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December 2, 2014

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 8, 2012/ 18 Sivan, 5772

Two Bills and a Bull

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Good Bill Clinton is the one who is a loyal supporter of Barack Obama. The Good Bill appeared at three fundraisers with the president Monday night and did everything but samba with him.

After giving the president a manly hug, the Good Bill said that Obama deserved a second term because "the alternative would be, in my opinion, calamitous for our country and the world."

Of all the reasons to vote for a guy, preventing a world calamity would be high on my list.

But the Good Bill has a flaw: He has little staying power. The Bad Bill always seems to bubble to the surface.

Bad Bill had appeared last week when he went on CNN and said Mitt Romney had a "sterling" record while running Bain Capital. Bad Bill added that Romney was "a man who has been governor and ... crosses the qualification threshold."

But that was last week. And those fundraisers in New York Monday were a sign that Good Bill had taken over permanently, right?

Nah. If you catch Clinton at just the right moment, you can actually see Good and Bad Bill fighting for control of the same body.

NBC's Brian Williams did this Tuesday in a sit-down interview with Clinton, less than 24 hours after Good Bill had pronounced his undying love for Obama's policies.

Williams began his "NBC Nightly News" interview with my two favorite words in the English language.

WILLIAMS: "Roger Simon, the political writer, has a piece on the Web today, the headline of which I noticed this morning is, 'Bill Clinton Out of Control in 2012.' People are wanting to find room between you and the president on issues like Romney, Bain Capital, your quote that they had — a sterling record in their line of work. Is there any difference between you and the tack the Obama campaign has taken?"

This was a straightforward and highly pertinent question — did I mention I liked how it began? — and it should have been an easy one for Good Bill to answer. The correct answer should have been any variation of, "There is no room between myself and the president."

But Bad Bill has a thing about clawing his way onto TV. Perhaps Clinton was angry he was being asked on national television about what some dopey columnist had to say, but his answer was not exactly what the Obama campaign wanted. The answer begins, by the way, with my other two favorite words in the English language.?

PRESIDENT CLINTON: "Mr. Simon may think I should be an employee of the campaign, but I'm not."

Whoa! What? Supporting Obama would make Clinton an "employee of the campaign"? You could see Bad Bill's wounded pride spilling all over the place.

Clinton did say Obama's "health care bill is a step in the right direction" and praised Obama's energy policy by saying that "on balance" it was good.

"Step in the right direction" and "on balance" are the kind of qualifiers the Obama campaign does not need right now, however. Heck, just a matter of hours before, Clinton was saying Obama was necessary for the survival of the planet! But that was Good Bill. And now Bad Bill was glowing and glowering under the TV lights.

"I've been aghast by all this flutter," Bad Bill said about the media attention over the differences between his views and Obama's.

But I covered President Clinton full time, every day, as a White House correspondent in 1998 — the year of Monica — and believe me when I say the record will show that few things make Bill Clinton "aghast" at anything.

Bad Bill went on. "I don't think I should have to criticize Romney personally to disagree with his politics," he said.

Why is this Bad Bill? Because nobody had asked Clinton to criticize Romney "personally." The Obama campaign was just hoping Clinton would stop going around the country saying that Romney had a "sterling" career at Bain at the same time Obama was running a TV ad attacking Romney's career at Bain.

But, wait, there was more. With Good and Bad Bill there is always more.

In a CNBC interview Tuesday with Maria Bartiromo, Clinton said that the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire with Obama's blessing, should be temporarily extended until the nation is out of its "recession."

Oh, my. Bad Bill just can't resist headlines (or anything else). Even though Good Bill later put out a statement denying what Bad Bill had said, the media knew which was the true Bill.

The Chicago Tribune wrote: "Clinton's remark is not in line with the position held by the White House or Capitol Hill Democrats. ... Asked last week about a possible temporary extension, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the notion 'fairly stupid.'"

Politico's Seung Min Kum wrote, "Congressional Republicans are embracing their latest gift from Bill Clinton, blasting out one statement after another backing the former president's comment that the Bush-era tax rates should be temporarily extended."

Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News, "I think (Clinton) really is now a bull in a china shop, and there's a lot of crockery that's being destroyed."

Actually, the Obama people are not worried about the crockery that Bad Bill destroys. They are worried about the re-election campaign that the old bull is smashing up.

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