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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 April 29, 2014 / 29 Nissan, 5774

Fear stalks the Democratic senators

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Fear, like fire, is an effective teacher, and grades on a sharp curve. It's fear, not fire, that some of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate now feel in the belly.

They sense control of the Senate slipping away, resigned to enough losses to return the Republicans to the majority and the perks. They'll join Harry Reid on a back bench where he'll nurse the sore rear end he deserves.

Some Democrats are looking in all the wrong places to find good news, or at least some not-so-bad news. They're even, like the New York Times, making up encouraging poll numbers as they whistle past the congressional graveyard. The fear of graveyard haints and boogermen is soundly based.

The Democratic senators understand that the times, they are a-changing, and they're worried that once the recognition of the new reality descends on the White House, Barack Obama, desperate to avoid the legacy of sloth, weakness and incompetence that is his due, will cut deals with Republicans to paper over the worst of his misfeasances. He always runs at the first sound of the guns. Nobody in his party actually trusts him.

It's a concern that keeps Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut awake nights, he tells Politico, the capital political daily. "From [the president's] standpoint, better to advance the ball and maybe give away some stuff rather than leave nothing at all," he says. "From our standpoint, better to fight another day than to give away our core principles and convictions."

This sound exactly like a frustrated Tea Party Republican, worried that the leaders of his party are always eager to give away "core principles and convictions." From a Democratic senator it sounds like resignation to defeat as the congressional campaigns of 2014 are about to get seriously under way. Premature as expectations always are before fickle April and balmy May give way to the harsh brass of summer, a Republican wave seems to be gathering on the horizon. Not a tsunami, by any means, but nevertheless a rising tide deep enough and powerful enough to drown wary and unwary alike. Democrats in the Senate want to make as much hay as they can before the sun takes a holiday.



Authentic compromise, which diehard Democrats regard as surrender of "core principles and convictions" as long as they have the numbers, however frail, is a staple of presidential second terms (and sometimes even of the fading months of a first term). George Bush the Elder kept his lips tightly sealed, defying anyone to read them, and accepted the Democratic tax increase he vowed he never would. Bill Clinton, trying to swim through a bayou full of cotton-mouth moccasins, hungry 'gators, and women scorned, adopted Republican welfare reform as if it were his own idea. George W. became a late if reluctant convert to bailing out Wall Street.

Senators who feel the hot breath of revenge and retribution on the back of their necks are concerned only with their own survival. The survival of "core principles and convictions" would be nice but is not necessary. Their colleagues who are not so threatened this year fret that key issues like the budget, trade and energy will suffer the death of a hundred cuts. "It's a concern congressional Democrats have voiced every time [Mr.] Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tried to cut deals with Republicans," Politico observes, "and the panic is more palpable with the growing prospect of a Senate [Republican] majority."

That prospect grows despite the search for good news. There's a new corpse of the month every week - Kay Hagen in North Carolina, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. The latest is Mark Begich in Alaska, who warns that if he's bounced out of the Senate along with the other corpses the Republicans will throw Alaskan old folks into the snow to starve (unless they freeze first). He promises to stand fast against President Obama's willingness to postpone annual cost-of-living increases if that's what it takes to make a deal with the Republicans.

"Am I worried about it?" he asks. "Yes. Should Alaska seniors be worried about it? Absolutely."

Not so long ago the Democratic definition of compromise was a willingness only to take Republican surrender. Not now. You can't expect a senator to worry about a soon-to-be ex-president's legacy when his own survival is at stake. Going back to Nome or Fairbanks to look for a job is an awful prospect. Besides, the president should have thought about his legacy when he was making one.

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