Author: Mona Charen

Obama’s Memoir: Appraising a Presidency

Barack Obama’s third memoir weighs in at 751 pages of text. The man likes to talk. The book sounds like him. You don’t wonder, as you’re reading, whether this is the product of a ghostwriter. And for fans and historians, there is presumably much more to come, as this volume takes us only up to May 2011.

Obama aimed to help readers understand what it’s actually like to be president, and in that, he succeeded pretty well.

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Testing: The Way Out of This Trap

Members of the Iowa Department of Public Health perform drive through testing for the coronavirus, in Waterloo, Iowa, April 29, 2020. (Brenna Norman/Reuters)We are currently testing about 150,000 people a day. That number needs to ramp up fast to reach 20 million by August.

One of the less-helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps.

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Understanding African-American Deaths from COVID-19

A New York City Fire Department ambulances in New York, City, April 15, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)Though we can never discount the long-lasting effects of racism, it’s dubious to attribute this pathogen’s lethality to cultural factors.

The numbers are preliminary, but it seems that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at alarming rates. In Louisiana, for instance, blacks represent 70 percent of the dead but only 33 percent of the population.

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Vote by Mail, Just This Once

Election volunteer Nancy Gavney verifies voter and witness signatures on absentee ballots at City Hall during the presidential primary election in Beloit, Wisc., April 7, 2020. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)At a time when we are bitterly divided, deeply distrustful, and facing a pandemic and economic depression, a disputed election might be more stress than we can stand.

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The Country Yearns for a Unifying Voice

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at his South Carolina primary-night rally in Columbia, S.C., February 29, 2020. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)Queen Elizabeth has spoken well for Britons. In America, Joe Biden can remind us of our better angels.

Elizabeth II’s speech to the United Kingdom was moving, even for those of us who are lifelong small-r republicans. In some respects, her model cannot be copied in the United States.

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