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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 March 4, 2010 / 18 Adar 5770

Stark, Raving, Maryland

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before she became House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi promised that if Democrats won control of the House, she would "drain the swamp" in Washington. How is she doing?


Last week, the House ethics committee scolded House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel for corporate-sponsored travel to the Caribbean. In that the panel had yet to resolve multiple charges involving Rangel's personal finances, rank-and-file Democrats joined GOP calls for his ouster as Ways and Means chairman, while Pelosi remained publicly silent. Wednesday, Rangel temporarily stepped aside as chairman.


Now for the funny part: Next in line to chair the tax-writing committee is Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, Calif. Or should I say, D-Maryland?


You see, Stark has his own ethics baggage — and his mud may well stick to Pelosi. You may have read that the bipartisan House ethics committee cleared Stark in January after it conducted a probe into charges that Stark wrongly claimed a homestead tax exemption for his home in Maryland, where he is not registered to vote. (If he were registered in Maryland, he couldn't represent his California district.) As the committee wrote in a November report, Stark "did not receive a tax credit as a result of filing an application for the credit" and "he did not file a false application for the Maryland tax credit."


That's what the Pelosi Inc./GOP Inc. ethics committee found. But the independent bipartisan Office of Congressional Ethics — established, Pelosi bragged, to demonstrate "a new element of transparency and accountability to the ethics process" — may have shined too much light on the House ethics machine.


The OCE reported that it found "substantial reason to believe" that Stark misrepresented himself by filing a form in which he said he was registered to vote in Maryland. And after a news report about another congressman losing his primary-residence exemption, Stark called Maryland assessors and asked that the form be corrected — which he denied doing during an interview with OCE staff in his office.


The report also noted that Stark "was extremely belligerent and frequently insulted" OCE staff, who soon realized he was videotaping them.

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Oddly, the House ethics report that cleared Stark also backed up the OCE findings, in that the panel recognized that Stark did say he was registered to vote in Maryland — although it called it an "inadvertent mistake regarding his voter registration, which was soon corrected."


Oh, and according to the House panel, Stark maintained that he may be "eligible" for the primary residence credit "because his Maryland home is the only home he owns."


In January, KTVU's Randy Shandobil interviewed residents living near the San Lorenzo, Calif. house that Stark claims as his residence. Folks who lived across the street, next door and down the street were shocked to learn a congressman said he lived in their neighborhood. Which tells you: Fremont is the post-office box; Maryland is home, sweet home.


The standard descriptive phrase for Stark, used most recently in the Washington Post, is: "has a history of erratic behavior." That's the polite term for: gaffe machine.


So out with Rangel and in with Stark, Pelosi's next ethics nightmare. The independent transparent ethics committee questioned Stark's truthfulness, but the Pelosi-GOP Inc. ethics panel gave him a pass.


The swamp is in session.

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