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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 May 14, 2012/ 22 Iyar, 5772

Justice stonewalling in Gunwalker scandal

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The chairman of the House Oversight Committee wants to find out who knew what when about the Gunwalker scandal, and if it had a purpose other than the one we've been told. But the Justice Department is stonewalling his requests -- and two subpoenas -- for documents.

So Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is preparing to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

When border Patrolman Brian Terry was murdered Dec. 14, 2010, the suspects left two AK-47 variant rifles at the scene. They'd been purchased at a gun shop in Phoenix by a "straw buyer" for a Mexican drug cartel.

A few weeks later, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he'd been told by a whistleblower that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately let those guns "walk" to Mexico.

Not so, Justice responded. "ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico."

That was false, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer admitted later. ATF let about 2,000 guns "walk" to Mexican drug cartels. They were used in 150 shootings through last March, said Mexico's attorney general. The toll has since risen to about 300, estimated the chairman of the Justice Committee in Mexico's Chamber of Deputies.

Gunwalker was run by the ATF office in Phoenix, Justice said next. It was a "rogue" operation about which senior officials in Washington knew nothing. Doubt was cast on this story when it was learned there were similar programs in Texas and Florida.

Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last May he'd heard about Gunwalker "for the first time over the last few weeks." Documents obtained by CBS News indicate he'd been briefed on the scandal nearly a year before that, Sharyl Attkisson reported.

The purpose of Gunwalker, also known by the code name "Fast and Furious," was to trace weapons from straw buyers to cartel kingpins so they could be arrested, Justice said. But there was no way to trace them once they crossed the border, four ATF agents told Mr. Issa's committee last June. ATF hadn't informed Mexican authorities -- or even its own agents in Mexico -- of the operation.

Justice's implausible story became more so when Ms. Attkisson reported ATF had taken the lead suspect into custody -- and then let him go.

ATF supervisor David Voth was "just delighted about" Gunwalker guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, a whistleblower said.

The State Department is selling surplus military weapons to the Los Zetas cartel, a former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's intelligence center told the El Paso Times last July.

"More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border," President Barack Obama said at a news conference in Mexico in April 2009.

That wasn't true. Of 100,000 weapons recovered at Mexican crime scenes, only 18,000 were manufactured, sold or imported from the United States, and just 7,900 came from sales by licensed gun dealers, ATF Deputy Assistant Director William McMahon told a House Homeland Security subcommittee that July. Drug cartels get most of their deadliest weapons from Central American militaries, according to cables sent by the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

The president told her privately he was working on gun control "under the radar," Sarah Brady of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said last year.

"Was [Gunwalker] actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by an administration that has blamed Mexican violence on easy access to U.S. weapons?" asked Investors' Business Daily last June.

The answer may be in the documents Mr. Issa seeks.

The "mainstream" media --apart from Ms. Attkisson and Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles Times -- have been incurious. If it were a Republican administration that had facilitated the transfer of 2,000 sophisticated weapons to some of the most vicious criminals on earth, and then tried to cover it up, I bet they'd show more interest.

If the House finds the attorney general in contempt, he could, in theory, be imprisoned for a year. The more likely result of a contempt citation would be to prod a somnolent media into paying more attention to one of the biggest scandals in American history.

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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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