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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 Nov. 6, 2006 / 15 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

The woman who would be speaker

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is a sign of how out of touch San Francisco is from the rest of the country that most voters here consider House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a moderate. No, make that: Too moderate.


Pelosi's positions are those of a classic liberal. She voted against the welfare-reform bill signed by President Bill Clinton and supports same-sex marriage. She wants choice for teens who don't want to notify their parents to have an abortion, but not for poor District of Columbia parents who need vouchers to send their children to private school. Pelosi voted against the war in Iraq and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Her 2005 liberal rating by Americans for Democratic Action was 95 percent.


She is happy to dismiss President Bush as an idiot — or as she said in 2004, Bush "has no judgment, no experience or knowledge of the subjects that he has decided upon." From the other side of her mouth, she promises to restore "civility" to the House, if she becomes its first female speaker.


That's what passes for moderate in The Special City. Locals are proud of their city's leftmost leanings — until Fox News' Bill O'Reilly lampoons "San Francisco values." Then they move into high dudgeon that anyone would brand Ess Eff politics as out of the mainstream.


What sets Pelosi apart from, say, most S.F. supervisors, is that she is also pragmatic — and she understands what will and will not play in Peoria.


Pelosi announced in May that if the Dems win the House, impeaching Bush will not be on the table. While she opposed the war in Iraq, she will not de-fund the war — which has earned Pelosi occasional protests when she visits her district. At a "Day of Remembrance" event for Sept. 11 victims shortly after the attacks, when a supervisor blamed America for provoking the terrorist attacks, Pelosi had the good sense to rebuke him by noting, "the act of terrorism on Sept. 11 put those people outside the order of civilized behavior, and we will not take responsibility for that."


In other words, Pelosi doesn't rant like a fringe activist — and that makes her a moderate in San Francisco.


Republicans believe it is scary that as speaker, Pelosi would be third in the line for the presidency. Considering her politics, I don't like that possibility, either. Then again, it's not as if it has been comforting to have the likes of Speaker Denny Hastert, or Newt Gingrich before him, third in line either.


Would a Speaker Pelosi turn the House into a far-left haven? Cal political scientist Bruce Cain thinks not. As Cain sees it, new committee chairs under Pelosi know what it's like to be in power, know "how much misery there is in being in the minority," and they're going to think twice before they do anything — read impeachment — "that undermines their chance to hold onto the majority in 2008."


Cain likens Pelosi to other S.F. political icons — former Mayor Willie Brown and the late U.S. Rep. Phil Burton — who knew how to build coalitions.


I accept Cain's comments — if they mean Pelosi would be cautious for her first two years as speaker, but every year thereafter, the welfare-loving, tax-happy Pelosi would grow more dominant.


Also, as speaker, Pelosi might be pushed further to the left of her rhetoric today. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the Democratic heir to chair of the Judiciary Committee, supports investigations that could end in impeachment hearings. Cain believes Pelosi will keep Conyers from going too far. If the Dems do move for impeachment, Cain predicts "they won't be ahead of public opinion" on it.


The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus wrote Wednesday that Pelosi may not name Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., — the ranking Democrat on the committee — chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee because Harmon is "in Pelosi's estimation, insufficiently partisan." That Harman is not sufficiently partisan must come as a big surprise to the Bushies, whom she has described as "lawless" and "out of control."


Next in line, Marcus notes, is U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, who was stripped of his position as a federal judge and impeached by the House because of a bribery scandal. The Congressional Black Caucus will not look kindly on Pelosi if she passes over Hastings, who is black, in favor of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, a Latino, of Texas.


If a Speaker Pelosi insists on playing enforcer and rejects Harman for a more liberal Democrat, she quickly will prove to all Washington that she has no desire to work constructively to get things done. That makes her, sooner or later, Tom DeLay in a liberal skirt.

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