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December 2, 2014

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 Nov 25, 2011 28 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Newt Shocks by Endorsing Mercy

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was the most amazing of all the debates so far: A Republican candidate for president said, "Let's be humane about enforcing the law," and he was not booed.

And it was not just any candidate who actually endorsed mercy, but the Republican front-runner, Newt Gingrich.

"I'm prepared to take the heat," Gingrich said Tuesday night, explaining that he would not deport illegal immigrants who had been in the United States for 25 years or so and had put down roots. He said he did not want to break up families.

It was a new Newt. Gone was the haughtiness and disdain that had marked his previous performances. In the two-hour CNN broadcast, he complained about the debate format only once. Once! And he delivered his lines with steely confidence and a bulldog set to his jaw.

It was as if he truly believed — for the first time — he might actually win the Republican presidential nomination.

What else but newly found confidence could explain Gingrich's sudden championing of lawbreakers in a party known since the time of Richard Nixon for being the law-and-order party? (Except when it came to breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters, that is.)

And Newt instantly paid for it. Even before the debate was over, Michele Bachmann had blasted out an email that began: "Newt Gingrich's Open Door to Illegal Immigrant Amnesty."

Even Rick Perry, who had come under attack in previous debates for being squishy-soft on undocumented immigrants, emphasized on Tuesday police, aircraft and "strategic fencing" to stop illegals from infiltrating.

Perry promised that "within 12 months" of his taking the oath of office, illegal immigration "will be shut down, and the border will be secure!"

In other words, what no U.S. president — Republican or Democrat — has been able to do in U.S. history, Perry would do in a year.

No matter. Debates are times for fantasy. Why else would the public put up with them?

Still, Mitt Romney, who had been the front-runner before Gingrich knocked him off his perch, played things very, very carefully.

"If I am president of the United States," Romney said solemnly, "my first trip will be to Israel."

Wow. Don't climb too far out on a limb there, Mitt. There might be some wood-pulp war with Canada that might require a trip to Ottawa first.

And it was Romney, in fact, who just plain fibbed right at the beginning of the debate.

CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates to introduce themselves very briefly, giving the example: "I'm Wolf Blitzer, and yes, that is my real name."

It got a laugh, and so Romney decided to be very daring and go for an unrehearsed joke.

"I'm Mitt Romney," he said, "and yes, Wolf, that's also my first name."

Except it isn't. His first name is Willard, and his middle name is Mitt. If he would produce his birth certificate — and I seriously doubt he can — it would prove that.

Ashley Parker of The New York Times, who covers Willard Mitt for a living, pointed out that on "internal campaign memos, he's frequently referred to by his initials — W.M.R."

Case closed. A man who cannot tell the truth about his own name has only a reasonable chance of becoming president.

Herman Cain, clearly rattled that he's no longer the flavor of the week, gave a lackluster performance, hedging almost all of his answers, saying that everything from providing military support to Israel to humanitarian aid to Africa would "depend upon priorities." Well, what doesn't?

Not that this saved Cain from a savage email from Bachmann that began: "Throughout his campaign for president, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has demonstrated unfamiliarity with basic foreign policy questions and shown he is not serious when it comes to securing America's borders."

What's more, the pizza sometimes sticks to the top of the box.

The rest of the evening was the usual melange of statements designed to grab some attention in a field destined to be crowded at least until after the Iowa caucuses in early January:

Perry promised to "privatize" airport security, perhaps forgetting that such privatized security made America so vulnerable to terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rick Santorum said he would use profiling to identify terrorists, and "obviously Muslims would be people we would look at."

Romney said that there has been a "failure on the part of the president to lead with strength" and that Barack Obama has been "friendly to our foes and disrespectful to our allies."

Even Jon Huntsman, who got a job from Obama as ambassador to China, said the White House had a "trust deficit" and bashed the president for intervening in Libya.

True, Libya was a victory in which not a single U.S. life was lost, but that was the tone of the evening: Obama has been an inept president who endangers the nation.

"This administration in particular has been an absolute failure," Perry said, when it comes to gathering intelligence.

Osama bin Laden? And the killing thereof? None of the Republican candidates mentioned that.

Which is why Ron Paul may have summed things up best.

"All this talk," he said, "is just talk."

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