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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 May 22, 2013/ 13 Sivan 5773

Circling the presidential-protection wagons

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Recently, in response to the hat trick of scandals the White House has scored over the past few days, some liberal commentators have tried to distance President Obama from at least two of them.

It's not surprising that the Fourth Estate is up in arms that a Holder-led DOJ snooped into the private lives of their AP colleagues, so you can't expect them to carry Barry's water on that one.

But the other two scandals that have either intensified (Benghazi) or popped up out of the blue (IRS) are so galling to the usual administration apologists that they've sprung into action to protect the president.

Let's take Libya. While most of the initial attention was focused on why Susan Rice provided misleading information about the source of the attack on September 11th last year, recent disclosures in the form of testimony and emails has proven that there was much more of a cover up than anyone who supports this administration wants to admit.

According to the Washington Post, initial CIA-drafted talking points clearly stated that Islamist extremists associated with al-Qaida were involved in the attack which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. After that draft was batted around between the CIA and the State Department, mention of al-Qaida was eliminated from the final report, along with the fact that the State Department had been warned in the past about the probability of an attack on Benghazi. According to the Post, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was concerned that those prior warnings were referenced in the final draft, they could "be abused by the members (of Congress) to beat the State Department."

Let's do the math. Sept. 11, 2012 was exactly 55 days before Nov. 5, 2012. It is clear that even if the White House was not involved in drafting those final talking points (and it seems that it wasn't) someone in the administration was worried about the impact the truth might have on Obama's re-election. Since the president had justifiably highlighted the death of Osama bin Laden in his campaign, his claim that al-Qaida had been crippled would have been undermined by evidence that, in fact, it was alive and well and had just killed an Ambassador.

But Obama's defenders will have none of this. They seem to agree with Hillary Clinton who, before Congress, brazenly said "what difference does it make?" Several commentators have actually blamed the GOP led House for denying funds to beef up security in Benghazi, as if this were the reason that Susan Rice was forced to lie on the morning talk shows. While the House may share some responsibility for the shaky security in Libya, it's ridiculous to point that out as the "real" scandal in Benghazi.

It is also wrong, as some have done, to justify the lack of a military response by saying that civilian critics of the Pentagon are engaging in political grandstanding. A number of both active and retired military have voiced a belief that military assistance could have been rendered, and have pointed to our installation in Southern Italy which is geographically close to Libya.

But of course, this doesn't fit the narrative that the GOP has simply created this scandal, and has done so despicably over the bodies of four dead Americans.

Then we have the IRS. President Obama points to the fact that the acting commissioner has stepped down, which is very nice of him to do so exactly one month before he had to anyway. Not exactly the "Saturday Night Massacre." If this is the only head that will roll after conservative citizens have been told that their government considers them Fifth Columnists, we need to borrow a guillotine from the French.

But to some people, the "real" IRS scandal isn't that this powerful and intimidating agency is improperly singling out people who disagree with the president. That type of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination isn't a problem for them. No, the "real" atrocity is that the tea party passes itself off as a "nonprofit organization" when it is anything but. According to an op-ed in the New York Times (which has been carrying so much water for the administration it should invest in Midol for the entire editorial board,) "(The tea party) and others are groups that may be illegally spending a majority of their resources on political activity while manipulating the tax code to hide their owners and evade taxes."

Of course, this doesn't explain why the IRS only went after conservative groups. Don't liberals also "manipulate the tax code?" Or is it only "manipulation" when you don't like the political beliefs of the people seeking non-profit status?

President Obama has had a very long week.

Good thing Gennifer Flowers is keeping herself occupied.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



05/15/13: Divorce can't be just the pursuit of happiness
05/07/13: We knew Jackie Robinson, and Jason Collins is no Jackie Robinson
05/01/13: Blame pro-choice lobby for Philly monster
04/23/13: Of damnation, and staring back
04/15/13: Margaret Thatcher changed the world, and didnít have to be a feminist to do it
04/08/13: Taking great pleasure in the death penalty
04/01/13: An easy prediction --- bet on the unpredictable
03/26/13: 'The personal is political' is no reason to change
03/19/13: A word to the whines --- it was just some high jinks
03/11/13: The Great Race Debate, revisited
03/04/13: Marriage goes beyond love
02/19/13: 2 women, and what they're fighting for
02/04/13: Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight
01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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