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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 June 8, 2006 / 12 Sivan, 5766

DeLay paved way for GOP backlash

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tom DeLay, whose resignation from Congress takes effect Friday, knows as much about the intractable imperium of incumbent politicians — and how to undermine it — as anyone. For 16 years, he was a Republican outlier, first as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, then as a member of the U.S. House, both dominated by Democrats.


The irony today is that as DeLay's political career comes to an ignoble end, the scandal surrounding his office threatens to bring down the Republican majority in Congress he worked so hard to build.


When DeLay arrived in Austin in 1979, he helped organize a series of conclaves for the small number of GOP legislators to strategize about building a dominant party. The frustration of toiling in the political minority followed DeLay to Washington after his election to Congress in 1984, representing Texas District 22. Time and circumstance were, however, on his side.


When DeLay arrived at the Capitol, the national Democratic Party was more than a decade into a transformation that had abandoned mainstream policies and traditional voting blocs. And in the years that followed, a series of scandals plagued the Democratic leadership.


An ethics scandal forced House Speaker Jim Wright to resign, while allegations of sweetheart investment deals took down Majority Whip Tony Coelho. There was a savings and loan scandal, a House bank scandal and a House post office scandal. Then in 1994, the Justice Department indicted House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski in a check-kiting scandal.


Given this record of scandal and detachment, the results of the 1994 elections shouldn't have been as surprising as they were. The Republican Party, pledging to transform the way Washington did business, gained eight seats to take over the Senate and 54 seats to seize a House majority for the first time in 40 years.


Extraordinary circumstances are required to overcome the extraordinary power of incumbency. In 2004, incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives who sought re-election returned to office at a rate of 99 percent. The kind of realignment that took place in 1994 is an extreme rarity in American politics.


In 2006, however, the ingredients exist — as they did in 1994 — to produce another realignment. There's an unpopular war, with an unpopular president from whom members of his own party are trying to distance themselves. There's a profligate Congress that, despite the exigencies of conflict, can't rein in its wasteful habits.


But more than anything, there's a stench of corruption hanging over Capitol Hill. And while that stench has an increasingly bipartisan odor, the strongest scent still emanates from the office of former Majority Leader DeLay.

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Michael Scanlon, DeLay's former press secretary, became a business partner of disgraced lobbyist and admitted felon Jack Abramoff. Scanlon pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to corrupt political officials.


Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff who also joined Abramoff, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and corruption charges. Rudy's wife founded another consulting firm that did work for Abramoff.


In his plea, Rudy implicated Ed Buckham, DeLay's former chief of staff, as another Abramoff conspirator. Christine DeLay, the congressman's wife, was on the payroll of Buckham's firm, which is now the target of a Justice Department investigation.


So much for changing the way Washington does business.


Given the powerful advantages of incumbency, the precision with which political districts are now drawn to partisan advantage and the potential for Democrats to self-destruct over their own internal squabbles and ethics problems, the odds are still against a significant realignment in Congress in November.


But those odds are becoming increasingly short. And if Republicans do lose their majorities, they can blame Tom DeLay and a detached GOP leadership that completely lost sight of the circumstances and principles that brought them to power in 1994.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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