In this issue

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 April 25, 2008 / 20 Nissan 5768

Here comes 2012, ready or not

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Innocents eager to flee the endless campaign of '08 can take heart. Some people are already gearing up for the campaign of 2012. And why not? We've rarely had a field of such likely one-termers as John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

President McCain would be pushing 76 in the summer of '12, and the prospect of a second term would be giving the envelope a mighty shove. Four years of a hip-hop White House or the shrill echoes of a nagging nanny would surely be enough to sate the appetite of the hardiest masochist. How much Jeremiah Wright or Bubba Redux could one country take?

Frightened Democrats long ago concluded that their two survivors have worn their welcome thin, giving John McCain a free ride that could well last to November. Harry Reid, the bagman from Las Vegas, is worried that what happens in April and May is not likely to stay in April and May. The Iowa caucuses are already only dimly remembered, distant and fuzzy events from a previous century.

It's not clear who, exactly, elected him to tell the superdelegates where and when to get off, but he threatens to enlist Howard Dean, the chairman of the party, and Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, to join him in writing a strong letter of instruction. "The three of us, we may write a joint letter [to superdelegates]," he said. "We might do individual letters. We are in contact with each other." Once he gets his letter off, we can move on to something useful in 2012.

The Republicans may be a step or two ahead of him. Down in Arkansas, where funny stuff just keeps on keeping on, Mike Huckabee and some of his friends are putting on a fundraiser today in Little Rock for John McCain, and the old fighter pilot could usefully look behind him. There might be a bogey at 4 o'clock.

David Sanders, a columnist for the Stephens Newspapers of Arkansas who is well-connected to the former governor and his friends, writes that one of the friends tells him that Mr. Huckabee isn't really interested in the Republican ticket, whether he's on it or what happens to it in November.

"Did [the Huckabee guy] think that Huckabee would land the coveted second spot on the ticket? Not likely. So what then of Huckabee's future chances if McCain were to win this fall with someone else filling the No. 2 spot ... In response, the Huckabee guy discounted the chance for a McCain victory, which for [the Huckabee guy] wasn't bad news. As he saw it, McCain's demise would create a vacuum that Huckabee would then fill."

Indeed, the buzz in Little Rock is that some of the former governor's confidants, donors and backers are open about their blowing off Mr. McCain and his prospects. Mr. Huckabee met this week with several men who will be his steering committee for 2012. The timing, at least, was odd. You might think the former governor's attention would be focused on getting enough hush puppies ordered for his McCain fundraiser.

None of this surprises any of the Huckabee home folks. He has a reputation for searching endlessly for the main chance, even at the expense of presumed friends and allies. He cultivates opportunities to crack wise at the expense of the friend or foe. At the height of the Clinton bedroom scandals, he described Arkansas as "a banana republic," which was not necessarily so far off the mark, but even banana republicans are offended by deliberate insult. But what should you expect from a Baptist preacher with a rock band, which is sort of like inviting Christopher Hitchens to lead a brush-arbor revival. Alone among Republicans, he offered a defense, tepid but a defense nonetheless, of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's pulpit outrages. Baptist preachers are usually not timid about taking a whack at other preachers.

This sets up interesting possibilities today in Little Rock. "They say McCain has a temper, don't they?" asks Max Brantley, editor of the Arkansas Times, a counterculture weekly, and faithful feeder of yellow dogs. "Maybe he'll put Huck at the kiddie table. Or back in the kitchen."

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