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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 Feb. 8, 2008 / 2 Adar I 5768

A preview of the campaign ahead

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Memo to the nation: We really do need a better schedule of presidential primaries, one that tests the candidates over time, not in just a series of uncoordinated jump starts that could settle both parties' nominations almost a year before their nominating conventions.


A staggered system of regional primaries would be a big improvement; so would a system that lets smaller states go first, followed by the larger prizes later. With a schedule of primaries like this year's, there may be time for the candidates to strategize, but not to think. The current hodgepodge of primaries prompts people to pick a candidate to root for (Americans love sporting events) but it leaves people little time to ponder their choice.


There's no fixing the system in time for this election year, but at least this past week's debates, after so many face-offs that had too many candidates and not enough substance, did tell voters what each party was about at this fluid moment of American history. You could scarcely miss the contrast:


The dominant themes of the Republican debate were freedom, opportunity, economic growth, national security and life. All of which involve duty, sacrifice and risk, which aren't exactly crowd-pleasers in this new Rome.


There was some real friction detectable in the GOP face-off, both personal and political, between John McCain and Mitt Romney, the Big Two. Mike Huckabee was on hand to referee, and Ron Paul was there as a reminder that the paranoid style in American politics is still very much alive and in full populist, goldbug, isolationist, xenophobic bloom.


This could be Mitt Romney's last hurrah this foreshortened election year. He's the Thomas E. Dewey of this campaign, the perfectly groomed and well-spoken CEO of a candidate who has a knack for saying just the right thing, whatever it may be at the time, but just isn't trusted, or at least liked. He's the model candidate on paper, but not at the polls.


The dominant theme of the Democratic debate was quite different, namely, how to expand the power of government so it can give us all we want, including peace and plenty. Not to mention self-esteem, diversity, general uplift and getting our own back. Elect one of us, said the last two Democratic candidates standing, or rather sitting in a Hollywood theater, and the poor we will no longer have with us, health care will be available for all, and wars will end. Talk about crowd-pleasers, that's the ticket. All we need do — from Day One, naturally — is tax (only the rich, of course) and bring the troops home pronto. Neither of the surviving Democratic candidate actually pronounced the word surrender. Nor did they explain, what with all the worries about a recession mounting, why now would be the right time to put the brakes on the economy. And there is no surer brake than higher taxes. Especially on investors.


One of the remaining Democratic hopefuls stresses Experience, the other Inspiration. Hillary Clinton's experience, it turns out, is the kind that raises a certain distrust among those of us who have followed her through many a personal and political reincarnation. And as for the inspiration Barack Obama offers, though palpable when he's on the stump, it tends to be solid as the air he stirs at his most elegant and eloquent. And you have to wonder after a while: Is that all there is?


In contrast, John McCain is anything but elegant. The man is no orator. But he is John McCain. Through and through, then and now, whether he's up or down in politics. Who else would go to Detroit to say that the auto industry needs to improve its cars, not just demand more subsidies? Who else would choose Florida to assert that the federal government shouldn't be subsidizing still more beachfront construction in hurricane-prone areas?


Senator McCain's political fortunes may vary (and how) but not his principles. He may compromise when he wants to fix a problem instead of just fight it forever, as he's done on the issue of illegal immigration and when it came to finally getting some judges past a Senate filibuster. But he's not about to compromise when it comes to winning a war. He understands that in war there is no substitute for victory.


One may disagree with the man on this or that issue, as I did and do, profoundly, when it comes to his campaign finance "reform," which violates the whole spirit of the First Amendment by restraining freedom of speech. But I'd rather disagree with a Senator McCain, knowing his character, than agree with a Hillary Clinton, because you know any stand she takes is good only till it becomes unpopular. (Where is she on the war these days? It all depends, of course, on how the war is going.)


The most eloquent performance during the Republican debate had to be that of Arkansas' former governor but still Baptist preacher when he spoke in defense of life, and said there were certain principles one does not violate no matter how popular or unpopular they may be at the time.


While all the other candidates seemed to be angling for Ronald Reagan's mantle by citing this or that accomplishment of the Gipper's — a theme sure to appeal to Republican voters in the primary — it was Mike Huckabee who said that Ronald Reagan's great achievement wasn't the economic growth he let loose, or the Cold War he ended together with the late and unlamented Soviet Union and the nuclear arms race. No, his greatest achievement was the renewed spirit he brought to America after the depressing Carter Years. It was a fitting peroration after a debate that had had its petty moments.


If John McCain turns out to be the Repubican standard bearer, he'll need a running mate who's (a) a social conservative and (b) is a heckuva campaigner. Which is why one can easily envision the GOP's ticket being announced at St. Paul this September under a huge banner reading: McCAIN-HUCKABEE.

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