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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 30, 2005 / 26 Elul, 5765

Time for Prez to remove the ‘KICK ME!’ sign

By Tony Snow

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George W. Bush must wonder what's next — a plague of locusts?

Within the span of five weeks, the president has faced political blowback from two hurricanes, attacks by swarming Democrats, a Supreme Court nomination semi-battle (presaging an Armageddon struggle over the seat now occupied by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor), a conservative rebellion against his profligate spending and the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The onslaught illustrates a paradox peculiar to this administration. George W. Bush constantly invites trouble by giving the appearance of weakness on the domestic-policy front, only to have political foes react in a way that makes him stronger.

Begin with the wimp factor. No president has looked this impotent this long when it comes to defending presidential powers and prerogatives. Nearly 57 months into his administration, President Bush has yet to veto a single bill of any type. The only other presidents never to issue a veto — William Henry Harrison and James Garfield — died within months of taking office.

The budget has grown nearly 50 percent on his watch, and he is vying to become the most free-spending president ever. To date, he has not asked Congress to rescind even a penny in profligate spending (even Bill Clinton requested more than $8 billion in rescissions, and Ronald Reagan sought upward of $80 billion).

When he drew a line in the sand earlier this year on transportation spending, Congress boldly appropriated an additional $30 billion. He approved the bill, effectively placing a "kick me" sign on his backside.

There's more. He infamously signed the campaign-finance-reform bill that has made a mess of national politics, hoping the courts would issue the veto for him.

He defended himself against baseless charges of racism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by whimpering, "Guilty," during a nationally televised speech from Jackson Square in New Orleans.

He surrendered meekly when Democrats laid waste to his faith-based initiative, held hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy when Congress turned his educational reforms into an excuse to enlarge the federal government's role in local education and shrugged it off when character assassins took down such judicial nominees as Miguel Estrada.

This kind of behavior has given the impression that George W. Bush is more eager to please than lead, and that political opponents can get their way if they simply dig in their heels and behave like petulant trust-fund brats, demanding money and favor — now!

Howard Dean already has talked of filibustering the next Supreme Court nominee, and the DeLay indictment has sent Democratic leaders into venomous raptures. Harry Reid, who has routed tens of thousands of acres of federal lands to himself, his family and companies for which his children work, brashly complained of cronyism in post-Katrina federal contracting. Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed oil and gas price controls, even as oil prices were tumbling — and industry analysts were predicting $40 a barrel for oil in the foreseeable future.

It is almost as if the president were playing rope-a-dope, waiting for his political opponents to render themselves permanently ridiculous. But all good things come to an end, and the tactic of waiting for Democrats to choke on their bile may have run its course.

World events since Sept. 11, 2001, let George W. Bush define his presidency through vigorous and aggressive reaction — fighting a war on terror. Now, he must do something even more difficult. He must lead without having a crisis determine which issues he must address.

It all comes down to how he defines "compassionate conservatism." Does it mean he intends to spend like a Democrat and tax like a Republican, or that he plans to unveil a free-market alternative to the cruel and desiccating philosophy of welfare-state liberalism? Does he believe conservative policies can do a better job of rooting out material and spiritual poverty, or that limited-government conservatism is a flint-hearted scam?

Critics in both parties are forcing him to declare himself — Democrats assailing his left flank; Republicans blasting his right. The next four months will determine whether he will ignite a Bush Revolution in domestic policy, or whether he has completed all his significant executive work.

His presidential report card already shows an "A" on foreign policy, but with the exceptions of tax policy and judicial selections, he remains a domestic-policy cipher. It's now up to him to decide whether he will complete his term by earning an A, an F or an incomplete.

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