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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 Oct. 7, 2010 / 29 Tishrei, 5771

Joe Biden, chatty on the stump

By David Broder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO --- Joe Biden has a lot to say for himself. I spent a rainy 12-hour day with the vice president on Monday, and from beginning to end, I don't think there was any period when he was not talking to people. The man is determined to carry the burden of his work. He wants to show you what he knows.

Ohio is a state that the Democrats must carry. This day was devoted to Gov. Ted Strickland, an early supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2008 but now an ally of President Obama and Biden.

This was the fifth visit for Obama or Biden to Ohio in the past four weeks, and the president has at least one more stop to come. The governorship is vital to them, much more so than the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican George Voinovich.

Rob Portman, a mainstream conservative who once was budget director for George W. Bush, is far out front in the Senate race. But Strickland is in a close contest for the governorship.

Biden struggled to find a message that would work, improvising all day. In a stage-managed conversation with five local citizens in a back room at the Golden Dawn diner, he was rocked by the open skepticism about the new health-care plan, voiced by the African American owner of a barbecue restaurant. For a full hour, Biden defended the administration plan, arguing that it would help, not hurt, local businesses.

The same balancing act went on all day. Whether talking over the din of a metal processing plant at a rally put on by the United Steelworkers union or at a Strickland fundraiser in the art-filled, elegant home of a fireworks mogul, Biden cherry-picked hopeful economic statistics, while acknowledging the "pain" being felt in the overall economy. Striking an empathetic note, he recalled the "longest journey" his father had to make when he lost his job in Scranton, Pa., and had to tell his children he was moving the family to Delaware to find work.

Unlike Obama, who led a mostly sheltered economic existence, Biden has a family history that he shares with millions who are feeling the uncertainties of the current economy. In an interview toward the end of the day, he acknowledged the difficulty of his task. "People are angry," he said, "and I'm angry, too." But as the defender of the party in power, the vice president has to strike a hopeful note, while admitting "you have to be honest with people." This is not the economy he and Obama expected to face in 2010, a slump Biden blames on the economic crisis in Greece and other European countries this year. "That knocked out the momentum for growth we were beginning to get," he says.

The fire that was always part of his politics is most visible now when he talks about the Republican Party. "This is not the party we knew. I don't think Bob Dole and Howard Baker would recognize this party. Not even Trent Lott." From his perspective, the Tea Party element that has gotten stronger this year threatens to make cooperation between the parties impossible if its candidates prevail.

"On the other hand, if we turn them back, then I think the next two years can be much better than those we've just gone through."

With that in mind, he was off to Minnesota the next day, with Wisconsin, Missouri and Washington state soon to follow. The road is long for the vice president, and he has a supply of words as long as the road.

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