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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 March 8, 2013 / 26 Adar, 5773

In Washington, signs of civility emerge

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hey, patriots. Washington is getting back to basics.

For the first time in 21 years, we had a real, old-fashioned filibuster, whereby a senator actually stood on his feet for nearly 13 hours without a bathroom break!

President Barack Obama took a dozen Republican senators out to a swanky hotel for a dinner dubbed a chew-and-chat and picked up the tab!

The next day, he invited the top House Democrat and Republican who work on budget issues to lunch at the White House!

The House voted not to shut down the government!

People in the nation's capital are positively giddy about the possibilities. They are recalling fond memories of former House Speaker Tip O'Neill and former President Ronald Regan sharing regular cocktail hours together. There are visions of balanced budgets, of civility on the floor of the Senate and the House, of economic growth that will bring jobs to all Americans.

For years, the Senate honored its tradition of the filibuster by letting senators block votes simply by registering a written protest. No interminable hours of speechifying from a hungry, thirsty legislator. But this time, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., did a real filibuster, finally ending just after midnight when he said the call of nature no longer could be ignored. Capitol staffers and security guards who had to be there were also relieved when Paul left the lectern.

A libertarian, Paul questioned what the administration's policy is on the use of drones to target suspected terrorists. After the filibuster, the White House said the president positively, absolutely has no power to use a drone against an American on U.S. soil.

And one of Obama's harshest critics, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sided with the White House. McCain chastised Paul, saying that telling Americans they might be in danger from their own government is wrong. "They are not," he said flatly.

Obama's dinner date with Republican senators delighted official Washington. The senators who chowed down on sea bass with him complained it should have happened sooner, but admitted it was a congenial evening and said they were happy to be invited. Several senators said they had a "positive feeling" after the dinner, even though they spent most of it discussing their differences over taxes and spending.

Wow! Are golf outings next? Cigar bars?

The White House is also chatting up business executives. The Wall Street Journal quoted one who has been helping the White House outreach program as saying, "The president and his aides realize they need as many allies as they can get for the four years ahead." Double wow!

The House, which has been dominated by Tea Party-movement supporters opposed to raising the debt ceiling to fund debts already incurred and dedicated to making government smaller, did an about-face and took preliminary steps to avoid a government shutdown when money runs out March 27. Triple wow! If the Senate acts similarly, as is expected, there will be enough money to fund government until September.

Meanwhile, the across-the-board sequester cuts continue, probably becoming more painful.

And there is still another debt-ceiling debate coming up this summer. Also, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said dismissively after the dinner, "If the president is going to insist on tax hikes, I don't think we'll get very far." And nobody came out of the dinner talking about "grand bargains."

As for Paul's filibuster, most say it signals that he wants to run for president in 2016.

So, you may be sighing, this is just politics as usual.

At the same time, Paul actually talked on the Senate floor until after midnight about the issue without reading phone books or quoting from Shakespeare. The image of Mr. Smith coming to Washington lives!

And if Republicans and Obama can get to know and understand each other better, who knows what it may accomplish? After all, the debates over slavery and the Civil War were even more intense than today's discord over fiscal policy.

All in all, not a bad few days in D.C.

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Previously:


02/22/13:The start of World War III? Why China's cyber hacking is frightening to the United States
02/01/13: Buy American and rebuild an economy
01/18/13: There should be a (nother) law: No super-whoopee inaugurations for second-term presidents
11/29/12: Congress hates us
11/16/12: A holiday gift guide for our politicians
08/10/12: Rise in independent voters imperils moderates
07/23/12: Looking forward to the presidential debates
07/13/12: A do-nothing Congress exacts high costs
06/25/12: Take a vacation: It's your duty
06/19/12: Dems: 'Do something'
04/30/12: Will Mitt Romney finally let a hair down?
04/23/12: Warning: Nasty presidential race ahead
04/02/12: We need to talk about aging
03/26/12: A Clinton-Bush matchup in 2016?
03/19/12: Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely
03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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