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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

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2008 / 13 Nissan 5768

The flying pillows of Pennsylvania

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This Pennsylvania primary is no campaign for old men, nor for squeamish young ones, either. Somebody might say boo.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton threw pillows at each other through the weekend in what Mr. Dooley, who famously warned that politics ain't beanbag, would have recognized as little more than a polite disagreement. Monthly business meetings at almost any Baptist church radiate more sticks and stones.

"While my opponent says one thing and his campaign does another, you can count on me to tell you where I stand," Hillary told an election-eve rally. (Slam.) Barack Obama, slogging manfully through a succession of towns where clinging to guns and religion is the only other entertainment available, answered mildly. "She just ignores the facts," he said. (Bang.)

Much of the "action" was on the airwaves. The Associated Press offers the undiluted flavor of the election-eve "frenzy": "The Illinois senator also was running a commercial critical of [Mrs.] Clinton's health-care proposals in what his aides said was a response to an ad aired by an independent group that supports the former first lady." If there was time, Hillary would put together an ad answering his ad that answered her ad. Or maybe not.

Mr. Obama asserted in another of the commercials littering the airwaves with flying goose feathers that every major newspaper in Pennsylvania had endorsed him, and cited the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's descriptions of Hillary's "attacks" as "the cynical responses of old politics." Well, not quite. Richard Mellon Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in an example of man bites dog, endorsed Hillary as the lesser of two bads, if not unique evil.

But you couldn't blame either Democratic survivor for being careful. In the oppressive politics of the modern Democratic Party, even the innocent can give unwitting offense. You're a bigot if you won't vote for Barack Obama, a sexist if you're not throwing your hat in the air for Hillary. Only the late public-opinion polls were safe to talk about. Hillary's spinmeisters put out the word that her internal polls — supposedly meant only for the eyes of campaign insiders — showed her up 11 points on election eve. This is the definition of "landslide," and it's difficult to imagine why anyone would raise such expectations unless that's really what the late polls show.

But even landslides can mislead. When Sen. Henry M. ("Scoop") Jackson predicted he would win a landslide in the 1976 New York state primary and actually won with less than 50 percent, he explained with a wink and a shrug, "Well, we got a landslide, but we missed a majority." Hillary is not likely to translate an 11-point landslide in Pennsylvania into momentum leading to a majority at the national convention in Denver. But the momentum might fatally wound Barack Obama for November.

This has been a tough two months for Mr. Obama. His suspect associations on the South Side of Chicago — first with a shady real-estate developer, then with a wild and radical preacher he had described as his "mentor," followed by the revelation of his sitting on the board of a left-wing foundation with a '60s radical who was once a member of a bomb-throwing cop-killing ring — have shorn him of his reputation as the man who could be a uniter, not a divider. He's revealed to be just another Chicago pol with a gift for seductive buncombe. Maybe he's not the change we can believe in, after all.

He conceded late yesterday that he hasn't closed the gap in Pennsylvania. "I'm not predicting a win," he said. "I'm predicting it's going to be close and that we are going to do a lot better than people expect." If Hillary scores anything close to an 11-point victory, he faces another tough six weeks ahead in the final round of primaries, beginning two weeks hence in Indiana and North Carolina, and then (to paraphrase Howard Dean, at lower decibel) West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana and South Dakota in quick succession. Only then we'll get relief, but probably not a nominee.

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