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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 January 29, 2008 / 22 Shevat 5768

How Rudy could have won

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While the rest of punditry dumps on Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani for his Florida strategy — which, to put it mildly, does not seem to be working — I have to wonder if Giuliani's biggest mistake was not touting himself as the only supporter of abortion rights in the Republican primary. I think he'd be faring better today if he had run as a security hawk and a fiscal hawk, but a social moderate.


After all, GOP presidential hopefuls John McCain and Mike Huckabee oppose abortion rights. Ditto Republican candidate Mitt Romney — even if he promised in 2002 that, as Massachusetts governor, he would "protect a woman's right to choose." Giuliani is the only Republican who wants to leave government out of a woman's reproductive decisions.


One year ago, the story line on Giuliani was that he was the GOP front-runner — despite the fact that he disagreed with the GOP base on abortion rights and civil unions. Now, the story line ignores Giuliani's positions completely and focuses on the fact that the former New York mayor has not even been among the top-three finishers in many early state elections.


It's painful to watch. Giuliani finished behind the screwball Ron Paul — he's against the government requiring immunizations and wants to get rid of the Food and Drug Administration — in Iowa, Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina. RealClearPolitics.com HorseRace blogger Jay Cost points out that the 2008 primary "schedule was not (Giuliani's) friend." In Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan, Huckabee, McCain and Romney found a state that offered them "a local niche kind of appeal." When Giuliani pulled major campaigning from those states — and announced he was saving his fire for Florida — hizzoner's support in those key states melted.


It may seem counterintuitive to take a stand that most party members do not embrace. According to a recent AP poll, two-thirds of Democrats — but only one-third of Republicans — believe abortion should be legal.


Nonetheless, a year ago, when GOP voters knew Giuliani's pro-choice position, they liked him the most because they saw him as a strong leader. After a year of soft-pedaling his abortion position, he doesn't look so strong.


A year ago, some abortion foes respected the fact that Giuliani didn't flip-flop on abortion to win the nomination. They also cared about electability in November 2008 — and realized that they'd be better off with a president who, if he would not try to repeal Roe vs. Wade, at least would support parental notification laws and would not appoint liberal judges.


Meanwhile, Giuliani's failure to play up his support for abortion rights kept pro-choice Republicans from rallying behind him. Cost noted that exit polls showed that 52 percent of New Hampshire voters believe that abortions should be legal — yet Giuliani was the pick of only 11 percent of those voters. If Giuliani had tried to reach out to the Granite State's pro-choice voters, he could have been a contender.


While there are fewer pro-choice Republicans in Michigan (about 35 percent) and South Carolina (about 25 percent), Cost observed, "In a multi-candidate field, this might have been a missed opportunity for Rudy."


Why didn't Giuliani play up his support for abortion rights? I asked former Gov. Pete Wilson, who won California statewide office as a pro-choice Republican and has endorsed Giuliani.


"It's certainly no secret, where he stands on the issue," Wilson answered. "The economy is a greater issue. The war on terrorism is a greater issue."


Yeah, but: Other candidates are strong on the economy and terrorism, too. Giuliani's appeal was that many Americans saw him as the man you wanted with you if your back is to the wall. Then, as the election wore on, voters saw a candidate who tried to distance himself from his moderate stands on social issues. The firebrand was doused.

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