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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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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 18, 2007 / 6 Tishrei 5768

No promises by the Dems

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George W. got his man yesterday, with a Rose Garden announcement that Michael Mukasey of New York will be his new attorney general. Well, maybe. Presidents propose, senators dispose.

The president presented his candidate as a man who understands the Islamist threat to the nation's security and knows how to deal with it. "Judge Mukasey is clear-eyed about the threat our nation faces," the president said. "He knows what it takes to fight this war effectively and he knows how to do it in a manner consistent with our laws and our Constitution."

That sounds about right. Mr. Mukasey, no longer a judge, presided over the trial of the infamous "blind sheik" who plotted to blow up the United Nations more than a decade ago. But these credentials are not likely to sway Democrats who think international terrorism is but a figment of the president's imagination.

Some Democrats, gloating over how they backed the president away from Ted Olson, warned the president not to put a coffee cup on the Cabinet table for Mr. Mukasey just yet. Others give the president a half-hearted salute for taking their advice, but with an implied warning not to try to slip the leash.

Chuck Schumer, the senator from New York who usually makes the most noise against any Republican initiative, endorsed Mr. Mukasey. That surprised no one, since it was Mr. Schumer who first nominated him as the attorney general who could pleasure Democrats if any nominee could.

But Pat Leahy of Vermont, eager to live up to his reputation as the most disagreeable senator, promised to make his usual trouble. He hasn't yet found anything wrong with the nominee, but he's not ready to stop nagging the president about Alberto Gonzales, who completed his last day on the job yesterday.

"The next attorney general needs to be someone who can begin the process of restoring the Department of Justice to its proper mission," he said. "I am hopeful once we obtain the information we need and have the opportunity to consider the nomination we will be able to make progress in this regard."

This is just the way senators talk; what he actually means is that he's hopeful that if he can stall the confirmation hearings for a little while maybe someone will dig up an old parking ticket or a disregarded summons to study hall in his junior year of high school. Once the Washington circus starts, who knows what a blivet of senators can make of it?

Harry Reid, the Senate leader of the Democrats, said he was glad the president listened to his tormentors and "put aside his plan to replace Alberto Gonzales with another partisan insider," obviously referring to Ted Olson. He conceded Mr. Mukasey's "strong professional credentials and a reputation for independence," but there would be no "rush to judgment."

The White House, aware that many conservatives think the president let Mssrs Reid, Schumer and Leahy pick his attorney general, reacted sharply when a reporter merely asked whether fierce Democratic opposition to Mr. Olson persuaded the president to switch rather than fight. Replied Dana Perino, the press spokesman: "You've covered the president long enough to know that type of bluster from Capitol Hill does not weigh on his decisions." Even the Democrats who tried to say nice things about Mr. Mukasey leavened their sugar with salt. The key word in the praise was "independence," and it's the president the Democrats expect the new attorney general to be independent of. "The next attorney general will have to be an independent and incorruptible lawyer," said Teddy Kennedy, ever the stickler for incorruptibility. Dick Durbin of Illinois repeated the litany of things Mr. Mukasey can't be found guilty of — torture, "warrantless surveillance," politicization of the Justice Department, mopery, pillage — and added: "I hope his background ... will give him the independence necessary for the job."

The Democrats may in the end merely show George W. the proof of the ancient maxim that "if they'll hang you for stealing a goat, you might as well take a sheep."

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