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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 April 5, 2011 / 1 Nissan, 5771

Rather than cover Obama, journalists chose to cover up for him

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Donald Trump is a highly successful businessman and a reality show star. He has a flair for self promotion which few approach and none exceed. So many people take him seriously.

As Mr. Trump flirts with running for president, I think this is, on balance, unfortunate. The Donald has never held public office or served in the military. Since 1990, Mr. Trump has contributed to as many Democrats as he has Republicans.

But Mr. Trump is a smart guy, and he's being advised by Roger Stone, a shrewd GOP operative who cut his teeth working for Ronald Reagan, but who has since shown a preference for more moderate candidates, especially those with big checkbooks. They've hit on a way to warm the hearts of many conservatives.

In an appearance on ABC's "The View" March 23, Mr. Trump said: "I want (President Barack Obama) to show his birth certificate. There's something on that birth certificate that he doesn't like."

This provoked outrage among the very liberal hosts of The View, but was music to the ears of the so-called "birthers."

A CNN poll last August indicated 27 percent of Americans doubt President Obama was born in the United States. Half of likely GOP primary voters fall into this category, Public Policy Polling said in February.

That so many would admit this to pollsters is remarkable, because the news media have caluminated as ignorant extremists those who have expressed doubts.

The Republican candidate for vice president in 2008 was subjected to the journalistic equivalent of a proctological exam, but the normal vetting journalists do of presidential candidates wasn't done in Mr. Obama's case.

This was remarkable, because little was known about Mr. Obama. He'd been a U.S. Senator for barely two years before running for president. And some of what was known should have raised eyebrows. His political allies in Chicago included controversial figures such as former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Mr. Obama's spent millions fighting efforts to make his long form birth certificate public. Alone among all recent presidential candidates, he's refused to release his college records. He acts like he's got something to hide.

Two weeks after Mr. Obama's birth, his mother, her son in tow, was in Seattle to attend college. Barack Obama Sr. remained in Hawaii. They never lived together as a family.

This fact was unearthed by private citizens who did the work "mainstream" journalists refused to do. They learned also that Americans were forbidden to go to Pakistan when Mr. Obama traveled there in 1981, and that the Social Security number Mr. Obama gave to the Selective Service was issued in Connecticut, a state in which he has never lived.

But nobody had heard of these people, so it was easy for journalists to ignore their findings. Rather than cover Mr. Obama, journalists chose to cover up for him.

No longer, thanks to Mr. Trump. "Birtherism has gone mainstream," lamented David Weigel of Slate. This distresses Karl Rove, who was chief political strategist for President Bush. "Barack Obama wants Republicans to fall into this trap because he knows it discredits us with the vast majority of the American people," he said.

I've seen no evidence Mr. Obama was born anywhere other than Hawaii, and, like Mr. Rove, I'd much rather have Republicans talk about issues. But there are legitimate questions which deserve answers.

Journalists in 2008 likened Mr. Obama to Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. This hagiography was based not on his accomplishments in public or private life (they were sparse), but on the first of his autobiographies, "Dreams from My Father," which is beautifully written.

Last Wednesday (3/30) Mr. Trump said Dreams really was written by Mr. Ayers. Jack Cashill makes a persuasive case for that in his book, "Deconstructing Obama."

Journalists have ignored Mr.Cashill. It's harder to ignore Mr. Trump.

Polls indicate Mr. Obama is more popular than are his policies. But if Mr. Obama is shown to have lied about significant matters in his past, his personal popularity will plunge. And voters will view with more skepticism what he says about issues.

So it could be that Mr. Trump's pointed questions about Mr. Obama's past may do Republicans more good than harm.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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