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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 March 19 , 2012/ 25 Adar, 5772

Autumn presidential debate topics lining up nicely

By Ann McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Finally, the end game is almost in sight. (Not talking about the Final Four.)

The topics the two major presidential candidates will be debating this autumn are lining up nicely, promising an informative and fascinating process.

Consider high gas prices. President Barack Obama now has his talking points in order most of the time. He makes the case that since he became president the country is doing more drilling for oil and gas onshore and offshore. He notes the country is importing less oil and becoming more fuel-efficient.

Occasionally, Obama messes up and says that when 55-mpg vehicles are mandated in a few years, the average family will save $8,000 a year (he means it will save that over the life of the vehicle). He also forgets to mention that such an impressive mpg will cost at least $3,000 more per car.

But overall, Obama makes a compelling argument that drilling alone won't reduce the price of gas (it takes a decade before drilling affects pump prices, if ever) and that there are far more drilling rigs operating in the United States than there were when he took office. His insistence that we have to develop solar, biofuels, wind and other alternatives to fossil fuel makes sense, as is his demand that America be more innovative to be energy independent.

Obama's bottom line is that there is no quick fix because America consumes 20 percent of the world's oil output but has only 2 percent of world oil reserves.

So, what are Mitt Romney's talking points about high gas prices as they soar past $4.28 a gallon? Wisely-- unlike the bombastic Newt Gingrich who blithely and without merit says he could guarantee $2.50-a-gallon gas-- Romney does not promise a specific cap. "No one can guarantee what the price of oil's going to be," Romney concedes.

Nonetheless, despite the reality of tight global oil markets, Romney blames Obama for high gas prices. That is campaign meat thrown to partisan audiences. As for policy, Romney wants to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, continue $4 billion in annual subsidies to the oil industry despite its large profits and immediately approve a pipeline extension from Canada to Texas. The White House insists more research is necessary to ensure such an extension is safe. Romney also would not mandate higher gas mileage standards for vehicles.

This stacks up to be an interesting debate, with strikingly different options.

Consider Afghanistan. In addition to the dreary war for GOP delegates, the United States is involved in a real war in which Americans are being killed and maimed. Obama, who authorized a surge in troops even as he was ending the conflict in Iraq, says the United States will pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Romney says Obama is wrong to set timetables for withdrawal. He seeks continuing reevaluation of the war but says we must see it through. Because nobody has ever successfully governed Afghanistan and invading foreign powers have routinely been brought to their knees, it is not clear how America will get out or how we'll know who "won."

The Obama administration put an end to Osama bin Laden, but Romney says Obama's foreign policy displays weakness. Romney wants to threaten all-out war against Iran to prevent it from getting nuclear weapons. Obama prefers diplomacy but does not rule out military action.

Romney insists Obama's policies have stretched the military to the breaking point. The Romney campaign argues that even though Congress signed off on cutting defense, the country needs 100,000 more troops and six more costly ships, possibly at the expense of Social Security benefits.

The soul-wearying GOP nomination process will grind to a halt in a few months with Romney eking out the bare minimum of delegates. Then we'll see the real Romney emerge, and we'll start deciding whose vision will best move the country forward.

Let the final debates begin. Please.

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Previously:


03/12/12: Unpacking presidential campaign myths
03/05/12: Time for Romney's vision, not goofiness, gaffes
01/13/12: Romney makes life difficult with many flubs
11/24/11: Obama has most to fear from Huntsman
10/04/11: Romney looks like ‘The One’
09/28/11: At last some good news on energy
09/21/11: Time to make pols squirm
08/29/11: America still shows the power of the individual
08/17/11: Like us, Lady Liberty in disrepair, but still strong




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