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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 25, 2012/ 5 Tammuz, 5772

Obama's Justice: Upside-down

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The important question to ask about Attorney General Eric Holder is: Whom does he protect and whom does he pursue?

Until recently, Holder claimed "deliberative privilege" to justify his refusal to comply with House Oversight Committee subpoenas for documents involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "Fast and Furious" program of 2009-2010. The infamous "gun-walking" program allowed Mexican smugglers to walk away with about 2,000 firearms, two of which were found at a December 2010 shootout that left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead.

On Wednesday, as the committee was set to vote to find Holder in contempt of Congress, President Obama protected Holder with a first-in-his-presidency claim of "executive privilege." Obama was not deterred by his previous criticism of predecessor George W. Bush's use of said power.

Holder had had more familiarity with executive privilege than the president. In 1999, Holder worked in the Clinton Department of Justice when the president commuted the sentences of 16 convicted Puerto Rico independence terrorists. During his 2009 confirmation hearing, Holder cited Clinton's claim of executive privilege when he refused to explain why the department switched its position on freeing the 16 FALN terrorists.

Holder also gave the "neutral leaning to positive" recommendation that covered Clinton's last-minute pardon of big-donor fugitive Marc Rich, who had fled to Switzerland to escape federal prosecution on fraud and tax evasion charges. Such are the people whom Holder protects.

Holder, however, does not stand up for politically powerless figures such as Clarence Aaron, who is serving a sentence of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction when he was 24. Under Holder's guidance, the president has commuted only one sentence — despite Obama's earlier criticism of draconian federal mandatory minimum sentencing.

Holder has protected administration officials from Republican calls for a special prosecutor to investigate national security leaks. Holder instead assigned two U.S. attorneys, one an Obama donor, to probe the leaks.

Me? I prefer a DOJ investigation to a special prosecutor — when I trust the impartiality of the department.

Holder didn't always feel that special prosecutors are bad. When Obama first took office, his DOJ sicced a special prosecutor on CIA interrogators who already had been investigated for their use of enhanced interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration — even though DOJ officials had recommended against prosecuting those operatives. It was a vindictive act against public servants who stuck out their necks to protect this country.

Holder was hell on wheels with interrogators who might have waterboarded three high-value detainees, but he has demonstrated no such scruples when it comes to the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the war on terrorism.

Under Holder's watch, the Drug Enforcement Administration has seized states' supplies of sodium thiopental, a drug used in lethal injection, because the drug is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That's just plain ridiculous.

At first, Obama's Justice Department advised U.S. attorneys not to focus on medical-marijuana prosecutions in states that have legalized its usage. Now U.S. attorneys are raiding medical-marijuana facilities regularly. Why? I don't know, but the answer can't be principle.

The answer to my question seems pretty clear. Holder protects Democratic administrations. He helped free well-connected FALN terrorists who didn't even submit presidential-pardon applications and a gazillionaire fugitive. He protected any administration aides who might have leaked national-security information to make Obama look good.

Meanwhile, Holder takes no prisoners when it comes to CIA officials guilty of trying to protect national security, states that apply their death-penalty laws or try to uphold their medical marijuana laws.

As for small fish like Clarence Aaron, they don't even rate. In Eric Holder's world, only politically connected people rate any privilege.

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