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By: Mona Charen | Posted: April 8, 2014 3:55 AM
 
In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Virginia Tech; the Washington Navy Yard; and sadly, other locales, conventional wisdom held that the epidemic of mass shootings was a problem of gun control. I wrote columns attempting to draw attention to the mental health system in America that so wrongheadedly fails to treat the dangerous mentally ill.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: March 21, 2014 3:55 AM
 
The most febrile of George W. Bush haters liked to claim during his tenure that the former president "scared" them. There is far more reason to be frightened by President Barack Obama, because fecklessness and inconstancy trigger wars.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: March 11, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Just try to envision the scene: A newly elected Republican mayor of a large American city takes steps to close down some of the best schools serving an almost exclusively minority population. You know how it would go. We'd be hearing that Republicans "hate" the poor. The words "cruel," "vicious" and "racist" would circle the new mayor like sharks. News organizations would examine where the mayor sent his own children, and his hypocrisy would be fiercely denounced.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 25, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Though you wouldn't necessarily know it based on news coverage, the United States in the reign of President Barack Obama is enduring the most prolonged period of slow growth and high unemployment since World War II. The president asserts that he saved us from another Great Depression, which, like his claim that the stimulus would "create or save" millions of jobs, is about as provable as the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 15, 2014 3:55 AM
Few have ever heard the name Debo Adegbile. He's President Barack Obama's nominee to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 12, 2014 3:55 AM
 
Remember the IRS scandal? It's gone. Poof. So flaccid has press interest in the story become that President Barack Obama made bold in an interview with Fox News to say there was not a "smidgen of corruption" in the IRS's conduct.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 4, 2014 3:55 AM
 

From one point of view, President Barack Obama's invocation of the hoary "77 cents" myth regarding the relative earnings of women and men was a shallow and cheap political pander. Democrats, eager to maintain their advantage with women voters, stoke grievance. It's the same playbook they've used to solidify their standing with black voters -- suggest whenever and wherever possible that Republicans are racists. It's crude, offensive and libelous -- but effective.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 1, 2014 3:55 AM
 
An administration as image-conscious as this one should have been more careful in its choice of antagonists. The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic charity providing care to the poorest elderly in a hospice-like setting. They serve 13,000 people in 31 countries, and operate 30 homes in the United States. Their faith calls them to treat every person, no matter how old, disabled or poor, as if he or she were "Jesus himself." There is no religious test for admission, only that you be poor and in need of care at the end of life. Think thousands of Mother Teresas. Today, they are facing harassment from the Obama administration.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: January 11, 2014 3:55 AM
 
John F. Kennedy broke some sort of record for stating the obvious when he noted that "life isn't fair." More evidence for the unfairness of the nation's evaluations of presidents emerged in a recent Washington Post poll showing that, five years after he returned to Texas, George W. Bush is still blamed by 50 percent of Americans for the current state of the economy. Only 38 percent hold President Barack Obama responsible. The lesson for future presidents appears to be: You may be one of the greatest humanitarians in the history of the world (as Herbert Hoover arguably was, and as was Bush in some ways), but if you're in office when a financial crisis hits, the public will blame you forever.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: December 31, 2013 3:55 AM
 
2013 will be remembered as the year President Barack Obama's halo went askew. It deserves to be remembered for some other things.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: December 6, 2013 3:55 AM
 
If President Barack Obama has entertained an economic insight that wasn't fashionable in 1933, I haven't heard about it. It's doubtless he's for recycling glass and plastic, but he's even more wedded to recycling ideas that were fresh and interesting during the New Deal era but have since been discredited.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: December 3, 2013 3:55 AM
 
We conservatives are always on about the "unintended consequences" of government programs, but we didn't expect the Obama administration and congressional Democrats to provide such a vivid object lesson. If the tipsy, teetering debut of Obamacare invites a new skepticism about the capacity of government to run things, it will be the most welcome unintended consequence since Alexander Fleming left his staphylococci samples on a workbench over summer vacation.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: November 9, 2013 3:55 AM
 

The most alarming message for Democrats from Tuesday's elections was the near obliteration of Terry McAuliffe's lead over Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. An October poll, conducted a week after the government reopened, had placed him 11 points ahead. On Election Day, Cuccinelli lost by only 2.5 points. McAuliffe's precipitous tumble was caused entirely by Obamacare.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: November 5, 2013 3:55 AM
 

The question many on the left are asking as they witness the Obama administration flail in response to HealthCare.gov's debut disaster is: How could this happen? Obama is so brilliant, so capable and so wise. How could he bungle his signature initiative?

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: October 29, 2013 3:55 AM
 

The spectacularly dreadful debut of Obamacare represents the greatest political opportunity for conservatism and the Republican Party in two generations.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: October 22, 2013 3:55 AM

The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. "Act now" to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: October 16, 2013 3:55 AM

It's clear to all but the most blinkered that the "Defund Now!" strategy for blocking the implementation of Obamacare has been worse than a failure.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: September 28, 2013 3:55 AM

The Republican Party has experienced a calamity -- the re-election of Barack Obama -- and some parts of the party are behaving like an animal in a trap, chewing off a foot in an effort to cope with it.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 28, 2013 3:55 AM
 

It's ironic that President Obama so often carps about politics -- blaming "politics as usual" or "hyperpartisanship" for everything from the lack of economic growth to joblessness to climate change -- when he is the most relentlessly partisan president in recent memory.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 23, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Buried in a New York Times story about the economy was this arresting statistic: Median family income for black Americans has declined a whopping 10.9 percent during the Obama administration. It has declined for other groups as well -- 3.6 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 4.5 percent for Hispanics -- but the figure for blacks is huge.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: July 29, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Is anyone else confused about the new standard of sexual propriety in the post-Clinton impeachment world? So much of what seemed to have been settled has been thrown into disarray this week.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: July 20, 2013 3:55 AM
 

Eric Holder dismissed America as a "nation of cowards" because we wouldn't, he argued, have a "national conversation" about race. It's a slander wrapped in a farce. We talk of race unremittingly. That's the farce. The slander is hydra-headed.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: July 9, 2013 3:55 AM

There is nothing the cable channels love more than a good murder trial, especially if the violence is spiced with the irresistible seasoning of race. But you don't understand much about America if you don't know that only some racial recipes are newsworthy. If the victim is white and the killer is black, it's not interesting (unless the killer is a celebrity).

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: July 4, 2013 3:55 AM
 

 

I feel a very unusual sensation -- if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.

-- Benjamin Disraeli


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By: Mona Charen | Posted: June 29, 2013 3:55 AM

Many commentators on United States v. Windsor have offered the view that the decision was not far-reaching, that it didn't enshrine same-sex marriage as a constitutional right and that therefore the struggle continues.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: June 11, 2013 3:55 AM

It would be nice to write a column in praise of President Obama for his vigorous conduct of the war on terror -- to praise his willingness to look for "dots" to connect amid all the electronic noise of the communications web.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: June 7, 2013 3:55 AM

If I were the parent of a child who might be kept alive -- if only for a few more years -- by a lung transplant, I too would move heaven and earth to get it done.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: June 4, 2013 3:55 AM

In the course of his rambling monologue on national security policy delivered at the National Defense University, President Obama gave only glancing attention to the most significant military undertaking of his term in office -- the Afghanistan war.

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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 31, 2013 3:55 AM

The headlines were misleading: "Moms are Breadwinners in Record 4 of 10 Households." Immediate thought: Wow, 40 percent of wives are primary breadwinners. Nope.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 24, 2013 3:55 AM

If you Google "George W. Bush shredding the Constitution," you will get many millions of hits.

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