Charen: Trump agenda, EgyptAir crash a disturbing confluence
Ahmed Abd el Fattah

Charen: Trump agenda, EgyptAir crash a disturbing confluence

EgyptAir Flight 804 — carrying 66 people, including three children — departed from Paris on Wednesday night. Just before it was scheduled to land in Cairo, it appears to have made a 360-degree turn before plunging 9,000 feet and disappearing from radar.

Was it terrorism? Donald Trump leaped onto Twitter at 6:27 a.m. to suggest as much: “Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!”

While it looks like terrorism, someone who seeks the presidency ought to restrain his speculation until some facts are ascertained.


Pushups, not Prozac

Exercise may be the next medicine.

More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of pharmaceuticals, according to Rodrique Ngowi, writing for the Associated Press.

For example, in a health center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, where the life expectancy is only 59 years, primary-care physicians as well as psychologists and internists are prescribing affordable gym access for low-income patients, many with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.




Sanchez: Is there a way out of our nation’s two-party stranglehold?

America is nearly gagging over its two probable choices for president.

The general election feels like an indigestible dinner menu: Would you like boiled liver or the 5-day-old pot pie? Can’t there be a third option?

For those with that fervent wish a new book will appeal.

“A Declaration of Independents: How We Can Break the Two-Party Stranglehold and Restore the American Dream” is the title.


One reason sprawl has been good for Atlanta

There may be no dirtier word in today’s local lexicon than “sprawl.” The image it conjures — of shopping center after shopping center (excuse me, “strip mall”) separated from a four-lane by parking moats — is one our community leaders are eager to banish.

In its place we have “walkable” and “live-work-play.” Build up, not out. Not just ITP: Many of Atlanta’s suburbs are either reinventing or creating anew denser city centers.


Memories of ‘64 Goldwater nomination haunt GOP

Whether Gov. John R. Kasich stays in or gets out of the Republican presidential derby is between him, his advisers, his pollsters — and his ego. But given that polls suggest Kasich could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton, but Donald J. Trump and Ted Cruz couldn’t, why would Kasich step away now?

Still, assume for a moment that when the Republican National Convention meets in Cleveland in July, it nominates Trump (a sometime campaign contributor to Clinton and Harry Reid).


Obama’s Supreme Court pick and the GOP

Reader: The Supreme Court waits for no one

President Obama made a brilliant choice in Merrick Garland for nominee for Supreme Court Justice. If the Republicans refuse to cooperate, neglect performing their duties, procrastinate the hearing or if they want to close down and go home for the rest of the year, by all means let them. But their pay should be automatically suspended until they’re ready to roll up their sleeves and get back to work.


Dreaming up writer’s block solution

From The New Yorker, on overcoming writer’s block: “It’s useful to escape from external and internal judgment — by writing, for instance, in a dream diary, which you know will never be read — even if it’s only for a brief period. Such escapes allow writers to find comfort in the face of uncertainty; they give writers’ minds the freedom to imagine, even if the things they imagine seem ludicrous, unimportant, and unrelated to any writing project … (a dream) serves as a reminder that, no matter how blocked you may be, you still have the capacity to imagine something new.


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