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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

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 Nov. 18, 2008 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Clinton as Secretary of State isn't so Hillary-ous

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President-elect Obama is considering appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State.

Henry Kissinger, who was Richard Nixon's Secretary of State, thinks this would be a good idea:

"I believe it would be an outstanding appointment," Mr. Kissinger said when asked about the rumor at the World Economic Forum in India over the weekend. "If it is true, it shows a number of things, including great courage on the part of the President-Elect.

"To appoint a very strong personality into a prominent cabinet position requires a great deal of courage." (Henry should know.)

Marty Peretz, editor in chief of the influential liberal magazine The New Republic, thinks it would be a bad idea:

"Hillary is not a person of principle. She is a person of shifting position. The best you can say of her, then, is that she is flexible, endlessly flexible." Mr. Peretz said.

The ideological flexibility Mr. Peretz deplores is really an asset, argued New York Times columnist Gail Collins.

"I know, my little Obama hyper-partisans," she wrote Saturday. "You spent a year of your lives trying to keep Hillary out of the White House because she voted to let the Bush administration invade Iraq. And now, your man is talking about letting her be the point person on foreign policy. What happened to transformative change?

"We've been all through this before. Candidates who promise to bring everyone together are talking about meeting in the middle. The only people who think Barack Obama is a radical are you and Joe the Plumber," she wrote.

Perhaps because I share Joe the Plumber's concerns about the president-elect, Ms. Collins' reasoning appeals to me. Since Mr. Obama is most unlikely to pick the candidate I prefer -- former UN Ambassador John Bolton -- my attitude is, why not Hillary?

This isn't because I think Sen. Clinton would perform particularly well as Secretary of State. I don't. But Sen. Clinton and her qualifications cannot be judged in isolation. They have to be judged in comparison with those of the likely alternatives. Besides hers, the names most frequently bruited about have been Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

One of the criticisms Mr. Peretz makes of her -- "She is not a committed leftist at all" -- is one of the reasons why I prefer Hillary to these two. Hillary Clinton will say anything, promise anything, do anything to get what she wants, but she is, as Mr. Peretz notes, "a committed situationalist." She is more likely than an ideologue to let reality intrude in her decisionmaking. And she is smart enough to recognize reality when it sticks its ugly snout under the tent. Sen. Kerry, I fear, really believes the left-wing drivel he spouts.

Ms. Collins, who also tends to believe that left wing drivel, sees another problem: "Although Kerry has many excellent qualities and his children appear to be very fond of him, if there is a contest for Senator You Would Least Want to Have a Cup of Coffee With, he would be a good bet for top 10," Ms. Collins wrote. "Politicians often brag that they never forget a name, but Kerry is one of those guys who can't even remember a face."

Bill Richardson has as a fine a resume as one could ask for in a candidate for Secretary of State: a long time member of Congress who served as UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary before being elected governor.

But, as Joe Biden painfully reminds us, it is, alas, possible to hold a lot of important jobs in politics without performing any of them well, and Gov. Richardson has a tendency to say nutty things. Mr. Peretz described him as "very much a light-weight," a description I am inclined to agree with. Whatever criticisms one might make of Hillary Clinton, a light-weight she isn't.

It could be politically useful for Mr. Obama, a gesture of party unity, to pick Sen. Clinton. He may in the end decide she brings too much baggage (Hil comes with Bill). But the mere fact he's considering her shows Sen. Obama has learned from the flap over his failure to vet Sen. Clinton to be his running mate.

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