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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 May 14, 2013/ 5 Sivan, 5773

Obama finds his legacy

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama can relax and get to work on his hook shot and his putting. The presidential legacy he has fretted over is now clear, well established, safe and secure. The presidential historians can fire up their laptops and let the processing of words begin.

It's too early to conclude, as some Republicans have, that the dam has broken, that the sleeping mainstream media has begun to come out of its sleeping-sickness stupor, and that even Democrats are about to leap out of the way. Not yet. But the dam has clearly sprung a leak.

Benghazi is no longer "the b-word," to be relegated to furtive whispers behind the potted plant, spoken like the f-bomb and the n-word, the ugly burps in the language of the uncivilized and the indecent. "For a long time," concedes Alex Koppelman in the New Yorker, "it seemed like the idea of a cover-up was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it."

And it's not just Benghazi. The scandal at the Internal Revenue System frightens everyone, given that an IRS audit and a heart attack are the twin terrors of the wee hours of the night. "Previous presidents," writes Joe Klein in Time magazine, "including great ones like Roosevelt, have used the IRS against their enemies. But I don't think Obama ever wanted to be on the same page as Richard Nixon. In this specific case, he now is."

Maureen Dowd, the dowager queen of spleen at The New York Times (where Mo's toxic rants are applied to Republicans and other conservatives in the absence of waterboards), says the nation's capital is "in the throes of déjà vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined . . . as damage control that goes like this: 'It's not true, it's not true, it's not true, it's old news.' The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: 'Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.' . . . [But] now that the IRS has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified."

This late evidence that the rhinestone glitteries of the media do, after all, inhabit the same planet as the rest of us is reassuring, even if the glitteries are nevertheless still anxious to protect President Obama from his emerging legacy. "It's terrible," Carl Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal a generation ago, says of the IRS targeting conservatives for audits: "Outrageous. Heads ought to roll. Simple as that. From what we know so far, some high-up heads."

But just not too high-up. "We know a lot about President Obama, and I think the idea that he would want the IRS used for retribution - we have no evidence of any such thing."

Well, not yet. And maybe not ever. But Carl's Watergate scoop from that earlier century was dismissed for weeks as "a third-rate burglary," so if we know anything about Washington cover-ups we know that it takes time to unravel them. A new poll, by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, finds that Republicans are angrier about Benghazi than about the discovery that the IRS has been keeping a little list of Mr. Obama's enemies. This is welcome news at the White House, which is expected to play the scandals against each other. In fact, there's fanciful speculation that the White House leaked the IRS disclosure specifically to distract attention from Benghazi. The IRS scandal might be successfully laid to benign incompetence. The indifference to saving American lives at Benghazi was criminal.

Benghazi is still regarded as a Washington scandal in flyover country, not yet news for the front page. For most Americans "Benghazi" is just another word from the weird world of the Middle East and North Africa, just easier than most to pronounce. It's a story with violent death but no sex. On the other hand, everybody's familiar with the IRS. Barack Obama has joked about using IRS audits to silence enemies, as in the commencement speech at Arizona State in 2009. The reference seemed innocent enough at the time, but he probably would find a better joke now.

Once the leak in a dam becomes a torrent, and then the dam breaks, there's nothing even a president can do. He becomes an unwilling participant. Every time he is forced to comment, as he was yesterday in a "press availability" with British Prime Minister David Cameron, he can only insist that "there's no there there." But now everybody knows there is. He can run, but he can't hide. It's his legacy, and he's stuck with it.

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