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 February 17, 2010 / 3 Adar 5770

Change, in deed

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The back story on this has to be fascinating.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind) stunned the political world Monday when he announced he wouldn't run for re-election. Though he's been in politics a long time (two terms as governor, two terms in the Senate) he is still, at 54, a (relatively) young man. He has a near $13 million war chest, and was the favorite — though no longer the prohibitive favorite of past years.

The surprise announcement shifts the Indiana Senate race from a likely Democratic retention to a tossup or leaning GOP takeover, depending on who the major party candidates turn out to be.

The shift brings to eight the number of states in which Republicans have at least an even chance of a pickup (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, North Dakota, Colorado and Nevada).

That could put the GOP within two surprises (perhaps in Washington state, where a Rasmussen poll released Monday showed Republican Dino Rossi with a two point lead over Sen. Patty Murray, should he choose to run; or in New York, where publishing magnate Mort Zuckerman is contemplating a challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand) of taking control of the Senate.

Or perhaps just one surprise, should Sen. Joseph Lieberman, nominally an Independent, choose to caucus with the Republicans.

"The sky is officially falling," Martin Frost, a former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Politico webzine.

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Nearly as stunning as Sen. Bayh's decision was the timing of his announcement. Under Indiana law, candidates for the U.S. Senate have until Feb. 16 to gather at least 500 signatures in each of the state's 9 Congressional districts on nominating petitions. Sen. Bayh gave a prospective Democratic successor just a little more than 24 hours in which to gather them.

If no Democrat has filed the requisite number of signatures by the deadline, the party may choose a nominee by caucus. That nominee, presumably, would be one of two "moderate" Democrats elected to Congress in 2006, Baron Hill or Brad Ellsworth.

The fly in that ointment could be, notes National Review's Jim Geraghty, Tamyra d'Ippolito, an art cafe owner who wants to run as a Democrat. Ms. d'Ippolito told the student newspaper at the University of Indiana Friday she was roughly 1,000 signatures short.

The best thing Indiana Republicans could do before the deadline is to sign Ms. d'Ippolito's petitions. If she's the Democratic nominee, the seat's an all but certain GOP pickup.

The leading Republican candidates are Dan Coats, who retired from the Senate rather than run against Mr. Bayh 12 years ago; former Rep. John Hostettler, and state senator Marlin Stutzman.

As governor, Mr. Bayh was a moderate. In the senate he talked like one, but voted for most elements of President Obama's very left wing agenda, which is not popular in Indiana.

Sen. Bayh said he was retiring chiefly because of his frustration with increasing partisanship in Washington. Most suspect there are other, more compelling reasons. But what might they be?

A recent poll commissioned by the left wing blog Daily Kos showed Sen. Bayh with a double digit lead over Mr. Coats and Mr. Hostettler. But earlier polls by the more reliable Rasmussen Reports showed him trailing Rep. Mike Pence (who declined to run), and only three points ahead of Mr. Hostettler. (Mr. Coats hadn't entered the race at the time of the Rasmussen poll.) Could Sen. Bayh's private polling indicate he was likely to be drowned in an anti-Obama tsunami?

Could there be a scandal about to emerge? Does he or a member of his family have an undisclosed health problem? Did he think this was a good time to cash in on the big lobbying bucks?

One thing we know about Evan Bayh is that he'd very much like to be president. His retirement makes it more likely that one day he might be. If President Obama's popularity continues to fall, he could challenge him from the right in the 2012 primaries. If not, he could run for governor again in 2012 (popular GOP governor Mitch Daniels is term limited), and run for president from that post in 2016, when Mr. Obama either will have been defeated for re-election, or be term limited.

Either way, he'll be out of the graveyard the Senate is proving to be for ambitious Democrats.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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