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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 9, 2006 / 11 Iyar, 5766

GOPers: Make your plan before November

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Fire Congress! That's pretty tempting, isn't it? It's the sort of thing that could bring the country together.

In a recent piece called "A Congress Gone to Pot" my colleagues Kate O'Beirne and Rich Lowry take aim at our congressional friends: "Congressional Republican governance has gone through phases that can be roughly described as Revolution (1994-1996), Consolidation (1996-2002), and Deterioration (2002-present). The deterioration has steadily gotten worse. The Republican majority has lately been notable for its bungling, fecklessness, self-serving defensiveness and hysteria — sometimes all at once. The congressional majority has repudiated Republican governance before voters even have the chance to do the same this November."

If that's what we're saying at a conservative magazine about the current Republican majority, it's no wonder Congress is polling dreadfully, garnering a recent 22 percent approval rating. Some of it, truth be told, is not necessarily their fault. Iraq makes people nervous — there are some pretty awful images on television and reasons to worry about its future. The president isn't up for re-election, so who can pay the price for Americans' frustrations this year on Iraq or anything else? Congress.

But some of it is completely fair. Some Republicans in Congress have seemingly surrendered any sense of a conservative governing philosophy, supporting the taxation of windfall profits on gas companies and/or demonizing gas companies for making money. And the newfound tendency to bend over backwards to accommodate immigrant lawbreakers is a flawed strategy for vote-getting, because, in the end, Dems will always be more pro-amnesty than Republicans could ever muster.

One Washington Post/ABC poll found respondents trusting Democrats more than Republicans, "to do a better job handling corruption in Washington" (52 percent to 27 percent). And yet, when you talk to Republicans in Washington, you don't hear them worried enough about the state of their party's leadership and November prospects. Instead, you get the message that what they're really passionate about is the message the other side is just as bad or worse: "look, that guy just plead guilty to bribing a DEMOCRAT, see, they have a 'culture of corruption,'" too! But the look-at-him deflection doesn't work with teachers on the playground and it's no concrete plan to win over voters. If you're not A) being responsible and B) able to make a solid case that you've been responsible, November is going to hurt. And, right or wrong, some of your friends may not shed too many tears, hoping, that if all else fails, minoritizing you will be the wake-up call you needed.

There's still time before November, but not much. And if immigration and irresponsible spending on top of general grandstanding are any indication, "Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi" may be something we'll have to get used to. And every time I have to say it, I expect I'll blame the Republicans.

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