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Bibi's $10-Billion Blunder

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dropped his threat to wait for the next president to make a better offer on a 10-year military aid bill if the Obama administration doesn't meet his demands.

That's the word from officials at the White House, the Congress and the Israeli government. 

Stresses & Successes Of Family Vacations With A Child Who Has Autism

I consider family vacations the most important thing our family does for itself. But these outings have never been without complications, and having an autistic child in the mix makes everything a bit more challenging. Although Noah is now 20 years old, vacations are still something to which we give great thought, and through the years, we’ve learned a lot, struggled at times, and racked up some pretty spectacular memories.

I recall the first time we took Noah on a plane. He was about 4 years old, and we took him and his older brother, Sam, to Florida. About 15 minutes into the three-hour flight, Noah was ready to de-plane. It was not a pretty sight, but my husband and I did our best to distract him, and we got to our destination not too much worse for wear.

The author's three children in Copenhagen. Nina Mogilnik

My Personal Declaration Of Independence

How much should I depend on others? Does depending on others mean that I am “giving in” to my disability? If I am overly dependent, will I end up in a dull dark world where I rely on others to bring me happiness? 

Issues like these confront some people with disabilities almost every day. A person whose upper body movements are limited could spend two hours dressing herself or dress in 10 minutes with assistance from a health aid. After a stroke, a person no longer able to drive must either travel on four buses from home to work or depend on a friend to drive him. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

GOP Hopefuls Looking Beyond Trump

Even before their convention meets in Cleveland three weeks from now, many Republican leaders are already writing off Donald Trump and looking to 2020.  Some of the rivals the bombastic billionaire trounced in the primaries are dusting themselves off for a run against President Hillary Clinton four years from now.

Ryan Eyes White House

Paul Ryan's advice to Republican House colleagues to vote their "conscience" was an unprecedented abandonment of his party's presidential nominee.  It also helps him avoid being tied too closely to Donald Trump when, as expected, he runs for president in 2020.

If pollsters and odds makers were to gaze in their crystal balls four years into the future, they'd be very likely to name Ryan the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

Ryan Eyes White House

Paul Ryan's advice to Republican House colleagues to vote their "conscience" was an unprecedented abandonment of his party's presidential nominee.  It also helps him avoid being tied too closely to Donald Trump when, as expected, he runs for president in 2020.

If pollsters and odds makers were to gaze in their crystal balls four years into the future, they'd be very likely to name Ryan the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

10 Ways To Be An Advocate For Your Child With Disabilities

Editor's Note: Liane Carter's list of her ten ways to be an advocate are instructive for parents raising children with disabilities all year long.

Jewish Book Council. Courtesy of The Jewish Book Council

Nomination Period Opens For Fifth Annual Ruderman Prize In Inclusion With Organizations To Be Awarded A Quarter Million Dollars

Boston, MA, June 21st, 2016 — The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, now in its fifth consecutive year of operation. Five individual $50,000 awards will be given to companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Five organizations from around the world will be selected for the Prize, which in total will amount to $250,000 that the Foundation will invest as recognition for the important work being done, and to also ensure that resources are available to allow them to continue.

NRA, GOP Defend Terrorists' Rights

The National Rifle Association and its Republican minions in the Senate once again made it safe for terrorists to buy AR-15s and any other weapon they want.  They successfully blocked legislation Monday evening to prevent anyone on the terror watch list from buying assault rifles or any other weapon or explosive.

Terrorists have constitutional rights to buy guns, too, argued NRA loyalist Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who offered an unworkable 72-hour waiting period for full federal investigations of anyone on the no-fly list who wants to buy a weapon. 

NRA, GOP Defend Terrorists' Rights

The National Rifle Association and its Republican minions in the Senate once again made it safe for terrorists to buy AR-15s and any other weapon they want.  They successfully blocked legislation Monday evening to prevent anyone on the terror watch list from buying assault rifles or any other weapon or explosive.

Terrorists have constitutional rights to buy guns, too, argued NRA loyalist Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who offered an unworkable 72-hour waiting period for full federal investigations of anyone on the no-fly list who wants to buy a weapon. 

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