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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 Dec. 24, 2010 / 17 Teves, 5771

A new Labor Department plan shows the president still has wide power to implement an anti-business agenda

By John H. Fund



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As Congress's lame-duck session limps to the finish line, many in Washington are questioning the practice of having defeated and retiring members return to make law.

"Members of Congress are supposed to represent their constituents, not override them like sore losers in a lame-duck session," Rep. Tom Price, head of the Republican Study Committee, told me.

Indeed, there was a time when members of Congress thought they had done away with the practice. Congressional analyst David Fahrenthold notes in the Washington Post that in 1933 a constitutional amendment was enacted with the clear intent of ending zombie legislative sessions. The headline in the Washington Post at the time was "Present Lame Duck Session Will Be Last."

But all the new amendment said was that Congress would conclude its session in early January rather than March (it also shifted the presidential inauguration from March to Jan. 20). At the time, it wasn't contemplated that members of Congress would come to Washington between Thanksgiving and Christmas to legislate.

"The big mistake of the crafters of the 20th Amendment was that they didn't really anticipate airplane travel," Bruce Ackerman, a Yale University law professor, told the Washington Post. "It takes a lot of time to go from a district in Texas by train to Washington, D.C. Who's going to schlep there?"

Well, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, to name two. The Congressional leaders have tried to cram into this session all of the business they delayed earlier in the year for political reasons, from extension of tax cuts to an arms-control treaty with Russia. This year's session has been "the most ambitious legislative agenda that's ever been pursued in a lame-duck session since the 20th Amendment was passed," said John Copeland Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.

"There's no other amendment that is even remotely like that, [that] has failed to do what it was set out to do," Nagle said.

It's unrealistic to expect another constitutional amendment to address the problem, but perhaps it's time for members of Congress to police themselves. How about a campaign promise not to participate in any session of Congress that tries to deal with substantive legislation after an election?

FreedomWorks, the tea party group headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, had some success with getting candidates to take such a pledge over the summer. Americans for Tax Reform has long had a successful pledge which binds members to oppose higher taxes. Perhaps it's time for a similar one that commits lawmakers to honoring the intent of the 20th Amendment.

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