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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
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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

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 19, 2008 / 18 Menachem-Av 5768

Liars, cheaters and incompetents

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. Barack Obama had a bad week, which he and his staff contrived to make worse.

Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain appeared serially at a California mega-church Saturday night. The contrast illustrates why Sen. Obama is leery of joint appearances.

Mr. Obama was long-winded and often evasive in his responses to questions posed by Pastor Rick Warren, while Sen. McCain was crisp and direct in his responses to the same questions.

"The Obama people must feel that he didn't do quite as well as they might have wanted in that context, because what they are putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama," NBC's Andrea Mitchell said on the "Meet the Press" program Sunday. "He seemed so well prepared."

The subtext is The One could not be bested unless the old white guy cheated. But by making a charge they can't possibly prove, Obama aides look like bad sports, said Megan McArdle of the Atlantic.

"This was a serious misstep by the Obama campaign, and his supporters could best help him by never mentioning it again," she said.

Whining is one way to make a poor performance seem worse. Another is to get caught in a lie.

In 2003, Sen. Obama voted against a bill in the Illinois legislature that would have protected the lives of infants born alive after botched abortions. The language of the bill was identical to the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which had passed the U.S. Senate unanimously the year before.

The National Right to Life Committee issued a press release on Sen. Obama's vote. When a reporter asked Sen. Obama about it, he responded:

"Here's a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported — which was to say —that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born — even if it was the consequence of an induced abortion."

On Sunday, after the NRTLC released documents proving the language in the state bill was identical to that in the federal bill, an Obama spokesman acknowledged his boss had "misstated" his position.

There was much consternation among Democrats and journalists last week when a book savagely critical of Barack Obama — Jerome Corsi's "The Obama Nation" — debuted at number one on the New York Times best seller list.

Sen. Obama's campaign issued a 40-page rebuttal. "Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage to continue the Bush-Cheney policies he helped perpetuate four years ago," said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Sen. Obama. Mr. Vietor was referring to the 2004 book "Unfit for Command," which Mr. Corsi co-wrote with John O'Neill of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Many Democrats blame Sen. Kerry's defeat on his sluggish response to the charges made in that book. They've vowed never to let that happen again, which accounts for their effort to nuke the Corsi book.

This is a mistake. What gave "Unfit for Command" its power was that of 23 officers who served in John Kerry's squadron, 15 considered him unfit. By contrast, when Democrats were trying to manufacture a scandal about President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard, they were unable to find a single squadron mate who had anything critical to say. By linking the new Corsi book to the Swift Boat veterans, Democrats give it a credibility it doesn't deserve.

And the Obama campaign's response to the Corsi book was replete with factual errors of its own.

"Much of what (Corsi) writes is troubling and fictional," wrote ABC's Jake Tapper. "But that doesn't mean that the Obama campaign shouldn't hew closer to the truth." I hope you won't buy the book. Mr. Corsi is a nutcase, and his book is filled with poorly sourced innuendo. But the over the top response to it pretty much guarantees Mr. Corsi will sell more copies than he deserves to.

At least the Obama campaign had the good sense not to draw attention to David Freddoso's "The Case Against Barack Obama," which debuted at number five on the New York Times list. It's long on fact, short on innuendo, and absolutely devastating to Sen. Obama's reputation.

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