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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 Sept. 11, 2006 / 18 Elul, 5766

Bring it on?

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two factors will work against Republicans trying to retain control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in November — and they both have to do with the downside of being the party in power in Washington.


First, there's President Bush. I've covered politics long enough to have lived through this cycle before — the scorn that insiders in both parties heap on a White House in its second term, when every mistake made by an administration has been magnified and dissected. In another five years, Americans will look back at the Bushies' achievements. Today, the focus is on the screw-ups. (Witness the Sunday New York Times page-one story about GOP candidates who are dissing Bush guru Karl Rove.)


Then, there is the GOP House, which clearly saw its leadership corrupted by power. The prosecution of uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff revealed unholy ties between K Street lobbyists and congressional staffers. Take Tony Rudy, former deputy chief of staff for GOP biggie Rep. Tom DeLay. Rudy pleaded guilty this year to "a scheme and artifice to defraud and deprive" the public of "the honest services" of House staffers.


In June, while under indictment for campaign money laundering in Texas, DeLay resigned from the House. Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio — who keeps popping up in Abramoff-related plea agreements — is not running for re-election. Former U.S. Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., is out, too — after he pleaded guilty to accepting $2.4 million in gifts and cash from defense contractors and was sent to jail.


With the worst actors out of the picture, the House doesn't look as bad as it did this spring. Besides, at least Washington Republicans stand for something — which is more than you can say for Washington Dems.


If anything, Capitol Democrats seem committed only to rooting for the Bush administration to fail in every arena. Voters have to see it, that the Democrats have this way of always hitting Bush for not doing enough while doing too much. Consider Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who appeared on CNN Thursday, hitting the Bush administration for both under-doing airline security — not checking passenger plane cargo sufficiently — and overdoing it — by banning lip gel. As if it is wrong to ban liquids after a real and specific threat.


Hitting the Bush terrorism speech, Boxer even parroted a phrase, mocked when Bush said it: "Well, we say, 'Bring it on, right now.'"


Of course, everyone has a right to criticize Bush. But there is criticism designed to improve the situation — such as the Thursday Washington Post editorial that articulated where the Post believes the Bush plan for prosecuting terrorists is flawed — and there is criticism designed solely to bash Bush in order to score political points. Like the lip-gel line.


Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the Senate Democratic leader, truly is the gift who keeps on giving to the GOP. Or as he told The New York Times this week, "If Republicans want to spend the whole month on nothing that is relevant to the American people, we are happy to do that." You know, I believe him.

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