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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review May 26, 2005 / 17 Iyar, 5765

The Senate compromise is just delaying the inevitable

By Bob Tyrrell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Drat. The battle royal I predicted last week is off in the U.S. Senate. The battle was to be fought between the Democrats and the Republicans over what conservatives call "the constitutional option" and liberals call "the nuclear option." That it was reported throughout the media as "the nuclear option" is still more evidence that the media are liberal. Obviously, the argument over whether or not the media are liberal is another of America's unnecessary debates.

The argument over whether the president's judicial nominees are "activist" is an unnecessary debate, too. What distinguishes the president's nominees from what in the recent past have been the Democrats' nominees is that the president's nominees pledge that their judgments will be restrained by written law, and the Democrats' nominees make no such pledge. Obviously the judicial nominee who pledges to be restrained by the law cannot possibly be an "activist." The Democrats' nominees can be as "activist" as they want.

The very term "activist" historically was first used in the legal sense to apply to liberal judges, mostly Democrats. So far from judicial restraint have liberal judges wandered that now many take into account not only the Constitution, but also social trends. In fact, the latest fashion among these judges is to take into account international law. Recently, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion abolishing the juvenile death penalty, invoked the "overwhelming weight of international opinion." Now that is activism compounded with cosmopolitanism.

Again, the debate over whether the president's nominees are activists is clearly unnecessary. Another way of putting it is that the debate is dishonest. The real "activist" judges are the liberals. Truth be known, Democrats have usually had no complaint with activist judges. Democrats are so weak in the legislatures of America that they can no longer make law. Consequently, they rely on their activist judges to make law for them. But if the debate over the term activist is unnecessary, this is not to say that the struggle over the president's nominees is unnecessary. This week, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist blinked during one of the most important political battles of our time. It is a battle to decide who makes the law: legislators or unelected, unaccountable judges.

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The White House was feckless in influencing wavering Republicans in the Senate. Sen. Frist was incompetent in allowing seven of his senators to break ranks. Now there is calm in the Senate. There is drift. Yet the storm will come anew. The compromise worked out by Sen. John McCain and seven Democrats cannot possibly hold. According to the compromise, the Democrats say they will filibuster future presidential nominees only for "extraordinary circumstances." Thus all will depend on what the Democrats deem "extraordinary." As we have seen, the Democrats already claim that a judicial nominee pledged to judicial restraint is an "activist." Can people who so willfully twist the meaning of a word be relied upon to abide by the meaning of the word "extraordinary"?

Republicans were hoping to eliminate the judicial filibuster this week so that they could confirm judicial nominees with a simple majority — 51 votes rather than the 60 votes necessary to shut down a filibuster. They had their eyes not only on the judicial nominees who have been languishing unconfirmed for years because of the Democrats' filibuster threat, but on the Supreme Court openings that are likely to develop this summer. With Chief Justice William Rehnquist's health in doubt, such an opening will probably come before the summer ends. Then does one really think this week's vaunted compromise will hold?

By almost anyone's interpretation a Supreme Court opening can be described as "extraordinary." When the opening occurs, the Senate will be right back to the brink of a battle royal. Little has been gained in this compromise, save perhaps a proper appraisal of Sen. Frist. He is not a leader. The battle royal will come when the president nominates Rehnquist's successor. The Democrats will be even more desperate and their character assassination of the president's nominee will be even more reckless and damaging to the nominee and to the court.

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