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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

GOP pow-wow emphasizes shifting US demographics

By Jim Morrill





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mHARLOTTE, N.C.— (MCT) Glenn McCall is one face of the challenges — and opportunities — facing the Republican Party.

A former Charlotte banker, he's one of just three African-Americans on the 168-member Republican National Committee.

He's also one of five leaders of an RNC effort to chart the party's future and find ways to broaden its appeal to minorities.

"We can't continue to win elections if we're giving up such a large number (of votes) to the other party," McCall said.

He and other members of the party's Growth and Opportunity Project spoke to reporters Thursday as the RNC continued its winter meeting at the Westin hotel. For a party that lost the White House and congressional seats in November, the meeting has brought an unusual amount of soul-searching.

Thursday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the committee that they "must reject the notion that demography is destiny." And on Friday, party chairman Reince Priebus is expected to say the GOP should compete not just in battleground states but across the country, "building relationships with communities we haven't before."


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Republicans may have little choice.

As the color of America changes, they've watched Democrats run up their numbers among black, Latino and Asian voters. That's an electorate key in states such as Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, each with surging minority populations.

Republican Mitt Romney won 59 percent of white voters in November. But Democrat Barack Obama captured 93 percent of African-Americans, 71 percent of Latinos and 73 percent of Asian-Americans.

One study showed that non-white voters made up 28 percent of the electorate, compared to 20 percent in 2000. And that percentage is growing. Last summer, former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida told New York magazine that even the staunchly Republican state of Texas could go Democratic in four years.

"The demographic changes in America are real, and they're a wake-up call for the Republican Party," former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Thursday in Charlotte.

"The demographic changes in America are all changes in the Democratic direction."

In a memo to Priebus, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, "Too many Republicans underestimate the scale of the threat we face."

He said the party has "atrophied in urban America," while demographic and cultural changes "could turn America into a national version of Chicago or California."

Some Republicans say the party's a victim of a bad image, caused in part by a hostile media.

"I'm concerned that the perception of the party is that it's racist and all kinds of foolishness," said Ada Fisher, a Salisbury, N.C., physician and one of the RNC's three African-Americans. "That's just not who we are."

But Kerry Haynie, a Duke University political scientist, said Republicans have helped foster perceptions that make it difficult for them to win minority support.

"The party has an image problem with minorities, and a deserved image problem," Haynie said. "To overcome that will take time. But it will take more than words."

South Carolina's newly appointed Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the nation's only African-American senator, said Republicans can reach minorities by emphasizing shared, essentially conservative values.

"The answer is embedded in the American Dream," Scott said in a phone interview. While he talks about growing up in poverty as the son of a single mother in Charleston, he added, other Republicans have similar stories of overcoming obstacles.

"We have to consistently communicate the stories that come out of our party," Scott said, "because it's the American story."

RNC member Robin Armstrong said, "Part of it is showing up and getting involved in these communities." Texans, he noted, just elected Republican Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, to the U.S. Senate.

"From my experience, these communities are very conservative, they just haven't heard the message," said Armstrong, who is black. "People don't care what you know until they know that you care."

But an analysis by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News found that demographic changes put the reliably Republican state on a path toward partisan parity by 2024, or 2016 if Democrats increase their share of the Latino vote by a few percentage points.

Many Latinos have criticized Republicans for their tough stands on immigration. On Thursday, a group that included some undocumented immigrants protested in Marshall Park, appealing for more rights for the undocumented, including driver's licenses and access to in-state tuition.

Last year, Romney angered Latinos when he called for "self-deportation" of illegal immigrants and threatened to veto the DREAM Act, a proposal to give educational benefits and a path to citizenship to children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

"The past several elections have demonstrated that's not a viable strategy," said Luis Alvarado, a GOP consultant attending the RNC meeting. "All we're doing is helping Democrats perpetuate a misconception that has helped them.

"We believe that the values of the Republican Party are values in sync with what the Latino community believes in. We just have to find a better way to (show it)."

Republicans say they'll do that by reaching out to minority groups.

"We should be able to go anyplace in America, listen to what their hopes and dreams are, and offer them a better future," Gingrich said Thursday.

Fleischer said November proved one thing "loud and clear."

"Republicans have to include everybody," he said. "And that's a powerful lesson for Republicans."


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