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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Feb. 5, 2008 /29 Shevat 5768

Candidates meet at the borders

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LOS ANGELES — Immigration has burned among the hottest of the hot-button issues in the current presidential race. Yet in their first big one-on-one debate, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama left little daylight between them in showing unity on the issue.


And, guess what? They didn't leave much daylight between themselves and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican frontrunner, either.


Obama even mentioned at one point, "I worked with John McCain" on immigration, "although he may not admit it now."


No, probably not. McCain has been pilloried too much already by some in his own party's right wing for cosponsoring last year's failed attempt to pass a comprehensive immigration plan.


Even former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who described McCain's immigration proposals as "reasonable" as recently as late 2005, has since denounced the bill as "amnesty" for illegals.


Romney appears to have been listening to his party's angry wing chattering away on talk radio and cable television about "hordes," "floods" and "tsunamis" of "invading" immigrants "taking our jobs."


Yet you don't have to be an agent of the angry right to feel agitated about the nation's broken immigration policy. The anxious left feels it, too.


You could hear some of those anxieties in the question that a Minnesota woman submitted to Clinton and Obama in their Los Angeles debate on the negative economic impact of immigration on black workers.


"How do you propose," she asked, "to address the high unemployment rates and declining wages in the African-American community that are related to the flood of immigrant labor?"


Good question. She also received two good answers, which is more than we could say about a lot of the hasty responses in the crowded earlier debates.


Both candidates cautioned against "scapegoating" immigrants for urban unemployment left behind by the loss of jobs to structural economic shifts.


It is not just blacks, Obama pointed out, who are experiencing such job pressures. He recalled the rainbow of races, ethnicity and troubles in which he worked as a community organizer among laid-off steelworkers on Chicago's far south side.


The cause of that problem, he pointed out, is not immigrants taking jobs but employers taking jobs away and moving them overseas.


We need to get control of our borders, he said, but we also need "crack down on those employers who are taking advantage of the situation, hiring folks who cannot complain about workers conditions, who aren't getting the minimum wage sometimes or aren't getting overtime."


He also called for a classic Democratic recipe of education funding, infrastructure investment and tax incentives for the poor and middle class.


Clinton told a poignant anecdote of her own. She described a black man she met in Atlanta who used to work construction jobs, he said. He told her how it seems like the only people who get those jobs now are "people who are here without documentation."


To "bring our country together," both candidates called for the sort of comprehensive immigration reform that McCain has promoted.


Illegals should have to pay a fine, pay back taxes over time, try to learn English ("And we have to help you do that," Clinton said, "because we've cut back on so many of those services") and then wait their turn for citizenship behind those who have gone through the proper legal channel.


The only sharp difference between Clinton and Obama on immigration came with the granting of drivers licenses to illegal workers. Obama maintained that granting them licenses would reduce other problems, like hit-and-runs by illegal drivers who fear deportation. Clinton, who had sounded like a waffler on the issue during an earlier debate, firmly argued against granting licenses to illegals, but defended her support for her state's governor's opposing position out of personal loyalty to him.


Beyond that, they differ from Republicans more than from each other. With that, it is ironic that McCain's campaign has gathered momentum in recent weeks despite conservative opposition to his reasonable middle-of-the-road immigration prescriptions.


Should he win his party's nomination, we might just see immigration recede as a hot-button issue in this presidential race. Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also have shown an encouraging capacity for reason on this issue. If Romney or Huckabee were to be nominated, their past pursuits of reasonable compromise could reemerge as they try to woo independent swing voters away from the Democratic nominee.


Perhaps then we can move as a nation to something we used to be pretty good at reaching, a reasonable compromise on a problem that sharply divides us as it seems to be running out of control.

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