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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

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 May 2, 2007 / 14 Iyar 5767

Reality bites the Dems

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the Democratic presidential candidates. Just as they're settling into their game plans, one inconvenient truth after another emerges to disrupt them. And that doesn't even include Al Gore's weather forecasts.


Last week was especially nettlesome. It started with GOP front-runner Rudy Giuliani laying down the marker that America would be safer with a Republican President, a surprise attack that put the Dems' Gang of Eight on the defensive. Then in quick succession came former CIA Director George Tenet's warning of likely Al Qaeda attacks in the U.S. and a report that Saudi Arabia had arrested 172 militants who were plotting to blow up oil installations in the desert kingdom.


The cumulative effect was to remind the nation that the war on terror, or whatever it's called these days, is far from over. That reminder served as a warning to the candidates that wooing liberal primary voters with too much peace talk could put the party's nominee at odds with swing voters in next year's general election.


Even attacking President Bush on Iraq offers no political haven. Just as Dems in Congress finally pushed through a unified bill requiring Bush to start bringing the troops home, our commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, was in Washington warning that a pullback would mean even more violence. In response to some Democrats who say Iraq is so bad our actions don't matter much, Petraeus laid down his own marker: "It can get much, much worse," he said.


Sen. Hillary Clinton expressed the squeeze she was feeling, saying, "we don't want Democrats being blamed for our troops not being well-equipped" even though they want them home.


Campaigns, of course, are never smooth and easy. Surprises don't come only in October. An event can come out of nowhere and instantly change the dynamics, making a mess out of assumptions and strategies. The position that looked smart Monday can create a new vulnerability Tuesday.


For Democrats, nothing has the power to disrupt politics like terrorism. The belief that Bush was better at fighting it cost John Kerry the election he should have won in 2004. Although public disgust with Bush's handling of Iraq won Dems both houses of Congress last year, the ability of genuine threats of terrorism to create a new sense of insecurity among voters remains just a headline away.


The subject even caused a stir in the sober first debate on Thursday. Moderator Brian Williams' surprising question about a hypothetical attack on two U.S. cities forced the candidates to snap out of their bring-the-troops-home, Bush-bashing party and play commander in chief. Given how anti-war activists are pulling the party leftward, the question seemed to catch nearly all the candidates off guard at first. Sen. Barack Obama recovered to issue a strong rebuke to the peaceniks on the stage, but it's clearly not a big subject in any of their campaign playbooks.


But reality has a way of intruding. Coincidentally, Tenet, in a new book devoted mostly to trying to resurrect his reputation and trash Vice President Cheney's, also raises the possibility of new attacks. He writes that he is puzzled that Al Qaeda has not unleashed "suicide bombers to cause chaos in a half-dozen American shopping malls on any given day."


He goes on: "I do know of one thing in my gut. Al Qaeda is here and waiting."


And now Democrats know it, too. Whatever else happens, they can't say they weren't warne

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