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 Sept. 9, 2011 / 9 Elul, 5771

When good news is mostly bad

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans are always impatient with presidential candidates who speak only ideology, and that's good news for Barack Obama. But they're even more impatient with incompetence. That's bad news for the president.

News of the economy, on which the presidential election will turn, gets darker and drearier. The polls measuring the president's approval continue to fall, and even his friends in Congress are turning on him. White folks in Congress complain that it's not nice for the president to beat up Democratic senators. "It's not Congress' fault," Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa says. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who may be the last Democratic senator from Louisiana, says the Obama treatment of Congress is "very discouraging, disheartening and it's really not fair."

Rep. Maxine Waters, who represents one of the poorest and most barren districts inLos Angeles, thinks the president is an equal-opportunity offender. She warns him that he's spending too much time worrying about white folks in white-bread states likeIowa. "There are roughly 3 million African Americans out of work today, a number nearly equal to the entire population ofIowa," she told reporters Thursday.

"If the entire population of Iowa, a key state on the electoral map, and a place that served as a stop on the president's jobs bus tour, were unemployed, they would be mentioned in the president's speech and be the beneficiary of targeted public policy." She added, "Are the unemployed in the African-American community, including almost 45 percent of its youth, as important as the people of Iowa?" This is muddled analysis, but the president should get the point.

Dick Cheney, the former vice president who may or may not have the best interests of the Democrats firmly at heart, suggests that Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state who lost a semi-epic struggle for the Democratic nomination three years ago, should challenge Mr. Obama again next year.

Events, if not necessarily the president's critics, are beginning to pile on. In the House of Representatives, where Republicans have been racing each other to be the first over the top with superheated scolding, rebuking, chiding, upbraiding and even insulting the president, have got the word to cool it, if ever so slightly. Schoolyard rhetoric - "Socialist!" "Muslim!" "Born inKenya!" - only reflects the blubbermouth excesses of Internet bloggers, who preach only to an exhausted choir. It could ruin a good thing.

"This guy is already sinking," an anonymous Republican aide tells Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, "we don't need to throw him an anvil."

Indeed, the president deserves all the room he needs to finish his remarkable job of self-destruction. His speech Thursday night, meant to revive the economy in a single bound, won't. If he meant to put demons to flight and squash the worms of a hundred million nightmares, he didn't do that, either. He only added another DVD to the archives of his great speeches which he keeps in his bedroom for viewing in the middle of the night, when sleep won't come and doubts and fears do.

House Speaker John Boehner, his deputy, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and their party colleagues applied a subtle dig at the wounded president by declining to supply a speaker to rebut the presidential speech to a joint session of Congress, as is customary. But why bother? Why interrupt the opening minutes of the NFL season opener?

The cease-and-desist in Republican rhetoric, which isn't likely to last very long, anyway, enables the Republicans to strike a kindly co-operative pose. The letter Messrs Cantor and Boehner wrote to the president this week, setting out several legislative items they could work with the president on - free-trade agreements, eliminating federal regulations, changing formulations on how federal money is dispatched to the states - isn't necessarily meant to unclog the legislative pipeline, but it might impress credulous voters that Republicans are nice, too.

This leaves the necessary Obama-bashing to the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, in what is shaping up as a really interesting struggle between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Their spirited back-and-forth over who created the most jobs in Massachusettsand Texas, and who is more likely to do the same for both Iowa and Maxine Waters' district in California, underlines what the race between the president and the Republican challenger will be all about.

Mitt Romney has been dislodged from the catbird seat, where he was tempted to think he had an unobstructed view all the way to next November. But nothing recedes like success. You could ask Barack Obama.

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