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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 17, 2011 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Newt and Nancy Together Again

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously shared a love seat with former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich in a 2008 ad advocating for global warming legislation.

This week, they're sharing the legal-but-is-it-ethical spotlight.

On Sunday, "60 Minutes" looked at the handy way Congress has of writing rules that favor -- you guessed it -- Congress. The report originated with the book "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison," by conservative author Peter Schweizer. (Buy the book at a 40% discount by clicking here or in Kindle Edition at a 46%discount by clicking here)

The worst offender: Rep. Spencer Bachus -- the then ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee -- who cashed in by shorting the market after a 2008 pre-meltdown briefing with Treasury and Federal Reserve biggies. (In the corporate world, that would be insider trading, but in Washington, it's business as usual.)

"60 Minutes" also looked at the Pelosis' purchase of Visa stock in a 2008 initial public offering unavailable to the rest of us chickens.

At a news conference, "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft asked Pelosi, "Do you think it's all right for a speaker to accept a very preferential, favorable stock deal?"

To which Pelosi replied, "Well, we didn't." And: "It only has appearance if you decide that you're going to elaborate on a false premise." Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington hit "60 Minutes" for implying that Pelosi may have used her leadership position to make a few fast bucks in the market by undermining proposed credit card legislation. "The facts don't add up," wrote CREW. I agree. As her office pointed out, after husband Paul Pelosi bought 5,000 shares at $44 in the IPO, he bought an additional 10,000 shares at $64 and another 5,000 at $86. Pelosi still owns 19,000 shares.

Pelosi once promised that if she were elected speaker, she would "drain the swamp" in Washington. But as speaker, she bought stock at an insider's discount. "60 Minutes" reported the story, and spokesman Drew Hammill cried "right-wing smear."

Gingrich knows how to play that game, too. At GOP presidential debates, he frequently takes aim at the liberal media. Methinks the Newter wants to deflect attention from his own checkered record.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Freddie Mac paid Gingrich at least $1.6 million in consulting fees starting in 1999. Gingrich and Freddie's chief lobbyist say the former speaker did not engage in any lobbying for the mortgage giant. At a recent CNBC debate, Gingrich acknowledged that Freddie paid him $300,000 in 2006, for which he acted as a "historian" who warned that Freddie's lending practices were "insane."

Earlier this month, Freddie asked for another $6 billion -- which would put Freddie's bailout tab at more than $70 billion since 2008. Now, if Gingrich were the visionary that he presents himself to be, he would have refused to take money from a government-sponsored entity that he must have known was doomed to fail and become a burden on honest taxpayers. Its very willingness to pay Gingrich $300,000 in one year shouted that Freddie was bound to crash and burn.

In Iowa, Gingrich tried to put a happy face on the Freddie fiasco. "We just tried four years of amateur ignorance," quoth he, "and it didn't work very well, so having someone who actually knows Washington might be a really good thing."

But really good for whom?

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