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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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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

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Jewish World Review April 2, 2007 / 147 Nissan, 5767

Giuliani Under Fire: How to deflect uncomfortable questions? It might help to talk publicly about policy

By John H. Fund

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | PALM BEACH, Fla.— The contrast was jarring. Rudy Giuliani had just finished what was by all accounts a well-received speech to the Club for Growth, a free-market group, at a posh resort here. But at the insistence of his campaign, all of his remarks were off the record. That meant that almost all the questions that Mr. Giuliani had to answer at the news conference he called afterward concerned his relationship with Bernie Kerik, his former New York City police commissioner and business partner.

The Washington Post reports that prosecutors have told Mr. Kerik they are preparing to charge him with filing false information to the government in connection with his failed nomination as President Bush's secretary of homeland security in 2004. Mayor Giuliani was briefed about Mr. Kerik's potential ties to organized crime before hiring him as police commissioner in 2000, and the former mayor subsequently served as Mr. Kerik's cheerleader with the White House. Mr. Giuliani told a grand jury last year that he must have simply forgotten the 2000 briefings. Mr. Kerik may also face charges related to tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping, according to the Post.

At Mr. Giuliani's press briefing, I attempted several times to ask a question about economic policy but was swept away by a wave of inquiries about Mr. Kerik.

"I think I should have done a better job of investigating him, vetting him," a slightly startled Mr. Giuliani told reporters. "People have a right to question my judgment," he said when asked whether his ties with Mr. Kerik could hurt his campaign. "They have a right to question everything about me. And then they have to look at the things I've done that are successful, the things they think that I've done right, and the mistakes they think I've made."

A good answer, but reporters who were present took it as his acknowledgement that the media honeymoon that has allowed Rudy Giuliani to rocket to the front of the crowded Republican primary field is over.

Mr. Giuliani is in no legal jeopardy over his ties with Mr. Kerik, but their close relationship underscores how much Mr. Giuliani has traditionally placed his trust in a small group of advisers to whom he has shown great loyalty—a practice that is now universally acknowledged to have served President Bush poorly. For their part, some Giuliani appointees report that while the mayor's insistence on accountability helped kick a sluggish New York bureaucracy into gear, it often verged on the dictatorial. "Rudy was a great mayor," New York Times columnist David Brooks, a Giuliani fan, said recently. "But there is absolutely no way he could bring his management style and practices to Washington, D.C. He'd have to change them."

The man Oprah Winfrey dubbed "America's Mayor" will even have to face querulous criticism about his leadership leading up to and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The federal commission investigating the attacks noted the firemen at the World Trade Center were using the same primitive radios used by the first responders to the 1993 terrorist bombing of the site. "When he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem," Sally Regenhard, the mother of a fireman who died on 9/11, told the Associated Press last week. At a 2004 hearing of the 9/11 Commission, she screamed at Mr. Giuliani, "My son was murdered because of your incompetence!"

Such criticism is misplaced and unlikely to resonate with voters, who admire the mayor's Churchillian response to the terrorist attacks. Few will demand to know why the head of a sprawling city bureaucracy failed to micromanage the purchase of communications technology. Still, you can expect the International Association of Fire Fighters, which clashed repeatedly with Mr. Giuliani over salary and benefit issues during his tenure as mayor, to make his 9/11 performance an issue. The union has vowed to tell "the real story" of Mr. Giuliani's handling of 9/11.

Meanwhile, Mr. Giuliani moved swiftly last week to head off potential damage from an interview he and his wife, Judith, conducted with ABC's Barbara Walters. He told Ms. Walters that he's open to having his wife attend cabinet meetings. "If she wanted to, if they were relevant to something that she was interested in, I mean that would be something that I'd be very, very comfortable with," Mr. Giuliani said.

The comments immediately stirred up a flurry of Internet speculation that Judith Giuliani, a registered nurse, would follow the first-lady model Hillary Clinton set when she tried to remake America's health-care system, which represents one-seventh of the nation's economy. Mr. Giuliani insisted his remarks "were taken out of context" and that his wife "does not have overriding interest in many, many of the policy areas." But the incident highlighted the danger the Giuliani campaign has that reporters bored with policy issues will zero in on the complicated personal story of Mr. Giuliani and his wife. "I suspect this may just be part II of a saga (that is, the saga of Judy causing problems for Rudy) that will have many more parts to come," writes Ryan Sager, a New York Sun columnist who is sympathetic to the former mayor.

All of these obstacles are surmountable. Mr. Giuliani has an impressive story to tell about New York's renewal, and his campaign clearly wants to broaden his appeal beyond his image as a strong and decisive leader in a time of crisis. This week Team Rudy began running radio ads in Atlanta in which Mr. Giuliani announces that his "campaign is about leadership and optimism." He then segues into how the nation "needs supply-side policies and reduced government spending . . . fiscal discipline to keep the economy growing."

At his appearance before the Club for Growth, Mr. Giuliani showed an impressive command of facts and a clear understanding of how tax cuts are a vital component of economic growth. "I was impressed," Louis Woodhill, an investor from Houston, told me afterwards. But the Giuliani campaign wasn't self-confident enough to open the speech up so reporters could see for themselves how Mr. Giuliani smoothly handled questions about free trade and a federal court's recent decision upholding the Constitutional right of citizens to own guns. The faster the Giuliani campaign unwraps their man, the easier it will be for them to overcome questions about pals like Bernie Kerik and his hyperaggressive management style.

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