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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Feb. 13, 2013/ 3 Adar 5773

Obama's 'friends of Hamas'? Records of Hagel and Brennan both suggest ties to Islamists

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.

To their credit, the senators, including the Republican leadership and every member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have thrown down the gauntlet. They warned Mr. Hagel: "Your refusal to respond to this reasonable request suggests either a lack of respect for the Senate's responsibility to advise and consent or that you are for some reason unwilling to allow this financial disclosure to come to light." The signers added: "Until the Committee receives full and complete answers, it cannot in good faith determine whether you should be confirmed as Secretary of Defense."

It may be that the Hagel appointment has been effectively checkmated. Should the nominee continue to stonewall, even Democrats -- who are under immense pressure to hew to the party line but were privately appalled by his performance during a confirmation hearing two weeks ago -- get a face-saving way to disassociate themselves from this loser.

Mr. Hagel may have, as a practical matter, no choice but to try to brazen it out. Breitbart.com last week quoted Senate sources as saying that among the requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is one listing "a group purportedly called 'Friends of Hamas.'" At this writing and absent the requested disclosure, it cannot be determined whether Mr. Hagel is literally associated with the "friends" of a designated terrorist organization. The mere fact, though, that it seems entirely plausible -- given the nominee's record of hostility toward Israel and his affinity for its enemies (including Hamas' longtime sponsor, Iran) -- his refusal to make the sort of disclosure expected of all Cabinet appointees should be the last straw for Senate Republicans and Democrats alike.


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What is incredible is that Mr. Obama's candidate to lead the Central Intelligence Agency could reasonably be considered a friend of Hamas as well. After all, he has been among the Obama appointees to engage with a group called the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). No fewer than four federal judges have, in connection with the 2008 federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation on terrorism financing charges, concurred that CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood front.

Indeed, in the course of that prosecution, the government established that CAIR was founded in 1993 for the purpose of providing political and fundraising support for Hamas. Yet on John O. Brennan's watch as counterterrorism czar for the first term of the Obama presidency, administration officials have, according to one, met "more than 100 times" with representatives of this terrorist organization's U.S. influence operation.

Even more alarming, as Steven Emerson and John Rossomando make clear in a must-read analysis of Mr. Brennan's record published last week by the indispensable Investigative Project on Terrorism, the CIA director-designate agreed to demands made in 2011 by CAIR and other Islamist and leftist groups to politicize the training of intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security and military personnel. In a letter dated Nov. 3 of that year, Mr. Brennan promised that an interagency review and new guidelines would "address the valid concerns" raised by this insidious Red-Green axis.

Among other things, the guidelines promulgated under Mr. Brennan's supervision required the purging of hundreds of documents and training materials from the files of the FBI and other agencies on the grounds that they might "offend" Muslims such as the Islamists of CAIR and other friends of Hamas. Experienced trainers including Maj. Stephen Coughlin -- a former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the nation's pre-eminent authorities on the enemy threat doctrine of Shariah -- were barred from providing instruction at the CIA and elsewhere. Also, "community partners" (read, senior officials of CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood fronts who profess to be "leaders" of the Muslim-American community) are to be consulted before any trainers or training materials are used to prepare with federal funds to counter "violent extremism."

Despite this record and myriad other examples of what is, at best, Mr. Brennan's willful blindness to the threat posed by Islamists and both violent and pre-violent jihad -- in which Shariah obliges them to engage -- not a single member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence used its hearing on his appointment last week to question the nominee on this score. A second hearing on Tuesday, this one behind closed doors, offers another opportunity to do so. Will it, too, be missed?

During the Cold War -- our last epic struggle with a totalitarian ideology -- it would have been unimaginable for individuals who were friends of the KGB or associated with those who were to have been nominated to lead the Pentagon or the CIA, let alone both. As Rep. Trent Franks, a member of a courageous group Newt Gingrich has dubbed "the National Security Five," said on the House floor last week: "I believe the success of the [Muslim Brotherhood's] 'stealth jihad' has been significantly enhanced by remarks and public statements made by John Brennan over the past four years. He should, therefore, not be allowed anywhere near -- let alone be given the responsibility for running -- America's premier intelligence agency."

Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, has said he will insist on 60 votes to confirm Mr. Hagel. The same should apply to Mr. Brennan and any other friend of Hamas. A true friend of Hamas is, by definition, an enemy of ours.


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