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 Sept. 16, 2013/ 12 Tishrei, 5774

Harkin: Biden vs. Hillary Would Be Juicy

By Roger Simon

JewishWorldReview.com | INDIANOLA, Iowa — Tom Harkin is sitting at a picnic table at the fairgrounds here, wearing a snappy riverboat gambler's straw hat and talking about how Joe Biden would make a swell president. Not that Hillary Clinton wouldn't.

Harkin, who will retire from the U.S. Senate after completing his fifth term in 2015, is keeping his options open while continuing to dangle his famous "steak fry" fundraiser as a king- or queen-making opportunity.

Biden will headline Harkin's steak fry Sunday. And even though there was considerable interest by reporters who wanted to travel with him, they were put off by the jaw-dropping $2,900 cost and all decided to fly commercial.

But why would Biden accept the invitation to such a high-profile political event if he were not toying with running for president? Unless he just wants to drive Clinton crazy.

Harkin likes Joe, and Harkin likes Hillary — though he has certain caveats for both.

"Biden can't run just by saying, 'I've been vice president,'" Harkin says.

And Hillary's problem?

"The biggest mistake a politician can make is if they think they deserve something, if they think the party is going to hand them something," Harkin says. "People vote on what a person is going to do tomorrow."

It is no secret that Hillary has an Iowa problem. She didn't seem to enjoy running here in 2008, when she came in second to Barack Obama, or in any other caucus state, where organization is very important.

Of course, when Biden ran here in 2008, he got 0.9 percent of the delegates and dropped out. So why is Biden coming here?

"Joe Biden loves Iowa," Harkin says. "He wants to make sure he keeps his contacts up here. He's got a lot of friends here. I think Iowans were very happy Obama picked him for vice president."

Biden would be 74 on Inauguration Day in 2017, and Clinton would be 69, which Harkin, 73, doesn't see as a problem.

"I think (2016) is going to be an election where people, because of the times, want someone who has been tested, someone who has the maturity to be president," Harkin says.

Harkin believes that 2016 will be determined by the results of the 2014 congressional races, the economy and the "fragmentation" of the Republican Party. "Will the Republicans nominate a Ted Cruz (the junior senator from Texas) or Rand Paul (the junior senator from Kentucky) or a more moderate person, like Chris Christie (governor of New Jersey)?" Harkin asks.

Harkin believes that the Republicans are headed away from moderation, which will lead them to 2016 results "that will be worse than the Barry Goldwater debacle of 1964."

Harkin says that if unemployment is 5 percent or lower, if the deficit goes down and if "there are no more foreign wars," then the Democrats ought to win the White House in 2016.

Unless they screw it up.

"The base has to be passionate about you," Harkin says, "but you can't be hard-left."

And in Democratic terms, neither Biden nor Clinton, each with close ties to the Obama administration, would be considered hard-left.

"Hillary, like Joe Biden, would be a formidable candidate," Harkin says. "Will she run? I honestly don't know." But "there are pressures and groups so insistent" that Hillary run, Harkin says, that she may feel she has to.

But would she make a good candidate?

"I thought she was a good candidate the first time," he says. "She just was a lousy organizer." He pauses. "I shouldn't say that. Let's just say she got out-hustled, out-organized by Obama."

But 2016 would be different. "One thing I know about the Clintons is that they learn," Harkin says. "And she'd have another dimension by virtue of her experience with foreign affairs. And she might have a more populist appeal than in the past."

On the other hand, Harkin says, the party may turn to someone new, such as San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who also will be at the steak fry, or Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Or Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Harkin doesn't want to rule anybody out.

But, admit it, Joe vs. Hillary would be a pretty cool battle, wouldn't it?

"Oh, my gosh. Oh, man, that would be a good contest," Harkin says. "That would get a lot of juices flowing."

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