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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 May 16, 2012/ 24 Iyar, 5772

Dump Slow Joe

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Vice President Joe Biden isn't invited to Sunday evening campaign strategy meetings at the White House, the New York Times reported May 4.

President Barack Obama designated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, his top surrogate on foreign policy issues, fueling speculation he'd be Secretary of State in a second Obama administration.

So Washington is abuzz with rumors the president will replace Mr. Biden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He ought to. Slow Joe is a national embarrassment. Osama bin Laden made plans to assassinate the president and Gen. David Petreaus, according to captured documents. But the vice president should not be attacked, bin Laden wrote, because "Biden is totally unprepared for that post." If he were president, Mr. Biden would "lead the U.S. into a crisis."

Something stupid the vice president said makes news nearly every week. The U.S. is to blame for the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis, he told a group of liberal, non-Orthodox rabbis on May 8.

Mr. Biden may suffer from logorrhea, which Merriam-Webster defines as "pathologically excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness that is characteristic especially of the manic phase of bipolar disorder." So what the White House calls "Joe Bombs" will keep on coming, a prospect which must chill Team Obama.

But there are downsides to dumping him. The move would reek of desperation.

Dumping a loyal supporter, however feckless, would seem ruthless and selfish. These are not traits a president who hopes his personal approval will compensate for low job approval wants foremost in the voters' minds.

If Mr. Obama dumps Slow Joe, he'd be admitting he chose poorly in 2008. This president can't afford to give voters more reasons for questioning his judgment.

There isn't much upside. In the old days of ticket balancing, all political pros hoped for was that the vice presidential candidate would carry his home state. This happened in 1960. Jack Kennedy wouldn't have won Texas, or the election, if Lyndon Johnson weren't on the ticket.

It hasn't happened since. The stature gap between vice presidential candidates was never wider than in 1988. The Democratic candidate, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, was hugely respected. The GOP candidate, Sen. Dan Quayle, was the butt of jokes. It didn't matter. Republican George H.W. Bush crushed Democrat Michael Dukakis.

People vote based on what they think of the presidential candidates. This is especially so if the candidate is already president. So though a popular choice can goose turnout in a dispirited base, as Sarah Palin did in 2008, the vice presidential candidate -- no matter how good or bad -- changes few votes.

If jettisoning the running mate reflects poorly on the judgment or character of the presidential candidate, there is blowback, as Sen. George McGovern learned after he dumped Sen. Thomas Eagleton in 1972.

So it may be prudent for Mr. Obama to stick with Mr. Biden. The upside is that as long as Slow Joe is out there saying really stupid things, people will take less notice of the stupid things the president says, wrote Jonah Goldberg in National Review.

Still, I expect the switch to be made, because if Team Obama wasn't desperate before this week, it must be now.

A federal prisoner won 41 percent of the vote against the president in the Democratic primary in West Virginia on May 8. Mr. Obama opposed the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage on the ballot in North Carolina. It won overwhelmingly.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, running essentially unopposed in the recall primary, got more votes than the leading Democrats combined.

Support for the war in Afghanistan plunged to 27 percent, the lowest ever recorded, in an AP poll Wednesday (5/9).

Also Wednesday, Goldman Sachs said the disappointing first quarter GDP growth rate of 2.2 percent was really 1.9 percent. For workers under age 25, the unemployment rate last month was 16.4 percent. Which helps explain why there were so many empty seats at Mr. Obama's "official" campaign kickoff at Ohio State University last weekend.

"At times, the rallies (at OSU and Virginia Commonwealth University) had the feeling of a concert by an aging rock star," wrote Mark Landler of the New York Times.

For one of the youngest presidents ever (only four have been younger), that sounds like an epitaph.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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