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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 Sept. 22, 2010 14 Tishrei, 5771

Would Barack Obama Endorse Rahm Emanuel Against a Black Candidate?

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Three quotations Rahm Emanuel needs to think about if he is going to become mayor of Chicago:

1. "Daley is Rahm's primary key, and Obama is Rahm's run-off key."

In order to run for mayor, Rahm Emanuel, currently President Barack Obama's chief of staff, has to file at least 12,500 valid signatures by Nov. 22. This will not be difficult. There are several times that many signatures available in Chicago cemeteries. (OK, bad joke. Sorry.)

But this means Rahm must depart his job quickly to get his campaign up and running and raising money. (See next item.) So Rahm will have to quit before the crucial midterm congressional elections on Nov. 2, which Obama cannot like.

True, Rahm made a big sacrifice leaving the House, where he wanted to become the first Jewish speaker, in order to work for Obama. And now Rahm has the chance for another first: He could become the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

But he may need Obama's help. Chicago has adopted a run-off system for mayor: If anyone fails to get 50 percent plus one vote on Feb. 22 next year, then the top two finishers compete on April 5.

It is possible that the top two finishers, each lacking a majority, could be State. Sen. James Meeks, an African-American minister and social conservative, and Rahm.

In the opinion of some, Rahm would need Obama's endorsement to win the run-off. But would Obama, who is still popular in Chicago, risk angering the black community to endorse a white guy?

"It would be very, very, very difficult for Obama to endorse Rahm against a black candidate," said Don Rose, a longtime political analyst and writer. "He'd have to be half-crazy to do it. But it might be a condition of Rahm's run. If he doesn't have Obama's support, he doesn't run for mayor."

Rose also think Rahm needs Mayor Richard M. Daley's support in the primary. But Daley has said publicly he will not support anybody, and I have been assured by those close to Daley that he will not change his mind.

Rose believes this is naive thinking for a race taking place in Chicago.

"Rahm is really looking to Daley to give him serious help," Rose said. "When Rahm won his congressional seat the first time, he did it with Daley's army. Daley says he's going to stay out of it, but what is important is not what Daley says, but what Daley does.

"Daley is Rahm's primary key, and Obama is Rahm's run-off key."

2. "He gets 20 people to give him $100,000, and he could raise $2 million in two weeks."

Before Dec. 9 of last year, Illinois was one of only five states with no limits on campaign contributions. But on that day, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 1466, which caps contributions starting next year.

Perhaps because the bill was complicated or perhaps because few Chicagoans believe reform will really take place, the effect of the change on the next mayor's race has gotten little attention.

"On Jan. 1, there is going to be a cap of $25,000 on individual contributions in the mayor's race," a Chicago political insider told me. "If that law had been in effect in the last mayor's race, Rich Daley's contributions would have been cut in half."

Which means that anybody who wants to run for mayor has to gather the big bucks in the next 13 weeks. Of those considering a run for mayor, Rahm has a unique skill: He is a master fundraiser. He not only has about a million dollars in his congressional war chest, which he can use in the mayor's race, but he has the skills to multiply that.

"He gets 20 people to give $100,000, and he could raise $2 million in two weeks," the insider said.

The money may be the easy part, however. Rahm is currently viewed as a Washington figure. If he wants to be mayor, he has to change that.

"He has to convince people that it's not about Rahm, but about them," the political insider said. "He has to convince them he loves Chicago and being mayor is not a stepping stone to something else. He would be a lightening rod if he runs, but Rahm likes that."

3. "I hate baseball."

It is understood by Chicagoans that President Obama, whose home is on the south side of the city and Mayor Daley, who grew up a few blocks from Comiskey Park, are both White Sox fans.

But is Rahm Emanuel, who represented a district on the north side of Chicago, a Cubs fan? Maybe and maybe not.

In April 2008, then-Rep. Emanuel issued a statement praising the Cubs for their 10,000th win. But sportswriters had a field day with it. Not only did Rahm spell Ryne Sandberg's name as "Ryne Sandburg," not only did he get dates and statistics wrong, but he wrote: "The Cubs' home, Wrigley Field, is located at 1600 W. Addison in my district, and is the oldest National League ballpark and second oldest in the majors."

In fact, Wrigley Field is at 1060 W. Addison, not 1600 W. Addison, which makes one wonder which address Rahm enters into his GPS to get to the park.

But that is not the worst thing. My personal in-depth investigation has revealed that Rahm once swore under oath that he was not a Cubs or any other kind of baseball fan.

It was Thursday, May 16, 1996, in Room 2203 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Government Reform and Oversight Committee was investigating the "White House Travel Office matter," and Rahm, as a White House staff member, had been called to testify.

The transcript (which makes for extraordinarily dull reading) reveals that Rahm knew virtually nothing about the matter and when asked about a certain phone call, the content of which Rahm did not remember, his lawyer said, perhaps jocularly, "It could have been about the Cubs."

To which Rahm responded -- under oath -- "I hate baseball."

This could have been a joke. But in Chicago, baseball is nothing to joke about.

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