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December 2, 2014

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

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 July 31, 2014 / 4 Menachem-Av, 5774

Why Exposes of the Clintons Fail

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In dipping into Daniel Halper's interesting new book about the Clintons' return from the grave that they had dug for themselves during their White House years (from an approval rating of 66 percent after his impeachment, he plummeted to 39 percent upon leaving the White House to a chorus of pardon-induced Bronx cheers), a thought occurs: We have been reading these exposés about the malfeasance of the most corrupt presidential family in American history for over two decades! For some reason the scandals that these books reveal never sinks into the American mind. Today, despite Bill Clinton's public record of shoddy financial deals, brutal politics and endless abuse of women, he is the most beloved of recent presidents.

It is not like the Clintons presided over a tremendously successful presidency, save for Bill's innocent lapses with Monica Lewinsky, with her stained dress, and with his subsequent impeachment. Bill's first year in office was so appalling he scored the worst first-year approval rating in history. From there on he was up and he was down with the pollsters — as we have seen, really down upon leaving the White House. Moreover, what helped his present appraisal as president was the health of the economy, which would not have been possible without Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Before Bill confronted Newt, he was always a big spender. His budget plans called for extravagant spending.

Now Bill and Hillary are back in the running for the presidency, at least Hillary is. The revelations of their mendacity and general corruption are all out there, featured in a dozen critical books written over the years. Yet the Clintons have come back. Why have these books been so ineffectual? One answer I have proffered in this column and in my own books is the phenomenon of the Episodic Apologist. There is in the press an amazing collection of journalists who simply view the Clintons with resilient high hopes. They have, for over 20 years, proceeded through every Clinton scandal episodically, from great expectations to deep indignation at the Clintons' revealed turpitude to sudden amnesia and finally hope renewed! The cycle has gone on through all Bill's scandals and all of Hillary's, too. Any other politicians would have been put out of business years ago.

Yet in reading Halper's book, "Clinton, Inc.," I have hit on another reason for the Clinton critics' ineffectiveness. Time and again an author writes as though he or she is the first to discover just how corrupt the Clintons really are. The Clintons have been caught red handed by a whole range of authors. When Bill left the White House having signed hundreds of dubious pardons and commutations even leading Democrats denounced him publicly, for instance, Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter. Even a dozen of so Episodic Apologists publicly washed their hands of him. It is all chronicled on the public record. Go ahead and Google it.

In writing as though he or she is the first author to reveal the Clinton's tawdriness or outright corruption each writer isolates himself or herself and renders his or her findings susceptible to the Clinton Machine's politics of personal destruction. Each author can be portrayed as an "extremist" or a "crank." I personally observed this phenomenon in Halper's book. On page 251 he reports, "There was another potential bombshell, never before reported." He is referring to foreign intelligence operatives eavesdropping on President Clinton's telephone calls, namely his "phone sex" calls with Monica late at night from the White House, sometimes early in the morning. Of course, as readers of this column might recall, I reported this as early as 2007 in my book "The Clinton Crack-Up" and have not been hesitant to repeat it.

In "The Clinton Crack-Up," I reported that the calls had been intercepted by such intelligence agencies as the Israelis and the Russians. The tapes existed and could be used against a Bill and Hillary whenever she ran for the White House. Halper delivers his "bombshell" without a hint that any other writer had done work in this area. He does the same with his revelation of Vince Foster's long affair with Hillary, though that story too first appeared in The American Spectator, and at the time we braved public opprobrium for publishing it. There are other examples of a lack of attribution for my work and doubtless for the work of others.

Yet Halper has unearthed information that advances our knowledge of the Clintons. For instance, in the case of the sex tapes he reveals that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever so gingerly revealed his knowledge of them to Bill in the hope that the president would free Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel. According to Halper, the "stricken Clinton appeared to buckle." It took the resistance of Clinton's national security team to restrain him from going further with Netanyahu's request.

Well, at any rate Halper's book is now in the bookstores and I hope it sells hugely. It breaks new ground with the Clintons. Still, as he finds the Clinton Machine slamming him as an "extremist" and a "crank" he has only himself to blame. He could have marshaled the work of many previous writers, at least in his footnotes, to support his new revelations, but he did not. He wanted to go it alone, much like Don Quixote.

It will take a long time to assemble the full case against the Clintons. By the time it is done, however, I doubt anyone will care about them.

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JWR contributor Bob Tyrrell is editor in chief of The American Spectator.

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