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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

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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

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 August 7, 2007 / 23 Menachem-Av 5767

Voters are probably distracted, but they shouldn't be fooled

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The silly season is upon us. With Hillary Clinton's cleavage and Judith Giuliani's expensive handbag passing for big news, the presidential campaign, or at least the media's attention span, has been defined down.


Voters are probably distracted, but they shouldn't be fooled. Behind the garbage hunt and the trivial pursuits, something big and important is happening.


The horse races for the nominations are settling into a pattern that could last all the way to the finish line. After seven months of false hopes and starts and fence-sitting saviors, we're essentially back to where we were at the beginning. Hillary Clinton is firmly atop the Democratic pack, and Rudy Giuliani has weathered a slump to grab the GOP lead.


In a sampling of national polls Friday, realclearpolitics.com had Clinton up by an average of 16 points over Barack Obama, while Giuliani had stretched his average lead to 9points over Fred Thompson.


Coming after debates and forums and months of rubber-chicken and baby-kissing, the shakeout is starting to feel like the real thing. Clinton and Giuliani always have been the most likely to come out on top, and it's a big deal for them to be where they are at this stage. With the first votes in January, it's no longer early.


You better believe their challengers see it that way. Their actions - their desperate actions - are giveaways. Panic took hold in a number of camps last week as the contenders sensed their chances slipping away. Even if you didn't know what the polls said, you could tell by the mistakes - the cheap tricks and flip-flops on issues the contenders once touted as matters of principle - that they were Nervous Nellies.


But panic, as it usually does, only digs you a deeper hole. And that's exactly where three challengers ended the week.


Obama was the big loser. Slipping 21 points behind Clinton in one poll, he suddenly seemed lost when he was caught thinking out loud about nukes over Pakistan. It was more than a rookie mistake. It was as close as the charismatic Illinois senator has come all year to a disqualifying moment, and Clinton was quick to pounce. In full snarky mode, she said, "Presidents should be very careful at all times in discussing the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons." Take that, kid.


John Edwards, deservedly slipping from a serious contender to a distant third behind Clinton and Obama, got caught in a trap of his own making. Proving again he'll say anything to get attention, he demanded Clinton give back a few thousand dollars in contributions from Rupert Murdoch's Fox empire. The ploy was designed to stir up the far-left base, which hates Murdoch, but it backfired when it was revealed that Edwards took $800,000 from a Murdoch publishing house in a book deal on poverty.


Whatever else he accomplishes in the campaign, Edwards has proved that poverty pays. In addition to the book loot, he collected tens of thousands for speeches on poverty and earned more than $400,000 in a hedge fund, where he said he wanted to learn more about the markets and poverty. Throw in his penchant for $400 haircuts and it's amazing that any one in the country still thinks Edwards should be President.


Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is also flirting with a flameout. After being one of the most ardent supporters of the flawed immigration bill that died in Congress, McCain suddenly signed on to a new bill that is in many ways the polar opposite. The liberals who loved him in May are now spitting his name, while his conversion to enforcement hawk won't fly with those who demand secure borders.


McCain, also saddled with an unpopular position on Iraq, is falling farther behind in the money race and his campaign team now consists mostly of the third string. The chatter about his dropping out is premature, but probably not for long.


As for Clinton and Giuliani, neither is in a position to coast. Even as they lead in the national polls, state races are tighter in some cases. But their leads mean they won't have trouble raising money and they don't have as much pressure on them in all the early states. Once again, the nominations are theirs to win or lose. And once again, it looks as though one of them will be the next President. Sounds right to me.

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


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