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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 May 31, 2012/ 10 Sivan, 5772

With 'Lord on their side,' Romney and Republicans may very well prevail

By Kyle Scott


Mitt Romney prays before his commencement address May 12 at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian college in Lynchburg, Va. Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary



Mitt Romney's Texas primary win secured him the Republican nomination. Now the GOP wants the support of every major US religion. Mormons, Jews, and Catholics identify with the party in increasing numbers. That helps Republicans erode the Democratic base


JewishWorldReview.com | (TCSM) Now that Mitt Romney has officially secured enough delegates with his Texas primary victory to clinch the Republican nomination, Mormons seem like a block of voters the Republicans can count on come November. This isn't just because Mr. Romney is Mormon.

It's because the Republican Party is now securing support from voters of every major religion in the United States, with the exception of Islam.

For nearly three decades Christian Evangelicals have tended to be reliably Republican. (Today, 70 percent of white evangelical Protestants support the GOP.) But now Mormons, Jews, and Catholics are getting on board with the party in increasing numbers. If the GOP is able to consolidate the support of the major religions in the US, Romney and other Republican candidates stand to win big at the polling booth in 2012 and well beyond.

Certainly, voters of a certain religion don't always vote as a bloc, and recent trends indicate that some young Evangelicals are rejecting the "partisan pulpit" and embracing traditionally liberal or Democratic values. But these religious groupings have had historic party allegiances that played out on election day as confirmed by the Pew Research Center Survey in 2009 following the 2008 presidential election.



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Seeing a Mormon frontrunner in Romney may have helped earn Mormon support for the GOP, but the social conservative dimensions of the Republican platform also fit nicely within the Mormon faith. A strong commitment to traditional family values is the bedrock of both Mormonism and Republicanism.

At the graduation ceremony at Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, Romney spoke of a worldview shared by his religion and Evangelicals; one committed to traditional family values — a direct refutation of President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage. A recent Pew survey found that Mormon support for the Republican party has grown from 68 percent in 2008 to 80 percent in early 2012.

Traditionally Democrats have been able to count on the support of Jewish voters. But when Barack Obama came out in support of a proposal that would return Israel to its 1967 borders, there was clear backlash among the Jewish and pro-Israeli communities. Republicans were able to align themselves with Jews and Israeli leaders in denouncing the proposal as a threat to Israel's security.

During the Republican debates, whenever asked, each candidate adamantly supported Israel, and several pledged to go to war on Israel's behalf. Newt Gingrich went so far as to suggest that Palestinians are an invented people — a position that won favor with his largest contributor, Jewish casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Pew data indicate that while 65 percent of Jewish voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic party, that number is down from 2008. Meanwhile, Jewish support for Republicans has increased by 9 percentage points since 2008.

Catholics have also begun to realign themselves with the GOP. Since 1960, when John F. Kennedy ran against Richard Nixon, Catholics have been reliable Democrats. But the tide is shifting. From 2008 to present, Catholic support for the GOP has increased by 6 percentage points to a point where a majority of Catholics no longer identify with or lean toward Democrats.

Republicans have, intentionally or not, become more appealing to Catholics for at least two reasons. First, certain aspects of the social policy platform of the Republican Party are consistent with Catholic doctrine. Republican opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion is more consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church than the Democratic positions on these issues.

The Republicans also won over many Catholics, particularly leaders of the Catholic Church, when they came to the defense of Catholic institutions that sought an exemption from portions of theAffordable Care Act that would have forced them to provide birth control coverage for their employees — which runs counter to the church's official opposition to contraception.

Second, Republican leaders who are Catholic have been making it a point to stress the connection between their religion and their political views in a way Democrats do not. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both Catholic — Mr. Gingrich having converted much later in life — and each has made it clear that their religious views inform their political views.

Paul Ryan recently caused a stir when he pronounced that his budget proposal was inspired by his commitment to Catholic social teachings. But Joe Biden, arguably the most visible Catholic Democrat, has yet to dismiss any of his Republican foes or defend any Obama administration policies by referencing Catholic teachings. Republicans embrace their Catholicism while Democratic leaders seem to run away from it.

When added up, these developments indicate that the Republican Party may be able to successfully add to its base by taking from the traditional religious bases of Democrats.

If intentional, this is a heady move by Republicans. For example, courting the Catholic vote in particular has two major advantages.

First, it deprives the Democrats of a reliable base of support. Instead of going after independents or undecided voters, Republicans have been able to chip away at the Democrat's base by bringing Catholics to their side. The effect of this shift has not been felt significantly at the voting booth yet, but the anecdotal evidence discussed above and polling data project a noticeable impact in 2012 and beyond.

Second, pursuing Catholic voters could help Republicans attract Latino voters — a group of voters that may help decide the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Latino voters are overwhelmingly Catholic and Democratic. And despite what commentators on the left suggest, Latinos are not single-issue voters. Nor do they all vote or live or identify as a bloc.

Polling suggests that one of the issues Latino voters care most about is jobs — just like other voters. Immigration is also an important issue among Latino voters — which could hurt the Republicans — but it is not the most important issue. A recent Pew survey found that among registered Latino voters, immigration ranks behind jobs, education, health care, taxes, and even the federal budget deficit on a list of issues they feel are "extremely important."

This means that if Republicans can convince Latinos that the GOP has a more attractive platform on social issues, they may be able to attract some Latino voters — not all, of course, but perhaps some who otherwise would have been lost due to immigration policy.

The Republican Party seems to be building a coalition of religious voters. That is, voters who find the Republican domestic and foreign policy positions attractive for religious reasons. Meanwhile, few Democratic politicians connect their religious values to their politics as publicly as some Republicans.

Despite all the deficits the Republicans have to overcome, if they have "G0d in their corner," they may very well prevail.

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Kyle Scott teaches American politics and constitutional law at Duke University.




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