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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 24, 2012/ 2 Iyar, 5772

John Edwards, Campaign Reformer

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The smart thinking among savvy election lawyers and political insiders is that federal prosecutors will have a hard time proving that John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he ran for president in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty. Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder captured this view when he said: "With the government having to prove that Edwards knew the intricacies of the campaign finance law and intentionally broke it, the government has a very tough road in this trial. He may not be a sympathetic figure, but that doesn't mean he should go to prison for trying to hide his affair."

Yes, the case has thorns. The star witness, former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young, is a known liar who falsely claimed paternity of a child carried by Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, during the 2008 election. (Edwards was desperate to hide the affair while his wife, Elizabeth, who died in 2010, was battling cancer.) Two fat cats provided $925,000 to support and hide Hunter in pricey resorts while Edwards stumped for the White House; the guy who was in charge of Edwards' fundraising, Fred Baron, is dead, while heiress Bunny Mellon is 101.

"The government has to prove that these people were giving (Edwards) money directly for the purposes of the campaign and that he knew that this way of helping him was a violation of the campaign finance law," Goldfeder explained -- as if that task were herculean.

Anyone who works in politics knows that candidates for federal office cannot accept donations above a legal limit; in 2008, the maximum contribution was $2,300 per election. Campaigns cannot accept free travel or other in-kind contributions over that limit. Edwards is an attorney who served as John Kerry's 2004 running mate. As a senator, he was a proud supporter of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance measure. The notion that he was unaware of campaign finance law is risible.

Mellon was an Edwards donor. Baron was the head money guy. Young worked for the campaign. (The campaign even paid Hunter to make campaign videos.) After the National Enquirer reported on Hunter's pregnancy, Young lied and said he was the father; Young and his much-suffering wife and children traveled with Hunter to keep Edwards' candidacy alive.

Even after Edwards suspended his campaign, he lobbied to become Barack Obama's running mate or -- this is scary -- attorney general.

Edwards is not a serial killer. I don't want to see him sentenced to 30 years -- the maximum if he's convicted on all six felony counts. But Edwards reportedly turned down a plea deal that would have let him walk after six months in prison and spared his two youngest children the long-term absence of their surviving parent. He made a choice.

Quoth Edwards: "I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law."

To his credit, Obama never warmed to Edwards. To think, if Edwards had become attorney general, it would be his job to enforce tome-sized regulations that challenge skilled corporate attorneys. Now he has the nerve to argue that this $2,300 contribution limit was just too arcane for him to understand.

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