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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 Nov. 22, 2005 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

Move over Keating Five — make way for the Abramoff Thirtysomething

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 1989, the Keating Five scandal erupted. Savings-and-loan scam-artist Charles Keating had donated some $1.3 million to five U.S. senators' pet political funds — they intervened on his behalf with federal regulators. The collapse of Keating's shaky thrift cost taxpayers an estimated $2.6 billion. Democratic Sens. Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini and Don Riegle retired. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, won re-election, while GOP Sen. John McCain, the least culpable and most repentant of the unfab five, committed himself to rid politics of the taint of bad money.


Move over Keating Five. Make way for the Abramoff thirtysomething. As The Associated Press reported last week, top lobbyist Jack Abramoff appealed to some three dozen members of Congress to write to Interior Secretary Gale Norton urging her to block an Indian casino in Louisiana that threatened other casino tribes that had hired him.


The AP investigation found: "At least 33 lawmakers wrote letters to Norton and got more than $830,000 in Abramoff-related donations as the lobbying unfolded between 2001 and 2004." The AP reported that House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., raised $21,500 for a political action committee at Abramoff's restaurant. Seven days later, the gentleman from Illinois wrote to Norton against the Louisiana casino.


The Coushattas tribe — an Abramoff client — wrote two checks to political funds affiliated with Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, before Abramoff asked them to reroute the money to other GOP groups.


The Washington Post has chronicled the first-class trips DeLay made to the United Kingdom and South Korea on the lobbyist's dime.


Some Democrats are caught up in the scandal, too. AP also reported that the Coushattas issued a $5,000 check to the political group of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid the day after Reid sent a letter to Norton. Over four years, Team Abramoff gave Reid's political funds more than $66,000.


Locally, Team Abramoff enriched the political coffers of Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., by $64,500 from 2001 to 2004 according to AP.


Offices for the above lawmakers are outraged that anyone would suggest that these fine officeholders wrote these letters for filthy donations.


Doolittle spokeswoman Laura Black noted, "It should come as no surprise that Congressman Doolittle should sign a letter opposing Indian gaming since he has an established 25-year record of fighting against the expansion of all forms of gaming, here in California and across the country." Doolittle opposed California's state lottery.


Then maybe the surprise is that two Big Casino tribes donated $16,000 to the war chest of this upright gambling foe.


Another surprise: As part of his work for the casino tribes, Abramoff apparently funneled $4 million to the anti-gambling Ralph Reed, former leader of the Christian Coalition.


The Nov. 28 Weekly Standard reports how Abramoff associate Michael Scanlon — formerly of DeLay's office — approached Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and asked him to assert into the congressional record remarks that attacked the owner of a Suncruz Casinos — "Mr. Speaker, how Suncruz Casinos and (owner) Gus Boulis conduct themselves with regard to Florida law is very unnerving," said Ney — without mentioning that Abramoff was trying to buy Suncruz at a cut rate.


Scanlon pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a count of conspiring to bribe public officials. While it is unclear if or how much time Scanlon will spend behind bars, he has agreed to pay $19 million to Indian tribes that had paid some $82 million to Abramoff and Scanlon. In return for their millions, Abramoff referred to his clients, according to e-mails, as "monkeys" and "troglodytes."


It seems as though every decade or two, a scandal comes along that shows how members of Congress can forget where they came from and whom they represent. They start thinking that they're such swell guys they can bend the rules. They can take big money from people with whom they shouldn't be that cozy, then throw their weight around with federal bureaucrats in matters that belong to other states. They figure their constituents won't know or won't care.


Maybe they think we're monkeys and troglodytes, too.

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