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 August 8, 2011 / 8 Menachem-Av, 5771

Hear the one about Phyllis Diller? . . . Debt bill . . . More

By Lisa Hoffman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WASHINGTON — It is probably not uncommon these days for folks to regard Washington as a joke. Now the Smithsonian Institution is adding its own twist to that perception, albeit unintentionally.

On Aug. 12, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will open an exhibit featuring a file cabinet containing more than 50,000 jokes compiled by comic Phyllis Diller, a pioneering female standup comedian in the early years of TV.

A 1950s-'60s precursor of Roseanne Barr's satirical shtick as a lousy housewife and mother, Diller, now 94, made her name with cutting one-liners making fun of herself and her husband, "Fang."

Along with the 48-drawer cabinet will be many of Diller's trademark props, including her fright wigs and bejeweled cigarette holder. The exhibit runs until Halloween.

If you care to read what all the hollering was about in Washington the past couple of weeks, the U.S. Government Printing Office offers a link to the final Budget Control Act of 2011, better known as the debt-ceiling bill. The agency wants you to know that the bill bears the "GPO Seal of Authenticity," which verifies what you're reading is exactly what Congress voted on this past week.

Check it out at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s365eah/pdf/BILLS-112s365eah.pdf

As part of what is being described as one of the most sweeping changes in U.S. military leadership in decades, the Senate this past week confirmed more than 2,700 appointments and promotions of military officers and civilian Pentagon officials.

Not only did the lawmakers on Aug. 2 confirm Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Ray Odierno to be the Army's chief of staff and Adm. Jonathan Greenert to be the chief of naval operations, but they also approved a host of assistant defense secretaries and uniformed heads of commands.

ArmyTimes.com noted that the Senate also approved 2,698 routine promotions of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps officers. Throw in the confirmation July 1 of Leon Panetta to be the secretary of defense, and you have a wholesale change of leadership unlike any other in recent times, ArmyTimes.com said.

The Department of Homeland Security is throwing in the towel on its much-heralded plan to develop a next generation of radiation-detection monitors that would not only signal the presence of radioactivity in cargo at U.S. points of entry, but also pinpoint the nature of its source.

After spending about $200 million over five years to develop the devices, the department said technical flaws proved too much to overcome in a costly manner.

DHS had hoped to spend $1.2 billion to deploy 1,400 of the machines. Now, only the 13 of the devices that have been built will be put in use. Instead, DHS security personnel will scan cargo with hand-held detectors.

A commercial competition will be held to come up with a replacement for the discredited machines.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment by clicking here.

Washington Calling pokes behind the scenes, sizes up events and looks ahead of the news. This capital feature, started in 1941, is written is the original inside-Washington column.


08/01/11: Dude, where's my MANPAD?… Training scenarios … More
07/25/11: Navy officers beached . . . Savings bonds . . . Cleaning house
07/18/11: National Mall sprawl?. . . Coming clean with FTC
07/05/11: Congressional pensions; D.C. online gambling; FEMA errors
06/27/11: ‘Most-wanted’ list has openings … DHS campaign