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Obesity, Fatty Foods, Death and Science

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Something is killing us -- beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. "It's a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and the concern a lot of us have is that it reflects largely the approximately three-decade-long epidemic of obesity," ...Read more

Fidel Castro: 60 Years of Fake News

From the Right / Mona Charen /

A panic is sweeping the land -- or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by "fake news."

As someone whose inbox has lately bulged with items about Hillary Clinton's impending demise due to a concealed, terminal illness; who ...Read more

Thankful for Pets

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Last Thanksgiving our family had two dogs and two cats. It's looking like not long after this holiday, we'll be down to two.

Teddy, a traffic-stoppingly gorgeous Keeshond, died in May. We name our dogs after presidents. Gipper was the first. A putative golden retriever, Gipper was so aggressive and stubborn -- not traits usually associated with...Read more

Signals of Magnanimity and Unity from Trump Would Go a Long Way

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The parades of protesters weeping, vandalizing businesses, carrying the Mexican and Palestinian flags, shouting "Not my president!" and otherwise giving peaceful protest a bad name have been justly rebuked as hysterical. In the week since his election, the president-elect has behaved in a restrained and sober fashion, has observed the rituals of...Read more

The Challenge for Republicans

From the Right / Mona Charen /

My feelings this morning are so radically mixed that my brain resembles a Cuisinart. I cannot help but be glad that Hillary Clinton was defeated. I am shaking my head in amazement about the Senate, and accordingly about the Supreme Court.

The election results feel like a gorgeous, gleaming new BMW in the driveway. But instead of a bow on the ...Read more

GOP's Suicidal Decision to Nominate Trump Led to This

From the Right / Mona Charen /

So I guess the election is not "rigged" after all, eh, Donald Trump? Every possible damaging headline is falling on Hillary Clinton's head as the country staggers toward Nov. 8. So many nets that Clinton appeared to wriggle out of -- the alleged influence-peddling while secretary of state, the negligence about classified emails, the dishonesty (...Read more

New Face of the Republican Party

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Something quite startling happened in a close House race in northern Virginia this year. The Washington Post endorsed the incumbent Republican, Barbara Comstock. Comstock has been a familiar figure in the region for decades, but not in a way that would typically earn the Post's admiration. In the 1990s, as chief counsel to the House Oversight ...Read more

Undermining Our System

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Because of what came later -- Donald Trump's refusal to say whether he'd accept the results of the election -- Hillary Clinton's similar, if somewhat less incendiary, remark about our system's legitimacy went nearly unnoticed.

Right out of the box, responding to a query from Chris Wallace about the Supreme Court (and let me add my voice to the ...Read more

The War On Women Is Back

From the Right / Mona Charen /

It's been nearly a week since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem. "Would you vote for a sexual predator?" asked New York Magazine. "Donald Trump Versus Hillary Clinton: Choose Your Sexual Predator" headlined The Federalist.

Yet, while rumors are flying that other...Read more

The New Non-Working Class

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of 30 or 40 honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain 150 idle loiterers." -- John Smith, 1609

One out of 6 prime-working-age adult males in the United States is not temporarily unemployed, or "between jobs," or "looking for work." No, a ...Read more

Trump Threatens Clinton Over Lewinsky -- Really?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: "I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family," he said. "And I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate, it's not nice. But she's spent hundreds ...Read more

What Are the Checks and Balances?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the "lesser of two evils." That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetime. In every previous contest, though, the choice was not between evils. It was often between flawed candidates (think George W. Bush) and bad candidates (e.g., Al Gore or John Kerry).

This year's...Read more

Child Care Proposals: Be Like Sweden?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child care proposal, but The New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them.

As is always the case with new proposed social spending, The New York Times chides the United States for being so very retrograde: "Within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...Read more

 
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