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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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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 June 1, 2010 / 19 Sivan 5770

The truth will indeed hurt

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The White House and Rep. Joe Sestak agree: Joe Sestak is a buffoon.

After months of White House stonewalling inquiries about whether Rep. Sestak had been offered a federal job in exchange for dropping his challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary, White House Counsel Robert Bauer issued a statement Friday (5/28) that said:

"The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board."

By stressing that the offer was made by Mr. Clinton, who is not a member of the administration, and was for a non-paid job, Mr. Bauer's statement seemed contrived to get around 18 USC 600 and 18 USC 595, which make it a felony to offer a government job as a quid pro quo for a political favor.

The number of people who actually believe this is roughly akin to the number of people who believe President Clinton was telling the truth when he said: "I did not have sex with that woman."

According to the Denver Post, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was offered the post of director of the U.S. Agency for International Development if he would drop his primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet. But the White House thought Mr. Sestak could be bought off with an unpaid position on an advisory board?

In a statement he issued Friday, Rep. Sestak said it was so. He and Mr. Clinton declined to answer questions.

The implication is that Mr. Sestak was grossly exaggerating when he said he'd been offered a high level job to drop out of the race, and that he'd distorted the truth to puff up his own importance.

Rep. Sestak won the primary in part because his (apparently undeserved) reputation for candor contrasted favorably with Sen. Specter's blatant careerism. But if Mr. Sestak wasn't lying in February, he is lying now.

The evidence suggests he is lying now.

It was Philadelphia talk show host Larry Kane, in an interview Feb. 18, who brought up the job offer. In an interview with National Review Friday, Mr. Kane said he'd heard rumors that a job had been offered to Mr. Sestak, so he decided to ask him about it.

"Were you offered a federal job to get out of this race?" Mr. Kane asked.

"Yes," Mr. Sestak responded.

"Was it high ranking?" Mr. Kane asked. Rep. Sestak again responded "yes."

This seems to me to be the unguarded response to an unexpected question by an honest man. Rep. Sestak seemed to realize right away he'd committed a "gaffe" -- which is Washington-speak for inadvertently blurting out the truth -- and refused to say anything more.

In the months that followed, Rep. Sestak never once raised the issue -- which would be odd behavior if he were making up the story to puff up his own importance -- but when asked about it, responded as he had to Mr. Kane.

Immediately after the interview, Mr. Kane called the White House to ask if it were true. After a delay of many hours, he was told that it was not.

If the facts were as the White House now claims, why not reveal them then? That would have put the controversy to rest before it began, and -- by revealing Mr. Sestak as a gross exaggerator -- would have given a boost to Sen. Specter, their favored candidate in the Democratic primary.

There is evidence of collusion in the White House response, which President Nixon might have described as a "modified limited hang-out." Mr. Clinton lunched with President Obama the day before the statement was issued. The day before that, the White House called Rep. Sestak's brother (and campaign manager).

"They got ahold of my brother on his cell phone, and he spoke to the White House about what's going to occur," Mr. Sestak told reporters. (He doesn't seem yet to have this inadvertently blurting out the truth thing under control.)

By releasing its statement at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the Obama administration hopes this issue will go away. Most journalists would like to oblige, because Mr. Obama is a Democrat they'd like to protect, and because they regard the offense as so venial.

But as Mr. Nixon could have told Mr. Obama, it isn't the crime that does you in. It's the coverup.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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