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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 Nov. 4, 2010 / 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

The war has just begun

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The most telling remark in an evening of Republican triumphs Tuesday wasn't Kentucky Republican Rand Paul's declaration that America had produced a "tea party tidal wave," though, in a week of watery metaphors, there was plenty of truth to that. The comment that captured the historic moment came from the Virginia Republican who in nine weeks will become the House majority whip, Eric Cantor, who spoke of a "second chance."

The second political tidal wave of the 21st century -- the first occurred but two years ago, when a swooning nation swept Barack Obama into the White House -- produced second chances all around.

It gave the Republicans, consigned to obloquy if not oblivion in 2008, a chance to regain the status they covet above all others: the mantle of being the natural party of governance now that the New Deal has been shattered and is referenced more in textbooks than in text messages. Of all the transformations wrought this week, this was the most remarkable, for if there ever were a party that looked as if it were settling in for a long sojourn in the wilderness, it was the party of George W. Bush -- who began a comeback of his own this week as details were released from his new memoir.

But it also gave President Obama a second chance. The need for this seemed inconceivable only two Novembers ago, when he was sovereign of all he surveyed, a pioneering figure headed toward history and a heroic battle to overhaul the American health care system, which accounted for one-seventh of the economy. It turns out that many Americans resented the way he tinkered with health care and objected to his stewardship of the other six-sevenths of the economy.

Yet this president, like the two before him who rebounded from mortifying midterm losses -- Ronald Reagan (loss of 26 House seats in 1982, winner of 49 states in 1984) and Bill Clinton (loss of 52 House seats in 1994, winner of 31 states in 1996) -- truly needs a second start.

Obama was the candidate whose intuitive sense of the American people's yearnings sent him to the White House, yet he is the president who seems unable to hear American voices from the Oval Office. He was the candidate who promised permanent change in the capital, yet he is the president who is struggling this week to accommodate himself to the change his rivals will bring to Washington. He was the candidate who spoke so often and so eloquently of bipartisanship, yet he is the president who passed his signature pieces of legislation with almost no consultation with his Republican rivals and almost no votes from them either.

The need for a second start may be unwelcome in the West Wing, but so is an arrest for drunk driving. It is startling, it is humiliating, but it can serve as -- here a fraught phrase from Jefferson comes to mind -- a fire bell in the night. It tells everyone that change is needed -- dramatic, open-minded change, in thought and action, in tone and timbre.

Every presidential rebuke is unhappy in its own way. Clinton saw his party relinquish control of both houses of Congress for the first time since he was 8 years old, while Reagan faced a lower approval rating and a higher unemployment rate than Obama. But the sheer number of House seats lost under Obama's watch is staggering -- more than in the Clinton debacle, twice as many as in the Reagan rebuke.

And that is by way of looking only at the numbers on the surface. Look below the surface, and the president's challenge -- no, more precisely: the president's job -- is formidable.

Leave aside for a moment the size and amplitude of the voters' verdict and look at the president's (dwindling) allies. Three of four Democratic voters this week said they were worried about the direction of the economy over the next year, according to surveys taken at polling stations for the National Election Pool. This in a country that overwhelmingly believes the economy is the biggest issue of the time.

Now let's look at how bifurcated is the electorate. On the economy, 84 percent of Democratic voters said they thought Obama's policies would help the country in the long run. A larger slice of Republican voters (88 percent) said they thought those policies would hurt the economy.

There are lots of battles ahead, some inside the Obama camp (where the recriminations will be more bitter than the rebuke), some between Democrats and Republicans in the House (where partisan resentment grows faster and more dangerously than bacteria in a petri dish), some between the Senate and the House (which march to their own drummers, the Senate's always a few beats behind), some between governors (who love to trumpet their financial rectitude) and Washington (where financial rectitude is a contradiction in terms), and some in the new Republican coalition (where the regulars prefer decaf and the rebels are caffeinated, with no sugar).

One might have expected the conflict between Republican Party grandees and tea party insurgents to have been muted in the moment of victory, but by 5:03 a.m. Wednesday -- lucky for the original tea partiers in 1773 Boston that there were no time stamps on their handbills and tracts -- the war was on.

"Winning Republican control of the Senate at the expense of the platform and principles of the Republican Party is no victory," said a statement e-mailed at that hour by the Tea Party Express. "Our nation got itself into the mess we face because Republicans sold out their principles and joined Democrats in supporting the policies of tax-spend-bailout."

All this is evidence that the political wars did not end this week. The political wars of the century's second decade -- and the second chances they offer -- only began this week.

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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Previously:



11/01/10 Echoes of a speech 40 years ago this week still resonate today
10/25/10 50 years ago America chose between two men who were dramatically different --- and eerily similar





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