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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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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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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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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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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

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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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

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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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 Jan. 6, 2006 / 6 Teves, 5766

Alito's true bias

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Differing expectations have been created about Judge Samuel Alito as he heads to his Senate confirmation hearings. Left-wing groups, hoping to demonize him, say that he bristles with hostility to civil rights. White House aides, trying to lower the bar for success after Justice Roberts' boffo performance last year, whisper that he's unpolished and nerdy. Put the two accounts together and you'll know how to recognize Alito at the hearings — he'll be the geek in the white hood.

A little dorkiness won't hurt. It's the charge of opposing civil rights that could damage Alito, that is if it weren't a slander made in a desperate attempt to stop a nominee who will very likely be sitting on the Supreme Court by February.

It is loosely said that Alito opposes "one man, one vote." That makes it sound like he opposes the right to vote. Instead, the provenance of the charge is Alito's long-ago opposition to two reapportionment decisions by the Warren court. They struck down state legislative districts that weren't drawn equally according to population, thus disproportionately empowering rural areas. Critics of these decisions argued that if the Constitution's framers meant to mandate that elected officials represent equal numbers of people, they never would have created the U.S. Senate.

Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, points out the irony of Delaware's Democratic Sen. Joe Biden slamming Alito on "one man, one vote." Biden represents a state that is 2.3 percent the size of California, but still gets as many U.S. senators as the Golden State, showing Biden is more committed to preaching "one man, one vote" than practicing it. Alito will likely say in the hearings that the reapportionment cases were decided 40 years ago, and they are now firmly entrenched in the Supreme Court's jurisprudence.

The Congressional Black Caucus maintains that Alito "is nothing short of hostile to race-discrimination cases." Such hostility surely would stand out in his 15-year record on the 3rd Circuit, unless that appeals court is overwhelmingly occupied by Neanderthals who share his alleged soft spot for employment discrimination. Peter Kirsanow, an expert on employment law and a Bush appointee on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, found that Alito heard 20 civil-rights cases while sitting on a three-judge panel with two Democrat-appointed colleagues, and all the decisions were unanimous.

Alito's critics rely on a simplistic analysis that says, essentially, if he ever rules against a minority, he must not like minorities. But this trick can be turned around to show his solicitude for ethnic and religious minorities, given his decisions in favor of Muslim police officers in New Jersey who wanted to be able to wear beards, an Orthodox Jewish woman punished on the job because of her religious observance, and a black motorist stopped by police because black men were suspects in an armed robbery, among other similar cases.

Ultimately, what matters is not whether Alito is voting with or against his Democratic-appointed colleagues, or for or against minority plaintiffs, but whether he is correct in his interpretation of the law. The anti-Alito People for the American Way makes much of his decision in Bray v. Marriott Hotels in which he was the dissenter in a race discrimination case. But, as Kirsanow argues, Alito was more faithful than his colleagues in that case to the burden-of-proof standard established by the Supreme Court. Similarly, The Washington Post editorialized, "In another case, he was the lone judge to argue for keeping a gender discrimination case from a jury; in that case, though, the Supreme Court later adopted a view of the question arguably closer to his than to the majority's."

Alito's record shows no bias except one: He is pro-law, painstakingly faithful to its letter. Maybe that's part of what makes him nerdy. But it certainly will make him a superb Supreme Court justice. The American Bar Association has unanimously declared him "well-qualified" for the job. That is an understatement.

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