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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 Nov. 6, 2008 / 8 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Us versus them lives; only the place cards have changed

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Elections do not deliver neat verdicts. The 2008 race so handily won by President-elect Barack Obama shouted that the American public wanted to see reform in Washington. So it just doesn't seem right that John McCain, a true reformer in the GOP, lost, while Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, holds a thin lead in his re-election bid — even though Stevens was just convicted on seven felony counts for violating federal ethics laws.


On the other side of the aisle, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., won re-election — even though he is under federal indictment in a bribery investigation. You may recall that the Feds found $90,000 in his freezer during a 2005 raid.


Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., has such low regard for his constituents that he called them "racist" and "really redneck." They re-elected him. "You keep sending me back, regardless of what I say," Murtha marveled.


The return of this Democratic earmark baron, a prominent lieutenant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggests the 111th Congress will not be sparing with federal pork.


In his victory speech, Obama reached out "to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn. I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too."


Then Obama offered the White House chief of staff post to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., one of the most partisan creatures on the planet. Emanuel is infamous for brandishing a steak knife at a dinner celebrating Clinton's election that he used to stab the table as he named each enemy, proclaiming each "dead."


So how does this work? Obama hears the voices of McCain voters and then "Rahmbo" knives more furniture and pronounces them dead?


Also dead: Public campaign financing. After reneging on his promise to campaign within the public-financing system, Obama and the Democratic National Committee spent an unprecedented $745 million on this campaign, according to the Washington Post. Funny, you don't hear Democrats complaining about the corrosive effect of big money on politics anymore. You also don't read many editorials denouncing negative ads bankrolled by cash-infused independent campaigns.


And really dead: Speaking truth to power.


Politico.com writers John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei made an educated guess, based on 35 years in the news business, that "Obama will win the votes of probably 80 percent or more of journalists covering the 2008 election." Only 80 percent or more? The broadcast media basically tossed rose petals at Obama's feet — with one exception, Fox News. Obama's reaction was to complain to the New York Times Magazine that he would be two or three points higher in the polls, were it not for Fox News, which portrayed him 24-7 "as a freak." On Friday, Air Obama ejected reporters from the Washington Times, New York Post and Dallas Morning News — newspapers that endorsed McCain — from the plane. Obama is not in office yet, and already his message to the press is: Lapdogs only.


And while many readers have hoped that the voter verdicts of 2006 and 2008 will have a moderating effect on Washington, the opposite may occur. Following moderate Republican Nancy Johnson's loss in 2006, Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., lost his seat. Connecticut's House delegation is all Ds now. In fact, there won't be a single R representing New England come next year.


And how will independent Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut fare in the post-partisan Obama era?


Several new reports suggest Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will strip Lieberman, who supported McCain even as he has caucused with Senate Democrats, of his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee when they meet today.


Us versus them lives; only the place cards have changed.

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