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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

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

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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

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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

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 Sept. 4, 2008 / 4 Elul 5768

Bold McCain will sharpen the contrasts

By Kevin Ferris

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This week's forecast in St. Paul: 100 percent chance of a bold and outspoken GOP candidate who will clarify the differences with his opponent on issues, judgment and experience.

And why not? It's a strategy that seems to be working. Before Barack Obama's official anointing in Denver last week, John McCain had gone from behind in most national polls to tied or slightly ahead. Can he and newly selected running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, sustain that momentum?

Yes, says Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who had been on the short list for vice president. Last weekend, the tall, rangy Pawlenty, 47, was on a two-day tour of Pennsylvania, rallying sportsmen, business leaders and vets to the cause. That Sunday, he was at VFW Post 845 in Downingtown, shaking hands, talking to troops and their families, and previewing the GOP convention in his home state.

Look for McCain to do two things this week, Pawlenty says.

"No. 1, be bold and aggressive on issues and priorities most important to the American people.

"No. 2, make sure that people understand that Barack Obama's views are not in the best interest of the country."

Pawlenty starts with the issue on the minds of most Americans: the high cost of energy.

McCain and Obama agree about the need to develop alternative-energy sources and new technologies. But, Pawlenty points out, McCain alone is "aggressively advocating" more offshore drilling, nuclear energy, and clean-coal research. Obama, as an Illinois legislator, had "a strong record of increasing taxes on energy, which is exactly the wrong direction for the country," Pawlenty says.

On foreign policy, the contrasts are even sharper, as illustrated by Russia's recent invasion of Georgia.

"John McCain issued one statement that was definitive, clear and reflected the reality of the situation," Pawlenty says. "In contrast, Barack Obama issued three or four statements, steadily evolving over several days, essentially into Sen. McCain's position."

Additionally, this was not a new issue for McCain. He had called for a more assertive approach to Vladimir Putin a year ago, Pawlenty says.

"This was a snapshot of the value of having experienced wisdom and judgment on these matters," Pawlenty says.

Voters saw a similar contrast during the "debate" at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California two weeks ago.

"McCain was able to articulate what he believes in a crisp, decisive manner," Pawlenty says. "In contrast, it was one of those instances where you don't see Barack Obama with a teleprompter. ... He's kind of stammering, wandering, halting. He's asked basic questions like, 'Why do you want to be president?' 'When does life begin?' and he gives fairly unconvincing, fairly unclear answers."

These differences aren't just a matter of words or campaigning style. They're about decision making. The bolder and more decisive McCain has decades of leadership roles in the military and politics on which to draw to make judgments and craft policies.

"McCain has an extraordinary, compelling story of accomplishment and service and putting country first, even if it meant great peril for him physically, politically or otherwise," Pawlenty says.

That's not the case with the one-term U.S. senator. "Obama's resume is quite thin, at least for the purpose of someone who wants to be president of the United States," Pawlenty says.

That may be the greatest difference between the candidates. Obama talks about change, about a new kind of politics, about reaching across the aisle. But it's mostly talk.

"Barack Obama has not led the country on an issue of national significance in a way that has cost him anything politically. He always toes the partisan line," Pawlenty says.

The governor notes that Obama often cites as accomplishments his bipartisan work with Sen. Richard Luger, R-Ind., on securing nuclear weapons, or his work on ethics reform.

But on the nuclear issue, Pawlenty points out, "everybody's for that. ... That wasn't some act of courage to take on his party."

On ethics reform, Obama actually bailed out on a bipartisan approach, earning a scathing letter from McCain at the time.

In contrast, the senator from Arizona is known for going against popular opinion and his party. Look at the "surge" in Iraq, his efforts to find compromise on judicial appointments. Ask conservatives this week in St. Paul if they have other examples of McCain's famed independence. (Best sit down, as the litany will take a while.)

Talk isn't enough. Yes, there were some great speeches in Denver last week. But Pawlenty is confident that McCain's actions will speak louder to voters when it comes to issues, judgment and experience. As the governor says:

"The best sermons aren't preached, they're lived."

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Kevin Ferris is commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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