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December 2, 2014

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 15, 2014 / 17 Tammuz, 5774

Obama's foreign-policy strikeout: Could things get any worse for him?

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he has popped out, grounded into a double play and been hit by a pitch.

His attorney general, Eric Holder, said Sunday that the threat of undetectable explosives from Syria is "more frightening than anything" he has experienced in office. And the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article Monday reporting that "the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s" and that "U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous."

The Journal's catalogue of woes — civil wars in Iraq and Syria, hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, an electoral crisis in Afghanistan, tension with Russia over Ukraine, floundering nuclear negotiations with Iran and renewed Chinese expansionism — didn't include the current crisis on the United States' Southern border.

Could things get any worse? Well, maybe if the president's chief spokesman claimed that Obama was bringing "tranquility" to the globe — which is what White House press secretary Josh Earnest did at his daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Fox News's Ed Henry, citing the Journal report, asked for a reaction to "the notion that the president is a bystander in all these crises."

Earnest, mentioning the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry's mediation of Afghanistan's electoral dispute and progress in recent negotiations with China, argued that "there have been a number of situations in which you've seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has ... substantially improved the — you know, the tranquility of the — of the global community."

Tranquility? Where, in Iceland?

"Did you really believe that this president's foreign policy has contributed to what you called the 'tranquility of the global community'?" ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked.

Earnest backtracked a bit, declining to repeat his tranquility claim. When Karl mentioned the Journal article again, Earnest tried to discredit it by saying,"They're not exactly an impartial source." But the article was the product of the Journal's news section, not its right-wing editorial page.

Just weeks into his new job, Earnest is a well-liked figure among reporters, who consider him a vast improvement over Jay Carney and what they perceived as his sneering manner. But Earnest had the bad luck of getting the job as the public face of the White House just as events were combining to bring Obama to a new low in public esteem.



The day after Earnest was named Carney's successor, Obama made his controversial announcement about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange with the Taliban. Soon after, Islamist militants seized control of a large part of Iraq. And, since Earnest's first briefing as press secretary, the crisis along the U.S.-Mexican border has exploded, tensions have flared in Ukraine and Israel is close to war. Improvements in domestic affairs — employment and health care — have provided little relief.

Earnest's situation is similar to that of Scott McClellan, who took over the White House podium from Ari Fleischer in May 2003, just before the Iraq war went south and the Valerie Plame scandal broke. McClellan was better liked than Fleischer, but the goodwill didn't get him far.

Earnest, after a brief pleasantry about the weather, began his briefing Monday by reading, with barely a glance up, a long statement about "the president's year of action." He fielded questions in a similar manner, answering most reporters with a soft "mmm-hmm" and then reading from his prepared answers, with reference to things "we have said" in the past.

Whatever "we have said" in the past, it was not helping in the present to deflect the grim developments referenced in the questions. When the Associated Press's Julie Pace noted that there hasn't been "much of a breakthrough" in nuclear talks with Iran in advance of Sunday's deadline, Earnest insisted that there has been "important progress" and that Iran has been talking "in a serious manner."

This appeared to contradict an administration official at the talks who had called Iran's position "unworkable and inadequate," leading CBS News's Major Garrett to ask, "How can something be serious if it's unworkable and inadequate?" There was no particularly good answer to that question, or to Garrett's next: why the White House has been talking for weeks about "the prospect of additional economic sanctions against Russia without any action actually occurring."

But if there were few good answers to be given, Earnest at least gave his good-naturedly, enduring with patience an hour of interrogation about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Bergdahl and other unwelcome topics. You might even say he was tranquil.


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