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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 March 30, 2009 / 5 Nissan 5769

New York Has a Referendum on Obama: The special House election upstate could have far-reaching consequences

By John H. Fund


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hudson, N.Y. --With so many contradictory polls out there, it's useful information when actual voters cast ballots. That's why this coming Tuesday's special House election in New York's Hudson River Valley is important.

It will be the first gauge of President Barack Obama's early days, and as the National Journal reports "it's his stimulus package that's the focus of the debate here." The furor over the bonuses given out by American International Group (AIG), which a loophole in the stimulus bill allowed, has only heightened the attention that the race is getting both in New York and in Washington where officials in both parties are hoping for a win.

The vacancy in New York's 20th congressional district — which stretches north from Poughkeepsie to Lake Placid — was created when Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat. Traditionally the district has been represented by Republicans, but like most of the Northeast it has been lurching left. Last November, Barack Obama carried the district, and Ms. Gillibrand won 62% against a former New York secretary of state who spent $6 million against her.

To replace Ms. Gillibrand, Democrats put up a fresh face, the kind of candidate that helped Rahm Emanuel take back the House for Democrats in 2006. Scott Murphy is a Harvard-educated venture capitalist who only moved into the area three years ago from Missouri. Using perfect Rahm-speak, he says he'll join the moderate Blue Dog Democrats if elected.

Republicans are running Jim Tedisco, who now heads his party in the state Assembly after 26 years in Albany. Mr. Tedisco won notoriety last year after blocking drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants and having then Gov. Eliot Spitzer call him up on the phone to declare he was "a f—— steamroller and I will roll over you and anybody else."

The battle lines between Mr. Murphy and Mr. Tedisco were drawn after the federal stimulus bill passed last month. The Democrat wrapped himself around it, saying in ads "he knows we need the president's economic recovery plan." Mr. Tedisco hesitated, giving rambling nonanswers as to whether he would have backed it.

Then the AIG bonus uproar hit. Mr. Tedisco declared he opposed the stimulus bill and pounced on the fact that Mr. Murphy won't say if he read the plan before he backed it. Mr. Murphy shot back during a debate this week: "My opponent couldn't tell us what he thought for 30 days. I don't know if he was waiting for a poll."

Mr. Tedisco admits he "made a mistake" in not making his position known, but he is now in full-throated opposition. Mr. Murphy responds by contrasting his private-sector experience with the "career Albany politician" he paints Mr. Tedisco as. His ads slam the Republican for accepting legislative perks.

Recent softening in approval of Mr. Obama's policies gives Mr. Tedisco real hope. But as a legislator he is inevitably linked to a discredited state government that has seen both parties fail the voters. "He's a machine politician at a time when people are looking for reform," says K.T. McFarland, who ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2006 only to be elbowed aside by party regulars. She thinks Mr. Tedisco will win, but mostly because of voters' desire to send a message about "Obama overreach."

Mr. Tedisco is certainly playing it safe with voter anger. He would have voted for the bill to impose a 90% tax rate on AIG executives who got bonuses because "when you have the public so upset you have to act." He was handed a gift last week when Mr. Murphy made a rare misstep by telling a radio station he opposed the death penalty, even for terrorists.

Both parties are dramatically lowering expectations in the race. Democratic Rep. Steve Israel touts the district's conservative heritage and says a loss here would be a "huge setback" for the GOP.

Even Republicans note a brand new Siena College poll of the race that shows Mr. Obama with 65% approval in the district. It also shows the Democrat now leads by four points. Mr. Murphy has 84% of Democrats behind him, while Mr. Tedisco should worry he has only 64% of Republicans behind him.

All this makes the president's low-key involvement curious. A Democratic consultant close to the race bitterly complained to Politico.com that the Democratic National Committee isn't having Mr. Obama do more than send out an email message of support for Mr. Murphy and perhaps tape robocalls. "Is the DNC only going to promote the president's agenda?" he complained.

With the race so close, get-out-the vote efforts by outside groups will be key. Mr. Murphy has received more than $315,000 from the Service Employees International Union, while Mr. Tedisco is heavily backed by conservative groups. A former special-education teacher, Mr. Tedisco is getting last-minute volunteer help from home-schooling parents.

But the president is hanging back in the game. Should Republicans win, he will try to chalk it up as no big surprise. If Democrats prevail, you can bet the White House will herald it as evidence of grass-roots support for its agenda. What's strange is how little confidence the White House seems to have in a Democratic candidate tailor-made for a district Barack Obama carried just five months ago.

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