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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 June 27, 2011 25 Sivan, 5771

Progressives voice their anger at Obama

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was another day of President Obama-bashing at the Capitol.

“I’m profoundly disappointed,” one lawmaker said at a news conference Thursday morning.

“A disappointment to say the least,” said another.

“Wrong decision,” said a third.

“His proposal failed.”

“It is unjustifiable.”

“Quite simply unconscionable.”

What was remarkable about this particular gripe session, however, was that the speakers were all Democrats.

As they stood on the podium in a House television studio and spoke into the cameras, these liberal members of Congress were complaining about the slow pace of Obama’s pullout from Afghanistan. But they could just as well have been talking about a score of other White House actions that have infuriated them:


  • Extending Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

  • Keeping the Guantanamo Bay prison open.

  • Declining to support a larger economic stimulus, or a second one.

  • Surrendering on the public option.

  • Foot-dragging on climate change.

  • Resisting calls to support gay marriage.

  • Surging troops into Afghanistan and removing them too slowly.

  • Offering up too many budget cuts in negotiations.

  • Hesitating to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the new financial regulatory agency.

    On Friday, House Democrats delivered a symbolic but unusually public rebuke of the president. Seventy of them voted against authorizing the military action in Libya, and 36 of them voted to cut off funding for the operation.

    “America can no longer be asked to be the one that does everything, everywhere, every time,” Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) shouted on the House floor. Before the vote, House Democratic leaders made no effort to keep rank-and-file Democrats from opposing Obama on Libya.

    There have been worse rifts between a president and his party, such as Bill Clinton’s 1996 signing of the Republican welfare-reform bill. Democrats are less angry with Obama now than when he struck a deal with Republicans preserving the Bush tax cuts. But the breadth of Obama’s fights with his political base is striking.

    Compounding the feeling of betrayal is the progressive lawmakers’ belief that Obama was one of them – not some centrist, Clintonian character. I’m sympathetic to Obama’s instincts to keep to the political center, but the routine spurning of his political base does seem extravagant.

    On top of that, Obama has little to show for his intramural squabbles. Clinton’s heresies earned him the support of independents (the expanding economy certainly helped), but, according to the latest Bloomberg poll, only 23 percent of independent likely voters support Obama’s reelection, while 36 percent say they will definitely back another candidate.

    Similar statistics have already led Karl Rove to write one of the first obituaries of the Obama presidency, arguing, in a Wall Street Journal column titled “Why Obama is Likely to Lose in 2012,” that “a disappointed left could deprive him of the volunteers so critical to his success in 2008.”

    Rove’s exuberance may be premature: For all of Obama’s troubles with his base, progressives have no thought of launching a primary challenge to him the way Ted Kennedy did to Jimmy Carter. “There’s a lot of dissatisfaction, but what can you do?” one progressive Democratic congressman told me. “If somebody challenges him, you just lose to the Republicans and it gets 20 times worse.”

    All progressives can do, then, is squawk – which, as it happens, is something they do quite well, as demonstrated by the five Democratic lawmakers at Thursday morning’s news conference.

    “It was a moment for bold decision-making,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).

    “Instead the course was to perpetuate a war that is bankrupting us morally and fiscally.”

    Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) accused the administration of “pouring billions of dollars into an intractable mess.”

    Similar arguments sounded on both sides of the Capitol. At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.) protested to Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen: “I really remain unconvinced.” At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, advised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that “brave Americans are risking their lives as we sit here and tell them, ‘you can’t win this, but perform your mission.’ ”

    I pressed the liberal legislators on whether there was anything they could do about it other than complain.

    “Jerry’s running for president,” Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered.

    “Yeah, right,” Nadler grumbled. But the lawmaker did vow that “you’re going to hear a lot more” such protests, and attempts to cut off war funding. “I think we are approaching a breaking point,” he said.

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    Previously:



    06/24/11 ‘Mission accomplished,’ Obama style
    06/22/11 Jon Huntsman's first step toward oblivion
    06/21/11 Scott Walker finds making bumper stickers is easier than creating jobs
    06/20/11 A day of awkwardness with Mitt Romney
    06/06/11 Hubris and humility: Sarah Palin and Robert Gates on tour
    06/02/11 The Weiner roast
    06/01/11 Congress clocks in to clock out
    05/30/11 Hermanator II: No More Mr. Gadfly
    05/24/11 How Obama has empowered Netanyahu
    05/24/11 Pawlenty bends his truth-telling
    05/20/11 Default deniers say it's all a hoax
    05/18/11: Gingrich gives voice to moderation
    05/17/11: Donald Trump and the House of Horrors
    05/16/11: The medical mystery of Mitt Romney
    05/12/11: The body impolitic: Schock photos should tempt lawmakers to cover up
    05/10/11: Muskets in hand, tea party blasts House Republicans
    05/09/11: The GOP debate: America -- and the party -- needs the grown-ups
    05/05/11: Mitch Daniels, an alternative to scary
    05/03/11: Obama's victory lap
    05/02/11: How the journalist prom got out of control
    04/28/11: Obama's birther day: Why did he lower himself by appearing in the briefing room?
    04/27/11: Obama, lost in thought
    04/24/11: Andrew Breitbart and the rifts on the right
    04/22/11: Ten Commandments for 2012
    04/21/11: Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.
    04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
    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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