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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 July 25, 2014 / 27 Tammuz, 5774

The mice under Hillary's feet

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | If Hillary Clinton is inevitable, why are so many mice scurrying about under her feet? Hillary is supposed to be the juggernaut of the ages, awash in money, feminist adulation and nostalgia for the security and serenity of the Clinton years, when nothing much happened beyond Bubba's Oval Office pantry.

Some Democrats, and not just the players on the fringe, are prowling the grassroots (or at least the roster of the party) now in search of an alternative to four more years with Bonnie and Clod. Some are willing to be that alternative themselves. If the Great Mentioner won't mention them, they'll do it themselves.

Hillary is still the overwhelming favorite, just as she was in the early weeks of the 2008. She's got the money, the knowledge of how to turn the taps to keep that money flowing, and she's got Bubba, who may have the sharpest political mind in the game. But there's a definite stir in those grassroots. "There's a pining for someone else," reports The Washington Post, the keeper of the seal of the Democratic Party, "and a medley of ambitious Democrats are making moves, many of them previously unreported, to position themselves to perhaps be that someone."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, for example, and there's no "perhaps" about it, imagines she's the superstar of the party and wants to finish what Barack Obama tried to do, and failed. Remembering Ronald Reagan's famous advice to the Republicans, she vows to paint her party's promise to give everyone a nanny in bright, bold colors, with no polite pastels. "The game is rigged," she told the Netroots gathering of liberals and leftists early this month, "and it isn't right." And this: "We can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back." She punched the air with a tiny fist. "I'm fighting back." Maybe the lady is the Indian brave she claims to be, after all.

The itch among this wide assortment of Democratic pols is as endemic as head lice on the Rio Grande, and nobody loves to scratch like Joe Biden. He can't bear to be out of the news and he walks among us with a certain confidence because he can leap back on the front page with one of his patented gaffes. The route to the White House has only rarely run through the vice president's office, and the eccentric uncle in the attic, lovable as he may be, is guilty by association, as unfair as that may be. If it's difficult for Hillary to unglue herself from Barack Obama, it's nearly impossible for Joe Biden. He was there at the creation of the disaster, helping the president evolve.

Jerry Brown, the governor of a diminished California, is another golden oldie with dreams of resurrection. He's no longer Governor Moonbeam, having learned up close and personal what happens when every citizen thinks he has a right to tap the public till until there's nothing left in it. He has tried to tighten the ship from Sacramento, but it may be too late to sell a savior from the Left Coast to an American public that grows more skeptical of politicians every day.

The governor has the experience of running something that Hillary never has, and his place in the race might inadvertently help Hillary defuse the age issue. To those who think Hillary too old — she would be almost 70 on her inauguration day — she might appear to be an aging ingénue standing next to Mr. Brown, who would be bumping against 80 on his inauguration day.

Other ambitious Democrats are eager to sell themselves as fresh hopes from the heartland, or at least the heart. Some of them, like Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, senators from Minnesota and New York, are flogging books packed with trivia, flotsam and promises that they have the goods that others don't. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has a book coming, too. Most such books should have a "remaindered" table at their book parties because nobody but the careful political correspondents doomed to New Hampshire in February buy them.

Still others, like Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is an authentic Socialist who calls himself an Independent and caucuses with the Democrats, has no book coming but has been to Iowa and New Hampshire, two early primary states, to put himself on view. A long shot like Mr. Sanders has never made it more than a few feet past the starting gate, but if no one has ever done it he might as well figure that he could be the first.

The rap on Hillary, despite the fact that a lot of people just don't like her, is that she is cautious and indecisive to a fatal flaw. That's the lesson of Benghazi. She's in constant search of the elusive center in all controversies. That could leave the prize to the bold.

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