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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. 13, 2010 / 6 Teves, 5771

Will the mayor run? Bloomberg could bring down Obama, and lift up Palin

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The most interesting political development last week wasn't the deal President Barack Obama struck with congressional Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts or the bizarre news conference Mr. Obama held to defend it. It was a speech New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave Wednesday morning.

Mr. Bloomberg denied the speech was a precursor to an independent run for president, but, said Ben Smith of the webzine Politico, it offered "the clearest suggestion yet that he's positioning himself for the national stage."

The self-styled "centrist" group "No Labels," which many think is a stalking horse for a presidential run by Mr. Bloomberg (the group denies this), is having its media rollout Monday.

Mr. Bloomberg has expressed contempt for both Republicans and Democrats.

After the Republican landslide in the midterm elections, Mr. Bloomberg told the Wall Street Journal: "If you look at the U.S., look at who we're electing to Congress, the Senate -- they can't read. I'll bet you a bunch of these people don't have passports."

According to Rupert Murdoch, after playing golf with the president, Mr. Bloomberg told him: "I never in my life met such an arrogant man."

Mr. Bloomberg is a billionaire 18 times over. He could spend twice as much as the record $454 million Mr. Obama spent on his presidential campaign and never miss it. This is one reason political consultants have been flocking to Mr. Bloomberg like flies to a pile of horse manure.

His financial resources alone would make Mr. Bloomberg the most potent third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt in 1912. In addition, Mr. Bloomberg is in his third term as mayor of America's most populous city, and (obviously) is a successful businessman.

So if he chooses to run, Mr. Bloomberg would have a big impact. But what would that impact be?

This would depend on the state of the economy in 2012, what's happening abroad, the identity of the Republican nominee. But history suggests third-party candidates hurt the party in power most. (Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 and Ross Perot in 1992 caused the defeat of Republican presidents. Ronald Reagan's landslide victory over President Jimmy Carter in 1980 was facilitated by the independent candidacy of Rep. John Anderson, a liberal Republican.)

Mr. Bloomberg's positions on hot button issues also suggest he would take more votes from Democrats. He and the "founding leaders" of No Labels describe themselves as centrists. Most would more accurately be described as limousine liberals who can balance a checkbook.

The economic platform Mr. Bloomberg outlined in his speech Wednesday "largely mirrors the views of the Chamber of Commerce," Mr. Smith said. But on other issues "Nanny Bloomberg" (so named for his crusades against smoking in bars and salt in food) is very much a liberal. He favors construction of the mosque near ground zero, opposes Arizona's immigration law, favors gun control and abortion rights, and has expressed scathing contempt for the tea party.

Geography also suggests Mr. Bloomberg would hurt Democrats more. Mr. Bloomberg figures to be most popular in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Democrat strongholds all. He is not likely to be very popular in Alabama or Wyoming.

The GOP candidate Mr. Bloomberg probably would hurt most is Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney is more conservative and less egotistical than Mr. Bloomberg. But to most Americans, they're both rich guys from the Northeast.

The GOP candidate Mr. Bloomberg probably would hurt least is Sarah Palin. He has little appeal to people who are crazy about her. And if Mr. Bloomberg were to split with Mr. Obama the votes of people who despise her, that would be all right with Ms. Palin.

Mr. Bloomberg and Ms. Palin have a symbiotic relationship of sorts. Her candidacy would be the best rationale for his argument that both parties are too "extreme." His candidacy would give her the best chance of winning.

A Bloomberg candidacy also could have an impact on Mr. Obama's posturing. His deal on the Bush tax cuts and his attack on "sanctimonius" liberals at his press conference defending it seemed to some a clumsy attempt at triangulation -- at having Mr. Obama appear to occupy a middle ground between liberal Democrats in Congress and Republicans.

But if Mr. Bloomberg runs, how could a triangulation strategy work?

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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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