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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

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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

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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

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 Feb. 11, 2009 / 17 Shevat 5769

GOP chair Steele owes his victory to Puerto Rico, other territories

By Michael Barone


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An interesting sidelight on Michael Steele's election as Republican National Chairman. He owes his victory to the territories: the 15 votes cast for him from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa put him over the top against South Carolina Republican Chairman Katon Dawson. The delegates from the territories, or many of them, have something in common with Steele, as a "person of color," but as Politico notes he has made commitments to support Republicans in elections there.


Not that they necessarily need such commitments. Luis Fortuņo, elected in 2004 as the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico (its non-voting member of the House of Representatives, and the only member of the House with a four-year term) was elected Governor of Puerto Rico this year. He's not the first member of the New Progressive Party (Spanish acronym PNP) elected governor, but he's the first PNP governor elected who identifies himself with the mainland Republican rather than the mainland Democratic party since Luis Ferre in 1968.


Is it fair that the territories hold such outsized influence in the election of a Republican national chairman? While Puerto Rico has nearly 4 million people, none of the other territories has a population nearly as large as a single mainland congressional district. But they are part of the United States, they contribute volunteers to the U.S. military (more proportionately than any state, Puerto Ricans will tell you at the drop of a hat) and they are also important to our national defense (in recent years the U.S. military base with the most ongoing construction is Andersen Air Force Base in Guam).


Anyway, there are precedents. As I remember in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Democratic National Conventions, the territories played a disproportionate role—through the medium of San Francisco Congressman Phil Burton. Burton was an operator—and also the political ancestor of Speaker Nancy Pelosi: after he died in 1983 his wife Sala Burton was elected to fill his place, and on her deathbed in 1987 she told Burton's brother John, then formerly a Congressman and then a longtime state senator, that she wanted Nancy Pelosi elected to succeed her. By 1972 Phil Burton was a member of the Democratic National Committee's Interior and Insular Committee and Chairman of the Insular Subcommittee which had jurisdiction over the territories. The Democratic National Committee in those days (like the RNC, but not the DNC, today) consisted of one national committeeman and one national committeewoman from each state (plus the state chairman in the case of today's RNC). The credentials, rules and platform committees of the Democratic National Convention consisted of one member from each state and territory.


This gave huge power to Phil Burton. He started with the vote of California (which, with its huge population, was of course hugely underrepresented). Then, with his sway over the Insular Subcommittee and his huge force of personality, he cast the votes of the then five territories—Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Canal Zone (in 1972 and 1976 anyway; after the ratification of the Panama Canal Treaty the Democrats transmogrified into Americans Abroad). So Burton had 6 votes on the 56-member committee (the District of Columbia was the 56th vote). I suspect that he cast them brusquely and openly on his own, without any consultation; perhaps a simple thumbs up or down. Perhaps he justified this as simply giving California it appropriate demographic weight. Or, more likely, he did it because he could—and because no one would stop him, and he thought it was in the right cause. It is recorded somewhere that when he was a California assemblyman and as chairman of a committee was recording one member as voting with him automatically, the man stomped out of the hearing and complained to Speaker Jesse Unruh. Unruh advised him to go back. "I hear he is still voting you." This may be one of those stories too good to check. For the definitive account, go to the late John Jacobs's biography of Burton, A Rage for Justice: The Passions and Politics of Phillip Burton. For those conservatives who find Nancy Pelosi a hard-edged and tough partisan, go through this thought exercise: imagine what it would be like if Phil Burton, who chain-smoked Pall Malls and drank tumbler glasses of vodka (I stayed up with him one night, and he seemed to get more lucid as I got groggier) had lived beyond his actual days (he died in 1983 at 57) and had, in January 2007, become Speaker of the House at age 80. Then you'd see what tough and hard-edged and partisan is really all about.


Does Michael Steele, who played the territorial card in something like the way Phil Burton did, have the same fiber? It might not be so bad for the Republican party if he does.

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