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 30, 2014 / 3 Menachem-Av, 5774

McDonnell's disgrace: Even if he wins in court, he loses

By Dana Milbank

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In December, during McDonnell's final days in office, prosecutors offered him a deal that would have let his wife off the hook and would have required him to plead guilty only to a single charge unrelated to his official duties. But McDonnell chose to go to court.

And so Maureen and Bob McDonnell found themselves seated apart but at the same defense table Monday with his-and-hers teams of attorneys. They listened to the final day of testimony by Jonnie Williams, the slick salesman who allegedly lavished more than $150,000 in gifts and loans on the governor and his family while receiving favorable treatment for his nutrition-supplement business.

Had he taken the deal, McDonnell would have looked like a sleazy pol. Now, he looks like a sleazy pol and a cad. Even if the former GOP governor beats the 13 counts, the trial is showing him to be not just greedy but also ungallant, allowing his wife and children to suffer to minimize his own shame.

McDonnell's decision not to make a plea bargain meant that one of his daughters had to testify tearfully last week about improper gifts from Williams and others that financed her wedding, and that the world now knows about the e-mail message the governor's wife sent Williams after the 2011 earthquake: "I just felt the earth move and I wasn't having sex!!!!"

The McDonnells' defense is that Maureen had a "crush" on Williams and therefore hid from her husband her crush's largesse. Problem is, much of that largesse — a Rolex, use of a Ferrari — was for the governor. And the object of Maureen McDonnell's affection claims to have known nothing about her ardor.

"Did you have any idea my client's marriage was complicated?" a defense attorney asked Williams on Monday.

"No idea," replied the witness, testifying under an immunity deal.

Asked whether he had a romantic relationship with Maureen McDonnell, the former salesman looked amused.

"I didn't know Mrs. McDonnell had any interest in me until last week," said Williams, who is married, 59 years old and about 5-foot-6. Testifying in a shiny and rumpled suit, he was not an obvious object of desire.

He seemed to like hearing himself talk — so much so that Judge James Spencer at one point had to break in: "Mr. Williams, there is no question before you."

The McDonnells' attorneys went to great lengths to imply a relationship between the former first lady and the big-spending executive. It fell to prosecutors to defend Maureen McDonnell's honor. They pointed out that the 1,200 text messages and calls between the two were a small percentage of the 109,000 Williams logged over that same 22-month period.

Bob McDonnell followed the proceedings intently and occasionally laughed at a joke. Maureen McDonnell stared straight ahead.

At the end of cross-examination, the defense suggested that the only mistake the former governor had made was to "misjudge" Williams's character. That wasn't McDonnell's only mistake, but it was a doozy.

Williams, in a slight drawl, spoke of how his friendship with the McDonnells was just a transaction to benefit his company, Star Scientific. "I don't believe I would have been close friends with the governor and his family," he explained, "if not for all the money." The governor and his wife wanted even more, he said, but "I turned down a lot of requests." In return for the cash, he said, he was able to launch his product at the governor's mansion, was introduced to health-care leaders for his business and had his product placed in gift bags at a National Governors Association meeting.

Williams had a code of ethics all his own. He complained about the hassle of getting a generator for one of the governor's daughters, but he spoke enthusiastically about getting a set of golf clubs for the governor's son, Bobby. He was uncomfortable about the Rolex but didn't mind spending $5,000 on cognac, because "everyone shares that." He was appalled by a Bergdorf Goodman shopping spree he took Maureen McDonnell on but thought it a good idea to buy a dress for one of her aides.

"I understand that what I was doing was wrong," Williams said. "It couldn't be right for me to be paying all this money." But he recalled the advice a golfing buddy who is a judge gave him: "If you loan money to the governor, it's his problem, not yours."

That wasn't quite right, but the golfing buddy couldn't have known McDonnell would let his family take the fall.

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