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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 17, 2011 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Big enough to save the supercommittee?

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sixteen hours between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill brought out the best and the worst in our leaders.

The worst: With just a week to go before the all-important deadline for the congressional supercommittee to come up with a plan to avert a looming debt catastrophe, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell left his office at 6:58 p.m. and went home for the night.

Two minutes later, as The Post’s Paul Kane observed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did the same, decamping for his home at the Ritz-Carlton residences in the West End. He must have been exhausted from the day’s hard work: A 15-minute meeting with House Speaker John Boehner to discuss the progress, or lack thereof, of the supercommittee. It was the first and only meeting the two leaders had on the topic since the supercommittee was formed.

Yet the morning after this failure of leadership, there was a sign of hope: 45 lawmakers – a bipartisan and bicameral group – assembled in a House television studio to urge the dozen supercommittee members to make the unpopular decisions needed to fix the debt problem.

“Supercommittee, we’ve got your back,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).

“We’ll have your back,” agreed House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

“We are here,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), “to make sure the supercommittee knows that we’ve got its back.”

“We got their back,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) concurred.

Their clichés were tired, but their bravery was refreshing: Democrats willing to cut Medicare and Social Security, and Republicans willing to raise taxes, because that’s what’s in the national interest.

As somebody dedicated to mocking politicians for their misdeeds, I’m often asked whether there are any good ones. Well, on the stage Wednesday morning was a group of lawmakers engaged in the best tradition of public service. (For a full listing of these profiles in courage, you can see the House members’ names here, and the senators here.)

In all, there are 147 members of the self-proclaimed “Go Big Coalition” — and that’s the problem. It represents not even a third of the 535 members of Congress. While some members of leadership were in attendance Wednesday (Hoyer, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Republican Conference Chair Lamar Alexander), not one of the top leaders -- Reid, McConnell, Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Eric Cantor – has joined the effort.

In fact, the supercommittee is getting little support from leadership on either side, and some, such as Reid, have been overtly hostile to efforts to forge a debt compromise. That has made the supercommittee members, who were appointed by the leaders, far less willing to cut a deal: Though they know that the panel’s failure to act would further undermine confidence in government, it wouldn’t be as devastating as having the entire Congress vote down the supercommittee’s recommendations next month.

Back in July, when the compromise was forged to create the supercommittee, the nation’s attention was focused on the effort. A week before the deadline to reach that deal, President Obama and Boehner gave dueling speeches to the nation. Now congressional leaders are working bankers’ hours, and the public has lost focus: A Politico/George Washington University poll found that 88 percent of Americans are not familiar or only somewhat familiar with the supercommittee.

The lawmakers who crowded the stage Wednesday morning tried to change that. “Most Americans, if they saw this scene behind me, would say, ‘I didn’t think that was possible,’ ” Durbin said, “‘I didn’t think you could bring together so many Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate to agree on anything.’”

And these guys actually seemed to like each other. Hoyer made a show of celebrating his “fraternity brother” Chambliss and his “partner,” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). “The public doesn’t believe that we have good friends across the aisle,” he said. “That’s not accurate.”

It was a rare feel-good moment, but it was brought back to reality during the question time, when a reporter pointed out that Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), the supercommittee’s Republican co-chair, has said up to that point that he would not compromise any further on taxes, while Republicans are complaining that Democrats haven’t offered a new proposal in a week.

“Failure’s not an option,” Hoyer said. “Our country needs us now.”

Another questioner asked about all the Republicans who had signed a pledge not to raise taxes. “We are ready to make the compromises and build the solutions that can help bring all the parties together,” Crapo said. He and his colleagues, he added, are “ready to stand here and make the kinds of decisions that will help us as a nation to solve our fiscal crisis.”

If only the Go Big Coalition had a majority.


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Previously:



11/16/11 Why Newt Gingrich won't last
11/08/11 The 2012 campaign gets seedier
11/06/11 A Machiavellian model for Obama
11/03/11 The Herman Cain crack-up
11/01/11 Cain can --- he will survive
10/27/11 Stuntmen of the supercommittee
10/26/11 Democrats on the sidelines
10/24/11 Rick Perry's birther Parade
10/24/11 The birthers eat their own
10/19/11 The GOP's middle man
10/17/11 The waiting for nothing Congress
10/12/11 Sparsely occupied D.C.: Why the movement hasn't caught on
10/10/11 Can Obama strike an alliance with Occupy Wall Street?
10/06/11 Chris Christie, such a presidential tease
10/05/11 Obama and his foot soldiers go toe to toe
09/28/11 Cain could deliver
09/26/11 Republicans? Mr. Nice Guys?
09/22/11 Why Ron Paul is winning the GOP primary
09/21/11 I am a job creator who creates no jobs
09/20/11 Obama launches a revolution
09/19/11 Dems for Romney?
09/14/11 ‘Supercommittee’? More than stupor committee
09/07/11 Mitt Romney finds his (corporate) voice
09/01/11 The infallible Dick Cheney
08/31/11 This liberal says Perry is the ultimate conservative candidate
08/29/11 Wanted: More bite from Obama the Great Nibbler
08/10/11 How Rep. Austin Scott betrayed his Tea Party roots
08/09/11 The most powerful man on Earth?
08/08/11 The FAA shutdown and the new rules of Washington
08/04/11 Lt. Col. Allen West fires a round at the Tea Party
08/03/11 Government on autopilot
08/02/11 Dems mourn debt deal like death
07/27/11 Life imitates sport
07/26/11 Obama and Boehner take on Washington
07/21/11 Why Americans are angry at Congress
07/20/11 The new party of Reagan
07/18/11 Rob Portman, the boring Midwesterner who could bring sanity to the debt debate
07/13/11 John Boehner's bind
07/04/11 Stephen Colbert, Karl Rove and the mockery of campaign finance
07/01/11 President Puts Up His Dukes, As He Ought To
06/28/11 Rod Blagojevich verdict: All shook up
06/27/11 Progressives voice their anger at Obama
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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