Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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I don't really understand the persistence of the end-of-the-year tradition of Top 10 lists. I find them worthless, for the most part, especially these days, when they seem like just another extension of the ga-ga celebrity culture, and not even a half-hearted attempt at separating the wheat from the chafe. Of course, I do understand why these lists of the...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
Congressional Democrats planned to wrap up their 100 hours agenda with the introduction last week of an energy initiative raising royalties on federal oil and gas leases, and repealing some of the tax breaks the Bush administration and the Republican-led Congress gave the industry in 2004. Some will declare victory with passage of the energy bill. But it faces an...
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Sarah Honig
We'll call her Naima (though she anglicizes her name). She's my daughter's pen pal. They met on a LiveJournal Web site, and soon featured on each other's "friends" lists. Naima grew up in the United States, and was brought back to Jordan by her folks a year ago. Her dad is quite wealthy, and the family resides in a posh...
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Earmark reform, energy, tax issues point out contradictions in groups' stands
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For most Jewish groups and their supporters, the results of last November's congressional elections was a dream come true. With the Democrats ending the Republicans' 12-year-reign on Capitol Hill, there was no question that most of mainstream liberal Jewish organizations were going to be lining up behind the new agenda. The "100 hours" plan put forward by new House Speaker...
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Last week, I wrote about an established holiday tradition: The practice among the large newsweeklies of turning to religious subjects at the end of the year, and often considering the "real" or "historic" Jesus, which generally means an examination of his Jewish roots. But it seems there was another holiday convention going on, also journalistic, but much newer -- and...
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