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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 April 11, 2011 / 7 Nissan, 5771

Playing the Trump card

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "He feels things like a normal guy from Queens. Not like a politician."

That's Maggie Gallagher, stalwart defender of traditional marriage, on The Donald.

When asked about gay marriage, real-estate tycoon and longtime media celebrity Donald Trump sorta shrugs, sorta hesitates, because it's not something he wants to campaign on or particularly talk about. But he says he's against it, and has said so a few times now.

"I just don't feel good about it. I don't feel right about it. I'm against it. And I take a lot of heat because I come from New York … I'm opposed to gay marriage … We have other problems in this country. I don't think a president should be elected on gay marriage or not gay marriage."

Yes, this is Donald Trump speaking, the man whose previous ventures into wedlock have been the stuff of tabloid legend. And he's talking about gay marriage with a straight face because he says he's seriously considering running for president of the United States, in the Republican primary.

Needless to say, he's not quite a normal guy from Queens. But when he talks about politics these days, he could sound like he reflects Queens' values.

He also reflects the innate optimism of the outer-borough native regarding upward mobility, a cherished dream that perhaps even this economy has not managed to kill.

The kind of optimism people don't mind hearing in a candidate for office.

And so maybe the fact that The Donald has tied for second place (with Mike Huckabee) in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal presidential survey isn't all that shocking.

"Does this finding mean that Republicans have suddenly developed a passion for gaudy architecture and bad hair?" John J. Pitney Jr., politics professor at Claremont McKenna College, asks jokingly, reflecting the seriousness with which many are taking the buzz around Trump. "Nope, the number doesn't mean much at all. Only a couple of major would-be candidates have even formed 'exploratory' committees, and some other potential contenders are still undecided. Several of them are unfamiliar to most voters. In this situation, many respondents will pick Trump simply because they recognize his name. And since it will be months before they have to make a real choice, they feel free to give whimsical answers. Jabba the Hutt would probably poll well, too, but that doesn't mean that anybody would vote for him."

"I'll say with a high degree of confidence that Donald Trump isn't going to be elected president, nominated for president, or win a single presidential primary or caucus," William Voegeli, author of "Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State," tells me. "Many more people know him, because of his skyscrapers, lifestyle and television show, than know about Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty's records as governors."

Right now, with nearly no one in the race and certainly no one as entertaining as Trump — who seems willing to say just about anything that is on his mind — he seems to be enjoying the speculation and the attention. The longer you're in it, though, the hotter the spotlight and the more intrusive the questions. Odds are, he's not going to have patience for the scrutiny to come, especially when it starts dwelling on bankruptcy, business practices, marriages and character. Trump's entertainment value would wear off, too, as questions of trust and confidence became more important.

Still, though, knowing Trump's checkered, scandal-ridden past, the fact that people are taking him seriously seems to hint at something beyond mere novelty.

But he's not just a prime-time show. He also serves as a bit of a warning.

A recent Fox News poll showed 50 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of independents are unimpressed with the GOP presidential field. In instances where people are familiar with the names Pawlenty and Romney and all the rest who are being discussed, there's not a lot of enthusiasm. It's early, and perhaps that's just fine. But the intensity with which some are insisting on alternatives — drafting Chris Christie or Marco Rubio or others engaged in important work — is more than a pre-season tailgate distraction.

"I think it reflects the weakness of the multitudinous current field," Maggie Gallagher says about Trump's popularity. "People like Trump because they feel he's a big strong guy who 'tells it like it is' and 'is on their side.' It's the same appeal Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie have. He's going to get the bad guys for you."

The typical guy from Queens — the typical voter — naturally wants someone who shows he has some fight and resilience in him. Trump gets the right kind of attention because he possesses these qualities, even if the fight and resilience might largely center on his own ego. He presents himself as a passionate advocate for American exceptionalism in the face of leaders' dereliction of constitutional duties, and it resonates with citizens.

Serious candidates ought not to dismiss the Trump pre-show, but to learn from his appeal. He does know a thing or two about marketing, after all, and smart communications has been known to help the good and well-intentioned win a fight or two.

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