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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, 2014 / 17 Adar II, 5774

The GOP back from the dead

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was in an elevator with her staff Tuesday morning, leaving the National Press Club, where she had just held a televised news conference.

“Life is good!” she said brightly. “I didn’t disembowel myself.”

Talk about a low bar.

A year earlier, to the day, the Republican National Committee had held an event at the same location to receive the “autopsy” report detailing the party’s failures in 2012 and its plan for rebirth. Wasserman Schultz held her event for the purpose of “doing an autopsy on their autopsy” but, as her private expression of relief indicates, Democrats are the ones talking about the cold morgue table at the moment.

As Republican medical examiners reflect on improvements since the 2012 debacle and Democratic coroners ponder the possible loss of the Senate in November, it feels like an episode of “CSI: Washington.” An hour before Wasserman Schultz’s appearance, her GOP counterpart, Reince Priebus, met with reporters at the St. Regis Hotel — and he used the autopsy anniversary to celebrate his party’s return from the dead.

We’re in for a tsunami-type election in 2014,” he boasted at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “The Democrats are in the dumps,” he added. “It looks like it’s going to be a disaster for Democrats.”

Informed by Yahoo News’s Chris Moody of Priebus’s remarks, Wasserman Schultz said that the Republicans’ “prediction accuracy isn’t exactly on the mark of late.” Historically low public opinion of the GOP, she said, means “their attempt at rebranding has failed.”

Both Priebus and Wasserman Schultz are correct. They’re just talking about different time frames.

Signs point to a dismal midterm election for Democrats, as voters blame President Obama’s party for their frustrations with the nation’s direction. But the Republicans’ short-term advantage masks their failure to improve their standing among the key demographic groups — particularly Latinos, women and young voters — they will need if they are to win the presidency in 2016 or beyond.

Wasserman Schultz, in unveiling a nine-page document titled “Same Old Party,” declared that the GOP is nothing but “another year older. What changes we have seen from the Republican Party are superficial and tactical but do little to address their core problem.” Republican outreach to women and minorities “gives new meaning to the term ‘awkward,’ ” she added in a stage whisper. She listed Mike Huckabee’s comments about women’s libido, Paul Ryan’s quote about the deficient culture of the inner city and Steve King’s remarks about immigrants with cantaloupe-shaped calves.

But reporters turned Wasserman Schultz’s focus to her own party’s troubles. Will Democrats lose the Senate? “I am confident we’re going to hold the Senate,” she said, as she must. Why did Democrats lose a special election in Florida last week? “Republicans won in a Republican district.”

When Eric Pianin of the Fiscal Times asked about Obama’s unpopularity hurting Democrats, Wasserman Schultz turned to a previous questioner, who had inquired about Chris Christie: “Just to go back to your question for a second. . . .

At Priebus’s breakfast, the dynamic was the reverse: He spoke of Republicans’ cyclical advantages and tiptoed around the party’s long-term disadvantages. He spoke of Obamacare as “a poisonous issue for Democrats” and of Republicans “riding high” with superior fundraising. “Regardless of what might be happening or not happening in Congress, the RNC is enjoying a lot of success,” he said.

But what’s happening or not happening in Congress — particularly the failure to pass immigration legislation — has put Republicans at odds with the changing electorate and left the GOP with a difficult route to the presidency.

When Slate’s John Dickerson pressed him on immigration reform and other policy recommendations in the GOP autopsy, Priebus replied that “you’re asking the wrong person.” The chairman said that 90 percent of his job is improving the party’s field operations, data capabilities and revamping the presidential primaries.

Priebus has done that, but the autopsy also said the party needed to be more “inclusive and welcoming” on social issues, while advancing immigration reform. Priebus dismissed questions about the GOP agenda by saying that Republicans are “overly obsessed” with their demographic problems and that there is “laziness on the part of people who simply want to claim the Republican Party has a woman problem.”

Still, the chairman accepted the obvious truth that “our party has had a pretty good record in midterm elections and we’ve had a poor record in presidential elections.”

You don’t have to be a licensed coroner to recognize that this condition is ultimately terminal.


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