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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 Nov. 5, 2007 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

A damsel causing distress

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember when being a woman was considered to be a liability in a presidential candidate? In an impressive display of political jiu-jitsu, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has turned her gender into a gem of an asset.


First it helped to keep her all-male rivals at bay. Until last week's match-up in Philadelphia, the guys stayed mostly chivalrous toward front-runner Clinton to avoid the appearance of prep school bullies in neckties beating up on their team's only girl.


Besides, a lot of Democratic voters have complained that they don't like to see Democrats beating up on each other. Save that for the Republicans, they say. Party loyalty is good politics, even if for us scriveners in the working press it makes boring debates.


Philadelphia was not boring. After months of debates, Sen. Barack Obama, Clinton's closest rival, and former Sen. John Edwards, who's been trailing Obama, haven't made a dent in nationwide polls that show her leading by 20 points or more. Her two biggest rivals' last big chance to stay in the game may be the Iowa caucuses, where polls show the three in a virtual dead heat. Voters in Iowa, as in New Hampshire, seem to take a singular pride in ignoring national media as they wait patiently for each candidate to shake their hands in person.


With Iowa fast approaching, Clinton's opponents pounced, helped by some of her old quotes, which questioner Tim Russert of NBC revived. On several key issues, such as her votes in favor of President Bush's authority for dealing with Iraq and Iran and her dodging specifics on how she might keep Social Security solvent, she appeared at some points to be debating herself.


The most glaring example came near the end when she tried to explain why she once said that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses "makes a lot of sense." After answering the question once, she raised her hand later to add that, "I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it." That prompted Edwards to pounce: "Sen. Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes." Obama, too, was "confused on Sen. Clinton's answer" and "can't tell whether she was for it or against it."


Democrats tend to favor licenses for illegals to encourage safer driving, among other worthwhile reasons. But, Clinton apparently has no desire to further rile up the right-wingers, for whom any convenience for illegals is seen as capitulation to lawbreakers, pure and simple.


Similarly, Obama and Edwards have suggested plans under which upper-income earners would pay more Social Security payroll taxes to keep the program solvent. At present, only the first $97,500 in yearly earnings is taxed. Clinton preferred to kick that touchy problem down the road by promising to set up a bipartisan commission, if she's elected president. Score one each for Edwards and Obama for political courage, which too often is hard to find in election years.


Clinton's campaign came fighting back the next day with a video on its Web site and on YouTube that featured a new post-debate spin: Her rivals were abandoning "the politics of hope" for the "politics of pile-on." The tightly edited video worthy of "The Daily Show" features Obama and Edwards and Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd at the debate uttering her name ("… Senator Clinton … Senator Clinton … Senator Clinton! … Hillary … Hillary … Hillary … Hillary!") in a rapid-fire staccato over the elegant strains of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in the background. The video then cuts to a smiling Clinton, seemingly bemused by all of the attention as she says, "I seem to be the topic of great conversation and consternation, and that's for a reason…."


Yes, it is. Never mind that she actually was referring in that sound clip to the Republican candidates who can't seem to stop talking about her in their party's debates, either. The message is clear, as we enter the final weeks before the casting of actual votes, that Clinton is defining the campaigns in both parties.


For her Democratic rivals, she's the woman to beat. The polls show that she's got momentum on her side, especially with women, across lines of race and ethnicity. For Republicans, she's the woman whose name excites the party's base more than the party's presidential candidates do, if in a negative somebody-stop-her way.


With those strengths in mind, it is disappointing to see her play the "pile-on" card after one bad debate night. It may be smart politics, but it's not easy to complain about the roughness of a game after you've worked so hard to get into it. Besides, in this case, most of her wounds were self-inflicted.

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