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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 June 25, 2012/ 5 Tammuz, 5772

Administration is either hiding something or engaging in political suicide

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There must be something really, really bad in the documents his attorney general is trying to conceal from Congress. If not, President Barack Obama has lost his mind.

With the honorable exceptions of Sharyl Attkisson of CBS and Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles Times, the major media have ignored for more than a year one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history. Now that the president has claimed executive privilege, they can ignore it no longer.

Since there's been so little reporting of it, most Americans are learning of the scandal for the first time. Here's a recap:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives let more than 2,000 deadly weapons -- including .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifles -- "walk" across the border to Mexican drug cartels in an operation known by the code name "Fast and Furious."

The scandal came to light when ATF agents, appalled that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry had been killed by a Gunwalker gun during a firefight Dec. 15, 2010, told Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, what was going on. ICE Agent Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexicans also have been killed by Gunwalker guns.

When the lawmakers sought an explanation from the Justice Department, they were told, first, that Gunwalker/Fast and Furious was a "rogue" operation in Arizona about which senior officials in Washington knew nothing, then that the program was begun by the Bush administration. Both were lies, Justice later admitted.

Its purpose, Justice said, was to trace the guns from the straw buyers to cartel bigwigs, so they could be arrested. This wasn't true, three ATF whistleblowers told the House Oversight Committee last July, because no effort was made to trace the guns once they crossed the border, and Mexican authorities hadn't been informed of the operation.

The real purpose, many think, was to use a pile of bodies in Mexico to justify new gun control laws in the United States. To learn the truth, and to find out who knew what when, Mr. Issa first requested, then subpoenaed pertinent Justice Department documents and emails. Attorney General Eric Holder refused. In his varying testimony to congressional committees, he may also have committed perjury.

After being stonewalled for nearly a year, Mr. Issa's committee voted Wednesday to cite Mr. Holder for contempt of Congress. On the eve of the vote, the attorney general asked the president to assert executive privilege, which Mr. Obama did. This was odd, because the president has said he didn't know anything about Fast and Furious. If that were true, he'd have no grounds for asserting executive privilege, which applies to presidential communications only.

The claim for privilege "is a terrible piece of legal work," said attorney and blogger John Hinderaker. "It's arguments are weak at best; in some cases they are so frivolous as to invite the imposition of sanctions if they were asserted in court."

The administration's arguments are "extremely unpersuasive," agreed Louis Fisher, who was the expert at the Congressional Research Service on the separation of powers. But the legal wrangling will stall delivery of the documents to Congress.

Only for a while. In the most recent ruling on executive privilege (Espy, 1997), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said a claim of privilege is "routinely denied" when "there is reason to believe the documents sought may shed light on government misconduct."

Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder doubtless hope the courts won't throw out their bogus claim until after the election. What they should fear most is the court of public opinion. This had been under control. After the ATF whistleblowers testified last year, journalists should have been on this scandal like white on rice. But for many in the "mainstream" media, covering up for Democrats is more important than covering the news.

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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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