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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 5, 2013/ 28 Sivan 5773

Ask Dr. Politics! Ask Dr. Politics!

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You are fair, and we are unbalanced:

Dear Dr. Politics: Did you attend the recent off-the-record meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and journalistic big-shots to discuss the disturbing seizure of phone records and emails from reporters?

Reply: I did not for two reasons:

First, though reporters sometimes let people go off the record in interviews, they usually do so in highly limited circumstances and for brief periods. I can't remember the last time I sat down for an entirely off-the-record schmooze-fest like the one Holder demanded.

Further, after somebody tells me something off the record or even on background, I usually say: "Why can't that be on the record? Why can't I use your name for that?" The source often agrees to let his name be used. But by making "off-the-record" the default mode in journalism, reporters get to learn all sorts of nifty stuff while denying their readers the same privilege.

Further, pols and their operatives study the press at least as much as — if not more than — we study them. Master political operative Lee Atwater would go off the record continually, even with reporters who he knew would break their off-the-record pledge. I once asked him why.

"Because they believe it more if you tell them it's off the record," he said with a sly grin.

Journalists should never forget that they exist to serve their readers, viewers and listeners, not their sources.

The second reason I didn't go to the meeting is that I heard it was going to be a cash bar. Also, I wasn't invited.

Dear Dr. Politics: The New York Times recently quoted unidentified sources saying that "some in the West Wing" wish Holder "would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit." Another said, "The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time." Will Holder be thrown under the bus or off the sled or wherever they throw people these days?

Answer: I doubt it. At least not in the immediate future. There is a difference between "the White House" and "the West Wing" being apoplectic about a guy and "the president" being apoplectic about a guy. The White House is a big place with a big staff, lots of egos and lots of agendas. Barack Obama does not report to his staff; they report to him. And if he likes Holder, then Holder stays, at least until Holder is ready to go.

Further, the role of the attorney general has changed dramatically in the years since Watergate. An attorney general is no long seen as the president's lawyer, but as the nation's lawyer. And it is not as easy as it once was to muscle an attorney general out of the job.

Besides, Obama is in his last term and has much more freedom to be unpopular over certain issues. He knows Republicans are not going to go to the mattresses to defend the press. The Republicans like the press as much as they like pellagra.

Dear Dr. Politics: Do you think it was proper for John McCain to fly to Syria to engage in private talks with rebel forces, including what may have been a group of terrorist kidnappers?

Reply: Are you daring to question the judgment of a man who thought Sarah Palin was ready to become president and commander in chief on Day One and have her finger on the nuclear button?

McCain is only a problem when he has a free Sunday. On those rare weeks when he has not been invited to appear on a Sunday talk show, he feels free to go to extremely sensitive world trouble spots to see if he can screw things up.

Then, when he gets back, he is invited to go on the Sunday talk shows to defend himself. Even Sen. Rand "I'm Not My Father and That's OK" Paul, R-Ky., has grown upset by McCain's behavior.

Noting it is important to vet the rebels in Syria before we arm them to the teeth, Paul recently said: "Well, apparently we've got a senator over there who got his picture taken with some kidnappers, so I don't know how good a job we're going to do vetting those who are going to get the arms."

And when Rand Paul starts to make sense, you know how seriously messed up things must be.

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