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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 Sept. 26, 2008 26 Elul 5768

With friends like these ...

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The bad economic news has been good for Barack Obama, giving him a noticeable bounce in national polls and key swing states. But if he gets any more help from his so-called friends, he won't have to worry about Republican enemies. It's Democrats who are undermining him.


On the eve of the first presidential debate and in the midst of the Wall Street stress test, the Dem clans look to be back to their preconvention feuding ways. It's a strange time to remind voters of the party's simmering divisions and of Obama's weaknesses among working-class voters.


Naturally, the Clintons are in the middle of it all.


Bubba started it the other day by sounding like a Sarah Palin fan - "I get why she's hot out there," he told reporters, ticking off the details of her complicated family life as reasons why she's connecting with heartland Americans and publicly warning the Obama campaign that it was a mistake to attack her.


"I get this," Clinton said. "My view is ... why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don't we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?"


Given the Palin appeal to some of the very voters Obama is having trouble courting, it was excellent advice. But by giving it publicly, he turned it into a criticism of Obama.


Oh, and just in case Obama didn't get the point, Bubba gilded it by saying Hillary never wanted to be his running mate anyway.


Hillary is busy stirring the pot, too. Her stumping for Obama comes with a blatant subtext that brands her supporters and keeps her coalition alive for the next race. Her HillPac committee, which raises money for her travel and for other candidates she selects, gives supporters buttons that say, "Hillary sent me!"


She's also showing up Obama, and John McCain, too, by offering more serious and long-range ideas for the financial meltdown than they are. She's given half-a-dozen TV interviews in the last two days, presenting a more substantive and less political face in the middle of the crisis.


Her team is keeping supporters abreast of her appearances and is sending around talking points for her plans, as though her campaign never ended. Or maybe the next one has already started.


Meanwhile, the man who did get Obama's running mate job is screwing it up. Joe Biden was supposed to be a "safe" choice as No. 2, but Biden's penchant for gaffes suddenly has kicked into high gear.


There have been at least three disagreements between Biden and Obama in recent days, something virtually unheard of among running mates, with Biden actually calling one of the team's ads "terrible" and saying it shouldn't have run. Whose side is he on?


Obama, showing some irritation of his own, publicly rebuked Biden during an NBC interview Tuesday on another issue, saying "Joe should have waited" before criticizing the federal loan to insurance giant AIG, something Obama supported and McCain opposed.


The back-and-forth reveals what an odd fit they are turning out to be, which can only raise new questions about whether Hillary would have been a better choice, a point Biden himself has conceded.


Of course, what the Clintons think is that she would have been a better presidential candidate than Obama. And despite successful pledges of unity at the party convention last month by Bill and Hillary, both are said to still harbor doubts that Obama can beat McCain.


They're not alone, as the polls show. But who knew Biden would be their Manchurian candidate?

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