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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

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Nov. 1, 2005 / 29 Tishrei, 5766

‘Curses. Foiled again!’

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The talking heads on the network news shows Sunday described President Bush as "weak," the White House as "reeling," and his presidency as "beleaguered" after what most said was the worst week of his presidency.

Mr. Bush was forced to withdraw the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted for lying to a federal grand jury.

But if this is as bad as it gets, the president doesn't have much to worry about.

Mr. Bush's job approval ratings have plunged to the lowest level of his presidency (a level still higher than the low points of his seven immediate predecessors), chiefly because of the dismay of many conservatives at the nomination of Ms. Miers, whose judicial philosophy was known to few beyond the president and the First Lady.

But the nomination Monday of Samuel Alito, a judicial conservative with sterling legal credentials, provides a rallying point for both pro-Miers and anti-Miers conservatives, who will now aim at Democrats the broadsides they'd been firing at each other.

The Alito nomination also knocks from the front pages the controversy over the indictment of Libby.

The fever swamp Left had been looking forward to a "Fitzmas," indictments by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that would deprive President Bush of Karl Rove, his chief political strategist, and would expose a White House plot to mislead America into the Iraq war.

What they got instead was a "Fitzween" that was more trick than treat. The Libby indictment is Martha Stewart stuff. Mr. Libby is charged with having lied about from whom he learned that the wife of Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Valerie Plame, was a CIA officer.

Mr. Fitzgerald indicted no one for the crime he supposedly was investigating for the last two years, whether anyone had deliberately outed a covert CIA agent. There was no underlying crime, and there was no conspiracy to cover up what wasn't a crime in the first place.

Mr. Fitzgerald made it plain in his news conference that his prosecution of Libby would not delve into the conspiracy theories treasured by the Left. "This indictment is not about the war," he said. "This indictment will not seek to prove the war was justified or unjustified."

I feel sorry for Libby, whose life is ruined whether he beats the charges or not. But after him, the biggest losers are conspiracy-mongering liberals. They sent Fitzgerald out to hunt for bear, but all he bagged was a squirrel. Journalists were doing their best to paint that squirrel as ferocious. One noted that Libby is the first serving White House official to be indicted since the Grant administration. Journalists will flog it as hard as they can, but this story seems destined to fade from public consciousness as rapidly as did the indictment of two Clinton administration Cabinet secretaries.

Quick, who were they? (Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, who was acquitted at trial, and Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who pled to a misdemeanor.) The American people apparently agree the Libby indictment is no big deal. Only 45 percent of respondents to a Gallup poll think Libby did something illegal. And 56 percent think this was an isolated incident, not a sign of low ethical standards in the Bush administration.

Mr. Bush mended his fences with conservatives with the Alito nomination. He'll have a second honeymoon with them if he supports cuts in federal domestic spending to pay for hurricane relief, and proposes effective measures against illegal immigration.

The other drags on the president's popularity are the Iraq war and the economy.

Though it has escaped media attention, the performance of the Iraqi security forces has been encouraging, and by next summer the number and experience of those forces should be sufficient to permit major American troop withdrawals.

The economy has grown at least a 3 percent rate for the last 30 months, a better performance than during the Clinton administration, though you won't learn that from reading the papers.

High gasoline prices are the principal consumer concern, but these were mostly hurricane related, and have declined 18 percent since Labor Day.

The poor liberals. Each time they think they've found the magic bullet that will destroy the Bush presidency, it misses its target. As Snidely Whiplash might say: "Curses. Foiled again!"

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