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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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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

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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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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 Nov. 14, 2006 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Are the Dems already aiming for a boot in the jack-ass?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It took Republicans 12 years to lose the trust of the American people and, consequently, their majority in Congress. Democrats are working on a faster timetable.

Nancy Pelosi has yet formally to become Speaker of the House, but she already is taking steps which could cut short her tenure.

Ms. Pelosi is supporting Rep. Jack Murtha in his bid for majority leader over the current number two Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

In a post-election poll taken for Newsweek magazine, 51 percent of respondents described the Democratic victory as "a good thing." But 69 percent said they were concerned the Democrats would keep the president "from doing what is necessary to combat terrorism," and 78 percent said they feared Democrats would seek too hasty a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Mr. Murtha is known to most Americans as the chief tenor in the Cut & Run chorus. Ms. Pelosi said in her endorsement letter that she was backing Mr. Murtha because of his stand on Iraq. That will not reassure the 47 percent of the voters Tuesday who described themselves as "moderates," most of whom voted for Democrats.

But where Mr. Murtha really might bite Democrats on the behind is on ethics. He has skeletons rattling around in his closet which could draw unfavorable scrutiny if he were elevated to majority leader.

Mr. Murtha was the only one of eight senators and representatives investigated by the FBI in the Abscam sting of the early 1980s not to be indicted, because he was the only one who didn't accept a briefcase full of cash during his meeting with undercover FBI agents posing as Arabs seeking favors.

But it is clear from the videotape the FBI made of the meeting with Mr. Murtha that he wasn't closing the door to doing business with the fake Arabs.

"I'm not interested...at this point," Mr. Murtha says on the videotape. But he indicated he was open to future discussions. Prosecutors named Mr. Murtha an unindicted co-conspirator.

One could argue Abscam is ancient history. But Mr. Murtha's ethical lapses didn't end with Abscam. Gary Ruskin, director of the liberal Congressional Accountability Project, told the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call that "when it comes to institutional policing of corruption in Congress, John Murtha is a one-man wrecking crew."

Mr. Murtha currently is ranking Democrat on the defense appropriations subcommittee. Eyebrows were raised when the Los Angeles Times reported in June of 2005 that Mr. Murtha had steered nearly $21 million to clients of a lobbying firm headed by his brother and a former top aide.

In early 2004, Mr. Murtha "reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point shipyard to the city of San Francisco," the LA Times said. Lawrence Pelosi, nephew of Nancy, was an executive in the company that owned the rights to the land.

Exit polling indicated corruption was even more on the minds of voters than was Iraq. Understandably so, because four GOP lawmakers were forced to resign because of ethical lapses. But the current Democratic advantage on this issue is likely to diminish if voters come to believe that Ms. Pelosi's primary interest in corruption is to change its beneficiaries.

Ms. Pelosi also has signaled her intent to replace Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence committee, with Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, a favorite of the Black Caucus.

Mr. Hastings is a flaming left-winger, not the sort to keep the nation's secrets.

And when he was a federal judge, a Democratic congress impeached him in 1989 for taking bribes and lying under oath. His elevation over the well respected Ms. Harman would not be reassuring to those swing voters concerned about either national security or corruption.

Rep. Hoyer is likely to win the majority leader's race, thus sparing the nation Mr. Murtha. And though Ms. Pelosi's animus toward Ms. Harman is so great she is certain to replace her, Ms. Pelosi may be talked into a less unsuitable replacement than Alcee Hastings. But Ms. Pelosi has aimed a shotgun at both of her feet.

The one time the opposition party failed to gain seats in the sixth year of a presidential term was in 1998, when a public disgusted by the impeachment of President Clinton, gave Democrats a gain of five House seats.

Voters want lawmakers to focus on the future, not carry out vendettas. The Newsweek poll indicated two thirds of Americans worry Democrats will spend too much time investigating the Bush administration. But incoming Democratic committee chairmen are already preparing lists of subpoenas. That will delight their moonbat base, but cut short their hour in the sun.

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