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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 April 3, 2014 / 3 Nissan, 5774

Checks and balances are not working

By Jay Ambrose




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was 40 years ago. The scandal was called Watergate. The president was Richard Nixon. He had delighted in some dirty political tricks, was abusing power left and right, and had even helped cover up a crime, a break-in by political operatives at headquarters of the Democratic National Committee.

Then, wham, the press was on his case, his own party was on his case, Congress was on his case and the courts were on his case. Nixon resigned.

"The system worked," observers said over and over again, reflecting pride that constitutional safeguards had thwarted these machinations as all sides stood up for what's right.

Now we're in another era. Barack Obama is president, and no, he is not engaged in Nixonian criminality, but he is rewriting laws without congressional approval, otherwise kicking the Constitution in the teeth on a regular basis and merrily getting away with it.

The system is not working.

Oh, ho-hum, say many, especially liberals who contend George W. Bush was worse, see Obama as justified because of Republican opponents who won't give him what he wants or else just look in the other direction. There's one liberal, however, who still cares about rule of law, who points to the obvious ways Obama is scarily, emphatically, blatantly abridging it far more than Bush and who frets about the hit on separation of powers between the executive, Congress and the judiciary.

"What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority," said this liberal, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, when he was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this past February.



"The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means ... is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system. And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it's changing without a whimper of regret or opposition."

Turley is not bashful in his facts — pointing, for instance, to administration surveillance of the press; the unilateral rewriting of parts of immigration, health-care, education and other laws; questionable regulatory enthusiasms; and the illegal shifting of money from one government fund to another.

Neither is he bashful in his rhetoric as he worries about "a usurpation of authority unprecedented in this country," or refers to the "land of the sorta, kinda free" or says we are at a "constitutional tipping point" that could bring us "an uber presidency unchecked by the other two branches."

So where are these branches, anyway? True, the Republicans in the House are trying out some ideas such as a bill that could speed up action on civil lawsuits against Obama, but even assuming no veto by the president, the Democratic Senate would not pass it any more than it will do much of anything to curb this president.

And the courts?

"For the last two decades, federal courts have been engaged in a policy of avoidance," said Turley in an interview on Fox News. The judicial theory, he said, is to leave it up to Congress when the executive branch goes too far, but as we've seen, that's like leaving it up to ghosts in an attic.

Listen folks, despite the yelps of the uncaring, intellectually mystified branch of liberals, this is not about impeachment or a conservative agenda or anything like that. It is about preserving a constitutional order meant to protect all of us. And do the Democrats not get it that if this precedent stands, a Republican president could also indulge his autocratic impulses someday?


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.



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