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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 August 16, 2011 / 16 Menachem-Av, 5771

‘Super Committee’ starts facing reality

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The GOP and Democratic leadership overlooked -- snubbed, would be the more accurate term -- the Gang of Six when it picked the Senate half of the 12-member "super committee" that is charged with coming up with a $1.5 trillion savings plan by Thanksgiving.

If the committee can't agree or if Congress rejects their recommendation -- and either one is a good bet -- then $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts would automatically go into effect for fiscal 2013, which is only 14 months away.

At least that's the plan. Whether Congress can keep its nerve never once confronted with the impact of cuts of that magnitude remains to be seen. The current bold talk could remain to haunt many lawmakers, especially including the members of the super committee.

While it doesn't quite make them politically bulletproof, the Gang of Six had already affixed their signatures to a 10-year, $3.7 trillion deficit reduction plan. While the plan horrified extremes of both parties -- Democrats because it touched on entitlements, Republicans because it addressed tax hikes -- it was not rejected out of hand by the lawmakers who count.

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, found much not to like about the plan but said, "Nevertheless, the effort serves as a sign that we can work together on a bipartisan basis to make a serious down payment now to avert the debt-fueled economic crisis before us."

However, hardliners detected dangerous signs of moderation and reasonableness among the six and nixed their appointment to the committee. Now the 12 who made the cut are getting a whiff of what is in store for them.

Simply because it is the biggest chunk of the federal government's discretionary spending, the Pentagon is the biggest target for cuts. And the six Democrats and six Republicans represent states where some of the largest defense contractors employ tens of thousands of workers.

If the automatic cut kicks in, the Pentagon would take a 10-year, $500 billion hit on top of its share of an already-approved $350 billion in cuts, meaning some major weapons programs would have to be cut or scaled back. As the Associated Press notes, "That could translate into significant layoffs in a fragile economy, generate millions less in tax revenues for local governments and upend lucrative contracts with foreign nations."

It all seems so simple when addressing a crowd of hyped-up tea partyers. It will seem much less so when Defense secretary Leon Panetta starts talking, as he already has, about "doomsday" cuts to the nation's defense.

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Previously:

08/15/11: World's fastest plane disappears even faster

08/12/11: British cops track rioters through security cameras

08/11/11: Relax. There is no Death Star

08/10/11: House pages run final errands

08/09/11: U.S. treading water on job creation

08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest

08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky

08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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