In this issue
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 Oct. 15, 2013/ 11 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Bipartisan Self-Destruction

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Republican Party is paying a steep price for the House Republicans' decision to follow Sen. Ted Cruz's self-destructive crusade to partially shut down the government in a reckless gambit to defund Obamacare.

In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll completed Oct. 9, 70 percent of respondents disapproved of congressional Republicans, whereas President Barack Obama's rating blipped up a couple of points.

Fortunately for the GOP, the bad news for congressional Republicans led some D.C. Democrats to overplay their hand by allowing the partial shutdown to appear more painful than it need be.

Message received: If the government cannot work for Democratic leaders, it need not work for citizens and taxpayers.

As Obama was holding press events to announce his refusal to negotiate with Republicans, the Department of Defense halted death benefits to the families of troops killed in combat. A Pentagon official blamed "a loosely worded law" for the move, but if it is loosely worded, the administration could have chosen to make the payments.

Instead, the Fisher House Foundation charity volunteered to front death benefits until the shutdown ends. "After losing a loved one in service to our nation, these families should not have to endure more pain as the result of political squabbling," said the foundation's chairman, Ken Fisher.

Democrats warned how the partial shutdown would halt important cancer research that could save children's lives. House Republicans proposed a bill to continue funding for the National Institutes of Health. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn't support the bill. CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Reid: "Given what you've said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren't you playing the same political games that Republicans are?"

When Reid balked, Bash asked, "But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn't you do it?"

Reid responded: "Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own." Nasty.

Last weekend, as the drop-dead deadline to raise the debt ceiling loomed, Reid pooh-poohed a bipartisan compromise measure pushed by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. But then the Democrats' war on taxpayers presented a signal moment. The government had placed barriers around the National World War II Memorial. Enraged veterans and tea party protesters tore down the barriers.

There's no public interest in closing off the monument. Indeed, it took manpower and money to erect the barriers. So there's no real saving. There's just a cheap headline.

Now the story has boomeranged on Democrats. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also found that 51 percent of Americans think Obama "is putting his own political agenda ahead of what's good for the country." And that poll was taken before last weekend's protests and other similar stories played out.

As I write this, Reid says he is "optimistic" that a deal can be reached. Why would the sage of Searchlight, Nev., want to do that? Maybe, now, it's in his interest.

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