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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 Oct. 25, 2013/ 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Putting the shutdown in the shade

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hard times, as a wise old friend of mine was fond of saying, will make a monkey eat red pepper. That's why Democrats, who only yesterday vowed to hold the Maginot Line forever against Republican demands to delay the implementation of wise and wonderful Obamacare, are lining up now to burn their tongues with a dash of jalapeno.

We can expect to see Barack Obama join the jalapeno line soon. His health care scheme is crashing around him, with debris falling on friend and foe alike, and the White House is in full panic mode. It's fun to watch, even if it's not nice to say so. What's not fun is the pain hundreds of thousands of Americans have suffered when they lost their insurance in the Obamacare crash.

Democratic congressional incumbents, who reckon their own survival and national security to be one and the same, are leading the pack of howlers now that President Obama must do what Ted Cruz and the Tea Party urged them to do only a fortnight ago.

None of the special pleaders are more fervent than the senators who must run for re-election next year. "I believe, given the technical issues, it makes sense to extend the time for people to sign up," says Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who faithfully kept his mouth shut until the hot breath of Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running to replace him in the Senate, began to singe the hairs on the back of his neck. "The administration should state clearly how the enforcement mechanism will work if people can't sign up in time. I hope the administration will take a hard look at this reasonable suggestion." The unreasonable has become the sound and the sensible.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire opened the first crack in the Maginot Line a day or so earlier. She has obviously stolen the Tea Party talking points. "For over three years," she says, "we have been waiting for the creation of the health-care insurance exchanges, which is now in their fourth week of existence, and are riddled with problems." Both Mr. Pryor and Mrs. Shaheen lined up to vote for Obamacare with enthusiasm and happy shouts of acclamation. Now they're elbowing people out of the way to get to the jalapeno.



There's panic in the corridors and secret places of the White House, too, but the official word there is that Alfred E. ("What? Me worry?") Neuman is still in charge. "Today Americans have access to affordable coverage," Jay Carney, the president's spokesman, says. In addition to the web site that doesn't work, he says consumers desperate to consume could purchase health care coverage by telephone, mail or in person. Maybe even a penny postcard, which actually requires a 33-cent stamp, will do. "From day one," he said, "people have been able to enroll."

Nancy Pelosi is typical of the Democrats who think the Geek Squad can make everything OK. She concedes the disaster is "beyond glitches" but "does not take away from the fact that we're on a path [toward many benefits] under the law. Fix the technology and let's not get too bogged down in what happens if they're not able to fix it." (The operation was a tremendous success but the patient died.)

The White House still won't say how big that success is, or how many people have signed up. The administration is warning insurance companies not to say, either. But Blue Cross-Blue Shield says 14 — that's not 14 hundred, not 14 thousand, but 14 — have enrolled after the first week in North Dakota alone.

Web-site designers say disaster was built into the system by the 50 contractors who designed it without talking to each other, and now, one of them told Congress, they can't even log on, either. "Fixing it so people can log on will be simple compared to fixing what's really wrong with it," one designer with inside knowledge of the website says. "Logging on is not the problem. They'll fix that. It's once you get in the door you'll really see how wretched the inside of the house is."

This is real opportunity for the Republicans, but they can blow it, too. Another week and nobody will remember the government shutdown, which didn't very much inconvenience anyone outside the Beltway. They must be careful not to enjoy Mr. Obama's humiliation in public because his monumental screw-up is making life miserable for the hundreds of thousands who are losing their insurance coverage.

But neither can the Republicans let the president slip the blame for what he did. This is a screw-up with his name writ large on it. A week ago the Republicans in Congress were the knaves and scoundrels, and Barack Obama was the prince of the hour, striding through Republican ranks on a white horse. Nothing recedes like success.

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