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 February 12, 2010 / 28 Shevat 5770

Scaring a president straight isn't easy

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama dropped by the White House press room the other day to stick it to the Republicans in the name of comity and fellowship. He offered to cooperate with the Republicans in the Mafia spirit of making an "offer you can't refuse."

"I'm willing to move off some of the preferences of my party in order to meet them halfway," he told the reporters, "but there's got to be some give from their side as well. I also won't hesitate to condemn what I consider obstinacy."

The only way Republicans can demonstrate their lack of obstinacy, the president made clear, is to adopt the Democratic agenda and to tug a forelock and do it now. "Bipartisanship cannot mean that Democrats give up everything they believe in ... and then we have bipartisanship. That's not how it works in any realm of life." Then, stepping behind his wife's fashionable skirt, he tried a little domestic jest: "That's certainly not how it works in my marriage with Michelle, though I usually give in most of the time." Hint to Republicans: he'll play the wife, and you be the henpecked husband.

His hope, said the man whose election was some of the greatest orchestrated theater since Sarah Bernhardt's annual final goodbye tour, "is that this doesn't become political theater." Mr. Obama, smartest guy ever though he may be, hasn't learned what any old vaudeville ham could have told him, that what plays in the opera house in Chicago doesn't necessarily play at the Bijou in Peoria.

Mr. Obama's tough-guy act probably impressed the unforgiving liberals on his left as much as it frightened the Republicans. Big Labor is mad at him for a laundry list of disappointments: the "card check" bill to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections, legislation now suffering a bad case of rigor mortis; the health care "reform" legislation, giving out the death rattle with its sweetheart deals for the unions; the withdrawal of his inept nominee for director of the Transportation Security Administration, and most recently, the Senate's refusal to confirm his nominee to the National Labor Relations Board. Some of the union chiefs are threatening to sit out the November congressional elections. Several of the self-selected leaders of the civil rights movement are muttering in their coffee cups as well. They're afraid the president will abandon the agenda everyone else has already abandoned.

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The president is suddenly making noises about tort reform, which would presumably make it harder for tort lawyers like John Edwards to get rich by manipulating the law, the juries and the courts. Butattorneys know the president isn't serious about this one, and he knows they know, because the lawyers cheerfully share their swag with Democratic candidates, including the president.

Mr. Obama is counting on committing a little "political theater" himself later this month when he summons the Republicans to a televised summit - or at least a televised molehill - to hear their ideas about resurrecting his health care "reform." Like all politicians, Republicans can't resist the opportunity to be photographed with a president and, if they're lucky, to get five minutes before the television cameras, spouting prose. But they'll have to be careful, as the president well knows, lest they come off as officious oafs and rude bumpkins.

Someone unimpressed by the president's first-year performance is L. Douglas Wilder, the former governor of Virginia and once mayor of Richmond, who was one of the first prominent Democrats to endorse Mr. Obama. He sounds sadder but wiser writing in Politico, the Capitol Hill daily. He prescribes medicine that no messiah can take. This messiah must rid himself of the disciples who got him to Washington and replace them with men and women who know how to listen. "Hearing is one thing," Mr. Wilder writes, "and listening is another." The president, not the people around him, was elected to lead.

A man who once enjoyed vast popularity naturally thinks everything is all about him, not about what he can or cannot do. He imagines that his popularity will carry the day for the Democrats, even if it didn't help his friends very much in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. But the implications of the election returns are swiftly sinking in with the rest of the Democratic politicians, who can tell the difference between an aberration and an avalanche. "The president should keep uppermost in his mind the biblical admonition as to what happens to those trees that do not bear 'good fruit,'" Doug Wilder observes. "The ax is already at the tree."

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