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.




Collins: Hillary gossip redux

I am so excited to tell you that we’re returning to the question of whether or not Hillary Clinton threw a vase at her husband in the White House.

Really, this one hasn’t come up for about 20 years. But Gary Byrne says he saw the pieces! In a box! Byrne is a former Secret Service officer who has written a tell-all book, “Crisis of Character,” about the (horrible/embarrassing/appalling) things he purportedly witnessed during the Bill Clinton presidency.


Krauthammer: The emptiness of Hillaryism

“I believe in an America always moving toward the future.”

— Hillary Clinton, June 21

This was not the most important line in Clinton’s Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing. Surely there cannot be a more vacuous, meaningless piece of political rhetoric. Every terrestrial entity from nematode to the United States of America moves forward into the future quite on its own, thank you.


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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