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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Feb 20, 2014 / 20 Adar I, 5774

Fighting over Sen. Rand Paul's NSA lawsuit continues

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The legal fight against National Security Agency surveillance is shaping up to be a titanic clash, with pugilistic litigants trading charges and countercharges of bad faith and misinformation.

And that’s just among the plaintiffs.

The federal court hasn’t yet acted on the NSA lawsuit filed last week by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, but lawyers who should be on the same side in the case have been squabbling outside the courtroom. First, one of Paul’s lawyers complained that he had been pushed aside and hadn’t been paid in full for his work. No sooner had that controversy been faced when a new one emerged from a plaintiff in a similar suit in the same court.

“They think they can take what others have done and claim credit themselves,” protested the plaintiff, Larry Klayman, who filed suit in June and who won a preliminary injunction against the NSA in December.

Klayman, a conservative gadfly who has been suing public officials for decades, sent Cuccinelli a letter Tuesday asking him to make “corrections to the public record” because of “misinformation” Paul’s team had disseminated about Klayman’s case against the NSA.

Klayman told Cuccinelli that he “created the mistaken impression that your case is the only class action and that it is the only one that seeks to include the entire affected U.S. citizenry. To the contrary, the lawsuit which we filed before yours is much broader and [more] all-encompassing than your own.”

The conservative gadfly was smarting from Cuccinelli’s portrayal of Klayman’s suit in a news conference last week. Cuccinelli said it involves only “individual plaintiffs” and “does not provide relief for every American who’s using a telephone.”

“Everything they basically said was inaccurate, and it was calculated to create the impression that they’re the only case out there and that no one else did anything here,” Klayman told me Wednesday. “I’m offended by it.” He made similar arguments on the conservative WND Web site.

Cuccinelli responded Wednesday with an e-mail informing Klayman that “it has never been my habit as a lawyer to communicate with people through newspaper columns, so please don’t assume that method will be fruitful going forward. Email is much more effective and it comes without the presumption that you are not — in fact — talking to me.”

The former gubernatorial candidate said he would take Klayman’s comments “under advisement.” Paul’s senior adviser, Doug Stafford, issued a statement wishing “others who stand with us in this fight well.”

The out-of-court antics surrounding Paul and Cuccinelli are but a sideshow to the main issue of government surveillance — but it has been quite a sideshow, pitting prominent tea party figures against one another.

Paul and Cuccinelli are darlings of the tea party movement, and they’re joined in their lawsuit by the tea party group FreedomWorks — not to be confused with Freedom Watch, Klayman’s organization. Klayman, a well-known provocateur, held a rally last year to oust President Obama , whom he calls a “Marxist, pro-Islam, anti-American president.” Although often outlandish, he’s also a wily lawyer: Klayman made his name filing lawsuits against Bill Clinton but later antagonized George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in court.

The contretemps began as Paul and Cuccinelli filed their suit last week. Bruce Fein, a constitutional lawyer who had written most of the suit, had been removed from the filing. Fein’s ex-wife and longtime spokeswoman complained that Cuccinelli “stole” Fein’s work — which prompted a heated denial from Cuccinelli. Fein later issued a statement saying that she “was not speaking for me” and that he had “been paid for my work.” But his statement was contradicted by e-mails sent to and from Fein’s account.

Now Klayman is accusing Paul and Cuccinelli of filing a lawsuit that is “patterned after our own” but claiming it’s something different. “You should be accurate, particularly if you’re a senator and his lawyer,” he said.

Klayman, who has asked the Supreme Court to act on his case, also took issue with Cuccinelli’s announcement that Paul would not seek expedited handling — which probably means the case will stretch through Paul’s expected 2016 presidential run.

“The time is not for politics,” Klayman said. “The time is to get the job done and protect the American people.”

He said he “didn’t want to start a war” with the other plaintiffs, “but I do want these things corrected.”


That’s hardly surprising. The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s polling of competitive Senate races finds Obama’s support at 28 percent in West Virginia, 36 percent in Arkansas, 38 percent in Louisiana, 39 percent in Iowa and Michigan, 40 percent in Alaska and 42 percent in Colorado. Public polls find similar results for Obama in other competitive states, such as Kentucky, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Dakota, North Carolina and Montana.

“Seems like he might be welcome in Massachusetts,” quipped Brad Dayspring of the Republican group.

But if Obama is a toxic wingman for Democratic candidates, they desperately need his help fundraising. And they are grumbling that he hasn’t been willing enough to assist them. Even a marginally popular president remains a huge draw among party donors, but fundraising isn’t easily done from Brussels and Tokyo.

After weeks of complaining to the White House, Democrats said last week that Obama had committed to doing at least 18 fundraisers this year: six each for House Democrats, Senate Democrats and other party committees.

That came as a relief to Democrats, but it’s still a modest commitment. In 2006, when George W. Bush was even less popular than Obama and Republicans feared a loss of the House, Bush did 74 fundraising events, according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller, a meticulous presidential statistician. The Republican National Committee put the tally at 80 .


Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told me that the 18 events are those Obama has promised “thus far.” Democrats had better hope there are many more. Although individual Democratic committees have done reasonably well raising money, the Democratic National Committee is deeply in debt. At the end of the year it had $4.7 million in cash but $15.6 million in debt. The RNC had no debt and $9.2 million in cash.

On top of the DNC’s money disadvantage, the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling has put more pressure than ever on the party to raise funds to compete with outside groups. The billionaire Koch brothers and other mega-donors are expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars this year to shape the midterm outcome, and Republicans enjoy a healthy majority of the super-rich. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity has already spent millions targeting vulnerable Democrats.

Compounding some Democrats’ frustration, Obama has also been raising money for Organizing for America, his former campaign apparatus that now functions as something of a shadow DNC. “When you create your own ‘DNC’ with OFA, there’s a reason the actual DNC is in debt,” said one party operative.

There’s probably nothing that Obama could do in these midterm elections to match the conservative billionaires’ advantage. But at least giving it a try might prove more productive than his combination of foreign jaunts and unremarkable domestic speeches: at an electric equipment maker in Raleigh, N.C.; a gas engine plant in Waukesha, Wis.; a Costco in Lanham; and steel mills in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Then on Tuesday he was back in Maryland, at a Safeway distribution hub in Upper Marlboro “where delivery trucks get everything from Doritos to diapers where they need to go.”

Obama gave an on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand update on the economy: “The unemployment rate’s actually the lowest it’s been in over five years. But the trends, the long-term trends that have hurt middle-class families for decades, have continued.” He then spent the next 15 minutes talking about higher fuel-economy standards for trucks.

It’s a worthy cause, no doubt. But diapers, Doritos and diesel won’t deliver Democrats from a drubbing in November.


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