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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 Jan 18, 2012/ 23 Teves, 5772

Newt is finally Newt again

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The impostor who wallowed in negative ads, attacked capitalism at Bain Capital and hemmed and hawed when asked about his role at Freddie Mac is gone. The real Newt Gingrich has returned!

The former Speaker was in his element during Monday night's GOP debate in South Carolina. Inspired and egged on by a conservative crowd and appealing to a national TV audience, he put red meat before the voters. Rick Santorum, by contrast, served only white-meat chicken. (It was a GOP debate, so nobody served pork.)

When Newt spoke about the importance of a work ethic and criticized Fox News's Juan Williams for implying that being a janitor was demeaning for young people, he gave vent to the frustrations of millions of Americans chafing under the restraints of political correctness.

And when he savaged Ron Paul for comparing Osama bin Laden to a Chinese dissident seeking asylum in the United States, he articulated what we all felt — revulsion at Paul's modern-day impersonation of Neville Chamberlain cowering in the face of Hitler.

Newt is back!

With biweekly debates, these national contests — far more than local campaigning and even paid advertising — will shape the outcome of the early primaries. Especially in a state the size of South Carolina, where media is not that costly, so everyone can afford their share, the debates will be the difference.

Santorum's performance was workmanlike, statistical, detailed and lawyerly. He laid out his points well and even baited a trap for Romney over his failure to urge the repeal of a Massachusetts law permitting felons to vote, even while incarcerated. But the difference between Santorum and Gingrich was on vivid display on Monday night: passion versus carefully articulated positions.

Just as important for Newt was the destruction of Ron Paul. His quibbling over how we should have handled bin Laden and the candidate's obviously self-destructive isolationism should reduce even further his vote share in a defense-oriented state like South Carolina. If Newt can open up a separation in vote share vis--vis Paul and Santorum (and Perry recognizes reality and bows out) then Newt has Mitt where he wants him — one on one.

Romney's debate performance was subpar. He handled the income tax return question poorly. Everybody realizes that releasing your returns in April won't help primary voters decide for whom they should vote in January. Most likely, Mitt's return will show that he paid the capital gains rate — 15 percent — on his income, which is his legal right, but which will open him up for criticism. But Romney has to realize that he needs to take the heat and release them sooner rather than later. If Gingrich releases his returns before South Carolina, you can bet he will force Romney to fess up before Florida.

Mitt also needs to do a better job of defending Bain Capital. This is not a tax-supported or philanthropic institution. Bain got private investors to bail out failing companies. To do that, and to take those kinds of risks, you need to offer monster returns. That Bain was able to produce, attract capital and turn around so many companies is very, very admirable. And Romney needs to start addressing it in those terms. Are his critics confident that he would have gotten the capital to try to turn these companies around if he offered a lower return? On what basis do they think so?

Newt only hurts himself by going negative. He looks bad doing it and it brings out the worst in his image. It makes one wonder if he is staying in the race out of anger and a need for revenge. But when he articulates his positive vision, we realize what a patriot he really is.

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