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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 May 17, 2013/ 8 Sivan, 5773

Do the Right Thing

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In my experience, many who plead most passionately for bipartisanship do so because they hope to persuade those on the other side of the aisle to cave in on their principles. But there are times when bipartisanship is not only desirable, but also absolutely necessary. Partisan bickering and finger pointing have no place when national security is at stake.

Unfortunately, both parties seem to ignore this rule when it suits them. Democrats did so routinely during the Bush years; now Republicans seem to be playing the same game over the Obama administration's investigation into national security leaks last May.

Republicans have gone into high dudgeon over the revelation that the Justice Department obtained the telephone records of news reporters in its criminal investigation of extremely damaging national security leaks in 2012. The investigation involves stories that appeared last May about a plot to blow up an airplane headed for the U.S.

On May 7, 2012, AP reporters revealed details of the plot, which included information that the U.S. had infiltrated al-Qaida in Yemen. I and other conservatives decried the leaks at the time. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers described the leak as "a catastrophe" and "a crime," which it certainly was. The leak not only jeopardized the life of the double agent who handed over the bomb to the CIA, but it also gave valuable insight into the sources and methods that are the intelligence community's crown jewels.

So why are Republicans now so eager to charge the administration with trampling the First Amendment in the investigation into these leaks? If investigators are serious about uncovering who leaked the information to the AP, it seems highly reasonable that searching phone records is a good way to go about it.

Investigators didn't eavesdrop on conversations; they simply checked call records — not to prosecute journalists but to find out who passed on classified information that posed damaging threats to national security.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who rightly found himself in the congressional hot seat this week on other matters, was correct when he said: "This was a very serious leak. A very, very serious leak. I've been a prosecutor since 1976, and I have to say that this is among, if not the most serious, it is within the top two or three most serious leaks I've ever seen. It put the American people at risk. And that is not hyperbole. It put the American people at risk."

Ironically, if the investigation unearths the culprit or culprits, it is likely to be the administration that suffers embarrassment. Last year, Republicans were quick to assume the leaks occurred because someone in the administration wanted to portray the president as keeping America safe by killing terrorists and interrupting bomb plots, especially during the middle of the president's re-election campaign. They demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed, which the AG declined to do. Are Republicans now suggesting the administration was too aggressive in its investigation of these leaks?

Holder and others in the administration all the way up to the president have done plenty of things that deserve criticism. Republicans are right to investigate what went wrong in Benghazi and the later political manipulation of facts, why the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, how the administration has squandered billions of dollars in alternative energy grants — the list could go on for several more lines. But they should exercise better judgment when blaming the administration for doing all it can to find out who leaked information on the bomb plot last May.

If investigators discover who leaked information on the Yemen operation, the guilty should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. And Republicans should commend — not condemn — the administration for a job well done. It goes beyond bipartisanship. It's simply the right thing to do.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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