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  • 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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