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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 May 23, 2006 / 25 Iyar, 5766

The mouth that roared could stymie Dems

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All signs point to a Democratic sweep of the midterm elections as voters prepare to punish the GOP and President Bush for everything from the war in Iraq to high gas prices. But the early polls don't take into account the potential impact of Bush's secret weapon: Nancy Pelosi.

Yes, that Nancy Pelosi, the boss of Democrats in the House of Representatives. She is so inept that she could single-handedly turn an expected Dem rout into a close call or even a GOP triumph.

Every time she opens her mouth, she threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Pelosi's stumble-bum habits are legendary in Congress, but she has outdone herself lately by playing games with the angry left's calls to impeach Bush. In a recent interview, the California Democrat told The Washington Post that the first thing her party would do if it won control would be to launch a series of investigations of the White House, including the runup to the war. She said impeachment was not on the agenda, but then — wink, wink — added, "You never know where it leads to."

Republicans promptly seized on the comment as a reason to vote GOP, telling donors "the threat" had to be taken seriously because Dems need to pick up only 15 seats to form a House majority. That would make her Speaker Pelosi — and put her just behind Dick Cheney in the presidential line of succession.

To say her remark backfired is an understatement. Yet even after some Democrats complained Pelosi was making them look extreme, she dithered for a week before switching course. Her spokesman was then quoted as saying she had met with House colleagues and told them "impeachment is off the table," regardless of the midterm results.

The whole kerfuffle would be a nonstarter if Pelosi had merely made a slip of the tongue. In fact, her attack instincts symbolize everything that's wrong not just with Democrats, but with Washington itself.

Impeachment aside, her investigation agenda revealed a plan to continue the rancid partisan divisions that are polarizing Congress and the nation. Politicians of both stripes love the divide-and-conquer approach, but most ordinary Americans hate it. They'd rather see public servants actually serve the public instead of engaging in endless, childish bickering. In fact, the remarkable thing about Bush's dismal approval ratings of about 30% is that Congress' approval is lower, at about 20%.

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My guess is that's because nobody in Congress, including party leaders, is offering real answers to the nation's problems. Republicans have generally followed Bush over the governing cliff, and Dems have done nothing except bash him.

Meanwhile, our country is in trouble. From Iraq to Iran to energy, from health care to education to immigration, problems are piling up. Most people don't feel the economy is as good as the statistics insist, and the ballooning debt, both personal and national, is a dark cloud on the future.

Those problems give Democrats a golden opportunity in the fall elections, which will be a referendum on Bush and the GOP Congress. A strong anti-Bush wave could even propel Dems to victory in the Senate, where they need a net gain of six seats. But middle-of-the-road, independent voters are not likely to mindlessly back change for its own sake. They're going to want clear answers to specific problems before Election Day.

If Pelosi has any such answers, she shouldn't keep them a secret much longer. And if she doesn't have answers, maybe she ought to just keep quiet, lest she turn out to be the GOP's little helper.

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