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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 May 17, 2011 / 13 Iyar, 5771

Ensign Disgraced Himself and Senate

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Before John Ensign resigned as Nevada's junior senator on May 3, the Republican faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into a possibly illegal cover-up that followed an affair between Ensign and Cindy Hampton, a campaign aide who was married to the senator's administrative assistant. Last week, the committee released a report on the probe -- and it is ugly.

The committee wasn't particularly interested in the nine-month affair. Its focus was on -- you guessed it -- the cover-up.

Ensign's parents made a $96,000 "gift" to the Hamptons after the couple stopped working for Ensign. Ensign steered husband Doug Hampton into a lobbying job -- despite a federal law that bans staffers from lobbying the Senate within a year of leaving the Capitol.

Special Counsel Carol Elder Bruce found substantial evidence that the senator broke federal law, made false or misleading statements to the Federal Election Commission about the $96,000 severance and obstructed justice when he destroyed documents to cover his trail.

So go figure this: Why has the Justice Department indicted the husband on seven counts of violating the lobbying ban, but not the senator?

Ensign and his attorneys maintain that while Hampton may have lobbied illegally, Ensign did not break the law. Melanie Sloan, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, answered, "I don't know their real reason. They said they didn't have enough evidence. That seemed impossible to believe, given the indictment of Hampton."

DOJ spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said of the Bruce referral, "We take all referrals of potential crimes seriously. We intend to examine thoroughly the information provided, and take any necessary and appropriate steps based on our review."

OK, but no one can accuse Attorney General Eric Holder of pursuing corruption charges too aggressively.

If Ensign had any esteem for the Senate, he would have resigned in June 2009 when Doug Hampton went public about the affair -- not because of the infidelity but because Ensign abused elective office to buy Hampton's silence.

According to the report, Ensign pushed various interests to hire Hampton as a lobbyist in 2008 and then facilitated Hampton's efforts. Ensign called federal agencies and officials to promote the interests of Hampton's clients.

When Ensign's own staffers complained that Hampton was breaking the law by trying to contact them, Chief of Staff John Lopez became Hampton's "channel" in order to conceal Hampton's activities from wary aides, Lopez told Bruce under grant of immunity.

Ensign put his parents in an untenable position when they submitted affidavits to support the claim that the $96,000 was not a severance package.

I have to include this item from the report because it is so bizarre. When Ensign's spiritual adviser, Tim Coe, discovered Ensign and Cindy Hampton at a hotel in February 2008, he pleaded with the senator, "I know exactly where you are. I know exactly what you are doing. Put your pants on and go home."

When he announced his resignation, Ensign denied violating Senate Ethics rules. For once, I agree with Sen. Barbara Boxer, chair of the ethics Committee, and strongly disagree with that claim.

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