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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 Dec 19, 2007 10 Teves 5768

Hillary and Rudy are struggling to stay front-runners

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A year ago, it was in the bag. Six months ago, dead certain. Six weeks ago, no problem. Now, it's hold your horses. Rudy vs. Hillary, the battle of titans, could be called off. The problem is a sudden lack of voter interest.


Storms named Obama and Huckabee are roiling the presidential campaign. Seemingly out of nowhere, i.e., middle America, these upstarts are upstaging the heavyweights. The rookie Illinois senator and the former Arkansas governor were supposed to be practice dummies for the marquee names.


Party poopers, that's what they are. We didn't want just any old Democrat vs. any old Republican. We wanted Mommy vs. Daddy, the Alpha Female vs. the Alpha Male.


The dream showdown still might happen, but the momentum is, for the first time, against it. Sinking in the early-state polls, Rudy and Hillary are locked in struggles for their political lives. With voting set to begin right after Christmas and new year's, time is growing short to change the dynamics. They could go down before they get a chance to go at each other.


Count me as surprised. I've been saying since November 2004, when George Bush was reelected, that 2008 would be about Rudy and Hillary. I told Hillary that during a 2006 interview, which provoked in her the mischievous smile her friends cite as evidence she is human. "Well, then," she said, slapping the table in front of her, "we'd finish what we started." Giuliani ripped a page from Yogi Berra to describe the showdown as "déjà vu all over again."


Both had in mind the 2000 Senate match that almost was. She was First Lady and he was the mayor of New York and they were in a dead heat when his marriage and health unraveled. She cruised to an easy victory against a second-tier candidate and he went on to divorce, cancer treatment and 9/11.


Which put them back on track for 2008. And that's the way it has been virtually all year — until now.


National polls still have them ahead, he slightly, she by double-digits, but there is no national primary, only difficult state-by-state battles. The bottom line is that neither can go 0-for-January and win the nomination. Each has to win something before the mega-primary of Feb. 5, when some 20 states go to the polls.


The problem is that both are suffering damage to the shaky foundations of their campaigns. She was inevitable, and he was a national hero. Now they have been wounded by the rough-and-tumble of retail politics.


She oozed entitlement — that the nomination was hers because her name was Clinton and she wanted it. She could be a defense hawk one day, a dove the next and nobody was supposed to cry foul. She should be allowed to duck tough issues to preserve flexibility for the general election.


But inevitability is not a rationale, and her whole approach shattered like glass when the first hits against her credibility landed during the Oct. 30 debate at Philadelphia. Everything since has been downhill for her while Obama is finding his groove, to where he has an even chance of taking the nomination.


Rudy, too, is suffering from blows he should have seen coming. Although he has done a good job of dealing with abortion, he was surprisingly unprepared for the first questions about his adulterous affair with Judith Nathan. Questions about his business clients are growing, and he doesn't seem ready for those, either, suggesting they are unfair.


That the tough issues surfaced just as Huckabee was catching fire is no coincidence. A mistake or a revelation only matters if there is someone to take advantage of it, and Huckabee's fresh appeal is yielding amazing gains. In Florida, the firewall state for Giuliani's strategy, the latest poll showed Huckabee erasing a 14-point Rudy lead in a week.


There is a theory among political cognoscenti that Hillary and Rudy will survive because they need each other. Because they are so perfectly matched, they are the best argument for nominating each other, the theory goes. Thus, when one rises, the other will, too.


That's a good theory, but somebody better tell the voters.

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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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