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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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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

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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

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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

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 March 6, 2009 / 10 Adar 5769

GOPers Need a New Leader

By Linda Chavez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Republican Party needs a leader, and so far, no one has stepped up to the job. The mainstream media have had great fun declaring talk show host Rush Limbaugh the de facto head of the GOP, which caused newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to assert, testily, that he's in charge, not Rush. Frankly, neither man is right for the job. And if the party can't find someone who is — and fast — Republicans will have a tough time fighting the Democrat juggernaut.

Rush certainly speaks for a segment of Republicans, the populist wing of the party that has become increasingly bitter in recent years about everything from immigration to bank bailouts. But his job is to keep listeners entertained — though he's more than an entertainer, as Steele dismissively described him and later apologized for.

Rush can say outrageous things without real consequences, as he has on numerous occasions. In fact, the more controversy he stirs, the higher his ratings and the fatter his paycheck. He's a very smart guy, as much as the liberal media think he's an albatross around the Republican Party's neck. Over the years, he's educated a wide swath of Middle America on some important issues, like the fallacy that the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes. But he doesn't represent the Republican Party any more than filmmaker Michael Moore or MSNBC's Keith Olbermann represent the Democrats.

Nor is Michael Steele the right guy to lead the party at this moment in history. Don't get me wrong, I like Steele. I thought he was a great candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006, a decent lieutenant governor of Maryland and was the best of the lot running to be RNC chair this year. But the party needs more than an affable and articulate guy who's good on air with talking points. The GOP needs real leadership from someone who can fashion a vision for the party, lead the fight in Congress and against the White House, and rally ordinary citizens to the cause. For the sake of the party, Steele should step aside and let a proven leader take on the role of RNC chairman.

A few members of Congress come to mind. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is one of the most principled conservatives around. He's as bright as they come and is very effective in front of the cameras. But although he's risen in the ranks of Senate leadership over the years, he's never seemed to relish taking on the role of national leader. I've always thought he'd be a great presidential candidate, but he's never taken a bite of that apple.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is another potential leader. He's one of the most telegenic and well-spoken members of Congress and a great debater. He'd make a first-rate GOP chairman, giving the party a more youthful face — he's exactly the same age as President Obama.

Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor might also fit the bill. He's certainly been effective on the Sunday talk shows, not to mention rallying the Republican troops in the House not to break ranks in opposing the Democrats' spending spree. But it's harder for a House member to emerge as a national leader, though Newt Gingrich certainly managed it even before he became Speaker of the House.

Not since Lyndon Johnson occupied the White House and Democrats held huge majorities in the House and Senate have we seen such a lopsided advantage for the Democratic Party and an absence of effective leadership among Republicans. What we're seeing now is one-party rule unchecked by an effective opposition, something Republicans never had, even when they controlled both branches of elected government.

Given the uncharted waters the country now finds itself in — with an economic crisis that shows no sign of abatement and a continued threat to national security posed by terrorists and rogue nations — the risks are enormous. The Democrats seem hell-bent on spending the nation into penury and paying for what they don't borrow by weakening our national defense. The country — not just the GOP — needs someone to articulate an alternative vision, and right now, we just don't have it.

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