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 July 31, 2006 / 6 Menachem-Av, 5766

The Dems can win the House

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The conventional wisdom is that the Republicans have locked up the House of Representatives by canny and undemocratic gerrymandering of the district lines. But a close examination of the 2004 election returns indicates that GOP control of the House could well be in jeopardy.

In 2004, Americans voted for Republicans over Democrats for the House by 59 million to 56 million - a Republican advantage of three percentage points. The result was a body with 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats. But current polls indicate a decisive generic preference for Democrats for Congress. Fox News polling in May, for example, showed an eight-point Democratic edge in congressional balloting. If the Democrats can maintain anything approaching that margin, they may well retake control of the House.

And there are plenty of vulnerable Republican seats for the taking. Seven House Republicans who won with less than 60 percent of the vote in 2004 are retiring. These open seats are very likely targets for a Democratic takeover. (Only one similarly situated Democrat is leaving the House). Among Republicans seeking re-election, 16 won last time with less than 55 percent of the vote; another 31 pulled 55 percent to 60 percent. A strong Democratic trend could wipe out many of these Republican legislators.

The Senate (which is based on state lines and so can't be gerrymandered) presents another bright picture for the Democrats. They need a gain of six seats to control the body, and are within striking distance of five incumbent Republicans - Mike DeWine (Ohio), Jim Talent (Mo.), Lincoln Chaffee (R.I.), Conrad Burns (Mont.) and Rick Santorum (Pa.). Only one Democratic incumbent, Maria Cantwell of Washington state, is in any kind of difficulty. With a sharp Democratic trend, she's likely to pull through, while the five endangered GOP incumbents lose. In New Jersey, appointed Sen. Bob Menendez looks likely to hold the seat vacated by new Gov. Jon Corzine.

The sixth Democratic gain in the Senate would likely be the Tennessee seat that Majority Leader Bill Frist is vacating. Rep. Harold Ford, the Democratic candidate for the seat, is running even or ahead of both of his likely GOP opponents in the most recent polls.

Why are the Republicans running so poorly?

Iraq and gas prices are a big part of the story. President Bush's dismal approval ratings have a lot to do with it. But the larger reason is that the Republican Congress has acquired a reputation for corruption that hobbles GOP efforts to remain in control.

With Republicans in total control of the levers of power in Washington, the Fox News poll reflects that voters feel the GOP is the more corrupt party by 2:1. Given the chance, doubtless the Democrats would even the score with their share of scandals, but the fact remains that absolute power has given the Republican Party a reputation for corruption.

And then there is the fact that the Republicans have no agenda. What would they pass in the next two years that they have not passed in the previous six? What legislative initiative will emerge from renewed GOP control of Congress? One would be hard pressed to name any.

The Republican Party passed the Patriot Act, the tax cuts of 2001 and the No Child Left Behind Act, a monumental education reform. But after these labors, the GOP majority rested - and has done almost nothing since.

There is no Republican initiative on health care, pension security, global climate change, gas prices or any of the issues most Americans care about. The GOP simply has no agenda. Even immigration reform has been crippled by party bickering.

And the Republican prospects, as a result, are not too bright.

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