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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

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

Liberal Plutocrats and Their Personal Campaigns

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let the reader beware. At a recent confab at a billionaire's ranch, an elite gathering of business titans agreed to spend $100 million — thanks to legal loopholes that allow them to skirt federal campaign contribution limits — to elect like-minded politicians who will help them halt the wheels of government, move their party further from the political center and thwart the will of the American people.

Billionaire Tom Steyer invited fellow liberal plutocrats to his Pescadero, Calif., ranch, where he challenged them to produce $50 million — to match $50 million he has pledged — to help elect politicians who share their views on climate change. Brother Jim told The New Yorker that the brothers Steyer want to be the Koch brothers of the left. Tom Steyer nixed that notion, saying: "We think we're representing the vast bulk of citizens of the United States. We're not representing our pockets."

Surely, Steyer knows that is not true. He has devoted millions to help Democrats defeat GOP "deniers" of climate change and to discourage White House approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a key battleground in the fight over global warming. Recent Pew Research Center polls found that 65 percent of Americans support approval of Keystone, whereas only 30 percent oppose it; voters rated global warming as the 19th-most important national priority out of 20.

Last year, Steyer's NextGen Climate political organization produced an anti-Keystone ad that garnered four Pinocchios from Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler, who wrote that the spot did not meet "minimal standards" for "political attack ads."


In January, the State Department released a study that found that a proposed Keystone leg will not have a significant effect on global greenhouse gas emissions. After all, Canada is going to extract oil from Alberta's tar sands with or without a pipeline; transporting without a pipeline would emit even more greenhouse gases.

Some Democrats are seeing the light. MSNBC's Ed Schultz recently came out for the pipeline. "News flash," he said, "we're not getting out of the oil business in America." Former Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told The Associated Press that Keystone is a "win-win." The AFL-CIO wants the jobs.

On Sunday, Hearst energy reporter Jennifer A. Dlouhy wrote about environmentalists' concerns that Keystone became "a sideshow," as Breakthrough Institute analyst Alex Trembath put it. He added, "The idea that we're really going to transition off petroleum by blocking one pipeline from Canada to the United States is just ludicrous."

Matt Dempsey, a spokesman for the pro-Keystone Oil Sands Fact Check, says he is baffled that Steyer has chosen to fight "over something symbolic" that won't really have an impact on climate change.

Steyer's political handler, Chris Lehane, argues that it's wrong to call Steyer a plutocrat, because his advocacy works against his economic interests. Excuse me, but in California, giving millions to anti-Keystone Democrats is not exactly speaking truth to power.

When gazillionaires dump big money into GOP races, good-government types lament the role of big money in politics. Think Meg Whitman. When they move a party from the middle to the fringes, cooler heads note that it's bad for the party. Think Rick Santorum donor Foster Friess. When ideologues jeopardize their party in a sideshow that won't achieve their objective, well, think Ted Cruz.

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