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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 23, 2007 / 4 Nissan, 5767

Not a good time to go wobbly

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forty-eight hours have elapsed since the White House said it would positively, absolutely, unequivocally, categorically and unmistakably stand firm on its solemn vow to never, never, never give in to the demands of the congressional Democrats determined to destroy the president who, in performing his sworn duty, fired eight U.S. district attorneys.

If he's looking for a loophole, George W. never said "cross my heart and hope to die." If the past is the guide, we should expect the White House to cave no later than sundown on Saturday.

The president knows that to give in would cut him off at the knees, leaving him to stumble through the final two years of his presidency on the bloody stumps. No one at the White House can be under the slightest illusion about what the stakes are, hence the president's stirring vow of defiance and double-daring.

This time, George W. must positively, absolutely, unequivocally, categorically and unmistakably mean it when he says he cannot cave. He insists that he's no Connecticut Yankee but a son of Texas, and a good thing, too. He has to summon the spirit of Davy Crockett and the Alamo (spirit largely fashioned by good ol' boys from points east and south), and mean it when he says "no surrender." This is not a good time to go wobbly.

The inbred instinct of a Republican, when faced with a non-negotiable demand, is to try to split the difference, to make nice and respect the admonition of the Prophet Isaiah to "come and reason together." Making a scene is so ... unseemly. Can't we all just get along?

But that approach starts with the premise that what we've got here are reconcilable differences of good-faith opinion. There are differences, all right, but differences that neither good faith can bridge nor reason reconcile. The only thing negotiable on the part of the Democrats, sniffing blood, is whether the executioners will use a sharp steak knife or a serrated bread knife for the beheading. The '06 congressional elections were merely prologue, and the Democrats are determined to run next year against a crippled foe.

The cock-up is almost complete. Alberto R. Gonzales, who was named attorney general to "season" him for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, has shown himself to be bereft of judgment and deduction, of both defiance and derring-do. (Besides, the David Souter seat on the court is already occupied.) If he's not the author of his department's strategy of weakness and vacillation in the face of challenge and accusation, he ought to cashier the man who was. The Justice Department, trembling and stuttering like a greenhorn lawyer conducting his first plea bargain, answered with craven denial the accusation that the firings were about "politics."

Of course the firings were about "politics." Everything in Washington is about politics. The nation's capital is supposed to be about politics. Instead of denying it, Mr. Gonzales should have conducted a seminar on how and why Washington works: U.S. district attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president precisely because the appointments are about politics, about the way the president expects that his mandates be carried out. If he thinks a district attorney in San Diego or Albuquerque or Little Rock is unsuitable — to use three of the examples the Democrats are affecting such phony outrage over — he is not only within his rights but within his sworn responsibility to replace.

The Democrats in Congress know this — and don't actually believe they were elected to run the White House, but they do believe they can act as the unelected executive branch of the government by bullying and cowing the president and his men, and they may be right. The president must not allow it.

This administration, like other Republican administrations before it, sometimes quails before its critics and tormentors. Nice people think they can succeed by doing unto others as they would have others do unto them. You might think Republican nice people would learn something by watching their Democratic tormentors, who succeed by doing it unto others before others do it unto them first.

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