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 Oct. 29, 2012/ 13 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

The New Republican Senate Opportunities

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As the Romney wave sweeps through the country and gathers momentum both inside and outside the swing states, a number of new Senate contests - once thought to be unwinnable - are opening new opportunities for Republican takeaways. In each of these races, the polling indicates that a Republican victory is possible where once it was unthinkable.

The foremost of these new contests is in Pennsylvania, where Republican nominee Tom Smith now leads Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey by two points in the latest Susquehanna Poll. Smith's surge is animated by similar progress on the presidential level and various polls now show Romney in the lead in Pennsylvania. (See our recent column Pennsylvania Is The New Ohio).

Smith, a former coal miner turned coal mine owner, brings a blue collar Republicanism to this blue collar state. His appeal is spreading widely and quickly. Bob Casey, the Democratic incumbent, doesn't know what hit him. Basking in his father's name and image (Bob Casey Sr. was my client), he has been a relatively invisible Senator. Casey has a totally undeserved reputation as a moderate Democrat which derives from his inheritance of his father's opposition to abortion. But Casey has loyally voted as Harry Reid and President Obama has instructed him on Obamacare, the stimulus, and most other issues. Even his pro-life credentials are suspect and he gets no worse than a 50-50 rating from pro choice groups.

And Pennsylvania is no Democratic state. In 2010, it replaced a Democratic Senator with Republican Pat Toomey, elected a Republican governor, GOP majorities in both houses of its legislature, and five new Republican Congressmen. The odds are it will add another new GOP House member this election.

In Rhode Island, too, there is a growing chance of a takeaway. Businessman Barry Hinckley has been steadily gaining on Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse and the latest polls have the race tightening with both candidates in the 40s. Whitehouse has been a very low profile Senator and Hinckley is waging a very aggressive and skilled campaign. Nor is Rhode Island a solid Democratic enclave. The very seat Hinckley is seeking was held by Chaffee, a Republican, for decades.

The third seat unexpectedly in play is in New Jersey where former Republican legislative leader State Senator Joe Kyrillos is taking on incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez. Polls have shown Menendez under 50% of the vote and Kyrillos within striking distance. Many people have suggested that Menendez is the single most corrupt member of the United States Senate and rumors of impending indictments have dogged him for years. His key asset is the high cost of running in New Jersey and a dearth of well funded adversaries.

But Kyrillos has raised close to five million dollars and is now advertising heavily on New Jersey television. He earns plaudits for shepherding Governor Chris Christie's agenda through the Legislature and is attracting broad support.

These three possible upsets-in-the-making deserve your financial support.

Unfortunately, we may need some of these takeaways. The blabber-blunder of Missouri's Todd Akin delivered a winnable seat back into Democratic hands and new remarks by another Republican candidate have cast a new seat into doubt.

But Republican takeaways seem imminent in North Dakota, Nebraska, and now Wisconsin (open seats all). Incumbent Democratic Senators are facing strong and probably successful challenges in Pennsylvania (Tom Smith), Ohio (Josh Mandel), and Montana (Denny Rehberg). In Florida, Republican Congressman Connie Mack is nipping on the heels of Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and in Virginia; Republican George Allen is locked in a tie race with Democrat Tim Kaine for an open seat. Eight possible takeaways. Six likelies.

But the GOP is likely to lose Maine and, perhaps even Massachusetts. And Indiana, where Dick Luger was defeated in the primary by Richard Mourdock, is in doubt). If we do giveaway those three seats, we will still get control if we can bring in some of the takeaways listed above. But even with a net gain of only three seats, we will control the Senate 50-50 through Vice President Paul Ryan.

But we need more impressive GOP Senate gains to scare vulnerable Democrats into line behind the Romney agenda.

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