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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. 28, 2008 / 22 Adar I 5768

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Well, can I just point out that, in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I don't mind," was Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's response to a question about her position on NAFTA during Tuesday night's MSNBC debate in Ohio.


That answer demonstrates why Clinton is trailing in the polls. She can't give a straight answer — for her life. If Clinton didn't mind getting the first question, then why did she bring it up? Clinton continued, "You know, I'll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious, and if anybody saw 'Saturday Night Live,' you know, maybe we should ask Barack (Obama) if he's comfortable and needs another pillow. I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all these issues. But I'm happy to answer it."


Funny. Clinton didn't seem happy. In those few lines, Clinton instead came across as the passive-aggressive candidate. And she complained about the opportunity to answer first and set the tone of debates.


Later, when MSNBC's Brian Williams asked Clinton about a stump speech in which she took on Barack Obama as a grand-talking candidate, Clinton demurred. "Well, I was having a little fun," Clinton responded. "You know, it's hard to find time to have fun on the campaign trail, but occasionally you can sneak that in."


Just having fun? Come on. If you want voters to think Obama is all-talk, no-delivery, you have to be willing to say as much yourself. Be a man. Or the female equivalent.


Williams also asked Clinton if she thought Obama was "qualified to be commander in chief," and Clinton would not say Obama was not qualified. She would only say that she was qualified.


Four years ago, Democrats argued that a presidential candidate should have military experience. They argued that Vietnam combat veteran John Kerry would make a better commander in chief because Bush only served in the Air National Guard. Now the Democrats are about to nominate a candidate with absolutely no military experience — and it doesn't matter.


One thing the debate did not do was clarify what either Democrat will do about Iraq. Both say that they immediately would begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, but you have to listen carefully to understand that neither is talking about a complete withdrawal, which many Democrats want.


Obama's plan for "immediate" withdrawal of U.S. troops calls for keeping a "residual force" in Iraq to protect diplomatic and military personnel in Iraq and "continue striking at al-Qaida in Iraq." How many troops does that mean? He doesn't say.


Clinton has said, "If this president does not get us out of Iraq, when I am president, I will." But like Obama, she would leave troops in Iraq.


MSNBC's Tim Russert asked Obama and Clinton what they would do if the Iraq government, angry at the limited troop withdrawal, told Washington to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Russert should have asked what the Dems would do if insurgents decimated residual forces that had trouble defending themselves because they lacked the numbers to fight back. And isn't limited engagement the Rumsfeld strategy that Democrats attacked before the 2006 election?


Answers to those questions might get the attention of those who think that a vote for Obama — who opposed the war when Clinton voted for it in 2002 — is a vote to end the war. When it isn't. In that, Barack Obama has something in common with Hillary Clinton.

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