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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 Dec. 3, 2008 / 6 Kislev 5769

Drama and Hillary go hand in hand

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is this the end of Hillary?


Will she no longer be the bright star, blazing her own path across the political skies?


Hillary Clinton could have been if she had chosen to stay in the Senate. She could have been a strong voice, sometimes supporting Barack Obama's administration and sometimes opposing it.


It is not as if the two have always agreed. When, during the presidential primary campaign, Obama said he would meet without preconditions (but with preparation) with foreign leaders of nations that oppose the United States, Clinton dismissed this as "irresponsible and, frankly, naive."


When Obama supported unilateral U.S. air strikes within Pakistan to kill terrorists, Clinton said the policy was "not a particularly wise position to take."


And in March, Obama questioned Hillary's claim that she had real foreign policy experience.


"What exactly is this foreign policy experience?" Obama said. "Was she negotiating treaties? Was she handling crises? The answer is no."


Well, she will be now. Having passed her over for vice president, Obama has now made her his secretary of state, the top position in his Cabinet (fourth in line of succession to the presidency after the vice president, the speaker of the House and the president pro tem of the Senate). But even this took some struggle and considerable drama.


Drama and Hillary seem to go hand in hand, though this is not always her fault. Her husband seems the source of much of it.


The negotiations between the Obama campaign and Hillary were protracted. True, Obama was getting a superstar. True, he was getting a well-qualified secretary of state who will have no trouble being approved by the Senate. But it was reported that Clinton made several demands, including the ability to pick her own staff without anyone's approval.


Could this really be true? If so, it is a mistake. When it came to picking her most recent staff — the staff of her presidential campaign — she made disastrous choices, picking people with little or no presidential campaign experience and a near total lack of discipline. She chose a staff that never understood either the central motivation of voters in 2008 (a desire for change) or the mechanics of how to win the nomination.


Let's hope Obama exercises quiet, behind-the-scenes but firm control over who will be part of Clinton's staff at the State Department.


She, as Cabinet secretaries usually do, demanded access to the president, and we are told she got the right assurances. (But I have a feeling that she, like the other Cabinet secretaries, still will have to deal with Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, over that one.)


There was still the matter of Bill, however. As I have said before, while some people have baggage, Bill Clinton is a Samsonite factory.


It has been reported that it took no fewer than six negotiators (four on the Clintons' side and two on Obama's side) to work out the conditions that Bill would have to meet regarding the donors to his library, his global initiative program, etc., before Hillary could be named.


Six negotiators! That used to be enough to end (or start) a war. But it was all necessary to obtain Hillary Clinton.


Why did Obama want her this badly? Her appointment does, of course, remove what could be a critical public voice in the Senate and ends the speculation (however unlikely) that she might run against him in 2012. But it is sometimes important not to overlook the obvious. For all his criticism of Hillary during a tough campaign, Obama respects her and, perhaps equally importantly, knows she is respected abroad.


In making his formal announcement Monday, Obama emphasized that she is a person "who knows many of the world's leaders, who will command respect in every capitol and who will clearly have the ability to advance our interests around the world."


True, she voted for the Iraq war (and refused to apologize for it or call it a mistake, which helped doom her campaign), but Obama understands her actions were political and not ideological.


In the future, Hillary Clinton will no longer have her own political agenda. Her agenda will be the agenda of the president. And Obama has made it clear on a number of occasions that he will determine not just the tone but also the actions of his administration.


Then there is Joe Biden. He is a person with foreign policy credentials of his own. And he will outrank Hillary.


When Biden spoke at Obama's news conference on Monday, I thought his use of the word "we" stood out.


"We've brought together one of the most talented national security teams ever assembled," Biden said. We. Meaning, me and Barack.


Clinton will not be reduced to obscurity. Could she have had a higher profile in the Senate than she will have as secretary of state? Possibly. But she doesn't have the seniority for real power in the Senate. She may have gotten 18 million primary votes for president, but that really doesn't count for all that much on Capitol Hill.


As secretary of state, she can make a real contribution to solving global problems, creating peace where there is none now and restoring America's standing in the world.


So this is the end of the old Hillary. But the new Hillary could do a lot of good.

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