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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 April 8, 2005 / 28 Adar II, 5765

Invoking the ‘nuclear option’ — there is no other option

By David Limbaugh

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I think Republican Party honchos may be underestimating the grassroots passion over the judiciary. The outrage against activist courts — and by no means are all of them activist — is real, growing and far from a fringe phenomenon.

Conservative activists have been patiently waiting for some action, just some evidence that the Republican Party is going to pay more than hollow Beltway lip service to this issue. Year after year, though politicians are elected promising change, little evidence emerges that the promises are being fulfilled.

More and more conservatives are advocating civil disobedience to combat what they consider to be extra-constitutional decisions by state and federal courts, like the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's brazen validation of homosexual marriage.

It is inconceivable that the Massachusetts judges were unaware that they were acting beyond the scope of their constitutional authority by judicially rewriting the state constitution. But that doesn't bother secular liberals, on or off the bench, because the "ends" to them are sufficiently important to justify practically any means.

The Democratic Party has long advocated the use of judicial activism to effectuate liberal policies that could not be achieved through democratic (legislative) processes. They make no apologies for their advocacy, nor do they bother to explain their hypocrisy in selectively decrying the few instances of judicial activism emanating from the other side.

Don't just assume that fringe groups are losing their patience. How long can "rule of law" conservatives sit idly by as liberal Democrats continue to break the rules with impunity? How much more do they have to tolerate before something is done in response to such cavalier judicial behavior as we witnessed when the federal courts ignored Congress' statute in the Terri Schiavo matter?

I realize that some have difficulty with Congress (and the Florida legislature before it) sticking its nose into that case through what could arguably be called special legislation. Legislatures are supposed to pass general laws, not special laws.

On the other hand, a woman was being killed by order of state and public officials, who were sworn to uphold state and federal constitutions, and have an obligation to protect the lives of innocent citizens.

The propriety (or lack thereof) of Judge George W. Greer's decisions is one thing, assuming he was exercising lawful jurisdiction. We can disagree with his decision, even be outraged by it, but our main criticism here is probably not about his judicial activism.

But when the federal district court summarily disobeyed the congressional statute and ignored Congress' subpoena, one has to wonder whether any semblance of parity actually exists anymore between the judiciary and the other two branches. The courts are so sure they're the final authority, they sometimes behave as if there is utterly no accountability — and their assessment may be more accurate than not.

I am telling you that conservatives are sick and tired of hearing conservatives like me recommend caution and restraint, saying we have to work within the system to elect politicians who will appoint and confirm judges who will honor the Constitution and their proper role under it or have Congress rein in the courts via its Article III authority.

Indeed, I must confess that I will begin to feel foolish recommending such restraint if there is any truth to the reports that Senate Republicans plan on abandoning the misnamed "nuclear option" to prevent the Democrat minority from filibustering the president's judicial appointments.

If Republicans even think about caving on this issue, they will pay a price. This is no time for fecklessness. Democrats couldn't be more insincere when they complain that the nuclear option is designed to forestall debate or to give the president absolute power over judicial appointments.

Senate Democrats have no business blocking his appointments for political or policy reasons. A rule to prevent them from doing what neither party ever did in the past is not changing the rules, and it is not exercising a nuclear option.

I actually think this issue is so serious that it might, along with the immigration issue, eventually trigger an exodus of conservatives from the GOP. If those of us who advocate playing by the rules can't even count on GOP politicians to safeguard the president's judicial appointment power — then what can we trust them to do?

If they don't have the courage to exercise the non-nuclear, nuclear option, do you think we'll ever again get anyone to the right of David Souter appointed to the Supreme Court? And if we don't, they might as well just throw in the towel on the Culture War.

This is a political hill to die on, and I pray GOP honchos wake up — soon.

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