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Appreciating John McCain

From the Right / Mona Charen /

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be "squishy" on any matter -- guns, spending, immigration, or anything else -- he or she was ...Read more

Do conservatives take rape seriously?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That's one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because we live in an age of rage, the move sparked some ...Read more

Poking the Beehive

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, that the decline of "bourgeois values" since the 1950s has contributed to a host of social ills. Male ...Read more

What a Difference a Leader Makes in Crisis

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Editor's Note: Mona Charen is off. The following is a column by Jamie Stiehm.

What a difference a mayor makes -- for better or worse. Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Charlottesville, Virginia, residents have learned that fact real good.

Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner, has not come through Hurricane Harvey with flying colors. ...Read more

A Nation Divided By Identity Politics

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Editor's Note: Mona Charen is off. The following is a column by Suzanne Fields.

Every generation has its own axe to grind, attitudes to assume and enemies to attack. It's the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes without. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image.

Action and reaction can be ...Read more

Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America's great moral stain and unending challenge. I've tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-...Read more

Google burns a heretic

From the Right / Mona Charen /

James Damore is fortunate that we don't burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed.

The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world's largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable -- blinkered, intolerant and authoritarian. Damore's memo alleged that one ...Read more

Liberal opinion-shaper mattress girl discredited

From the Right / Mona Charen /

If you haven't heard of the "mattress girl," it's not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University's campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, The New York Times and other publications. Sen. Kirsten ...Read more

Demoralized

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, perhaps attempting to curry favor with this week's court favorite, Anthony Scaramucci (who -- stay with me here -- had just accused the president's chief of staff of a felony), popped up on "Fox and Friends" to suggest that it is "demoralizing" to fill out all the forms required for government service. ...Read more

Why would you want Putin as a friend?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 ...Read more

The 16 things you must believe if the 'witch hunt' accusation is true

From the Right / Mona Charen /

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab.

1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. The emails requesting the ...Read more

CNN hurt its credibility

From the Right / Mona Charen /

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot this week.

As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif was overwrought. This was an invitation to violence? Look, we know that Trump is not above stoking...Read more

Republicans are a big-government party too

From the Right / Mona Charen /

We now have the answer to a question that has hung in the air for months: Why did the Republican leadership not have an Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan on the shelf and ready to go the minute the election went their way? Why didn't they use the time since the law's 2010 passage to craft the Republican alternative?

The charitable answer would ...Read more

 

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