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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov 29, 2011 / 3 Kislev, 5772

Supporting Newt, albeit nervously

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Did Newt Gingrich torch his presidential hopes during the GOP presidential debate last Wednesday?

"By stating his support for a policy of selective amnesty for illegal immigrants, the former Speaker may have brought his stay atop the GOP field to a close," said Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine.

"Newt did himself significant harm tonite," agreed Tim Albrecht, a senior aide to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

Mr. Gingrich, 68, has "a history of political miscalculation when the stakes are high," said Jay Cost, my favorite psephologist. Because of his many weaknesses, "I doubt that Gingrich could pull in those independent voters who swing elections," Mr. Cost said.

The weaknesses Mr. Cost cited were a tendency to pop off, "a professorial abstractness about policy, a more than occasional petulance and high self regard." Mr. Cost didn't mention Newt's adulteries, or the ease with which he's set aside his professed principles when it benefits him financially. Others did.

"If only Newt's fine words were borne out by his record," said columnist Paul Greenberg. "To call that record checkered would be an understatement. It's scandalous."

Mr. Greenberg is incensed that though Mr. Gingrich has criticized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the "government-sponsored enterprises" at the epicenter of the home mortgage crisis, he took $1.6 million in consulting fees from Freddie.

So is National Review Editor Rich Lowry. "When the more respectable 21st-Century equivalent of the Watergate burglars came to him with their black bags, Gingrich took his cut," he said.

And so am I. So why am I (nervously) inclined to support Newt Gingrich for president?

Because the alternative is Mitt Romney. I much prefer the way Mr. Romney has conducted his personal life. He's been a Boy Scout. He'd order a glass of milk in a biker bar.

But Mitt's public life is problematic. Romneycare in Massachusetts was the model for Obamacare. Mr. Romney won't acknowledge that, or apologize for it. It's odd he would be so stubborn, since he seems to change his positions on other issues nearly often as he changes his underwear. (In 2007, Mr. Romney supported citizenship for illegal immigrants, a position well beyond what Newt Gingrich advocates.)

So we must choose between two deeply flawed candidates. Who is more likely to be elected?

Mr. Romney, says the conventional wisdom. He does better head to head against Mr. Obama in polls now. No skeletons will pop out of his closet. Since so many view him as a moderate technocrat, he might be more appealing to disaffected Democrats and frightened independents.

I think the conventional wisdom is more conventional than wise.

"The number one priority for Republicans is to find a conservative who can articulate the party's beliefs in a way that appeals to independent, middle of the road voters," Mr. Cost said.

Republicans win when they paint in bold colors, not pale pastels, Ronald Reagan noted. Mr. Romney is all pastels.

Mr. Gingrich often fails to practice what he preaches. But few preach the conservative Gospel better. He's by far the best debater, and he's exhibited a strategic vision the other candidates lack. As they snipe at each other, he's concentrated his fire on President Obama and biased journalists.

Mr. Gingrich exhibited that vision when he endorsed amnesty for illegals who've been here a long time, have committed no other crimes, and have children here.

That's morally right, and the most practical policy. (The logistics involved in deporting the equivalent of the population of Ohio are mind-boggling.) And it may not hurt Mr. Gingrich much in the GOP primaries. Once the border is secure, most Republicans support a path to legal status for otherwise law abiding illegals, polls indicate.

But Mr. Gingrich's stance may be the difference in the general election. Barack Obama won 77 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008, up hugely from the 56 percent John Kerry won four years before, in part because Hispanics were turned off by harsh Republican rhetoric against illegals. Now, fewer than half of Hispanics approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing.

Mr. Gingrich's proposal for qualified amnesty is unlikely to win over liberal Hispanics, said Las Vegas Sun reporter Karoun Demirjian. "But for those looking for a reason to vote conservative, it may be just enough."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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