• Double Standards in the War between White House and Media

    Double Standards in the War between White House and Media

    For all his vast power, the President of the United States—any president—is always at a structural disadvantage in a “war” with the media. The First Amendment protects press rights to criticize the government, and everyone expects such criticism. But if government—or the president, as head of government—strikes back by assailing…

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  • Infatuation With Obama; Rage Against Trump

    President Trump and his supporters are absolutely right that there's a glaring contrast between the way media treat this president and way the press handled his predecessor, Barack Obama. With Obama, potentially devastating scandals—Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the VA—never gained momentum; the press never blamed Obama personally when…

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  • Medveds take Town Hall

    Medveds take Town Hall

    I was pleased to team with my husband Michael a few days ago for a joint appearance, at Seattle's Town Hall, moderated by National Review's Jay Nordlinger and sponsored by the Discovery Institute. Billed as a wide-ranging exploration centered around each of our new books, we weren't sure where the…

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  • Public Opinion and Obamacare

    Public Opinion and Obamacare

    In 2010, the health insurance legislation known as “Obamacare” was overwhelmingly unpopular. But Democrats in the White House and Congress pushed it through anyway, and then paid a severe price in the next elections. Today, the health care package known as “Trumpcare” is similarly unpopular, but the Republicans seem determined…

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  • Putting Personality Above Policy

    Putting Personality Above Policy

    Leaders of both political parties and the most prominent voices in media, all make the same mistake that poisons our politics: concentrating on the president's personality, not his policies. On cable news as well as the neighborhood pub, debates always seem to center on Trump's character: is he a breath…

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  • Dr. DIANE MEDVED: The Three Divorce Magnets

    Dr. DIANE MEDVED:  The Three Divorce Magnets

    by DIANE MEDVED EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is excerpted from Diane Medved's Don't Divorce, and reprinted here with permission. On June 21, the author and her husband, radio host Michael Medved, will join NR senior editor Jay Nordlinger for a public conversation at Seattle's Town Hall, hosted by the Discovery…

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  • The Lingering Faith in Faith

    The Lingering Faith in Faith

    For sixty years, Gallup has asked about public attitudes toward faith, giving respondents a clear choice: “Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?” In 1957, 82% expressed confidence in religious solutions, while only 11%…

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  • Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

    Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

    ​The context of the brutal assault in Alexandria, Virginia that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise sends an important public message: our elected representatives may wield enormous power but they're still ordinary Americans who enjoy getting up early on a bright Spring morning to practice for a charity baseball game. The crazed…

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