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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review August 10, 2007 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5767

Looking for a cure for campaign insanity

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When you talk as much as Newt Gingrich, you'll often say something incisive, clever and even wise. Newt, who may become a candidate himself this fall, ridicules the presidential campaigns as too long, too expensive, and the debates as "almost unendurable" and verging on "insane."

Once he thinks about it, he'll drop the polite qualifiers "almost" and "verging." We're already there.

Newt's point is spot on, as our English cousins say. The debates, like the Democratic hymn to homosexuality in the debate last night in Los Angeles, have become unreality shows like "American Idol" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" The Democratic candidates played "Can You Top This?" in their appeals to what Hillary Clinton's campaign called not only gays, but "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters." (Have we forgotten anyone?)

Barack Obama promised marriage but apparently only if it isn't called that. Bill Richardson described himself as the great gay hope. John Edwards wants grade-school kids to learn about homosexuality, though he wouldn't say when, exactly. The result was more of the tiresome same, blah, blah, blah and a lot more blah.

"What's the job of the candidate in this world?" Newt asked rhetorically in a speech earlier at the National Press Club. "The job of the candidate is to raise the money to hire the consultants to do the focus groups to figure out the 30-second answers to be memorized by the candidate. This is stunningly dangerous."

But what's really insane is that the debaters, such as they are, must wallow deep in the shallows because naval fluff, eyewash and ear wax is about all the culture can absorb. The No. 1 television "news" show is Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," which as satire is not about the news at all, but make-believe stuff that the audience, effectively illiterate, takes as the real thing. The candidates line up to get on the show because they figure that's where the audience, such as it is, actually lives.

Leonardo DiCaprio, the 32-year-old teenager famously seen floating among the ice floes off the sinking stern of the ss Titanic, warns the candidates — presumably only the Democratic candidates — that he's taking the stern and skeptical view of them, and they had better shape up if they expect to get his vote. "I have yet to hear a candidate that has clearly laid out their environmental policy in a way that is inspiring to me." Given his Hollywood attention span, the candidates are warned to keep their environmental policies short and devoid of words of more than two syllables (and not too many of those). Hollywood heartthrob or not, the easily amazed Mr. DeCaprio has high standards. "I thought [John Kerry] had an amazing environmental policy. But I have yet to hear a candidate that has compared in that regard."

George Clooney, another experienced thinker of deep thoughts, told Barack Obama that he's going to support his candidate sitting down this year. Sensible fellow. "Senator, I'd like to support you in any way I can, including staying home. Because you never know how [the vast right-wing media conspiracy] in our country is going to characterize participation." Mr. Clooney didn't even say this much in public, letting his pal Matt Damon pass along the message while Mr. Clooney stays in seclusion, trying not to drop a heavy thought on his toes.

Newt Gingrich, who longs for learned colloquies about the important issues of the day, is eager to sail against this prevailing wind coming at us from somewhere far away in the dark. So no more sound bites. He thinks Barack Obama's warning that he wouldn't hesitate to invade Pakistan unless the Paks shape up in the fight against terrorism was "insightful" but said "in a very dangerous way." The response from Hillary and the chattering class "was to attack Sen. Obama, not to explore the underlying kernel of what he said." Newt, ever the professor, is eager for more talk. He would stage a series of "dialogues" among the "major candidates" for 90 minutes once a week for nine weeks. "After nine 90-minute conversations in their living rooms, the American people would have a remarkable sense of the two personalities and which person had the right ideas, the right character, the right capacity to be a leader."

But if not all that, at least an idea of who's the smartest fifth-grader.

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