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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

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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 28, 2008 / 23 Iyar 5768

Peering behind Hillary gaffe

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | History repeats itself, someone once said, because people don't hear it right the first time. The problem with Sen. Hillary Clinton's Robert F. Kennedy gaffe is her failure to recall correctly the history that she has helped to make.

She was wrong on the facts, wrong in her argument, and wrong in her recollection of the deep, gut-wrenching fear and loathing that the second assassination of a Kennedy inflicted on Americans — across party lines.

Grasping at historical straws to explain why she is still campaigning instead of putting her campaign on hold, at least, the New York senator unleashed an argument that not only sounded breathtakingly tacky but also happens to be wrong on its facts.

"You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?" she said to the editorial board at South Dakota's Argus Leader. "We all remember, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

Yes, he was. But her argument falls apart in light of how her husband, Bill Clinton, already had won three times more delegates by early April 1992 than his nearest opponent, former California Gov. Jerry Brown. There were not enough delegates left in the remaining primaries for Brown to catch up, even if he won all the remaining primaries.

And in 1968 then Sen. Robert F. Kennedy had only entered the race in mid-March, four days after President Lyndon B. Johnson narrowly defeated Sen. Eugene McCarthy in New Hampshire.

This year's calendar started much earlier than it ever has before. That's given the Democratic candidates extra time to bicker after the Republican frontrunner, Sen. John McCain, sewed up enough delegates to clinch his party's nomination.

Clinton later apologized for any suggestion that she thinks Obama might be assassinated. Nevertheless, her indelicate remarks laid bare her naked hope: Now that she's exhausted any chance to win the nomination on her own merits, she speculates that something bad might happen to Obama. My column-writing colleague Michael Kinsley famously said that a "gaffe" in Washington is when somebody tells the truth. If so, Clinton appears to have revealed an apparent "truth" that sounds devastatingly inconvenient to her political future.

In her South Dakota newspaper interview, Clinton scoffed at the importance of unifying her party before the last states and Puerto Rico are decided. Instead she and her husband, both Yale-educated lawyers, wield the lawyerly argument that there's no rule or law requiring them to quit. No, there are only quaint notions like grace, tradition, party unity and a desire to avoid letting your sense of entitlement show.

Clinton had made a similar reference to RFK in at least one earlier interview. But this time it had the added unfortunate timing to have come a day after the nation learned that Sen. Edward Kennedy had brain cancer. It also came closer to the 40th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's death. But, most of all, it came at a time when more people than ever are wondering why Clinton is still in the race.

As Rolling Stone political correspondent Matt Taibbi has observed, we may yet see the Clintons' real legacy is "institutionalizing the fight for power through lawyers and backroom maneuvering instead of votes."

All it takes is a sense, endlessly promoted by the Clintons, that a system that leaves them a few votes or delegates short must be a flawed system.

The irony for us old fogies with long memories is how Bill and Hillary Clinton used to be passionately idealistic antiwar baby boomers themselves. In George McGovern's 1972 campaign, they opposed the old-school Democratic bosses in "smoke-filled rooms." Today the Clintons have become the old-school insiders fending off the insurgent antiwar campaign of the Illinois upstart, Sen. Barack Obama.

Ah, the irony. Now hopes for an Obama-Clinton ticket may have hit the rocks with the RFK gaffe. Obama's political chief, David Axelrod, sounded nothing but conciliatory in his call to "move on" during an ABC-TV appearance Sunday. But, at a time when she's been trying to raise questions about Obama's maturity, experience and judgment, Hillary Clinton suddenly gave us a new reason to wonder about hers.

The Clinton camp still has bargaining power with the Obama camp, which does not want to lose the votes of her supporters. But Sen. Clinton faces the danger of winding up on the wrong side of the history she is trying to make. She may yet be remembered as then-Gov. Ronald Reagan was in 1976 and Sen. Edward Kennedy was in 1980 — as a challenger whose primary fight led to the party's defeat in November.

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