Editorials

‘This is a thing to do now’

David Shribman Over the years, presidents have leaned on their predecessors for help in the White House. Lyndon Johnson, for example, asked Harry Truman for assistance to win approval of Medicare. More often, however, they have kept their distance. “All the time I’ve been in politics, there’s only two people I hate, and he’s one,”…

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Optimist finds it difficult to work with worrywart

DEAR HARRIETTE by Harriette Cole DEAR HARRIETTE: I am working on a project with a woman who is what my mom used to call a worrywart. No matter what is happening, she is constantly looking for the dark cloud. I am the exact opposite. I gravi- tate toward good news. I like to surround myself…

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The vaccine Karens

Ann Coulter If I weren’t already staunchly pro-vaccination, the vaccine zealots would turn me against the COVID shot. The proof that they’re practicing religion and not science is their refusal to acknowledge the great heaping hunks of immunity a person gets from natural infection. Obviously, you don’t want to contract COVID just to get all that…

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Masks Again?

Susan Estrich The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more guidance, this time to put our masks back on indoors with potentially unvaccinated people because you might transmit the virus to them. And those unvaccinated people are the ones crowding the hospitals. They are a danger to themselves and others. A very big…

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Are We Canceling Summer Again?

Froma Harpop This is becoming another summer that didn’t quite happen. It follows the bum summer of 2020, which was canceled by COVID-19. In the West this year, summer is literally going up in smoke. Wildfires from Southern California to Washington state are burning out of control and clouding skies as far away as New…

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Biden’s COVID presidency

Byron York   President Joe Biden recently passed his six- month mark in the White House. It might end up being the high-water mark of his presidency. Biden’s job approval rating is positive, about 52% in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. That is, of course, higher than the ratings of Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump, who…

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Any Idea How Sexist Short Shorts Are?

Susan Estrich In the summer, boys dress for the warm weather, but girls dress hardly at all. Most high school guys are in baggy shorts, while many of the girls are wearing shorts so short that parts of their rear end remain exposed. The “distressed” versions — with rips and ragged hems — are often…

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Tommy Trojan Goes for the Gold

Susan Estrich It was the summer of 1984. I had never set foot on the University of Southern California cam- pus. The joke among law professors was that if we dropped USC and just called it Gould School of Law — which is the actual name — we would have picked up a few points…

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What’s dumber than CRT? CNN

Ann Coulter As we discussed last week, “critical race theory” is a subtle philosophical construct where the answer to everything is: THAT’S RACIST! Teachers hawking this glop are being defended by their journalist allies, who sneer that CRT critics are too stupid to understand the nuances of the theory. The Aristotelian ideal of this sneer was…

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The Pandemic Won Many Over to the Cosmetic Surgery Knife

Froma Harpop Many of us spent the pandemic months obsessing over how our mug looked on Zoom and other video-chatting services. Poor lighting was a tor- ment, and the lack of sunshine and exercise produced what’s been dubbed “lockdown face.” At in-person meetings, we see only the people we’re talking to. Video calls — be…

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