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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 May 28, 2013/ 19 Sivan, 5773

The Taxonomy of Scandals: Is Obama Nearing a Breaking Point?

By Lloyd Green




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Not every scandal is Watergate Redux. If the G0D-fearing voters of South Carolina could forgive Mark Sanford for his "hike" off the Appalachian Trail, then it may not come as a shock that Americans are cutting the president some slack over IRS overreach, a concerted Justice Department war on the press, and the deadly fiasco in Libya, followed by a bumbling attempt to get the story straight.

Even scandals have hierarchies. Nowadays, voters are prone to judge politicians less harshly when the alleged wrongdoings involve defending the country or sins of the flesh. Avarice will likely bring a politician down, unless the pol can be portrayed as a champion of the little guy or a cause. However, when the scandal is hatched in the White House, and is a raw abuse of power for its own sake, all bets are off.

National security? Think back to the Iran-Contra affair, in which the Reagan administration traded arms for hostages with Iran and used the proceeds to fund the Nicaraguan Contra rebels. Newspapers howled, Congress investigated, and the "I" word, impeachment, was bandied about. In the end, however, Ronald Reagan served his two full terms, and Vice President George H.W. Bush won the 1988 presidential election going away.

Sex? Louisiana gave Senator David Vitter a pass, just as Sanford's constituents did this month. By contrast, New York's Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner resigned in disgrace because their proclivities struck too many as just too odd.

Greed? It ranks in the upper tier of the scandal scale. Unless the accused can garner sympathy, the pol is usually finished. In the last decade, Representatives Duke Cunningham, Bob Ney, William Jefferson-a diverse lot-took bribes and went to prison. Nobody shed a tear.

But, if a politician can transform financial irregularities into something bigger than himself, he can grow up to be president. Take Richard Nixon, who as a senator in the early 1950s, was aided by a donor-funded campaign slush fund. After having been tapped by Dwight Eisenhower to be his running mate on the 1952 Republican presidential ticket, Nixon's salary supplement came to light.

Invoking his daughters' dog and his wife's cloth coat, Nixon delivered his infamous Checkers Speech.The speech riffed off Nixon's own class resentments, and played to the GOP's Main Street base. Ike, the five-star general, had been outflanked.

More than a decade later, when faced with an investigation and expulsion from Congress for misusing congressional funds, Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell told his supporters to "keep the faith," and for a while they did. After he was expelled from the House, Powell's constituents reelected him, until he was defeated in the 1970 Democratic primary by a former federal prosecutor named Charles Rangel.

History can repeat itself. Rangel, after having been censured by the House in late 2010 for a litany of abuses, survived reelection.

Watergate? It remains the gold standard of scandal. Nixon harnessed his own personal demons to the presidency, orchestrated a criminal conspiracy from the White House, subverted the FBI, and, yes, unleashed the IRS upon his political enemies. A broad bipartisan House Judiciary Committee majority found his sins to rise to the level of impeachable offenses. The late New York Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., personally took Nixon to task for failing to supervise his subordinates. According to Fish, "the size and complexity" of the Executive Branch did not excuse the president from lax or nonexistent oversight.

So where does today's scandal cluster leave President Obama? In a recent CNN poll, a majority said the wave of scandals raises important issues, and that Congress isn't overreacting. Nearly three in four told Washington Post pollsters the IRS acted inappropriately. Six of 10 told a Fox News survey that the administration went too far in seizing Associated Press phone records. As for the IRS, its reputation has taken a beating.

Still, the public's view is nuanced, buffeted by the competing concerns of free expression and national security, a tension alluded to by Obama during his speech at the National Defense University on Thursday. If Iran-Contra teaches us anything, it is that Americans will live with a modicum of Executive Branch law-breaking if it is the price for keeping our enemies at bay.

This is not to say that people shouldn't be outraged by the IRS's antics and the DOJ's intimidation. Indeed, they should be. A government agency targeted opponents of the president while they exercised their constitutional rights. A Cabinet department sought to intimidate-incriminate, more likely-the press, and it wasn't only the AP: the administration has clashed with Fox News since Day One and may have retaliated against CBS News for its reporting on the "Fast and Furious" Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms debacle.

In all fairness, it also could have been the Chinese or others with a gripe with the Tiffany Network.

Yet the scandal fair has led to an air of a government run amok. Lois Lerner, who headed the tax-exempt-organizations division of the IRS, has now been placed on administrative leave after she invoked the Fifth Amendment before Congress. Like New York City schoolteachers consigned to the "rubber room," Lerner cannot be easily dismissed.

As for the DOJ, it remains in the news for charging Fox News Washington Bureau Chief James Rosen as an unindicted co-conspirator and reportedly seizing his parents' phone records and those of other Fox News reporters. According to reports, Holder personally approved the seizure of Rosen's email, after having recused himself in the AP investigation. [ ] For the record, Department of Justice and IRS employees collectively donated nearly $140,000 to Obama's presidential campaigns. In contrast, Romney netted approximately $28,000 from both DOJ and IRS employees and McCain cobbled together little more a paltry $5,200.

Scandals, like other organisms, come with lives and taxonomies of their own. These days, the White House seems to be tangled in a growing web.

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Lloyd Green was the opposition research counsel to the George H.W. Bush campaign in 1988, and served in the Department of Justice between 1990 and 1992.



© 2013, Lloyd Green. First appeared on The Daily Beast

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