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. 18, 2009 / 30 Tishrei 5770

A Big Political Test in a Small State

By David Broder

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A year from now, when we are in the final weeks of the midterm election campaigns, voters across the country will probably be focused on a state that has rarely drawn attention from any but its own residents. Delaware, noted only for its gentlemanly politics, will probably be the site of one of the most hard-fought and headline-grabbing Senate races in America.

Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who has never lost in 12 trips to the statewide general election ballot, is expected to face Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Biden, the longtime Delaware senator.

As Democrats from Connecticut to Colorado struggle to hold on to their filibuster-proof 60-seat margin, no state — not even Barack Obama's Illinois — will have higher priority for the White House than Delaware.

With the seat-warmer appointee who was named in January to succeed the vice president already having announced that he will not run next year, young Biden would normally be the favorite in this Democratic state. Having just returned from a year in Iraq as a Delaware National Guardsman, he has no real competition for the nomination — and is expected to announce within weeks.

But in Castle, he faces the most consistent winner, other than the elder Biden, in the past 43 years of Delaware history. Castle has probably had personal conversations with most of the quarter-million voters apt to cast ballots next year. He has won statewide races for governor and lieutenant governor and has rarely finished below 65 percent for the lone House seat.

Several factors add to the intrigue of the prospective race. In addition to the partisan differences, Biden represents a sharp generational choice for Delaware voters. At 40, he is 30 years younger than Castle, who thought long and hard about retiring next year before delighting Republican strategists by signing up to run.

Democrats hope that Castle's winning streak will prove no more durable than that of former Republican senator Bill Roth, who was toppled by the much younger former governor Tom Carper in 2000, the last seriously contested race.

But where Roth was a staunch conservative in an increasingly Democratic state, Castle is a leader and survivor among the declining ranks of moderate House Republicans. As such, he is a particularly accurate barometer of Obama's political health and the dynamics of the House of Representatives.

Castle is a notably quiet person, but he has demonstrated plenty of backbone. When George W. Bush was advertising his readiness to veto a bill expanding stem cell research, Castle teamed with a liberal Colorado Democrat and forced Bush to carry out his threat. Castle was also one of the few Republicans to support campaign finance reform and oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Castle told me that he is convinced, based on a meeting with Obama, that the president is sincere in wanting to pass bipartisan legislation, but he said the House Democratic leadership "sees no reason to consult with Republicans." He joined all other House Republicans in voting against the economic stimulus bill and opposed the version of health-care reform that came out of his committee in the summer.

He strongly suggested in our interview that he will continue to oppose the Democratic health legislation because "I can't see where it is going to save any money." When I asked if he thought he could safely oppose both the key bills on Obama's domestic agenda and be elected in a state that the president carried easily, he said, "I have been more supportive than most Republicans of Obama's environmental and social issues, but I'm not going to vote for a program that I think is too costly and unmanageable."

The early polls on a possible Castle-Biden race give the Republican double-digit leads, but both parties expect this to become a close contest. Castle can count on ample support from Washington, but obviously so can Biden if he jumps into the battle.

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