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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 March 7, 2012/ 13 Adar, 5772

Santorum Just Doesn't Get It

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You need just a few of things to become president: money, timing, a few smart people to run things — you are too busy to run things yourself because you are up in the sky traveling from campaign stop to campaign stop and also making fundraising calls — and, most important of all, luck.

In the last few months, President Obama has gotten really lucky. The Republicans could not resist holding 20 debates to show the American people how brilliant they are, and a lot of Americans took a look and said, "That's all you got?"

As the debate season has inched along, the president's approval numbers have risen according to the latest Politico/GWU/Battleground poll completed in late February to 53 percent and the Real Clear Politics average of seven polls showing Obama at 48.6.

Yet Obama's poll numbers have more likely risen due to an improving economy rather than the Republican debates.

As the economy gets better, people feel better — and, as Abraham Lincoln put it, facing his own tough re-election in 1864: "I do not allow myself to suppose that (voters) have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river ..."

But events, like rivers, can move very swiftly. And what today is an improving economy, by fall could be a wretched one once again. And the Republican primary debate season is probably over.

Obama, however, has gotten incredibly lucky once again:

According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University,"Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between 4 and 7 million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion (of) female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of made adults who voted."

So does this sound like a good time for Republicans to tick off women voters? It's not a "special interest group" that can easily be dismissed.

As former Democratic Party chief Howard Dean said recently, "There are just so many groups you can offend, and women are a pretty big one."

He was speaking of Rush Limbaugh's denunciation of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who wants Georgetown, a Catholic university, to provide birth control through its student medical insurance plan.

On Wednesday, Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and said she "wants to be paid to have sex." On Thursday, he said she was "having so much sex, it's amazing she can still walk."

On Friday, President Obama called Fluke to support her, and a number of sponsors withdrew from Limbaugh's radio show.

Republican pundit Peggy Noonan said Limbaugh's remarks were "crude, rude and even piggish," but the real damage, she said, was that the remarks were "disruptive" and "took attention away from President Obama's attack on religious freedom."

Eventually, Limbaugh apologized to Fluke, saying: "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices."

All of this was part of what the Democrats are branding the "Republican War on Women" and hope in part to ride to victory on it, regardless of the state of the economy.

Some Republicans understand this and see the potential danger.

In Ohio on Saturday, Mitt Romney said weakly of Limbaugh's comments, "It's not the language I would have used."

Democrats jumped all over that, with top Obama campaign aide David Axelrod sneering: "Wow. Profiles in Courage."

But by Sunday, Romney's campaign had found a groove for him. "The economy is what I do. It's what I know; it's what I've done," Romney said.

Rick Santorum has made the most of what he calls Obama's attack on religion, and Santorum did not feel like roughing up Limbaugh too much.

"He's being absurd, but that's you know, an entertainer can be absurd," Santorum said. "He's in a very different business than I am."

So does this guy just not get politics or what?

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