In this issue
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. 18, 2013 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Needed For GOP: Sweet Reasonableness

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | To recover from the horrible blow it its image the Republican Party has sustained in the past two weeks, the Party needs to showcase an attitude of sweet reasonableness. We must be sure that Obama cannot channel Reagan and say to us "there you go again."

Issues will not make recovery possible for the Party as long as the voter regards it as irresponsible, immature, quarrelsome, obstinate, and arrogantly uncompromising. These character defects will override the strongest of issue identifications. If voters ascribe these traits to the Party, it will never win their support whether or not it is right on the issues.

In 1995-96, the Party did not get the message. After shutting down the government from November 16-19, 1995, they reopened it using much the same strategy of a clean Continuing Resolution they have just followed to end the current shutdown. But they never learned their lesson. On December 19, 1995, they were at it again, shutting down the government all through the Christmas holidays and only reopening it, in total defeat, on January 6, 1996.

Now the Republican leaders, Boehner and McConnell must step up to the podium and say it clearly: We will never again shut down the government or lead others to feel that the U.S. faces default. We will fight, between the foul lines, for our beliefs, but we will not shut down the government.

Then, Republicans need to demonstrate on the next few issues, an attitude of sweet reasonableness.

On immigration reform, they should move to pass a bill to adopt the reforms already voted by the Senate if -- and only if -- the border is sealed first. They should pass the Cornyn Amendment which requires verification of border closure before the process of legalization proceeds.

Currently, Republicans are worried that if they pass a bill, it will morph into the Senate bill in conference committee. They need to be sure that doesn't happen. But if it does, they can vote down the resulting bill. We are not obliged to pass their version of a bill. But we do need to pass a bill and put our position out there.

And on the budget negotiations and the spending cuts, Republicans need to change their basic position.

Right now, Democrats say they will back eliminating corporate loopholes and deductions if the revenue can be used for new spending. Republicans want it all used for tax cuts in rates on individuals and corporations.

The Republicans should turn the Democratic flank and say that we don't only want cuts in the tax rates but that we want a combination of cut in rates and a reduction of the deficit. Use the savings to cut the deficit. The public puts deficit reduction ahead of new spending and cuts in tax rates. Move the Republican position to synchronize with the public's long held view on this key issue. Republicans should steadfastly oppose new spending but should back the use of new revenues to cut the deficit.

How the Republican Party comports itself in the next few weeks is crucial. They can either rub in the image they have created or begin to move beyond it.

The only way to defeat and repeal ObamaCare is to win the next two elections. To do that, we need a better image and to roll back the damage we have done to ourselves.

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