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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 Oct. 3, 2008 / 4 Tishrei 5769

House Members Vote for Job Security — Their Own: Out of 435, seven profiles in courage

By John H. Fund


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The House vote rejecting the financial rescue package wasn't so much a partisan vote as one that divided members who have safe seats from members who face potentially competitive elections on November 4.


Of the 205 members who wound up voting for the bill, only seven — four Democrats and three Republicans — can be said to come from districts where they face a tough race. By contrast, of the 31 members retiring this year, all but five supported the package. Indeed, nearly a third of the 65 House Republicans who backed the bailout are leaving office in just a few weeks. They faced no political consequences from their votes.


A lot of political firepower will now be focused back home on the seven vulnerable members of either party who voted for the unpopular bailout. "I anticipate a flood of money accusing them of selling out their constituents to deliver early Christmas presents to bankers and fatcats," one worried K Street lobbyist in Washington told me.


The three Republicans are Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Jon Porter of Nevada. Of the trio, Messrs. Shays and Kirk represent upper-income districts filled with savvy investors who may appreciate rather than revile their vote. Mr. Porter, on the other hand, represents fast-growing Las Vegas suburbs filled with people who likely know little about him and who soon will be deluged with ads attacking him for his vote.


The four Democrats who stuck their necks out are Jerry McNerney of California, Tim Mahoney of Florida, Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania and Jim Marshall of Georgia. Mr. Kanjorski is already in hot political water over earmarks that benefited his family. Mr. Marshall won election by only a single percentage point last year in a highly populist area. Both Mr. Mahoney and Mr. McNerney represent usually Republican seats captured in surprising upsets last year. All four have now put their political careers at risk.


Once again, the old political adage holds that where a politician stands depends on where he sits. If a legislator occupies a safe seat, there's a good chance he or she voted for the bailout bill. Indeed, except for the vulnerable seven, the Congressional leadership clearly laid a goose egg when it came to rounding up votes among politically vulnerable members.

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