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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 Feb. 8, 2008 / 2 Adar I 5768

Looking to cats for inspiration

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A vow of poverty never accompanies the oath of office, as any politician could tell you, and we only occasionally elect deadbeats. So you can spare Hillary Clinton your sympathy and pity. She won't miss this month's mortgage payment.

The lady's loaded, with a personal net worth in excess of $40 million, according to published accounts. She's obviously playing the cattle futures market again. Nevertheless, borrowing $5 million and missing a payroll to keep your campaign going is not a confidence-builder just when the going gets tougher. Barack Obama's money men are on a roll, having collected more than $3 million in the wake of Super Tuesday, three times what the Clintons have raised since the primary results were posted late Tuesday night.

This could quickly descend into a "Democrats in disarray" story, with the coverage the work of the usual lemmings, with correspondents and pundits jostling each other out of the way in pursuit of the story line. If money is the mother's milk of politics, it's also a convenient way to keep score between primaries.

Nobody has heard much from ol' Bill since Hillary told him to put a cork in it just before Super Tuesday, but in December, campaigning in Iowa, he offered a typically Clintonesque straddle about the proprieties of where to find campaign money in a pinch. "They say you couldn't stop me from spending all the money I've saved over the last five years if I wanted to, even though it would clearly violate the spirit of campaign-finance reform."

Democratic chiefs understand this, and are eager to squelch talk of a brokered convention where the wise men repair to smoky hotel rooms to reach compromises leading to selection of candidates. This is how we got the likes of Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry S. Truman and a few other good ones. Not necessarily a bad system, but it might not be possible today because the nannies would call the cops to arrest everyone for smoking. You can't have the proper smoky room without cigars.

"The idea that we can afford to have a big fight at the convention and then win the race in the [following] eight weeks is not a good scenario," Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told an interviewer. "I think we will have a nominee sometime in the middle of March or April. But if we don't then we're going to have to get the candidates together and make some kind of arrangement." Just so it's not in a smoky room (or "smoke-filled room," as the cliche goes).

Once upon a time Democrats didn't worry about what the neighbors think, and everyone took brass knuckles and a length of lead pipe to Democratic unity meetings. There was nothing like a bracing street fight, with thumbs in the eye and sharp elbows in the ribs, to "bring everyone together." It was the way to get "change," as in, "You change to my candidate or you'll be sorry." Such fighting, like nocturnal cat fights and business meetings at the Baptist church, only leads to more cats, more Baptists and more Democrats. You could look it up.

But we don't do it that way anymore. Such disarray among the Democrats is playing against a Republican narrative of reluctant consensus, if not necessarily unity. John McCain can already see the nomination in a neat package. The man who was road kill before Thanksgiving can start thinking about a suitable running mate. He went out of his way in his Tuesday night victory remarks to praise Mike Huckabee — even before he got around to saying nice things about Mitt Romney, the night's runner-up. Perhaps it was coincidence, but in Washington such coincidences are carefully calibrated.

The gunfight at the OK Corral shifts now to Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, which could redeem Howard Dean's prediction that the Democrats will have a nominee by the middle of March. Or not. He didn't sound overly confident (and didn't even raise his voice) with his prediction of a nominee in March or April. But the Republicans, who are in a bit of disarray themselves, can't feel confident, either. They have to remember where cats and Democrats come from.

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