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 August 27, 2009 / 7 Elul 5769

The clouds of August

By Cokie and Steve Roberts

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This is the summer of Barack Obama's discontent. As the president vacations with his family on Martha's Vineyard, angry storm clouds are darkening the sky, inundating him with intractable issues that he cannot escape, even on his island retreat.

The leaping optimism that greeted his election is dwindling steadily as harsh reality settles in. Yes We Can has been replaced by a more modest set of maxims: Have Patience. Governing Requires Compromise. We Inherited a Lot of Problems. We're Doing Our Best.

The latest Washington Post/ABC survey reflects this changing mood. Obama's personal approval still stands at a hefty 57 percent, but that's down 12 points from April. Only 49 percent have confidence that he'll make the right decisions for the country, and 55 percent think events are headed down the "wrong track."

Some of this decline was inevitable, but this week brought an unusual flurry of rising indexes that signaled bad news — from casualties in Afghanistan and deficits in Washington to temperatures in the world's oceans. And while the president is right to say many of these problems started years ago, he has to take responsibility for solving them. The buck stops at Martha's Vineyard.

The largest shadow over Obama's vacation is cast by Afghanistan. The New York Times recently ran a chilling headline: "Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?" And The Economist was even more declarative: "Afghanistan. The Growing Threat of Failure."

Casualty figures for foreign troops are approaching 300 this year — the largest annual toll since the war began in 2001. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, called the situation on the ground "serious and deteriorating." A presidential election has produced no clear winner, and furious charges of fraud are injecting a new note of instability.

Obama has called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" that "is fundamental to the defense of our people." But those people are not listening: 51 percent of Americans say the war is no longer worth fighting, while in Great Britain, two of three want their soldiers out. If the president's military advisers ask for even more troops, as now seems likely, discontent could continue to escalate, particularly among Obama's core supporters. Fewer than one-in-five Democrats favors augmenting that force.

In Iraq, a series of devastating bomb attacks punctured a period of relative calm. Iraqi officials who had optimistically removed blast walls guarding key government offices reluctantly replaced them, and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari admitted: "We have to face the truth. There has been an obvious deterioration in the security situation."

The president has to face more unpleasant truths at home. Despite his arduous attempts to sell his health-care plans, support is dropping there as well. For the first time, 50 percent disapprove of how he's handling the issue, up from a 29 percent negative rating in April.

That's one reason why Obama, when he returns to the capital, will be greeted by growing demands to scale back his ambitions and accept a more modest bill, focused on insurance reforms. Another reason is the federal deficit, which is strengthening critics who argue the country cannot afford the president's trillion-dollar price tag.

White House economists estimated the budget shortfall would hit $1.6 trillion this year, while the 10-year period from 2010 to 2019 would add another $9 trillion to the national debt. The Congressional Budget Office, in the understatement of the week, called these numbers "unsustainable." The CBO also predicted that unemployment would keep rising and top 10 percent, which means lower tax revenues and higher jobless payments.

The same day Obama received these gloomy projections, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an investigation into possible criminal conduct by intelligence officers who had interrogated terrorist suspects during the Bush administration. The president had warned repeatedly that such investigations could sidetrack his agenda and irritate his enemies. But Holder went ahead anyway. And that's not all. The National Climactic Data Center reported that July was the hottest month for the world's oceans in almost 130 years of record keeping. That could mean smaller Arctic ice fields and larger tropical storms. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology warned that swine flu could infect half of the American population and cause 90,000 deaths. And the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy deprives Obama of a mentor, a dealmaker and, for a few months at least, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

So enjoy your summer vacation, Mr. President. The fall won't be any fun.

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