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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Sept. 22, 2005 / 18 Elul, 5765

Sorry, Dems

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Here's a way to understand the dilemma Democrats face over whether to support John Roberts as chief justice: Put it in personal terms.

Imagine an argument with your spouse over something silly, like who lost the car keys. "You did it," you start, finger jabbing the air. "No, you did it," she says with that righteous sneer. Voices are raised, nasty things said, until she slams the door and leaves the room. You get your coat and head out for a walk.

Then you find them 7#151; the car keys. They're in your coat.

Boy, is your face red. Your mind fills with remorse: you screwed up, you're an idiot, you do it all the time, blaming her, getting angry. Now what? How do you admit it and apologize without feeling like a bigger jerk?

That's how the 44 Democrats in the U.S. Senate must feel.

As the Judiciary Committee prepares to vote tomorrow on Roberts, Dems are stuck in an embarrassing situation. President Bush was right — Roberts is supremely qualified to be head honcho of the Supreme Court. And they were wrong to jump the gun with their criticisms, as three days of hearings proved.

Indeed, some legal observers suggest Roberts has the potential to be America's greatest chief justice ever. He is clearly decent and modest, virtues tested by the sheer windbaggery he was subjected to by both parties. (He also looks like Tom Hanks, though he is hardly Forrest Gump.)

But for Democrats, admitting Bush was right by voting yes is shaping up as a fate worse than well, saying sorry. That's a no-no in Washington, even when it's obviously the right thing to do.

There's a double hurdle about giving Bush a victory. It's hard to fathom the hate many liberals feel for Bush. It's not just disagreement or dislike. It's visceral, as though he's simply not good enough or smart enough to warrant normal human relations.

The animus is even stronger now that he's wounded. With his approval ratings stuck in the low 40s, meaning independents and even some Republicans are unhappy, Bush is flirting with irrelevancy. At this rate, New Orleans will rise again before he does.

The Roberts' dilemma is especially acute for New York's senators. While both Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton have safe seats, they also have national constituencies to satisfy. Clinton must calculate everything through the prism of the 2008 presidential election. Schumer is head of the party's Senate campaign committee, meaning he has to raise money and help guide candidates for next year's midterm election. It won't do for either to be too cozy with Bush.

Schumer's performance at the Senate hearings reflected his problem. He called Roberts brilliant, said he had a "powerful intellect" and praised his judicial philosophy of "stability and modesty." But he also complained that memos a younger Roberts wrote showed "misguided views," that the White House had withheld recent memos and that Roberts had refused to answer specific questions about civil rights and privacy, i.e., abortion.

So what's the bottom line? What will Schumer and Clinton do? I asked press secretaries for both. Neither senator responded. Perhaps they can't decide whether to admit they were wrong about John Roberts.

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