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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 Oct. 21, 2010/ 13 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Candidate Obama : In West Virginia, he's the man to beat

By George Will



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WHEELING, W. VA.—In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state by seceding from some secessionists: 50 counties, with few slaves, left Virginia; almost all have seams of coal. Barack Obama has a remarkable hostility to coal. For example, in 2008 he said: "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

Hillary Clinton trounced Obama 67 to 26 percent in West Virginia's primary. John McCain beat Obama here by 13 points. Obama lost only 13 states by a larger margin than he lost here. So pity Gov. Joe Manchin.

He is seeking the Senate seat held for 51 years by another Democrat, the late Robert Byrd. Manchin has the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association. He favors extension of the Bush tax cuts. He opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and "card check" (abolition of secret ballots in unionization elections). He says he would have voted against Obamacare. He is suing the Environmental Protection Agency against restrictions on mountaintop mining, and he denounces "President Obama's administration's attempts to destroy our coal industry and way of life in West Virginia." But because Obama is the head of Manchin's party, the governor, 63, may lose to someone who has hitherto lost two Senate races.


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"I am running against Obama," says John Raese. He lost by just four points in 1984, when Jay Rockefeller won the first of his five Senate terms. In 2006, Raese unsuccessfully challenged Byrd. But this year, when many Democratic incumbents are in jeopardy because they are unpopular, Manchin is burdened by popularity.

Raese's political jujitsu is obvious and obviously helping him. In 2008, Manchin was elected with 70 percent of the vote. Almost 70 percent of West Virginians approve of his performance as governor. But fewer than half that many approve of Obama. So Raese tells West Virginians that voting for him is win-win: You keep the governor you like and deny another conscript for the multitentacled Washington blob known in Republican rhetoric as ObamaReidPelosi.

Raese, 60, is trim, tanned and gray-haired and radiates the confidence of a multifaceted businessman. He owns newspapers and radio stations; his barges ply the Ohio River carrying limestone; he manufactures Proctor Silex pots and pans, bumpers for Buicks and shiny metal stuff for Harley-Davidsons. He burns a lot of coal. And he takes what he considers Obama's anti-business agenda personally.

Channeling his inner John Galt (the Promethean entrepreneur in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"), Raese insists, "There is nothing wrong with making money." His audience finds nothing objectionable about that.

Lamenting that "we are in an industrial coma," he says of the Bush tax cuts, "We're not going to 'extend' them, we're going to permanentize them." He laments that there are "no more Oldsmobiles or GTOs," but the government is pushing "little electric cars." His listeners are not potential buyers of Chevrolet Volts.

In a smoothly delivered and rapturously received canter down memory lane, Raese invokes some names not normally heard in campaign speeches: President Warren Harding (he cut taxes), Jack Webb (star of the TV program "Dragnet," the last episode of which aired in 1970; Webb died in 1982), Audie Murphy (the most decorated combat soldier in World War II, then star of western movies; he died in 1971). The invasion of Grenada and the Monroe Doctrine also get endorsed. Raese knows his state's population is almost as old as that of Florida, which is known as God's Antechamber. His listeners warmly applaud a member of the audience, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Friend, 79, who 50 years ago this October played in the World Series.

Warming up an audience that hardly needs that service -- Republicans this autumn live at a roiling boil -- a speaker at the rally was pleased that ABC's "World News" recently showed to its national audience a yard sign that says "Obama Says 'Vote Democrat' " and also says the sign is provided by West Virginia's Republican Party. The speaker says the state party's Web site crashed under the load of people asking for signs. This is just another straw in the wind -- the gale, actually -- that has filled Raese's sails and propelled him into a competitive race in what may be the nation's most thoroughly nationalized contest.

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