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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review August 28, 2007 / 14 Elul, 5767

With damage done, it's back to Texas

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maximum damage and minimum relief. Alberto Gonzales is no doubt the man of principle and decency that President Bush, "reluctantly" accepting his resignation, says he is. But even a hardheaded president like George W. can agree that relief from a headache is more fun than the headache ever was.

The only defense of Mr. Gonzales is that he was a victim of a Democratic vendetta, that powerful Democrats were looking for someone, anyone, to stab, slice and dice and watch die, slowly. Well, duh.

Donald Rumsfeld was an early candidate for the rack. But Mr. Rumsfeld had been a Washington player since time began, as we reckon time here. He understood how the game is played, that you can't get away being a liar with congressmen. It takes one to know one.

Mr. Gonzales probably could have saved himself grief if he had answered questions about the firing of the U.S. attorneys in the way a Democrat would have: "We fired them because we wanted to appoint our own U.S. attorneys." This is a nice way of saying, "We fired them because these are our plums to dispense." There's ample precedent. The Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee (inquiring minds who want to know), could have asked Bill Clinton why presidents sometimes fire all the U.S. attorneys when they arrive in the Oval Office. But Democratic senators would have found another knife or club to use on the designated villain. Designated villains are not supposed to survive. It's in the book.

Mr. Gonzales incurred the wrath of senators when he pushed for expansion of presidential power. Senators only want the expansion of congressional power. He sought to limit the legal rights of terrorists, and drafted the rules by which military tribunals try suspected war criminals. This strikes most Americans as common sense, but Democratic senators want to prevent this until a Democrat sits in the White House, when most of what George W. is taking flak for now will overnight become OK. Once elected, presidents nearly always put aside the moonshine and sober up quickly.

But Mr. Gonzales wanted to do other things that upset both Democrats and Republicans. He pressed to reauthorize taps on telephone conversations of suspected terrorists abroad calling bad guys here. Democrats here darkly called that "a secret domestic spying program," as if the federal gumshoes lusted to listen to bedtime conversations between the preacher and the organist, the doctor and his nurse, the butcher and that buxom Mrs. Brown down the street. But then it came out that he took the White House chief of staff with him to visit John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, at a hospital where he was recovering in intensive care from intestinal surgery, to get his endorsement of the scheme. Mr. Ashcroft, groggy and in pain, was clearheaded enough to say no.

Mr. Gonzales gave the impression that he was uncomfortable playing out of the Texas League, and if he had done the right thing months ago he would have saved himself pain and the president grief. But as bad as he no doubt feels this morning, the Democrats feel worse. In the space of a fortnight, they've lost Karl Rove and now Alberto Gonzales, leaving them for the moment with nothing to say. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, tried (unsuccessfully) not to splutter yesterday. His investigations into the Justice Department won't end, he said, until Congress gets "to the bottom of this mess." He said it with the chagrin of a Las Vegas gambler who had just hit bottom and found not much there.

His successor if only for the moment, Solicitor General Paul Clement, 41, is a conservative who as a young lawyer clerked for Larry Silberman and Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which makes him practically a war criminal in contemporary Democratic eyes. Worse, as an interim appointment, he's not subject to confirmation by the Senate. This infuriates Democrat senators. They're deprived of a circus and have to choke on their own venom and bile.

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