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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review Oct. 11, 2007 29 Tishrei 5768

Thompson shows he's no joke

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | First things first: He didn't stumble, he didn't mumble, he didn't yawn and he didn't forget his lines, so Fred Thompson beat the incredibly low expectations facing him in his first Republican presidential debate.


But Thompson did more than just pass a dumbed-down test. Although the former senator started out slowly — why couldn't he clear his throat before he went on stage? — he soon got into a comfortable groove and gave good and sometimes very good answers. He spoke clearly and concisely on the economy, taxes and the war, and, in contrast to some of his stump appearances, seemed to know what he believes and what he wants to say.


He was bullish on the virtues of free trade, forceful on the need to fight "Islamic fascism" and savvy on the alternative minimum tax. Saying we had to first reduce spending before we abolished the tax, he argued the short-term fix was to index the tax for inflation so it wouldn't hit so many middle-class Americans.


And Thompson had his folksy Tennessee wits about him enough to draw laughs with some one-liners. "I thought I was going to be the best actor here," he good-naturedly fired back after Mitt Romney used a clearly rehearsed line to make a joke at Thompson's expense.


My scorecard says Thompson's impressive performance will boost his already-solid spot in the polls. He is second in most national surveys and in some key state races. He probably won't grab the lead, but, for two hours at least, he proved he can play in this league.


How Thompson would do was the main plot of the Michigan debate, but the secondary plot taking shape also is important. With Rudy Giuliani still the national front-runner, Romney came out eager to keep their rumble over tax cuts going and to bash Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as much as Giuliani does.


He was good, but probably not good enough to make a major difference. Giuliani feels at home on both topics and they resonate with GOP primary voters, so he stood his ground.


Giuliani began the back-and-forth as Mr. Nice Guy, passing up a chance to throw the first punch. But Romney is so far behind in the national polls that he has decided he needs to rough up the leader, so he used the issue of tax cuts to throw his sharp elbows. He accused Giuliani of resisting the elimination of New York City's commuter tax — true — and of suing President Bill Clinton to eliminate the line-item veto — true again.


Both issues were the right thing for Giuliani to do as the fusion mayor of New York — both involved fairness and money for the city — but neither looks good in a national GOP primary for the White House.


After Romney's broadside, Giuliani flashed some anger, insisted he was a bigger tax cutter and ended by saying, "I led, he lagged," to which the former Massachusetts governor responded, "That's a nice line, but it's baloney. Mayor, you've got to check your facts."


Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, seemed to have trouble hearing most questions directed at him and appeared cranky and even bored. His performance was a regression and will be another setback for a campaign that can't stand many more.


No matter, for the GOP race is shaping up as the mirror image of the Democratic one. Each is a three-person race, and threatening to get whittled down to two. On the Dem side, John Edwards is a distant third to Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, just as Romney trails Giuliani and Thompson.


The main difference is that Clinton is pulling away from her rivals, while the GOP race is more fluid. Yet that could be an advantage to the Republicans, with all of them free to turn their fire on Clinton and drive up her negatives. Giuliani has been doing it for weeks, arguing he is the only Republican who can beat her. He mentioned her frequently — on health care, Iran, the economy — as he tried to turn her into a pinata.


The tactic is working for him so far, but he might want to keep an eye on his back: Romney is out to get him, and Thompson is gaining on him. Should be interesting.

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