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 Jan. 27, 2006 / 27 Teves, 5766

Old vs. new in the House GOP

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A great drama is playing out among House Republicans these days. It is a fight about their direction in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, and it makes David vs. Goliath look like an even match-up. Rep. John Shadegg, a conservative reformer out of Arizona, is challenging two better-established colleagues for the crucial position of majority leader, after Tom DeLay vacated the position permanently.

The front-runner and likely winner is Rep. Roy Blunt (Missouri), who has been acting majority leader and was majority whip for years under DeLay. Rep. John Boehner (Ohio) is running second and has shrewdly identified his candidacy with reform, although he is a practiced K Street player. The most vivid storyline is Shadegg vs. Blunt, which is playing out as a struggle of new vs. old, outside vs. inside, reform vs. the status quo.

Before Republicans became the majority in 1994, their defining GOP leadership races were ideological. Now, every contender for the majority-leader job has a conservative voting record. The difference is generational and attitudinal.

Granted, they are all 56 years old, and Blunt came to Congress later (in 1996) than the other two. But Tom DeLay took Blunt under his wing, and Blunt learned the ways of DeLay Inc. This isn't to suggest that he did anything wrong; he has a reputation for being more careful than DeLay. But, until the last few weeks, Blunt has given every indication of thinking that earmarks, K Street and corporate dollars are the mother's milk of GOP governance.

After a majority leader is forced to resign because people around him abused his political and financial machine, turning to a product of that same machine strikes many as counterintuitive. As editorial boards, columnists and bloggers have rushed to endorse Shadegg, Blunt has received no outside editorial support. It is reminiscent of the debate over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, except Miers had at least a few scattered supporters in the conservative journalistic and intellectual communities.

Blunt has run the oldest possible old-style campaign. His appeal is partly based on the money and favors he's given other members of Congress, and on pressure to be with the winner. Blunt's leverage is augmented by his decision to keep his whip job even if he fails in his bid for a promotion. Thus, there is not just the typical hint in such races of, "You better be with me if I win — or else," but also the more innovative, "You better be with me if I lose — or else."

A Blunt foray into the outside game fell flat when his conference call with conservative bloggers didn't produce warm feelings, but instead produced a nasty spat between Blunt's spokeswoman and the cyber-pundits.

Underdog Shadegg, a member of the historic class of 1994, has no inside advantages whatsoever. He has only a clean image, a serious commitment to reform and a refreshing insistence that the GOP get back to its government-limiting basics. He offers a fresh start.

In contrast, one front-page article in The New York Times recycling the less-praiseworthy aspects of the Blunt operation — say, his entanglement with the Alexander Strategy Group, a lobbying firm at the center of the Abramoff scandal — will stoke a debate about his past practices. It may well be that Blunt can and should be defended from any such attack, but why, given the choice, would Republicans want to divert their energy this year in defending another majority leader's cozy relations with K Street?

Even GOP lobbyists I have talked to think GOP lobbyists have too much influence. Even Republican insiders in Washington think Republicans have become too comfortable as Washington insiders. There are signs that the House majority is getting the message, as it considers far-reaching reforms. All to the good. What doesn't make sense in this picture is the probable ascendance of a representative of the old regime. New wine should come in a new bottle.

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