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 Oct. 8, 2010 / 30 Tishrei, 5771

Familiarity breeds only contempt this year

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | COOKEVILLE, Tenn. ---Not so long ago a congressman with seniority could fly off to Disneyland for a vacation during the campaign season. If he were the chairman of a committee his job would be safe enough that he could fly off to France for a cup of coffee with a croissant in a sidewalk cafe on the Champs-Elysees, getting no closer to the stump back home than reading about it in the papers.

Now almost no incumbent is safe, even in the South, where election to Congress was once a lifetime sinecure.

Rep. Bart Gordon of Tennessee, serving his 13th term in the House, looks like a candidate safe in a sinecure: He's chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, and his district includes two universities, Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State. He has sponsored legislation to improve advanced technology studies, prevent teen suicide and to strengthen get-tough measures to deal with producers of the meth labs that proliferate in the Southern mountains. In short, he's no radical. But he's a Democrat, and that's not a good thing to be this year. He retired to avoid a stiff re-election campaign and his seat is regarded as a cinch for Republican pickup.

In neighboring Arkansas, Blanche Lambert Lincoln, daughter of an old and prominent family in the Mississippi Delta and the new chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has been written off by Arkansas Democrats in her campaign for what could have been an automatic second six-year term. With just under a month to go, her diehard supporters are trying to take courage in the latest polls that show her trailing by 14 points. That's "good" news tempered by the fact that the previous polls showed her down by 27.

Several Democratic House committee chairmen, whose congressional tenure goes back to Noah and the Flood, are not necessarily in mortal peril but Republican challengers are clearly making them sweat for the first time in decades. If the Republicans prevail Nov. 2 as nearly everyone expects, the implications for 2012 are immense. "Facing redistricting," says Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, a Republican, "many senior Democrats will retire in 2012, if we do things right."

Who could have imagined Rep. Barney Frank in trouble in Massachusetts, where liberal platitudes are as holy scripture. But Mr. Frank, whose connection to the Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac subprime disasters have persuaded many Massachusetts voters to regard him as one of the authors of the recession, is feeling the hot breath of a Republican challenger on the back of his neck. Good old Barney, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is one of several old bulls of the House who are ahead in the polls but polling perilously close to 50 percent approval. One or two old bulls have fallen below that.

Just being a Democrat is proof enough of guilt, of being an accessory before the fact if not of something worse. Rep. Jack Spratt of South Carolina is chairman of the House Budget Committee, and many of his constituents say he's the Jack Spratt of fat with no appetite for lean. "Sure, they want to get me because I'm the chairman," he tells Politico, the Capitol Hill political daily. "That's the way to denounce our whole budget. I'm a high-value target, and I understand that." So he's running for his life.

The peril of committee chairmen in years like this one is not unprecedented. In the Republican takeover of the House in 1994, when Democrats lost 54 seats (and the speaker, Tom Foley), three committee chairmen were among the casualties. One of them, Dan Rostenkowski, the chairman of Ways and Means, was under indictment for fraud. Earlier, in the 1980 elections that brought Ronald Reagan and dozens of new Republicans to Washington, the Democratic chairman of Ways and Means was deposed, too.

For 17 terms — 34 years — Ike Skelton has seemed just the man for his district of farms and small towns in the middle of Missouri, a state in the middle of America. But he's sweating, too, accused of being too closely allied with Nancy Pelosi, whom so many Middle Americans regard as "the wicked witch of the West." Mr. Skelton has company in misery, but that's no consolation when so many Americans have concluded that power corrupts, and the power of Democratic seniority has corrupted absolutely.

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