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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 May 30, 2013/ 21 Sivan 5773

Bob Dole's Lament: No Caucus for Old Men

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Sunday, Fox News' Chris Wallace spoon-fed former GOP Sen. Bob Dole one of the media's favorite questions: Could Ronald Reagan -- or Dole -- make it in today's Republican Party? "I doubt it," Dole answered. "Reagan wouldn't have made it. Certainly, (Richard) Nixon couldn't have made it, because he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it."

Thus were born cable news segments, Beltway follow-up pieces and a New York Times editorial titled "The Wisdom of Bob Dole." What does it say about the news industry when a guy who's about to turn 90 says the Senate worked better when he was in charge -- and that he got respect within his party -- and that interview makes news? O media. O mores.

Alas, that's how you make quick-turnaround news these days: by recycling stale myths memorialized on camera.

On MSNBC on Tuesday, former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe was asked about Dole's statement. Of course, Snowe answered that the GOP will "have to rethink their approach." "Rethink their approach" would be yawn-inducing words in a vanilla factory. Yet they rated stories (with video) on Politico's website and The Huffington Post.

What's wrong with this picture?

1) It wrongly presumes that Reagan could not win a GOP primary today, presumably because rigid conservatives won't nominate anyone who can work across the aisle. That reasoning ignores the fact that last year, Republican primary voters nominated Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who gave his state Romneycare. Four years earlier, they gave the nod to John McCain, the senator from Arizona who pushed for a bill to grant citizenship to immigrants in the country illegally -- formerly known in the San Francisco Chronicle and AP stylebooks as "illegal immigrants."

2) Dole isn't exactly the exemplar of what's good for the GOP. He won the nomination in 1996 because he had stood in line better than his rivals, but then he proceeded to lose big. To lament that Dole couldn't succeed in the GOP today is analogous to lamenting that Jimmy Carter couldn't win a Democratic nomination -- as if that's a bad thing.

3) Nixon?

4) The minute a presumed moderate Republican wins the GOP presidential primary, he becomes an extremist. In its 1996 editorial endorsing Bill Clinton, The New York Times regretted that Dole had "strayed from his moderate record." Now Dole is the paper's Yoda.

5) On MSNBC and in her book, "Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress," Snowe also criticized Democrats. But when she disses the Dems, there's no headline.

On Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., released a video announcing she is not running for re-election. Bachmann rejected the notion that she is bowing out to avoid electoral defeat, as she said she expects the "mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on" her decision not to seek a fifth term.

That's not a tall order. As Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler noted, given Bachmann's many gaffes, the fact checking trade may have to hold a national day of mourning.

Dole endured his share of ridicule after he lost -- especially when he became a spokesman for the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Later, he learned the way to mainstream media redemption. Michele Bachmann, take note. Say the Republicans aren't what they used to be. Blame them for all that is wrong in Washington. Go easy on the party that controls the Senate and the White House. That's how Republican politicians turn into saints.

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