators voted for fiscal discipline. Only 14 senators stuck their necks out to cut a deal that impedes the devolution of civility in the Senate. The real gang isn't the Gang of 14 lawmakers who would talk with one another, but the 86 senators who would not.

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