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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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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

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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 June 26, 2007 / 10 Tamuz, 5767

Can Margaret Thatcher make an American president?

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans may need a woman to win the White House — though nothing as dramatic as enlisting Condoleezza Rice to beat down Hillary Clinton.

Instead, some Grand Old Partygoers are invoking Reagan-era glory by courting former British prime minister and staunch Reagan ally Margaret Thatcher. It's no secret Republicans are searching for the next Ronnie, a point that was reinforced in May, when Nancy invited presidential candidates to debate at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Gathering in California at Mrs. Reagan's behest is as close to a photo-op with the late Gipper as candidates are going to get. But if you can't have the man himself, the next best thing is to court one of his closest allies. And across the pond, Lady Thatcher is still taking visits.

Meeting with her can bolster a candidate's stature, showing the American people the candidate is not mired in local political squabbles but is prepared for world-stage events. And having a conservative icon, and strong American supporter make time for you definitely boosts how constituents view your foreign policy.

So there was Fred Thompson, days after all but announcing his run for the presidency, visiting the former prime minister while he was in London for a speech. The two reportedly talked about the special relationship the United States has with the United Kingdom.

And he's not alone in his grab for Brit cred.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met with Thatcher last fall during her visit to Washington. And, in early March, columnist George Will compared Rudy Giuliani to Thatcher. Here's how Will introduced him to a ballroom of sometimes skeptical conservatives at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference: "Your next speaker's conservatism is the flavor of Margaret Thatcher's, of whom it was said she could not pass a government institution without swatting it with her handbag."

Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., isn't surprised by Thatcher's presence in the minds and on the travel schedules of the Republican front-runners.

"Giuliani, Romney and Thompson, to their great credit, understand the value of the Anglo-American special relationship and see Thatcher as the embodiment of that," Gardiner says. "In contrast, Clinton and Obama never talk about Britain — for the Democrats, it's all about winning popularity in 'Europe' (i.e., with the EU, France and Germany). Conservatives understand that Britain is and will remain Washington's most important ally."

There is also a rallying effect to Thatcher that makes her such an attractive asset for any GOP candidate. "With Reagan's passing, Lady T is the last remaining great conservative icon of our time," Gardiner says. "Thatcher was and remains one of the great world leaders of modern times. ... She represents in people's minds strong leadership and resolve at times of tremendous uncertainty."

However, being associated with conservative greatness is not an ironclad strategy.

John Blundell, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, highlights one of the drawbacks of all the '80s nostalgia on the presidential primary scene. Could uttering a candidate's name in the same breath as a conservative legend backfire? Are Republicans up for the historic comparison? What if they don't measure up?

While none of the candidates is going to be "another Reagan" or "another Thatcher," it's incumbent on each of them to show he has the capacity for leadership at that level. Reagan and Thatcher embody a leadership that the West — threatened by a worldwide jihad — needs in a president.

With all this talk about a female leader, I would be remiss if I didn't touch on the American woman running for the White House? Can she fit the bill?

"Hillary is all about big government, state intervention, spin and the sacrifice of American interests on the world stage," Gardiner says. "Thatcher built her reputation on small government, free markets, conviction politics and the unwavering defense of the national interest."

And I doubt you would have found Thatcher spoofing "The Sopranos" (or "EastEnders") for campaign points during her run for PM.

This is a long election cycle, and it's also a critical one. One of these Republican candidates has to demonstrate he's up to filling Reagan's shoes and worthy of Lady T's counsel and stature — not just up to carrying her handbag.

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