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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 Oct. 18, 2007 6 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Now, Rudy's integrity test

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He claims to be a straight shooter who will always tell you what he thinks and keep his word, but Rudy Giuliani faces a major test of that claim this weekend. His reputation, not to mention his quest for the White House, could be riding on the outcome.


Giuliani's scheduled speech Saturday to a "Values Voters" convention in Washington will be a litmus test of both his abortion position and his willingness to confront a powerful voting bloc. It's the Republican equivalent of a Sister Souljah moment — will he dare offending people whose votes he may need?


That the challenge involves abortion is no surprise. Among the positions he embraced in his three campaigns for mayor of New York — including gun control and gay rights — abortion always loomed as the biggest obstacle to Giuliani's presidential effort. Doubters said a pro-choice candidate could not win the GOP nomination, just as an anti-abortion candidate could not win the Democratic nomination.


Giuliani has defied those odds by remaining the front-runner while, excepting a few instances, sticking to his pro-choice position. Yet what he will say Saturday remains an open question because of the power of the pro-life movement.


Some leaders of the values group, which is essentially evangelical Christian, are threatening to bolt the GOP and support a third-party candidate if he is the nominee. Such a move could siphon off enough general election votes to hand the White House to Democrats, a prospect that could cost Giuliani the nomination.


Yet Giuliani could suffer a major hit to his reputation if he abandons his abortion stance to win the embrace of the pro-life movement. That reputation was already tarnished by the way he backtracked on a career of supporting gun control in an appearance before the National Rifle Association. The group he once labeled "extremists" suddenly was less threatening to him, a change he attributed to 9/11.


As someone who has long admired the mayor's political courage, I found the NRA speech a cringe-inducing performance. He later admitted that taking a phone call from his wife in the middle of his speech was a mistake, but that was trivial next to the image of him groveling before the NRA members. He had it right the first time — they are extremists.


Should he also backtrack on abortion, Giuliani would probably cement his front-runner status in the GOP primary. But he would pay an enormous price.


His brand as a tough-guy action figure would be compromised, as if he were just another waffler willing to abandon principle for votes. He would no longer be able to use that charge against GOP rival Mitt Romney and Sen. Hillary Clinton without inviting ridicule.


And the move would hurt him in the general election. One of his chief arguments for why he should be the nominee is that his crossover appeal would expand the election map, giving Republicans a chance to win blue states such as New Jersey and California. It's a realistic argument — if he is a pro-choice candidate. But not if he opposes abortion. Many Dems and independents will not vote for a pro-life President whose Supreme Court choices could overturn Roe vs. Wade.


Recognizing that a last-minute conversion is unlikely and would be unseemly, some in the pro-life camp are urging Giuliani to make promises to the values group about keeping the GOP platform pro-life and about not blocking any legislation that restricts abortion rights or access. But halfway gestures won't work, either.


Like the abortion debate itself, Giuliani is basically an all or nothing guy. The refusal to try to have it both ways was central to his accomplishments as a prosecutor and mayor. Now is not the time to try to do nuance. Now is the time for Rudy to be Rudy.

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