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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. 17, 2006 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Return to the swamp

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nancy Pelosi isn't even speaker of the House yet, and already she is acting like the GOP leaders whom she so handily toppled in last week's election.


When Pelosi, D-Calif., was working for a Democratic takeover of the House, she promised to "drain the swamp" — swamp being an apt term for the too-cozy relationship between GOP biggies and big donors, which too often led to the shoveling of taxpayer dollars into the maws of corporate contributors.


So who does Pelosi back to be her top lieutenant when her party wins? Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., the prince of "earmarks."


Remember GOP biggies who were too tight with lobbyists? Voters got sick of reading about convicted grease-meister Jack Abramoff and his ties with big-spending deficit-happy Republicans. There were too many sordid stories — such as the nonprofit group linked to Abramoff that paid the wives of Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., and former GOP Rep. Tom DeLay, and bankrolled first-class travel for House members. Or Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., who lost his seat after the FBI investigated whether he steered lucrative contracts to benefit his lobbyist daughter.


Turns out Murtha has a brother who is a lobbyist, who joined a consulting firm in 2002. Two years later, The Washington Post reported, Murtha's appropriations subcommittee "earmarked" $4.2 million for a wireless networking company that was a client of Kit Murtha's firm.


Murtha also had a special relationship with a lobbying firm, the PMA Group, that along with its clients steered $274,649 Murtha's way in 2006. Defense Appropriations passed more than $95 million in earmarks for PMA clients, the Post reported.


Taxpayers for Common Sense credits Murtha with requesting more than $103 million in special provisions for his district in 2006, and winning nearly $80 million.


And don't get me started on Murtha's cameo role in Abscam. Murtha said on MSNBC's "Hardball" this week that in 1980 he met with a phony sheikh (who turned out to be an FBI agent) because "I wanted them to invest in my district. They put $50,000 on the table, and I said, 'I'm not interested.'"


Actually, Murtha said: "I'm not interested ... at this point. You know, we do business a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won't."


Is that what Pelosi means when she boasts that her party speaks "truth to power"? The justification for Pelosi's pick of Murtha? Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who beat Murtha Thursday when Democrats voted to make him majority leader, explained that Pelosi is "loyal." Murtha backed Pelosi. Pelosi backed Murtha.


Ah, loyalty — just two weeks ago that was a reason to vote against Republicans, because President Bush over-rewards loyalty.


Then there are stories that suggest Pelosi will pass over the competent Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., to head the House Intelligence Committee in favor of Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida — whom the House stripped of his position as a judge and impeached in 1988 for his role in a bribery scandal. This is draining the swamp?


Pelosi is acting as if she wants a short honeymoon. After this week, this much seems clear. When Pelosi railed about the GOP "culture of corruption," it was just a sound bite.

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