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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 August 16, 2011 / 16 Menachem-Av, 5771

Corn, Scorn and Forlorn in Iowa

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the first casualty of the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. After he came in third -- behind firebrand Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul -- he pulled out of the 2012 GOP presidential race.

In politics, you find little sympathy for losers. Insiders point to Pawlenty's failure in a June CNN debate to attack former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for enacting a state universal health care plan. Pawlenty had dubbed the term "Obamneycare" to link Romney's health care law to President Barack Obama's. If Mr. "Minnesota Nice" could not go after Romney when the moment was ripe, politicos asked, perhaps he lacked the fire to go after President Obama, as well.

But I think T-Paw's biggest missed opportunity in a GOP primary debate came last Thursday. Pawlenty tried to establish straight-talk credentials by opposing ethanol subsidies in corn dog country. He also argued that his experience of governing a blue state with a Democratic legislature established that he could win on policy initiatives while working across the aisle.

When Fox News moderator Bret Baier asked all eight candidates to raise their hands if they would walk away from a deficit reduction deal with a ratio of $10 in spending cuts to every $1 in tax increases, they all raised their hands. You would expect that response from a purity candidate like Bachmann, Paul or businessman Herman Cain. But Pawlenty raised his hand. Ditto Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who had boasted that he was the only GOP candidate who supported the bipartisan debt deal signed by the president and supported by House Speaker John Boehner.

Here Pawlenty had a chance to distinguish himself as the only pragmatist in the race -- the only Republican willing not to walk away from a killer deal -- but he did not seize the moment.

Clearly, no Republican with national aspirations dares say he or she would raise any tax whatsoever, even though eliminating corporate welfare programs (for example, ethanol subsidies) technically represents a revenue increase -- even Pawlenty when he was running out of political capital and cash and desperate to stand out in the crowd.

Critics wonder why the media -- and candidates -- put so much weight on the $30-per-head stunt poll that has so little to do with the actual electorate. The outcome only adds further discredit to the exercise. The top two draws -- Bachmann and Paul -- generally are deemed to be unelectable in November 2012.

But it is not clear that the candidates would have answered differently in another state or at another debate before the Republican primary is held.

During a Minnesota bus tour stop Monday -- the White House denies it was a campaign event -- President Obama referred to the debate and the 8-zip response to a 10-1 cuts-to-taxes debt reduction deal. "None of them would take it," he crowed. "Think about that. I mean, that's just not common sense."

On Sunday, the president's public approval rating in the Gallup poll fell below 40 percent. For all his talk of hope and change, Obama simply does not know how to quell the fear and uncertainty that weigh down the U.S. economy.

And yet the GOP field has handed Obama a handy talking point. Brilliant.

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