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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 Dec. 4, 2007 24 Kislev 5768

Giuliani's last hurdle to nomination is his messy family saga

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The patron saint of scandal, one William Jefferson Clinton, gives hope to all politicians on the hot seat. Borrowing a page from Friedrich Nietzsche, Bubba is said to counsel those under fire that "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." So Rudy Giuliani can take heart from an unlikely bedfellow.


Well, maybe not so unlikely, given that Giuliani's current problem stems from the same sort of fix that almost got Clinton booted from the White House. There's no report of a stained blue dress in Giuliani's past, but skeletons from his randy ways are suddenly tumbling out of the closet just the same.


The report by Politico.com that, as New York mayor, Giuliani scattered security costs for his visits to then gal pal and now wife, Judith Nathan, in obscure city agencies has thrown open the door to the mayor's dark period. Giuliani's claim the article was a "political hit job" and was "really done to try to focus on my personal life" are probably true — whoever tipped a reporter about the odd billing obviously aimed for political gold. But the test is not a whodunit, but whether Giuliani's presidential hopes can survive a fresh look at his personal past.


If he does, a juicy reward awaits him. The adultery-divorce saga that marked much of his second term, before 9/11, is the largest hurdle in his path. If he can clear it, there is probably nothing or no one to stop him from claiming the GOP nomination.


Having already defied the odds by surviving scrutiny of his support for gun control, gay rights and abortion rights, Giuliani shouldn't be surprised his second divorce and third marriage are now getting their turn under the microscope. In whatever form it surfaced, the issue was destined to be put into play. The only scenario in which it would not have emerged is if he had already been rejected by GOP primary voters because of his relatively liberal record on social issues.


But that hasn't happened, as Giuliani has navigated his way around those issues and defined the race more on his terms. His crimefighting, tax-cutting, welfare-reducing record in New York, plus the "America's Mayor" tag from 9/11, have served him well. Ditto for his strategy of running against Hillary Clinton from day one, a clever pitch to primary voters that rejecting him might hand her the White House.


So far, it's worked. Although his standing in the polls has slipped from its highs — he led by 25 points in February — he is still the front-runner in most national surveys by 15 points or so. He trails in some states, but there is no consensus rival who has matched his widespread drawing power.


So now comes the main event — scrutiny of the reckless way Giuliani carried on an open affair with Nathan and dumped wife Donna Hanover in front of the TV cameras. If Giuliani has a seat belt and crash helmet, he should fasten them.


Consider the basic facts: No President has had three marriages, and Ronald Reagan was the only one who had been divorced before he got elected. Nathan herself was forced to belatedly admit this is her third marriage, too. That revelation, combined with reports that Giuliani's relationship with his two children is strained, were warning signs the family opera was not off-limits.


Whether it proves fatal to Giuliani depends on what, if any, new information surfaces. Evidence he deliberately hid the security money could doom him, for example. And Nathan remains a potential liability. Reports of divalike behavior and conspicuous consumption have offended some Giuliani backers, yet she can't hide if she hopes to be First Lady.


The only thing certain is neither of them will get off unscathed. Sex and scandal in a presidential campaign is proving irresistible, and the mayor's old enemies smell blood. The New York Times, which has tried to airbrush Giuliani's accomplishments out of New York history, recorded six bylines on its Friday article on the billing issue. Others are as eager if not as well-armed.


The coming weeks won't be easy, but as the Hyman Roth character said in Giuliani's favorite movie, "This is the business we've chosen." And the life Rudy has led.

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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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