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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 December 4, 2013/ 1 Teves, 5774

Congress briefly drops by the national capital

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Don't blink or you may miss it, but Congress is making a brief reappearance in the nation's capital before knocking off until next year.


The House returned Monday but plans to go back home on Friday, Dec. 13. The Senate comes back next Monday, Dec. 9, and plans to stay in town for a decent interval until the leadership decides it's OK for the senators to go home too.


That means the two chambers will be in session simultaneously for only a week. It's only important if the House and Senate enact something that they both need to agree on but in a year characterized by vigorous inaction that seems increasingly unlikely.


The House has been in session 142 days so far this year; the Senate, 142. In 2011, hardly a year characterized by hyperactivity, the House met for 175 days, the Senate for 170.


According to THOMAS, the congressional legislative tracking service, Congress has enacted only 52 news laws since January. In the same period, the previous Congress passed 284 laws, according to another tracking service, GovTrack.


The GOP's tea party wing says this record of inaction is something to be proud of, that the government does too much. (Perhaps we missed it, but we don't recall anyone campaigning on the slogan, "If elected, I will only go to Washington to collect my paycheck.")



It's not as if Congress has nothing to do. Funding for a new farm bill and food stamps remains unpassed; so, too, does an extension of unemployment benefits. Unless Congress acts this month, physicians' payments under Medicare could be cut by 24 percent, likely causing many of them to pull out of the program.


After forty-some attempts, the House appears to have given up on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Instead, intent on throwing President Obama's words back in his face, House Republicans have introduced the Keep Your Health Plan Act but even if it passed the Senate -- unlikely -- the GOP probably waited too long with the ACA set to take full effect Jan. 1.


And, oh yes, there's the really important business of government. Republican budget negotiator Rep. Tom Cole, Okla., told ABC Sunday the most important priority "is getting a budget deal and making sure we don't default when the debt ceiling comes around."


Failure to act on either one could result in a government shutdown -- as early as Jan. 15 when a measure temporarily extending government funding expires. Cole's assessment is hopeful evidence that a common sense wing still exists among House Republicans.


Blink, however, and you could have missed it.


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