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

David M. Shribman Archives

02/23/22 In 1972, a presidential candidate unadapted to his habitat
02/02/22 Is baseball dead?
10/11/21 Seeds of contention sown
09/27/21 There will be no return to 'normal'
09/20/21 Two presidential addresses, 80 years apart, speak to the nation
08/30/21 Joe Biden May Not Be Running For Reelection --- Yet. He's Certainly Running For History
06/01/21 Timeworn perspectives must be balanced with modern judgment
05/16/21 One picture tells the 1988 political story
11/30/20 Modern generation gap goes beyond age group
11/23/20 2020 is Dems', Republicans' bluebird moment
11/02/20 The poetry of election eve in Wisconsin
08/19/20 Explaining the entire election
08/10/20 Postwar transformations echo this election year
07/20/20 November's outcome is as uncertain as ever
06/08/20 LBJ's words, 55 years old, could help America heal
05/25/20 This is a particularly poignant Memorial Day weekend, coming shortly after the number of American coronavirus deaths exceeded the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War
05/18/20 In the quiet, nature roars back
05/04/20 50 years ago today, America heard the drumming in Ohio
11/04/19 Nixon's 'Silent Majority' is Trump's 'Forgotten men and women'
09/16/19 The Trump-Trudeau conflict
06/24/19 Prize fight matchups for Dem debates
04/29/19 Walking the fine line to the White House
12/31/18 An appreciation of history
12/03/18 An American life. A life of purpose
11/24/18 Let the mating dance begin
11/05/18 Twin pillars of a free society
09/30/18 What to look for as the midterms near
06/21/18 Why we can't get along
05/11/18 All political hope is local
05/04/18 How Maine might change politics
04/23/18 Midterm massacre? Or Trumpian exceptionalism?
04/16/18 The Paul Ryan story --- a tragedy in multiple dimensions
04/03/18 Stirrings in the heartland
02/15/18 Republicans, united?
02/08/18 Dissociative personality disorder: Our nation is fractured along so many fissures that it’s difficult to fathom, let alone repair
01/30/18 Lib dreams, conservative clarity
12/11/17 The actress to marry Prince Harry is not a commoner, and neither are you, my fellow American
08/08/17 George H.W. Bush --- the sage of the offered hand
07/18/17 Members of Congress, get out of town
07/12/17 There's a long way to go
06/20/17 The president has raised fundamental questions about the future of American politics
06/13/17 Playing as best as we can
06/06/17 Joe Biden talks the walk
05/29/17 Remembering a forgotten man, and his forgotten book
05/22/17 The end of politics as we know it
04/28/17 Expo 67, that bright shining moment: In Montreal 50 years ago, a World's Fair captured the world's imagination
04/16/17 Norman Podhoretz has caused a sensation with his memoir of ambition. He's been vindicated, twice
04/14/17 When the New Frontier burned bright
04/02/17 With 'civilization itself seeming to be in the balance,' Woodrow Wilson took America into a world war
03/27/17 A party divided against itself
03/13/17 With trust in government at a low point, a new crop of veterans turned politicians could help
03/01/17 Distractions fill the early days of Trump era, while major changes are afoot
02/22/17 METAPHORS GONE WILD! Trump has overhauled the parties' identities and prompted a flood of figures of speech
02/13/17 Now we are in a cycle of revenge that imperils any nominee's efforts to win confirmation
02/08/17 Governing in fraught times
01/23/17 President Trump takes office
01/16/17 Presidential images, a work in progress
01/09/17 Obama looks to his legacy: But history has a way of casting and recasting presidents in unexpected ways
01/02/17 The 2017 fresh-start guidebook
12/20/16 A revealing election: The popular vote illuminates the nation's political profile
12/12/16 Outposts of transformation
12/07/16 Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history
12/05/16 Scaling the Presidentials
11/14/16 Trump read the public mood and shrewdly used Hillary's weaknesses to his advantage
11/07/16 The rebellion of 2016
10/31/16 History might smile on this year's election: It's ugly, yes, but it may come to represent a time when America came to terms with itself
10/23/16 Our political system has been upended, but has it been fundamentally altered?
09/19/16 Voters demand change (just not too much)
09/07/16 Four gaps, one president: Victory hinges on variances between the candidates, within the parties and among the states
08/29/16 Experience vs. vision: The presidential paradox
08/17/16 The old-school politics of millennials
08/08/16 That was then, this is now --- politics unmoored
08/01/16 Tale of two Clintons
07/20/16 Win or lose in November, Trump seems sure to reconfigure the GOP for a long time to come
07/04/16 United States Inc.: Running for office and running the government are not the same as running a business
06/27/16 The populist moment: This is a historic year of experts ignored, conventions upended and establishments reordered
06/21/16 Vitriol and rebellion
06/15/16 The primaries are over, as Americans wonder about the candidates, the voters and the system
06/02/16 Ferocity in pursuit of … what?
05/26/16 The tectonic plates of our politics are shifting
05/10/16 Hillary and The Donald: Similarities
04/25/16 Winners with high negatives
04/18/16 Tracking the Ted Cruz moment
04/11/16 The Cruz and Sanders victories set up both parties for more uncertainty and contention
04/04/16 The new math of American politics
01/28/16 With astonishing twists, Campaign 2016 presents surprising new themes and challenges
01/19/16 This GOP rebellion is different
01/14/16 It's a new year and suddenly it's a new Republican campaign
01/05/16 This election is about a profound transfer of power and control --- and other enlightening lessons mastered in Iowa
12/21/15 A fast talker with a quick mind and sharp elbows, Cruz is coming into his own
11/18/15 Candidates have some moments that are not too Swift
11/11/15 Lake Superior never gives up her dead
11/02/15 Dems and Republicans switch places: Contention reigns in the GOP, just as it did a half-century ago on the other side of the aisle
10/26/15 How best to do the people's business: The battle in the House raises an issue that America has struggled with from the beginning
10/19/15 Why only obsess on 'Republican Rebels'? An instructive reminder from recent American history
10/15/15 A great transformation is occurring
10/05/15 It's amateur hour, again
09/28/15 It's all in the (political) family
09/25/15 Iowa rebels
09/08/15 Make candidates answer this: What can government do best?
09/02/15 The Granite State's primary has a history of upending frontrunners
08/26/15 Sanders isn't just a Hillary alternative. Her record is being exposed and inauthenticity revealed
08/19/15 John Kasich's moment
07/21/15 The House speaker speaks, and one word speaks volumes
07/07/15 The Joe Biden (mini-)boom: How he may, unknowingly, help Hillary
06/30/15 Bernie Buchanan
06/23/15 The 1960s were a liberal decade, but its more powerful legacy may be modern conservatism
06/16/15 Bush vs. Rubio, Perry vs. Cruz: Perhaps never before have two states had two favorite sons running for president
06/09/15Surprises so far in Campaign 2016
06/02/15 Standing out from the crowd
05/19/15 America's political system in transition: Significant shifts in national politics taking hold
05/12/15 America's knowledge crisis
05/06/15 Vladimir Slepak, a 'modern-day Moses'
04/27/15 Hillary's endless controversies aside, she may well be facing other challenges that could sink her
04/20/15 Hillary's challenge v. Rubio's
04/07/15 Defining the past to determine the future
03/30/15 In a campaign that will likely challenge every expectation, expectation has been the first casualty
03/23/15 At the moment, Americans prefer new ideas over experience in their presidential candidates
03/16/15 A great speech turns 50: LBJ's eloquent call for voting rights came together quickly
03/09/15 Announcing for president is an art unto itself, and now it's Hillary's turn
03/02/15 Barry Goldwater, a conservative icon returns to a Capitol where rivals no longer are respected
02/23/15 Jeb Bush tiptoes above the falls: Can he convince conservatives he's one of them without alienating everyone else?
02/16/15 Party perils in 2016
02/10/15 Bush vs. Bush vs. Bush: Why Jeb started his engine in Detroit and seeks to set himself apart from his father and brother
02/02/15 What isn't being said about the 2016 election
01/26/15 Romney's team is ready to roll, but can Mitt become the voice of GOP populism?
01/19/15 Decades-long loyalties are being tested in a divided Republican establishment
01/12/15 The new year in politics
12/29/14 Should Presidents Put Parties Or People First?
12/23/14 Now with a brand-name candidate, the GOP race for 2016 is coming more into focus
12/15/14 All is not calm
12/09/14 The big debate over 'Big History' vs. the history that humans have written down
12/01/14 Dems face a black-and-white choice for 2016; Republicans a multitude of hues
11/17/14 New rules favor GOP moderates in 2016
11/10/14 The fall of the wall: Now, it seems inevitable that the Berlin Wall would tumble down; then, it seemed impossible
11/03/14 The more things change: Tuesday's voters will be far more polarized than those of a generation ago
10/27/14 Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan set the terms of debate we're still having today
10/21/14 A small-town hero goes home; loved more for who he is than for what he's done
10/13/14 Insurgency and indifference prevail, but who controls the Senate might not matter
10/06/14 California dreamin'? Not much loger
09/22/14 We're in a war, but not at war
09/15/14 Mitt Romney, the new GOP hope
09/08/14 Struggling with the presidency
09/01/14 The world is changing fast and the United States seems stuck
08/25/14 Hillary and the price of being on top
08/18/14 It's an odd election cycle when the Dems have an heir apparent and the GOPers don't
08/11/14 Mr. President, go to Berlin: As Cold War II threatens to descend on the world, this city reminds us what we stand for
08/04/14 Nixon's real legacy? Enduring cynicism, for which he deserves to remain forever unforgiven
07/28/14 The secret room in Salem is a treasure of maritime history
07/21/14 GOPers won't find it as easy to choose a candidate once they gather in Cleveland
07/14/14 Obama may be way down in the polls right now, but Americans are fickle employers.
07/07/14 Times are tough, as usual: American history is full of hard times, and Americans who have persevered
06/30/14 Howard Baker asked the question
06/23/14 The morphing of Mississippi: There's no more interesting place for politics as a generational shift plays out
06/16/14 Freedom Summer, 50 years on: Even now, in this cynical age, we can appreciate the purity of its cause and the impact of its idealism
06/09/14 Learning from Lincoln: How our Civil War president despaired of winning re-election, but prevailed in convincing fashion
06/02/14 The Obama Doctrine: Whether it's spelled with a capital or lowercase 'D,' it is both expansive and narrow
05/26/14 The country looks back to go forward
05/19/14 Who is qualified to be president?
05/12/14 Demographics favor Dems but might not make much difference in 2014 and 2016
05/05/14 History's uncertain lessons for Ukraine: As Putin threatens the largest country within Europe, looking back makes the options no easier
04/28/14 GOP likely will benefit from Obamacare in 2014, but how they could overplay their hand
04/21/14 Races to watch in 2014: Demographics, personalities and what may, ultimately, matter most
04/14/14 What Jeb and Hillary could do to politics as we know it
04/07/14 The effects of showering more money on politics are harder to predict than you might think
03/31/14 Learning from Obamacare: The president got his legacy legislation, but there are better ways to get big things done
03/24/14 Et tu, Quebec? The separatist movement is rumbling again in the peaceable kingdom up north
03/17/14 Now it's LBJ's turn: The battle over Lyndon Johnson's place in history is joined
03/10/14 The would-be write-in president
03/03/14 Why tax reform is needed, and why it is doomed
02/24/14 David M. Shribman: Defining the Obama years: Historians already are drafting the president's legacy, which he still has time to change
02/17/14 Van Buren or Muskie? Hillary looks strong for 2016, but many obstacles remain
02/10/14 Joan of Art, without pretension
02/03/14 The audacity of hopelessness
01/27/14 The paradox of secrecy
01/20/14 The future is Florida
01/13/14 A year of anomie or achievement?
01/06/14 Congress and the President need to find a way to freshen the air and freshen their outlook
12/30/13 A world of information: Facts in an almanac can make the head spin like a globe
12/23/13 The long year of 2013: This year has been full of 'great unresolveds' --- issues that will resurface
12/09/13 The War of 1812: Canadians remember a lot more than we do
12/02/13 Gerald Ford remains underappreciated
11/25/13 Obama in retreat
11/18/13 Tied, and divided, by one afternoon
11/11/13 If JFK had lived
11/04/13 Lincoln vs. Hitler
10/28/13 What's not being said
10/21/13 Shutdown aftermath: When to hold 'em, when to fold 'em?
10/14/13 The upside of the shutdown
10/07/13 The key players in this latest Washington spectacle knew exactly what they were doing
09/23/13 President Obama faces a hostile House, a resurgent Russia and a sense of ... dare we call it malaise?
09/09/13 President Obama puts Syria to a vote in Congress, but must he respect the result?
08/19/13 Pragmatic vs. ideological: What does the GOP want in a president?
08/12/13 A touch of greatness
08/05/13 Captured by the North Koreans, the Pueblo's crew members suffered terribly, and some are suffering still
07/29/13 Politicians, heal thyselves: The president's latest campaign for change has little hope of succeeding
07/22/13 Latest example of a one-term president whose reputation has flourished after leaving office
07/08/13 Watergate's lone unmastered lesson
07/01/13 Before and after Gettysburg
06/24/13 Your life in the age of Big Data
06/17/13 America slips its bonds: Project Mercury lifted off in a more innocent time, but inspires us still
06/13/13 As the World War II veterans depart
06/03/13 Capitol culture shock: The Old Guard of the Senate valued honor most of all, and see little of it today
05/27/13 Patience is a virtue --- and a political strategy
05/20/13 Crossing sacred lines in Washington
05/06/13 The limited power of presidents
04/29/13 Living history on display
04/22/13 Social Security, 21st-century style: Dems call Obama a traitor
04/15/13 49 years, four months, 25 days: Today's America is as far removed from JFK's era as his was from World War I
04/08/13 The Senate as it once was
04/01/13 Connections and coincidence: History is full of mysterious relationships, including clusters of greatness
03/25/13 Where portraits tell the story of America's greatest conflict
03/18/13 A former president's correspondence reveals the power of letters, and the powerlessness of aging
03/11/13 Outrageous spectacle lead to a rational resolution on the budget? A nation can dream, can't it?
02/25/13 The one big thing Democrats and Republicans can actually agree on
02/18/13 Obama is wrong to make young people think college is mainly about making a living
02/11/13 The war inside the GOP
02/04/13 Presidential politics, frozen in place
01/28/13 Speech invokes past for present and future
01/14/13 If Obama's inaugural address is to be remembered at all
01/21/13 Identity crisis in the GOP
01/07/13 History meets firearms
12/31/12 In search of our better angels
12/24/12 Wounded in war, Inouye just kept serving his country
12/10/12 President as change agent
12/10/12 Another overtime election
12/03/12 Defining the Obama presidency: Our re-elected chief executive has the whip hand now, but how will he use
11/19/12 New Hampshire 2016
11/12/12 Obama's second chance
11/05/12 America's first martyr to free speech
10/29/12 Making hay in Iowa
10/15/12 When two men confronted each other from afar as civilization hung in the balance
10/08/12 If you look at the election a certain way, things don't seem so terrible
10/01/12 Debating the debates
09/24/12 Pessimists R Us
08/20/12 Obama remains a puzzle even as he asks the American people for a second chance
08/13/12 With Ryan, Romney upends the conversation
08/06/12 The real Romney remains hidden behind other people's opinions
07/30/12 What summer is for: How August can matter, and how Romney might use it
07/23/12 The Independent son of independent Maine promises to shake up Washington
07/16/12 The Rambler American
07/09/12 The Telstar revolution: Fifty years ago, a 3-foot orb was sent aloft and spawned a new era in communications
07/02/12 It's got only four electoral votes, but Romney and Obama will be fighting for them
06/25/12 A little noted rebellion over a lonely stretch of land helps tell the American story
06/18/12 You're nothing special: Luck is what you make of it . . . and what it makes of you
06/11/12 Anybody can talk authoritatively about the presidential election. Here's how
06/04/12 Candidates love to ally themselves with admired presidents, in sometimes unexpected ways
05/29/12 Americans aren't in a new burst of patriotism but they are in a new burst of appreciation for the military
05/21/12 Inside out: Almost nothing about this year's presidential election conforms to conventional analysis
05/14/12 Lugar grew into an elder statesman, which is why he'll be leaving the Senate
05/07/12 50 years later, MacArthur's farewell to arms continues to inspire
04/30/12 The likability factor: We're going to find out how important it is in these troubled times
04/23/12 Romney's four battles: With the nomination essentially in hand, he must turn to new challenges
04/16/12 For GOPers, expect the frustration to build, not abate
04/09/12 The political battles you cannot see
04/02/12 Romney's roadmap: Doing better in Democratic states may complicate his fall campaign
03/26/12 Romney struggles with same GOP forces his father faced long ago
03/19/12 The writer and the president
03/12/12 Romney could learn from his rivals after Super Tuesday
03/05/12 The GOP race continues, and Republicans continue to grouse about their choices
02/27/12 The turnout threat: when voters vamoose
02/20/12 The Winter's Tale: Republicans are engaged in a 'problem play,' full of psychological, and real, drama
02/13/12 Which Ike to like?
02/08/12 A tale of two elections: Voters today are making their most profound choice since 1912
01/30/12 Whither the GOP establishment?
01/23/12 The Democratic coalition is breaking up
01/09/12 The verdict that wasn't
01/02/12 These are the keys to who will persist
12/19/11 Another Gingrich rebellion
12/12/11 A defining fight for the GOP
12/05/11 A distinct lack of enthusiasm
11/28/11 For GOPers, the winds are beginning to pick up, the horizon is darkening
11/21/11 Today's polarized politics . . . blame FDR and the political scientists
11/11/11The sporting life
11/07/11 Ron Paul, true believer
10/31/11 Why Cain isn't able
10/10/11 GOP starting over
10/03/11 The Forgotten War of 1812
09/26/11 The way we live now
09/19/11 The crisis this time
09/11/11 But what will it mean?
09/05/11 A horse race column: Who might win the GOP nomination and how it might unfold
08/29/11 The vacuum calls
08/22/11 Passion and politics: How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney got crowded into the same dangerous corner
08/15/11 Eleanor's little village
08/08/11 The agony of August
08/01/11 The politics of the impossible: What a country this might be if the political class served the broad interests of the majority
07/25/11 Pennant fever grips 'Burgh
07/18/11 Exemplar of an era
07/11/11 On summer
07/04/11 The soul of the party
06/27/11 What the Secretary said
06/20/11 Romney has big advantages over his rivals, but they will be coming after him
06/06/11 One question each
05/30/11 The 14-week challenge
05/23/11 Delay tactics
05/16/11 Republicans are waiting
05/09/11 Bin Laden is dead. What does it mean?
05/02/11 From nobodies to nominees
04/25/11 The founders left slavery for future generations to settle, and we still haven't fully come to terms with it
04/18/11 From audacious to cautious
04/11/11 Dreaming of space
12/12/10 The GOP takes control
12/06/10 DECEMBER 7
11/29/10 GOP presidential hopefuls already are lining up local supporters in what is now a red state
11/22/10 Burning down the House
11/15/10 Institutions of higher learning are finally beginning to teach important lifeskills
11/04/10 The war has just begun
11/01/10 Echoes of a speech 40 years ago this week still resonate today
10/25/10 50 years ago America chose between two men who were dramatically different --- and eerily similar