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 Sept. 25, 2007 / 13 Tishrei 5768

Can Newt save the Republic — and the Republicans?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An explosion ripped through a military base near Aleppo in northern Syria July 23, killing 15 Syrian soldiers and dozens of Iranian engineers. Summer temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit caused an ammunition dump to "cook off," the Syrian government said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich hasn't been getting as much attention as he likes lately. So he's told a few folks he'll run for president if he can raise $30 million by the end of November.

My advice to Newt is to buy lottery tickets. But wealthy supporters of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani should consider helping Mr. Gingrich out.

Most of the political news over the weekend came from the biennial gathering of Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island.

The confab was more important than it's been in the past, because of Michigan's decision to move it presidential primary up to January 15. Only the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary will be held earlier.

A straw poll was conducted, in which 979 of the more than 2,000 attendees voted. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won with 39 percent. Arizona Sen. John McCain was second with 26 percent. Libertarian nutcake Ron Paul bested Mr. Giuliani for third, 10.8 to 10.6 percent.

The Romney victory in the straw poll was unsurprising. His father George was a popular governor in Michigan, and Mr. Romney paid the way for many people to attend the Mackinac conference.

Sen. McCain's showing was surprising. He doesn't have the money to buy his supporters a cup of coffee, but it's apparent there is still a lot of affection for him among Michigan GOP activists. Sen. McCain won the presidential primary in 2000.

Because they can so easily be stacked by those with deep pockets or distorted by nutbars (yes, Ron Paul supporters, I'm talking about you), straw polls tend to be poor indicators of overall popular sentiment. But Mr. Romney's margin roughly tracks with the most recent poll of Michigan Republicans, taken by the American Research Group in the first week in September. In that poll Mr. Romney had 39 percent of the vote to Mr. Giuliani's 13, Sen. Thompson's 12, and Sen. McCain's 9.

While most of the political news over the weekend emanated from Mackinac Island, the most interesting news was from a poll Democratic pollster Celinda Lake took for the Latino Policy Coalition of 31 House districts represented by freshman Democrats. The poll showed Rudy Giuliani leading Hillary Clinton comfortably in them.

"Giuliani takes 49 percent to Clinton's 39 percent, while the former mayor's lead over (Sen. Barack) Obama is far smaller, 41 percent to 40 percent," reported Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray in the Washington Post Sunday. (The poll was taken in August.)

Mr. Giuliani has been running within the margin of error with Sen. Clinton in national polls, the only GOP candidate to do so. The Celinda Lake poll in slightly left-leaning swing districts suggest he might be stronger against her than those other surveys indicate.

In these Democratic districts, the Lake poll found, 45 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, 48 percent an unfavorable one. By contrast, Mr. Giuliani's ratings were 53 percent positive, 33 percent negative.

The Lake poll strengthens the principal argument for Rudy, that he's the Republican with the best chance to win in November. But he must win the nomination first, which is what makes Mr. Gingrich's potential candidacy so interesting.

We have in effect semifinal matches between Mr. Giuliani and Sen. McCain for the more moderate GOP vote, and between Mr. Romney and Mr. Thompson for the more conservative vote. A Gingrich candidacy would split the conservative vote in the early primaries further.

Since I'm for Rudy, that's reason enough for me to be excited about a Gingrich candidacy.

But I have a less cynical reason.

If Newt were nominated, he'd have no chance to win the general election. But he has the best ideas in politics, and he expresses them well. It'd be great in a presidential debate to have Newt expound on this, that or the other, and have the other candidates, say, in effect: "What Newt said."

Debates will be critical for Sen. Thompson, whose performance so far has been underwhelming for many erstwhile supporters.

The most fascinating disconnect is between the fairly comfortable leads Gov. Romney enjoys in polling in Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan, and his poor performance in national polls. He has only 8.5 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, to Mr. Giuliani's 27.8 and Mr. Thompson's 22.5.

Will Mr. Romney's numbers go up when he starts advertising outside of Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan, or will his leads in those states shrink when other candidates start advertising there? Stay tuned. The Iowa caucuses are only about 90 days

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