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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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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 June 7, 2007 / 21 Sivan, 5767

Buy one, get one free

By Suzanne Fields

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Bill Clinton boasted in his first campaign for president that voters could "buy one and get one free." He should have kept quiet about Hillary. A lot of Americans have never let either Bill or Hillary forget it. An unelected co-president was not what anyone bargained for (and neither did the founding fathers who wrote the Constitution). Now we have another opportunity to "buy one and get one free."

When Wolf Blitzer of CNN, the moderator, asked her the other night in the Democratic debate what her husband would do if she makes it to the White House, she replied that he "will be sent around the world as a roving ambassador." One of her rivals, former Sen. Mike Gravel, piped up: "He could take his wife with him, who will still be in the Senate."

Clever repartee, but it underscores a problem that will bedevil Hillary through the brutal primaries and all the way to Denver and the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and beyond. Bill is enormously popular with a lot of Democrats, but even the ex-president's fervent admirers have to wonder what this co-presidency would look like. Every wife has horror stories about having a husband forever underfoot, cluttering the house and interfering with the woman's work that is never done. Double, triple, quadruple that for a woman presiding at the White House. Who can doubt that sending Bill somewhere on the other side of the world is exactly where Hillary would want him?

Like it or not — and what woman does? — Hillary is still "the first woman candidate," something more than a "wife of" but required to confront the questions none of her rivals have to answer. The New Hampshire debate was hardly over before the speculation began about what one commentator called Hillary's "flawless, almost dewy appearance," and whether this was the work of Botox, fillers, microdermabrasion or just a good make-up artist. "I'm no fan of Hillary's, heaven knows," observed columnist Margery Eagan in the Boston Herald, "but we must face facts here. She never sounded so good nor looked so good — not easy when you're standing next to Breck Boy John Edwards, he of the $400 haircut and the primping video on YouTube."

More infuriating, Hillary is always compared, even if sometimes subconsciously, to Bill. When she attempted to distance herself from her fiercely antiwar rivals, asserting that there is, too, a deadly Islamist terror threat out there and the nation is safer than it was after September 11, it sounded like a "Sister Souljah moment" of the sort that Bill used to set himself apart from certain other Democratic candidates. But then Hillary tacked sharply left, to "a Dennis Kucinich moment" where she is more comfortable: "I think it's particularly important to point out, this is George Bush's war — he is responsible for this war. He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He escalated the war. And he refuses to end the war."

Bill has his uses, beyond becoming the Flying Dutchman, endlessly circling the globe in her behalf. She uses him to scold reporters for portraying her as less zealous than she should be in knocking George W. Bush. He makes the tortuous argument that her vote to authorize the war wasn't exactly a vote to go to war. If Hillary makes this argument, she sounds like the fake, insincere, calculating politician so many of us think she is. He makes the argument for her, echoing his explanation of his support, when he was the governor of Arkansas, for the first Gulf war, when he said that he was for the war but actually agreed with those who weren't.

The campaign of '08 already seems headed into the homestretch, with only 517 days to go, and pollsters and pundits arguing over who's ahead, who's not, why not, and who has "the Big Mo." Try as she might, Hillary cannot escape the colorful past she shares with Bill. The pundits (and presumably the public) can't get enough of the reprise of stale scandals in the fresh round of Hillary biographies, which portray her as brilliant and bitchy, as brutally ambitious and the vulnerable victim.

The Hillary campaign wants to talk about the war, health care, education and "worthwhile domestic initiatives," but the beauty-parlor buzz is only about the characters who populate her past: Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Susan McDougal, Vince Foster. Perhaps the best of the new wave of Hillary books is "The Clinton Crack-Up," by R. Emmett Tyrrell, with lots of new details of sordid old stories. The crack-up is about Bill Clinton's life after the death of leaving the White House, but the juice is about Hillary. You can buy the book about Bill, and get one about Hillary free.

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