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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 June 26, 2012/ 6 Tammuz, 5772

Emperor Barack I: The president arrogates to himself unprecedented powers

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The clearest indication yet that the president thinks of himself more as Emperor Barack I than as the leader of a constitutional republic came last week when Mr. Obama declared he would no longer enforce immigration law for young illegals without criminal records.

So much for Article II, Sec. 3 of the Constitution, which says the job of the president is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

At a Univision forum last year, Mr. Obama himself suggested that what he just did is unlawful. "The notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case," the president said then. "There are laws on the books that Congress has passed. ... The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws. ... That does not mean, though, that we can't make decisions, for example, to emphasize enforcement on those who've engaged in criminal activity."

But desperate people do desperate things. Mr. Obama's imperial decree came a day after his much ballyhooed speech on the economy bombed and two weeks after Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a smashing victory in the recall election in Wisconsin.

By arrogating to himself a power the Constitution gave to Congress, Mr. Obama probably hopes to accomplish three things:

• He wants to curry favor with Hispanics who are lawfully entitled to vote.

• He wants to make it easier for illegals to vote. That Republicans won big in Wisconsin, a state Democrats have carried in every presidential election since 1984, despite allegations of widespread cheating by Democrats, sent shivers of fear down the spines of Team Obama. They suspect that if, in November, only those who are eligible vote, the president is doomed. That's why his attorney general is suing to block ballot security measures and to prevent states from enforcing federal immigration laws his administration has chosen to ignore.

• He wants to get Mitt Romney talking about something other than the economy. (Mr. Romney didn't take the bait.)

This is not the most frightening assertion by Mr. Obama of powers not granted to the president by the Constitution. He claims the right to kill American citizens suspected of terrorism without trial or even an indictment, and without oversight by either Congress or the courts.

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus for suspected traitors. But neither he nor any other of Mr. Obama's predecessors ever made so breathtaking an assertion of power.

"By asserting the right to kill citizens without charge or judicial review, [Attorney General Eric] Holder has effectively made all of the Constitution's individual protections of accused persons matters of presidential discretion," wrote liberal George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley.

Mr. Obama had been in office for only a few weeks before he violated federal bankruptcy law to give the United Auto Workers a windfall at the expense of Chrysler's bondholders. Commentator Michael Barone called this an act of "gangster government."

The president is trying to deny to religious institutions their First Amendment rights by forcing them to include what they consider morally wrong in their health insurance plans.

"To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their health care is literally unconscionable," said Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

America was unique in the world, and a light unto it, because we "are a government of laws, and not of men," said the second president, John Adams. No longer, says the Emperor Barack I. Will his power grab pay off?

A (flawed) Bloomberg poll Tuesday indicated 64 percent of Americans approve of the president's new policy on immigration. This is less beneficial to Mr. Obama than it seems. Many conservatives (me, for instance) support permitting otherwise law-abiding illegals to remain in the country, but we want it done by constitutional means. "This is banana republic stuff," said Commentary editor John Podhoretz, another conservative who supports a change in policy.

But the manner in which he changed policy may cost Mr. Obama whatever he gained from doing so, because for few on either side is the issue a vote switcher. Tracking polls showed only a tiny bounce for the president, already faded.

Of far greater consequence are the administration's efforts to protect and promote vote fraud. It's too early to tell how they will pan out.

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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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