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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 Dec. 22, 2009 / 5 Teves 5770

Hurry up and slow down

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the House Democratic leadership happened to glance at the calendar and realize it was half past December, a mad rush ensued to get out of town and head home for the holidays. The House approved a $636 billion defense bill Wednesday to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and grant a 3.4 percent pay hike for military personnel.


Raising the debt ceiling to a level too scary to say out loud and a few other "rushed" items were also on the docket, such as extending the expiring Patriot Act for two months and diverting unused Wall Street bailout money to fund Democrats' favorite projects, rather than using it to reduce the deficit, as Republicans quite responsibly wished to do.


How these important and controversial items are addressed in such a last-minute flurry is disconcerting. Are there really not enough hours in the day, days in a week or weeks in a year for our elected officials to complete the work they are sent to Washington to perform? Is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) having difficulty managing her time? Are Democrats in over their heads?


Meanwhile, much to the chagrin of the House, the Senate appears to be a slow, deliberative locomotive chugging along its slow, deliberative track, with some senators taking their own sweet time deciding how to vote on the overhaul of one-sixth of our economy in dealing with healthcare reform and how it will affect literally every individual in the United States.


But Senate Sweet Time can be a good thing, indeed. Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) being chided for insisting on the reading of a healthcare reform amendment on the Senate floor is interesting. Reading legislation is something I'd like to hear a bit more of by our elected officials — certainly not on every proposal, but on the big ones.

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Perhaps if they did this on a relatively regular basis, we could stop lamenting it as a "stunt" or "delay tactic" and begin instead to insist on it. If nothing else, it's a fine and informative way to kill time while thoughtful senators do what they need to do, and talk with whomever they need to talk with, in order to arrive at their final decisions.


And while President Barack Obama has conveyed to his Democratic senators that, politically, he really, really, really needs them to pass some version of healthcare reform and get to conference with the House quickly so that he and his teleprompter have something to brag about at next month's State of the Union address, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has a slightly higher priority than Obama's need for a political feather in his cap.


A staunch anti-abortion stance is what the senator's constituents have come to know and expect, and he has been standing his ground, holding out for stricter anti-abortion language in the Senate health reform bill.


How inconvenient for the president.


Whether one agrees or disagrees with Nelson on the issue of abortion, it's hard not to admire him for sticking to his guns as a matter of principle. The same holds true for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).


Senate momentum is fleeting and sporadic, with a one-step-forward, two-steps-back path. Most Americans probably are pretty comfortable with that approach, even if it's accidental.


In fact, senators might actually be checking in with their constituents throughout this process, rather than with loudmouthed, moneyed activist organizations issuing threats. Or perhaps they are paying attention to the polls' indicating shrinking public support for Obama's healthcare reform and his rather alarming Medicare cuts.


Good.


This is supposed to be hard. If it's not hard, then they're not doing their jobs right.


If Obama and the Democrats have over-egged their pudding and the big waves of Obama Change are prevented from crashing all around us, most Americans will be relieved. Some will be disappointed. But overall, if Congress does its due diligence, it may actually gain an ounce or two of much-needed respect, along with a degree of trust, from the American people — something that may come in mighty handy in 2010. s


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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