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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

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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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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 Oct. 31, 2007 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

GOP sweep in the offing?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perennial presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic congressman from Ohio, told a group of bloggers last week he plans to force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take up his measure to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.

Ms. Pelosi "is working very quietly and very effectively behind the scenes" to gather votes to impeach President Bush, Rep. Diane Watson (D-Cal) told a town hall meeting in Los Angeles Oct. 17.

Mr. Kucinich, Ms. Watson and Ms. Pelosi are three of the reasons why I think historians will regard the Democratic sweep in the 2006 midterms as the essential prerequisite to the Republican victory in the 2008 presidential election.

The Democratic seizure of Congress caused President Bush to change strategy in Iraq. The dramatic improvement in Iraq since the troop surge began is depriving Democrats of the issue they had hoped to ride to victory.

The Iraq example is instructive for another reason. The key factor was the change in attitude of Iraq's Sunnis toward al Qaida. Once at least tolerators of the terror group, most Sunnis have turned implacably hostile.

The Sunnis have turned on al Qaida chiefly because in Fallujah, Ramadi, Baquba and elsewhere, they experienced the harshness of al Qaida rule, and decided it was not for them. However bad submission to rule by the Shia majority had once seemed to them, this was worse.

Voters turned to the Democrats in 2006 because they were disgusted with Republicans. The primary reason was Iraq. We were locked then in a bloody stalemate. Given a choice between seemingly endless war and withdrawal, Americans prefer withdrawal. Iraq wasn't the only reason for voter disgust. When Republicans act like Republicans, they don't always win. But when Republicans act like Democrats, they almost always lose. The GOP Congress was spending more than Democratic Congresses of the past. Earmarks had exploded. Corruption was rampant. Many who had voted Republican in 2002 and 2004 stayed home, or voted against the incumbents on the assumption Democrats couldn't be worse.

Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) are disabusing swing voters of that assumption. The Democratic Congress has done virtually nothing except to try (and fail) to pass measures to cripple the war effort and to hamstring efforts to surveil terrorists.

Voters have noticed. The current Congress is the most unpopular in the history of polling. Voters rate Congress lower today than in October of 2006, days before they tossed out the Republicans.

Voter esteem for the Democratic Congress is not likely to be enhanced by kamikaze missions such as an effort to impeach the president and vice president. However much they may disagree with some administration policies, those who are not moonbats know (1) there are no grounds for impeachment; (2) in the highly unlikely event the House voted to impeach, there is zero possibility the Senate would vote to convict, and (3) the whole exercise is pointless, because Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney will be leaving office in a little more than a year anyway.

For Democrats, quixotic efforts to impeach the president and vice president, or to defund a war we're now clearly winning are a lose lose proposition. Normal people will be angered by the frivolity, immaturity, and blatant partisanship of the efforts. The moonbats will be angry because the efforts will fail.

Unfortunately for Democrats, there are many moonbats in their party, and what it takes to keep them on the reservation drives moderates off.

"Frustration with the Democratic party over Iraq boiling over," said a headline in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sunday. "Rank and file blast top officials for not challenging the president."

"Democrats aren't any better on the war issue than the Republicans," Nancy O'Byrne, a delegate to the Democratic state convention in Lake Buena Vista, told the Herald-Tribune. "A lot of candidates are backpedaling on their stance on the war, and I'm not sure why."

The reason, Ms. O'Byrne, is because given a choice between victory and self-inflicted defeat, Americans prefer victory. But as signs of victory in Iraq mount, the moonbats have become more strident in their demands that Democratic leaders in Congress end the war before it can be won.

Democrats compound their foreign policy follies by trying to give college tuition breaks and driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and by proposing humongous tax increases. After a glimpse of Democrats in power, Republicans don't look so bad.

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