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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

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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

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 26, 2007 / 11 Menachem-Av, 5767

Talking a Good Game (Show)

By Suzanne Fields

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So many debates, so much time. The Democratic candidates complain of debate strain (or their staffs do, anonymously). Too many candidates, too little to say. The debates, a leading Republican non-candidate insists, are good reasons not to run for president.

"The presidential nominating process in its current format is insane," says Newt Gingrich, who likes to talk (and talk and talk). He describes the debates as "auditions" that diminish the seriousness of the candidates, elevating (if that's the word for it) only the status of the interviewers. The debates are the political version of game shows — think "The Bachelor," or "American Idol," and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" If Jack Abramoff were not making license plates, he could moderate "The Price Is Right."

Newt Gingrich, freed from the restraints of public office or the quest for one, can be a stitch, making fun of both Republicans and Democrats, needling "the latest exciting Republican name" as a man "who has to leave TV to get on TV." (Guess who?) The former speaker of the House, despite being a "former," is a popular power-breakfast guest, and Bob Tyrrell, editor of The American Spectator magazine, invited Newt to serve the salt and pepper with the bagels and fruit the other morning to a few pundits eager to get up from their beds at dawn.

"Once upon a time I thought I should run because it would be interesting, and senior Republicans thought I would enrich the debate," he said. "Well, has any candidate enriched the race or made it interesting? Or gotten anyone to say, 'I can't wait 'til the next debate'?" He clocked one of the debates and found that each candidate got a total of 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Neither Newt nor any other pol could clear his throat in twice that, and when Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes interviewed him on Fox he got 20 minutes — with a larger audience.

"Why should I join the pygmies, shrink to the level of 30-second answers, standing like a trained seal waiting for someone to throw me a fish?" he asks. But he won't say he couldn't develop an appetite for fish. If he doesn't see "a conservative candidate" emerge who he reckons can win, he's willing — eager, even — to be tempted. He thinks there's time to wait until Sept. 27 to decide, when the results are in from a nationwide "workshop" supplying talking points if not actual answers to crucial questions about health care, jobs, energy, the environment, education and immigration.

In Newt's view, nobody else has either questions or answers. Democrats can't give up their rote contempt for the free market that makes everything possible for most Americans. They're willing to cook the golden goose to stuff themselves one last time. The Republicans are technically incompetent and dysfunctional, like a business that can't recognize its market and enrages the customers of its market share. This encourages Democrats to say goofy things.

Worse, when the politicians are incompetent, it logically follows that the government they fashion will be incompetent, and the public reaction is usually not to fix it but to let the politicians make the government bigger. That's why almost no Republican looks to next year with anticipation. The Republicans, Newt says, could win if they run against what he calls "the Oprah ticket" — Hillary and Obama. But Bill (and Hillary) Clinton, it occurs to me, did not get to the pinnacle of politics by making dumb choices.

For all his put-downs and put-ons, the former speaker sounds best in the heat and light of his moment at the podium. Follow-through is not always the mark of the successful campaigner. His stunning triumph with the "Contract with America" in 1994 turned swiftly to ashes. Now he's pushing a 21st-century "Contract with America," requiring not only a change in government policy, but a change in public attitudes. The debate stuck in red vs. blue has to become what he calls "the red, white and blue."

He brandishes a handout of polling data, available to candidates of either partisan stripe, emphasizing that 80 percent of Americans agree there's a desperate need to strengthen and revitalize the nation's core values. Like the college professor he was and is once more, Newt insists this means restoring pride in being an American, teaching what American citizenship and American history actually mean. "First you win the argument," he says, quoting Maggie Thatcher, "and then you win the vote." But the devil, as they say, is in the details. We have few details and lots of devils. The former speaker is eager to tell you who they are.

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