In this issue

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 July 5, 2011 / 3 Tamuz, 5771

Congressional pensions; D.C. online gambling; FEMA errors

By Lisa Hoffman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WASHINGTON --- It won't win them many friends on the Hill, but Rep. Bobby Schilling and Sen. Sherrod Brown think they and their colleagues shouldn't be able to tap their government pensions until they reach their official retirement age.

Schilling, a Republican from Illinois, and Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, have introduced measures that would require members of Congress to wait until they are at least 65 years old before getting full pension checks.

Depending on when they came to Congress, lawmakers are covered by one of four federal retirement plans. One lets lawmakers retire with full benefits at age 50 if they have been in Congress or other federal employment for 20 years, or at any age after serving 25 years. Short-timers -- those with only five years under their belts -- get their full benefits at age 62.

That's a far better deal than that available to ordinary Americans, who can get partial Social Security payments when they reach 62, but don't qualify for full checks until they hit 65 or 67, regardless of how many years they have worked.

Citizens of the District of Columbia have no voting representation in Congress, but they may soon have the right to do something residents elsewhere won't have: play online poker.

Once wildly popular, Internet poker games largely disappeared from the Web after federal authorities in April charged the operators of the three largest sites with bank fraud in violation of a 2006 federal law.

But that law left it legal for state governments to offer online poker to anyone physically located within their borders. The city is the first jurisdiction in the country to do just that, although the specific rules of play are still being hashed out.

The D.C. city council initially shrugged off concerns about encouraging gambling, seeing the measure as a potential source of revenue from tourists or patrons who live in the metropolitan area and come to the city to play. While the council is revisiting the issue, support remains strong.

Congress, which holds veto power over the D.C. budget, did not object.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent out dunning letters to 5,560 disaster victims, directing them to repay their share of more than $22 million in hurricane aid that they received in error.

In most cases, the mistakes were not made by the victims, but by FEMA. A woman in Arkansas received $27,000 in disaster aid in 2008 that was approved by FEMA after she submitted an application and FEMA inspected her home to verify her claim. This year, FEMA not only demanded the money back, but also gave her just 30 days to do so.

That doesn't sit well with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has approved a measure giving FEMA the authority to waive such repayments if the cases did not involve fraud.

FEMA wants to collect the money it says was paid in error, mostly to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It intends to give the recipients the right to appeal and to negotiate a compromise.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found FEMA shelled out more than $600 million in improper aid payments because of fraud or human error.

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