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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 August 1, 2005 / 25 Tammuz, 5765

Release Roberts' returns

By Dick Morris

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All seems to be smooth sailing with Judge Roberts in the Senate as he skates through the confirmation process.

President Bush seems to have aced the Democrats by nominating someone who they confirmed — with only three dissenters — only two years before for a seat on the second-most powerful court in the land — the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

How can the Democrats object to someone who they just approved, particularly when they filibuster the Bush nominees of whom they do not Approve? (Not talking the earlier Roberts nomination to death is an odd seal of approval from the left.)

But now the White House may be making its first mistake in refusing to release Roberts' full tax returns. The administration says it will only release a summary of his returns and will not provide the full documents to the Senate or to the Judiciary Committee.

Big mistake. In the world of Washington witch hunts, that's a lot like putting blood in the water off the beaches of Florida — the legislative sharks start coming around. In Washington, no document is important except for the one the White House won't release. Fervid imaginations conjure every sort of nightmare about what they might or might not contain, giving the Democrats a publicly acceptable excuse to delay the hearings and the vote until the documents are provided.

Whatever is in those returns — and one would hope Bush vetted them before making the nomination — it's not worth the hell that will be raised about forcing their release. Bush can resist letting the Democrats have every scrap of paper Roberts may have doodled on while at the Justice Department.

The public will have no patience for Democratic obstructionism on that score. But everybody files tax returns and everyone wants to see the returns of any powerful government official. After all, presidential candidates release their tax returns so why shouldn't Supreme Court nominees?

The American public will demand that Roberts release his returns and will back up the Democrats over the issue. Roberts' ratings will fall and the White House will be in the soup.

And, as the German Nazi camp commandant always warns prisoners who he is about to torture: "Zey all talk in ze end." This battle can have only one outcome: Roberts will have to release his returns, but possibly only after the damage has been done and it is too late.

Possibly the administration's victory in not releasing the notes from its consultations with the energy industry has gone to its head and it is arrogant about releasing documents. Possibly the highly positive reception Roberts has received so far has gone to its head and is leading to this stonewall decision. But either way, the Bush administration should release the relevant tax returns.

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It doesn't have to go back to the beginning in its release. It's OK to release this year's return and not any previous one or to release those that he filed while on the federal bench and not any from his private days before hand. If the Democrats want more years after having gotten one or two years of returns, the public will have no patience with their requests.

But the administration must release at lease some of his income-tax returns. Letting out the summary information only stirs the pot and catalyzes demands for the full returns.

Of course Roberts' tax returns have nothing to do with the real reasons the Democrats want to find a way to oppose him. They suspect that he is a closet vote against Roe but can't find anything to pin on him.

If Bush lets them have the tax return issue to use in beating up Roberts, he will be opening a wedge that could end up killing the nomination.

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