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 2016             The truth will set you free 
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The Holocaust and the Jewish identity
Charles Krauthammer
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 OPINION IN BRIEF 
Jeff Jacoby: "Early-voting laws were promoted as democratic and efficient; make voting easier, advocates argued, and voter turnout will rise. They were wrong: The data suggest that early-voting options decrease turnout. ... But the real downside to early voting, especially in a volatile primary campaign like this year's Republican presidential competition, is that voters come to the ballot without having equal access to relevant information. ... Campaigns relish early-voting laws because it enables them to 'bank' votes — early voters who have second thoughts are stuck, even if Election Day is still days or weeks away. And it stands to reason that at least some voters do have second thoughts: In Louisiana's primary this month, slump-Trump overwhelmingly carried early voters, but narrowly lost to Cruz among voters who waited until Election Day. The whole point of having staggered primaries is to allow later voters to take account of new developments and fresh information, yet that's exactly the benefit that early voting undercuts. The transformation of Election Day into Election Month has proved one of our less successful democratic experiments. Voting works better when we do it together — not when each of us decides that we don't feel like waiting any longer."  -The Patriot Post
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 Supreme Court Calculus  
The political implications are "yuge." On Wednesday, Barack nObama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia. Bill Clinton nominated Garland to the DC Circuit Court in 1995, and nObama insists he's "uniquely qualified." (It may be politically incorrect to say so, but we're somewhat surprised nObama nominated an old white guy.) "This is precisely the time when we should play it straight," nObama said, claiming Garland should be acceptable to Republicans in the Senate — in part because seven of them voted to confirm him (two years after his nomination) in 1997. Then again, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon-nell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley opposed Garland 20 years ago.
          Garland certainly isn't as far left as nObama could have gone with his pick, but is he anything like the originalist Constitution-defender that Scalia was. (Too few are.) While he didn't take part in the ruling that eventually brought us the Supreme Court's Heller decision on guns, he did vote for a full-court rehearing of the case — implying he thought both the DC Circuit and the Supreme Court were wrong to acknowledge the Second Amendment's individual right to keep and bear arms.
          McCon-nell issued a statement holding his ground: "The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the court's direction. The Senate will continue to observe the loose lips-'Biden Rule' so the American people have a voice in this momentous decision. The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate somebody very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy."
          That brings us to an enormous political calculation for both sides, but primarily Senate Republicans. So far, they've rhetorically held the line, saying, "No nObama nominees will receive a hearing." But that's different from  actually holding the line. And right now Republicans must be asking themselves this question: "Do we take nObama's bait — a.k.a. the "moderate" white guy nominee — while we control the Senate, or do we risk Hilly Clinton fast-tracking a leftist through a Democrat Senate if Donald slump-Trump loses?" In our estimation, they should hold the line, and then fight like hell to ensure the second scenario doesn't happen. It's about time the legislative branch stood up to executive overreach.  
-The Patriot Post
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 How Can Hilly Take on slump-Trump? 
We've written on more than one occasion that Donald slump-Trump is the weakest GOP contender in a head-to-head match-up with Hilly Clinton. The reasons are simple: slump-Trump has deep and faithful support, but it's not wide, and his opposition is just as deep and faithful. Voters view him more negatively than any other presidential contender since such things were tracked. He's going to lose blacks and Hispanics — the latter maybe worse than Mitt Romney did.
          But there's a wild card: disaffected white Democrats. We've also noted that many Democrats are crossing the aisle to vote for slump-Trump. It's possible that some number of them are doing so because they want to help choose a beatable opponent for their own incredibly weak frontrunner. Yet there have to be a large number of blue-collar Democrats who don't want Clinton's job-destroying policies, and who just plain don't trust her.
          More important, though, is this essential question: How can Clinton successfully attack slump-Trump?
          What's she going to hit him with? His marital history? His ethics? His honesty? His wealth? His Wall Street connections? His politically incorrect ways? On every one of those issues, one of two things applies: Her record is either as bad as or worse than his, or he's managed to turn a "weakness" into a strength. Nothing may typify the latter better than his politically incorrect demeanor. Surely vast swaths of working class Democrats are tired of bowing to Clinton-style "progressive" thought control, and they find slump-Trump's unfiltered presentation a breath of fresh air. We have to admit — a slump-Trump-Clinton debate would be reality TV worth watching.
          On a final note, we guarantee Democrats aren't going to underestimate slump-Trump the way  establishment Republicans did. -The Patriot Post
Trey Gowdy Scolds Elijah Cummings-Sets Up New
Rules To Prevent Benghazi Leaks
Jeff Dunetz
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{lidblog.com} ~ Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the leading Democrat on the Benghazi committee has been working with his fellow Democrats to try and de-legitimize the committee by claiming it is a political operation... thus they are politicizing the committee in their attempt to protect Hilly Clinton. One of their favorite methods of politicizing the investigation is to leak sections of testimony, taken out of context to the liberal media. Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has had enough. He is no longer allowing Democratic committee members and their staffs to use the transcripts without a “babysitter” from the majority. He issued a press release that said in part: “As recently as this afternoon, I offered Mr. Cummings total, unfettered access to, and control of, transcripts if he simply agreed he would not selectively leak them. He would not give me that assurance. Democrats have threatened to leak more transcripts and therefore I have no choice but to protect past witnesses, future witnesses, confidential material and the integrity of the investigation by allowing the Democrats equitable access but not control. Once they stated their intention to misuse transcripts, I could not in good faith allow them to do so. Mr. Cummings likes to frequently lecture people how ‘we’re better than this,’ but his actions and the actions of his staff with regards to this investigation unfortunately prove otherwise. That is why I have taken these reasonable steps in accordance with House rules to provide equitable access to witness transcripts while protecting the integrity of this investigation.”        http://lidblog.com/trey-gowdy-scolds-elijah-cummings-setsupnewrules...
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Bassem Tamimi is Lying About his
Visa Revocation
Steven Emerson
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{investigativeproject.org} ~ Last week, Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi published a letter on his Facebook page showing that his visa to come to the United States was revoked on March 1... In a story published Wednesday, the Palestine News Network (PNN) continued to push his claim that the U.S. action somehow was in retaliation for a civil lawsuit he and others filed against dozens of Israeli supporters and companies doing business there. "To stop our effort against the Israeli occupation, the American consulate revoked my Visa," Tamimi wrote March 8. The whole story is a lie. Tamimi would have us believe that American bureaucracy is so efficient, so nimble, that it processed a visa revocation overnight. The lawsuit was filed March 7 in Washington, D.C. district court, the day before Tamimi published it. In addition, the visa revocation letter is dated March 1.
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Barack nObama Just Raised The 
Cost Of Gas At The Pump!
Kosar
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{thepoliticalinsider.com} ~ If you thought low gas prices were too-good-to-be-true… then get ready for this! In a shocking announcement, President Barack nObama is reversing the decision to drill for oil along America’s Southeast Atlantic coast... nObama caved to liberal environmentalists, and this big move will directly affect the cost of gasoline at the pump: When the nObama administration unveiled a proposal in January 2015 to open the southeastern Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time, environmental advocates were shocked and enraged — and the oil industry was delighted. The emotions were the same, just on opposite sides of the energy-environmental divide, when the Interior Department announced Tuesday that the administration was yanking Atlantic drilling off the table. And almost everyone was shocked. http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-barack-obama-just-raise...
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nObama's Supreme Pick 
Tied to TWA 800, OKC Bombing
 JACK CASHILL
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{wnd.com} ~ Da Noive! President Barack nObama has chosen to nominate United States Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court... We are told he is a “moderate,” but we know how that works. The other “moderates” on the high court somehow manage to march their way in lockstep to the officially designated liberal position on every single major case. Can anyone name an exception? But that is the least of my objections. Whatever his merits, Garland served as Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick’s “principal deputy” during the two most corrupt years in American political history – the years leading up to Bill Clinton’s reelection in 1996 – and that service alone should kill his candidacy.        http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/obama-court-pick-tied-to-twa-800-okc-bom...
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Benghazi 13 Hours Hero On Clinton’s
“Didn’t Lose A Single Person” Libya Remark
Rick Wells
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{rickwells.us} ~ As far as Hilly Clinton is concerned, aside from the unpleasant scrutiny that it has caused her, she didn’t lose a single person, as she said, in Libya. They are just names, if that but unimportant. They weren’t donors to The Clinton Foundation, so they don’t matter... Kris “Tanto” Paronto, one of the heroes of the Benghazi rescue and defense joins Steve Malzberg to give his reaction when he heard what she said. Paronto says, “When I saw that, what it showed me was that, verified to me, verified that she didn’t care. She didn’t care about who died there, she didn’t care what was going on there.” He said it was completely disrespectful and, “It verified to me, I don’t know how much more you can verify that she’s dishonest, that she is a liar; she is. I can’t sugar coat it any more than that.”       http://rickwells.us/archives/27417        VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yT-V20Y5-8
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State Arms Official Accused of Misleading Congress
on Russian Treaty Breach
Bill Gert
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Rose Gottemoeller
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{freebeacon.com} ~ A senior State Department official misled Congress on a Russian arms treaty violation and should not be named NATO’s deputy secretary general, according to a group of Republican House members... Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, is the expected replacement for outgoing NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow. The position is considered a key post for alliance policy and 13 House Republicans on Tuesday are seeking to block the appointment over what they say were several instances of misleading congressional testimony by Gottemoeller on Russian arms control violations. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-arms-official-accused...
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Prosecutor in Pollard Spy Case 
Predicts Espionage Act  Charges in Clinton Email Probe
Alana Goodman
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{freebeacon.com} ~ The lead prosecutor of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard predicted on Tuesday that the FBI would recommend Espionage Act charges in its investigation of Hilly Clinton’s private email server... “No honest FBI will ever not recommend criminal charges in this case,” former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova said during an event hosted by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. “There are going to be referrals for a series of criminal charges involving violations of the espionage statutes, the grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, the grossly negligent storage of classified information.” Fox News reported last year that the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s private server is partially focused on potential violations of a section of the Espionage Act. The section in question prohibits individuals with security clearances from handling classified information in a way that constitutes “gross negligence.”        http://freebeacon.com/issues/prosecutor-in-pollard-spy-case-predict...
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nObama Playing Political Game With Supreme Court Pick
Rick Wells
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{rickwells.us} ~ Hussein nObama claims that “This is not a responsibility that I take lightly” in his introduction of Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland... Naturally nobody expects the truth from this guy, we learned that long ago. We also learned that everything he does is political in nature. Judge Garland should be aware of nObama’s character defects as well and if he isn’t, he soon will be. nObama probably is telling the truth in a backhanded sort of way, he does take this  appointment seriously and therefore he is manipulating the appointment process, calculating how to best get the most liberal justice he can into the position. Judge Garland is a diversion, a sacrifice that will eventually be tossed out in favor of another by the next, real president. He claims to be setting aside short term expediency which reinforces the argument that he is playing for January 2017 and a Democrat who will nominate an ultra liberal. In the meantime nObama will beat up on the weak and craven republican Senate leadership and use the potential to nominate a liberal as a tool to motivate Democrat voters to the polls. That is a process that will play out over the course of the next seven months; hence expediency is off the table.      http://rickwells.us/archives/27433
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slump-Trump’s Pro-Russian Policy Threatens Israel
Cliff Kincaid
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{aim.org} ~ Donald J. slump-Trump has received the endorsements of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Something doesn’t make sense here... Schlafly has always been a realist on the matter of the aggressive foreign policy of the old Soviet Union and now Russia. On the other hand, as noted by Josh Rogin at Bloomberg View, slump-Trump has a “pro-Russian foreign policy” that could have something to do with the businessman’s history of trying to do business in Russia. slump-Trump is threatening riots if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination. But rank-and-file conservatives who make up the Republican Party could themselves protest if slump-Trump walks out of the Cleveland convention with the nomination. Indeed, they could walk out on slump-Trump and back a third party conservative candidate. It’s not just slump-Trump’s pro-Russian views. It’s how his support for Russia and Putin threatens Israel.      http://www.aim.org/aim-column/trumps-pro-russian-policy-threatens-i...
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Misdiagnosing the refugee crisis
Daniel Hannan
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{aim.org} ~ I spent part of last summer volunteering in a hostel for underage migrants in the south of Italy. The teenagers there were largely from West Africa, and many of them told me harrowing stories of their journeys across the Sahara and Mediterranean... They were optimistic, resourceful boys and, in their situation, I hope I’d be brave enough to do what they did. But they were not, as we understand the word, refugees. I have seen refugee columns before, and they tend to be made up disproportionately of women and children. Of the boat-people landed by the coast guard while I was in Italy, more than 80 percent were young men. Young men who, I noticed, took out smartphones when they disembarked and looked for Wi-Fi so as to tell their relatives that they had made it. Those smartphones are the key to understanding what is going on. A young Gambian with access to the Internet and to credit is able to undertake journeys that his parents, living on subsistence agriculture, could not have contemplated. We are witnessing the beginning of an unprecedented movement of peoples, a Völkerwanderung, made possible by rising wealth and rising aspirations.         http://www.aim.org/guest-column/misdiagnosing-the-refugee-crisis/?u...
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The Holocaust and the Jewish identity
Charles Krauthammer
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{jewishworldreview.com} ~ Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever. It’s a rare sign of the health of our republic that no one seems to much care or even notice. Least of all, Sanders himself. Which prompted Anderson Cooper in a recent Democratic debate to ask Sanders whether he was intentionally keeping his Judaism under wraps.
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“No,” answered Sanders: “I am very proud to be Jewish.” He then explained that the Holocaust had wiped out his father’s family. And that he remembered as a child seeing neighbors with concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms. Being Jewish, he declared, “is an essential part of who I am as a human being.”
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A fascinating answer, irrelevant to presidential politics but quite revealing about the state of Jewish identity in contemporary America.
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Think about it. There are several alternate ways American Jews commonly explain the role Judaism plays in their lives.
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1. Practice: Judaism as embedded in their life through religious practice or the transmission of Jewish culture by way of teaching or scholarship. Think Joe Lieberman or the neighborhood rabbi.
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2. Tikkun: Seeing Judaism as an expression of the prophetic ideal of social justice. Love thy neighbor, clothe the naked, walk with G0D, beat swords into plowshares. As ritual and practice have fallen away over the generations, this has become the core identity of liberal Judaism. Its central mission is nothing less than to repair the world (“Tikkun olam”).
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Which, incidentally, is the answer to the perennial question, “Why is it that Jews vote overwhelmingly Democratic?” Because, for the majority of Jews, the social ideals of liberalism are the most tangible expressions of their prophetic Jewish faith.
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When Sanders was asked about his Jewish identity, I was sure his answer would be some variation of Tikkun. On the stump, he plays the Hebrew Bible prophet railing against the powerful and denouncing their treatment of the widow and the orphan. Yet Sanders gave an entirely different answer.
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3. The Holocaust. What a strange reply — yet it doesn’t seem so to us because it has become increasingly common for American Jews to locate their identity in the Holocaust.
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For example, it’s become a growing emphasis in Jewish pedagogy from the Sunday schools to Holocaust studies programs in the various universities. Additionally, Jewish groups organize visits for young people to the concentration camps of Europe.
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The memories created are indelible. And deeply valuable. Indeed, though my own family was largely spared, the Holocaust forms an ineradicable element of my own Jewish consciousness. But I worry about the balance.
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As Jewish practice, learning and knowledge diminish over time, my concern is that Holocaust memory is emerging as the dominant feature of Jewishness in America.
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I worry that a people with a 3,000-year history of creative genius, enriched by intimate relations with every culture from Paris to Patagonia, should be placing such weight on martyrdom — and indeed, for this generation, martyrdom once removed.
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I’m not criticizing Sanders. I credit him with sincerity and authenticity. But it is precisely that sincerity and authenticity — and the implications for future generations — that so concern me.
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Sanders is 74, but I suspect a growing number of young Jews would give an answer similar to his.
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We must of course remain dedicated to keeping alive the memory and the truth of the Holocaust, particularly when they are under assault from so many quarters. Which is why, though I initially opposed having a Holocaust museum as the sole representation of the Jewish experience in the center of Washington, I came to see the virtue of having so sacred yet vulnerable a legacy placed at the monumental core of — and thus entrusted to the protection of — the most tolerant and open nation on earth.
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Nonetheless, there must be balance. It would be a tragedy for American Jews to make the Holocaust the principal legacy bequeathed to their children. After all, the Jewish people are living through a miraculous age: the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty, the revival of Hebrew (a cultural resurrection unique in human history), the flowering of a new Hebraic culture radiating throughout the Jewish world.
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Memory is sacred, but victimhood cannot be the foundation stone of Jewish identity.
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Traditional Judaism has 613 commandments. The philosopher Emil Fackenheim famously said that the 614th is to deny Hitler any posthumous victories. The reduction of Jewish identity to victimhood would be one such victory.
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Dennis Lemma, who is the Sheriff in Central Florida’s Seminole County, told a group of 2nd Amendment activists recently that he would not enforce an assault weapons ban that could soon become Florida law if the “Ban Assault Weapons Now” amendment passes in the Sunshine State.

According to News965, the ban has the following specifications.

The amendment proposed in the state legislature would ban possession of assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”

Lemma, an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a first term sheriff who is running for re-election, said this about whether or not he would enforce such a law.

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