In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 June 21, 2012 / 1 Tamuz, 5772

Slips and blips don't decide elections

By Cokie and Steve Roberts

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The political world is overheated and overtweeted. Every little blip and slip is treated as a decisive turning point in an election still almost five months away. The same pundits who wrote off Mitt Romney for mentioning his wife's two Cadillacs are now dismissing Barack Obama for saying the private sector is "doing fine." They were wrong then and are wrong now. The election will be very close, and while it's too early to predict the outcome, it is possible to identify some of the critical factors that could make a difference. For Obama:

  • Incumbency. The president has the biggest microphone in the country and the ability to control the agenda and make news, particularly in swing states like Ohio, where he's practically moved in. Moreover, he acts as commander in chief, meeting with military brass and foreign leaders. Romney, like any challenger, can only ask voters to imagine him in that role.

  • Demographics. The electorate was 74 percent white in 2008, and that figure will drop by 2 points this year. Obama won 95 percent of the black vote and 67 percent of the Hispanic vote four years ago, and those margins should hold. Democrats are already running Spanish-language ads in Nevada, Florida and Colorado. Romney could possibly reduce his vulnerability by picking Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, as his running mate, but as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said recently, Romney is in a "box" with Latino voters because of his harsh stance on immigration.

  • Electoral map. Obama has more routes to victory than Romney. The website Real Clear Politics has him leading in states with 221 electoral votes, only 49 short of what he needs. Romney is at 170 with 11 toss-up states.

  • Organization. Team Obama had time to build its organization while the Romney camp was distracted by primary fights. Moreover, Obama's people understand the new media environment better than anyone. They know how to engage volunteers to donate and raise money, send videos, text friends, canvass neighbors. The real Obama revolution of 2008 occurred inside people's heads, as passive supporters became active organizers, acquiring an ownership stake in his success. That strategy still works.

  • Story. Obama has a poignant story to tell, and while he's no longer the Great Black Hope, he still connects with voters on a personal level. They like him even if they don't like his policies, and likability, along with optimism, are the two most valuable commodities in American politics.

For Romney:

  • Economy. Obama, like all presidents, owns the economy. No matter how much he blames his predecessor in office, or "headwinds" in Europe, or Republicans in Congress, voters will hold him accountable for 8.2 percent unemployment and a 40 percent drop in average family wealth since 2007. In this context, Romney's argument that he understands business and job creation is potentially quite persuasive.

  • GOP base. Romney struggled in many early primaries, losing badly among the most conservative voters, but that now seems like ancient history. True Believers have not fallen in love with Romney -- many still worry about his moderate past and Mormon faith -- but they truly despise Obama, and their determination to defeat him fuels their commitment to the Romney cause.

  • Intensity. A sense of disappointment diminishes the enthusiasm of many Obama supporters. Some liberals think he has not fought hard enough for their issues -- a public option in the health-care bill, legalization of undocumented immigrants -- while some moderates feel he's been too partisan and ideological. Intensity matters in politics, and Republicans seem to have more of it right now.

  • Money. Obama enjoyed a huge financial advantage over John McCain, but Romney outraised Obama by $16 million last month, and super PACs are poised to pour hundreds of millions into the anti-Obama effort. The Supreme Court's decision to allow such PACs could turn out to have a major impact.

  • Ann Romney. Romney can never match Obama's personal story of struggle and hardship; he's too rich, privileged and unmarked by disappointment. But his wife's serious health problems send a signal that he does understand the strains and stresses the rest of us deal with every day.

The election could ultimately turn on an unpredictable event -- a devastating storm, a European meltdown, a spike in gas prices -- that darkens the nation's mood or showcases Obama's leadership. But the basic facts will be far more important than the latest twists and tweets flashing across your TV or computer screen.

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