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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

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

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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 30, 2007 / 12 Iyar 5767

Obama wins Round One on points — just barely

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With only about five minutes to go in the sober Democratic debate last night, it seemed there would be no memorable moment, and thus no winner.


Then Barack Obama suddenly showed why he is the surprise of the political season. With a strong voice and a confident, focused look, he returned to a question about a hypothetical terror attack on two U.S. cities to deliver a minilecture about the need for a President to be willing to use our military might. Saying we face "a profound security threat," he shattered the developing anti-war tenor of the debate to say there "is no contradiction" in using diplomacy and the military.


That he immediately became the target of the two oddball candidates, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, both of whom accused him of being too ready to fight, put Obama in a good light. He was able to pivot off their extremism to show himself a pragmatist on the most important issue facing America.


On the basis of that brief but spirited exchange, where he became the focal point of the debate, the Illinois senator scored just enough points to come away the narrow winner.


His performance, which was otherwise uninspired, should keep him close to Sen. Hillary Clinton for the top spot in the primary field.


Especially because Clinton was off her game. Like Obama, she started out with tentative responses to moderator Brian Williams' questions, and while she became increasingly forceful, she never got in a groove.


And her tactic of turning every question, even ones on hedge funds and Wal-Mart, into an attack on President Bush was too obvious and heavy-handed to be successful.


Because she focused more on what she is against instead of what she is for, I learned nothing new about her ideas on anything of substance.


Worse, she was classically evasive on Iraq, and not very clever about it.


Asked at the outset if she agreed with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's statement that "the war is lost," Clinton filibustered but never gave a clear yes or no answer.


Asked about her own vote supporting the war in 2003, she repeated by rote her line that, "It was a sincere vote based on the information available to me.


"And I've said many times that if I knew then what I now know, I would not have voted that way."


Later, asked what mistakes she had made in public life, she fell back on the fiction that I find especially maddening: the claim that she didn't really vote for the war, she just voted to send inspectors back to Iraq. Her mistake, she said, "was believing the President" wanted the war resolution for that purpose.


As I have written before, it is an outrageous lie. Congress considered three other Iraq resolutions in 2003, all of them more restrictive than the one Bush wanted, and Clinton voted against all three. And in the five months between her vote and the invasion of Iraq, not once did she object to the war. It was only when the war became unpopular that she and her husband began to try to rewrite the history of her vote.


Still, my guess is that the debate will not alter the dynamics of the race, with Clinton, Obama and John Edwards remaining the top three. The party's large anti-war bloc already opposes Clinton, dividing its support between Obama, who always opposed the war, and Edwards, who supported it but has said he was wrong.


Clinton's best hope is that both men stay in the race, and continue to divide her opponents.


Judging by her performance last night, that might be the only way she can win the nomination.

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