From the Right



Antisemitism and a Due Reckoning in Academia

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

"Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate (your university's) code of conduct or rules regarding bullying or harassment?" Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., asked three university presidents on Tuesday.

The occasion was a House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on antisemitism on campus -- a hearing that follows Hamas' brutal ...Read more

School's Out Forever

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Woody Allen famously said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." If he's right, that's bad news for some 30% of public-school students who, according to a recent study conducted by Stanford Professor Thomas Dee, were chronically absent in the school year that ended in 2022.

Chronically absent means a student missed 10% or more school ...Read more

The Age-Old Age Issue

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Having turned 81 on Monday, President Joe Biden is the oldest U.S. president ever. When he was elected in 2016, former President Donald Trump, now 77, was the oldest person elected to a first term in the White House.

Old age in itself is hardly a disqualifier, as it can signal wisdom and experience. (For the record, I'm on Medicare.)

BUT: ...Read more

Punching Fellow Republicans and Getting on TV

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

There have been more than 2 million illegal border crossings during each of the last two years under President Joe Biden. It should be no surprise then that a September Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 54% of Americans agree with the statement, "immigration is making life harder for native-born Americans."

Under normal political circumstances, ...Read more

Go Away, Hostage Dude

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

When the young woman tore down a flyer supporting Israelis kidnapped by Hamas, she probably thought she could take the leaflet down -- basically muzzling someone else's speech -- and never have to explain herself.

If so, she was wrong.

"#BRING THEM HOME NOW!" read the invitation to a prayer vigil for the release of the Hamas hostages. And ...Read more

Trump Supports Mental Institutions

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Former President Donald Trump "has called for the return of 'mental institutions" to get the homeless off the streets, Axios reported Tuesday.

Was Trump serious or just spitballing?

The Trump campaign did not respond when I asked for further clarification.

"I think he's reacting like many Americans," Brett Tolman, executive director of the ...Read more

Too Pure for Harvard?

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

The BDS -- or Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions -- movement began in 2005 as a progressive effort to defund and isolate Israel. The goal has been to pull money from Israeli institutions, isolate the Jewish State and stoke cowardice in corporate boardrooms.

Now pro-Israeli partisans have picked up the BDS cudgel -- a sorry sign that in 2023, ...Read more

The Sinking Showboat

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

There is an element in the Republican Party that is completely at peace with losing elections. All of them: Races for the White House. Congress. The speakership. You name it.

Former President Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in 2020. No worries. Trump polls at 58% of support among Republican voters, according to the latest RealClearPolitics ...Read more

Israel at War

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

I've been to Israel four times. The first visit was a vacation in 2015. While many Americans experience Israel in a group during an extended tour, we traveled alone and booked day guides or specific tours. We started in Jerusalem, spent a day in Masada and the Dead Sea, spent the Sabbath in Tiberias and ended the trip in Tel Aviv.

As Israel ...Read more

Matt Gaetz Is the RINO

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy can be replaced. And he will be. Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican who introduced the motion to vacate McCarthy from his leadership perch, should be replaced.

Gaetz and seven other House Republicans turned on McCarthy, whom they branded as insufficiently conservative. You see, McCarthy was willing to ...Read more

The Problem With Being Mike Pence

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Mike Pence is polling under 5% in the RealClearPolitics polling average; that low number placed the former vice president at a far end on the Fox Business News debate stage Wednesday night.

Pence came in six out of seven among the qualifying debate participants.

With a measly 4.2%, Pence is light-years behind his former boss, Donald Trump (...Read more

The GOP's Pied Piper

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Former President Donald Trump "deserves life in prison if my father is in prison for this long," Peyton Reffitt, 18, told The Washington Post. Her father, Guy, was sentenced to seven years behind bars for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. While Trump was living large on social media, Guy Reffitt was found guilty on five felony charges ...Read more

Impeachment Math Doesn't Add Up

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Impeachment now is just a gimmick; it's no longer the first fearsome step taken to remove a president who committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" from office.

It's something leaders of both parties feel they have to support in order to appease their base. And without the consequences of removing a president from ...Read more



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