Mona Charen

Posted October 09, 2015

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month.

Posted October 01, 2015

That is our introduction to Edda Mussolini and her father, Benito, in Jay Nordlinger's gripping new book, "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators." "I have managed to bend Italy," Mussolini once said of his daughter, "but I doubt I will ever be able to bend Edda's will."

Posted October 01, 2015

Dear Republican Members of Congress: Consider this an intervention. You guys do not understand how to hold a decent hearing.

Posted September 25, 2015

"A pope that mentions Dorothy Day is a pope that rocks," tweeted Neera Tanden of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Tanden might have wished to reel back that praise if she had known that Day, though a prominent pacifist and socialist, was also a fervent opponent of abortion, birth control, Social Security and the sexual revolution.

Posted September 18, 2015

The question dogs any woman who writes about politics: "Don't you want to see the first woman elected president of the United States?" The unstated premise, always obvious, is that you are some sort of traitor to your sex if your hand isn't itching to pull the lever for someone with the correct chromosomes. My answer has always been, "That depends upon what she believes."

Posted September 09, 2015

The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they've achieved a new threshold of cowardice and treachery.

Posted September 04, 2015

I argued then, as I do today, that there are many serious immigration reforms we ought to be undertaking. We have a valuable commodity -- the right to live and work in the U.S.A. (and in some cases to become a citizen) -- and we should not be handing it out to just anyone. We should swiftly deport criminals even as we should be more welcoming to those who earn PhDs or bring other skills.

Posted August 28, 2015

Among a very long list of harms inflicted upon the United States by Barack Obama and his party, perhaps the worst was Caesarism

Posted August 26, 2015

When a heavily armed man emerged from the bathroom of a European train and began what was clearly intended as a massacre of innocent, unsuspecting civilians, six men ranging in age from 22 to 62 sprang into action.

Posted August 21, 2015

Let's assume, for fun, that Donald Trump's supporters are thinking with their brains, not their viscera.

Posted August 07, 2015

For decades, I believed that displaying grisly photographs of aborted babies was the wrong way to make the pro-life case. I now think I was wrong.

Posted July 31, 2015

Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal," headlines The Times of Israel. The members -- Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Steven Israel, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Nita Lowey, Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Ted Deutch -- are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to their party's president and concern about what the deal portends for Israeli and American security.

Posted July 24, 2015

The Trump bump tells us something about the state of American politics.

Posted July 17, 2015

I was elected to end wars, not start them. -- Barack Obama
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. -- George Orwell

Posted July 10, 2015

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history -- to Iran, our bitterest enemy -- and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump?

Posted June 30, 2015

The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just beginning to address through democratic means. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote: "Who do we think we are?" If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let's drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).

Posted June 26, 2015

Here's what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator:

Posted June 19, 2015

They're coming for our money. OK, that's nothing new, but this time, the Obama administration is coming for our $10 bills -- the notes graced by the image of Alexander Hamilton. True to the identity politics of the Democratic Party, the Obama Treasury Department has announced that some worthy female will replace Hamilton on the currency.

Posted June 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton had one of the worst campaign rollouts in living memory. Her low-key (to the point of inaudibility) announcement video came in the midst of a months-long period of deeply damaging stories about her mania for secrecy (the private email server), which she indulged even at the expense of the law and national security, and her cavalier acceptance of favors in the form of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Posted June 05, 2015

Many political debates in the upcoming presidential race will play out this way: The Democrat will offer "X for all," and the Republican will respond, "Do you have any idea how much that's going to cost?" That's the way nearly all political debates are engaged -- usually to the disadvantage of Republicans (and the public fisc).