In this issue

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 January 22, 2008 / 15 Shevat 5768

Pity the political reporters?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's still not the way to bet, but it is now distinctly possible that one, perhaps both, presidential nominations won't be settled until their respective national conventions.

This will be described by the news media as unalloyed bad news for the politicians. They'll urge the parties to settle on a presumptive nominee as soon as possible. But nomination battles that last into the summer are really only unalloyed bad news for the news media, so politicians should take the advice we journalists proffer with a grain of salt.

Campaigns that go on that long drain resources that could be put to better use in general election campaigns, and leave deeper intra-party scars that have less time to heal before the fall campaign begins.

On the other hand, long, closely fought campaigns hold public interest, and sharpen the ultimate nominee's debating skills. If both nominees are known on Super Tuesday Feb. 5, the intervening months between then and Labor Day will be zzzzzzzzz.

But for journalists — especially television journalists — the more candidates who are viable for longer means the more reporters and camera crews who have to be assigned to follow them around. That costs money — lots and lots of money. So journalists are quick to crown frontrunners, and to urge losers to drop out.

Most people think it's more likely the Republicans will have a brokered convention, because there are so many GOP candidates, and so little enthusiasm for them. But a brokered convention may be more likely among Democrats, because of the way Democrats allocate delegates.

Most Republican primaries are winner take all, either statewide or by congressional district. If a frontrunner emerges, he can rack up a significant lead in delegates.

Democrats have adopted a system of proportional representation. Losers get delegates too, provided they meet a minimum threshold. In Nevada Saturday, Barack Obama, the loser, wound up with one delegate more than Hillary Clinton, the winner.

Proportional representation, even more than his runaway ego, is the reason why John Edwards is still in the race. He crashed and burned in Nevada, but had won 26 percent of the delegates selected in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mr. Edwards can't be king. But if the race between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama remains close, and Mr. Edwards can win 15 percent or more of the delegates in South Carolina next Saturday, and then on Super Tuesday, he could be the kingmaker.

The other reason why a brokered convention may be more likely among Democrats is that Democrats have made every Democratic governor, senator, congressman and state party chair "super delegates." Some have announced support for Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama, but all are free to change their minds at any time.

Journalists longing to proclaim Sen. McCain the frontrunner did so after South Carolina Saturday, and if he wins in Florida, he will be. But Sen. McCain has yet to win a plurality of Republican voters in any primary, and in most of the primaries to come, only Republicans will be permitted to vote.

There is no Republican frontrunner, though the results last weekend in South Carolina and Nevada suggest that unless Rudy Giuliani can pull an upset in Florida Jan. 29, the race will settle into a slug fest between Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain. The doubts many Republicans have about both men should keep some of the others in the race for at least a little while longer.

After Florida, all the candidates will be broke except for Mr. Romney, who can self finance. But there is little reason for any of them to formally withdraw from the race.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has demonstrated little appeal beyond his evangelical Christian base. But that base is pretty solid, and he doesn't have to do much to turn it out. He can't be king, but if he can win delegates in a few Southern primaries, maybe he could be kingmaker — and the vice presidential nominee.

If Rudy Giuliani wins in Florida, and in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Super Tuesday, he could be the most powerful person at the convention in Minneapolis.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has never finished higher than a distant third in any primary. But he's hanging on, because in a brokered convention, the nomination often goes to the candidate who is disliked the least, so even Fred still has a chance.

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