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Charles Krauthammer: A note to readers – The Washington Post

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but Im afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.

However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.

Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my lifes work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nations destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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Charles Krauthammer says he has ‘only a few weeks left to …

Charles Krauthammer, the famed conservative columnist, informed readers on Friday that he is confronting an aggressive form of cancer.

“My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live,” he wrote.

Krauthammer shared the devastating news in a short, matter-of-fact note on the website of the Washington Post, where he has been a columnist since 1984.

“I leave this life with no regrets,” he wrote in the farewell message. “It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

Krauthammer was also a longtime commentator on Fox News.

He had to step away from both jobs last August for surgery to remove what he called a “a cancerous tumor in my abdomen.”

There were numerous complications.

“Special Report” anchor Bret Baier occasionally gave updates to viewers about Krauthammer’s recovery.

“Colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing,” Fox’s story on Krauthammer noted on Friday.

Last month Baier offered some good news via a message from Krauthammer: “The worst now appears to be behind me.”

But then Krauthammer received the worst possible news.

“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” he explained Friday. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly.”

In his note to readers, he thanked colleagues, readers, and viewers “who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work.” He wrote: “I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.”

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News, said in a statement Friday afternoon, “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News. His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.”

Vice President MIke Pence also weighed in with a tribute, tweeting, “Karen and I were saddened to learn that Charles @krauthammer, a man we greatly admire, is nearing the end of his extraordinary life. His wit, his wisdom, and his tireless defense of Western values have made an indelible mark on the minds of millions of Americans.”

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Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live

Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer says his cancer has returned; reaction from Chris Wallace, anchor of ‘Fox News Sunday,’ and Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst.

Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer.

The 68-year-olds incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channels Special Report for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live.

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months, the letter began. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but Im afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

“This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

Krauthammer, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, explained that he had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen last August. Although a series of setbacks left him in the hospital in the ensuing months, he believed until recently that he was on the road to recovery.

However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned, Krauthammer wrote. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Krauthammer has been a giant of journalism and a key part of the channel’s success.

“Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News,” Murdoch said. “His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer.

“His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come,” Murdoch added.

Fox News viewers will undoubtedly miss Krauthammers formidable intellect and ability to analyze politics and politicians with a cerebral wit and keen charm. As the dean of The Fox News All Stars, the panel of pundits who break down headlines and events nightly on Fox News Channels top-rated Special Report, Krauthammer could be counted on to make viewers think, question and even chuckle.

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Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in the medical field when he veered first into policy, and then into journalism. After medical school, he became chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied depression and published ground-breaking findings in top medical journals. But in 1978, he took a job in the Carter administration directing planning in psychiatric research and later served as a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale.

It was in the nations capital that Krauthammer trained his mind and talents on political analysis and began penning columns for The New Republic, Time magazine and finally the Washington Post. In 1985, he won journalisms top prize for his weekly political commentary. In his sobering farewell, Krauthammer said he is grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nations destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets, Krauthammer wrote. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer offered a message to viewers of Fox News Special Report about his health and his progress in recovery.

Ive updated you several times about the health and status of our colleague Charles Krauthammer, said Bret Baier, a number of times on this show before, but of the questions I get on email and Twitter, and Facebook, hows Charles? tops the list, by far.

Charles has, as Ive said, been recovering from complications after a surgery, he continued. For several months now, I check in with Charles more than I tell you, a lot.

But today in my communication, he had a message, Baier explained, he wanted me to share with you, the viewers of Special Report.’

Things are progressing steadily slower than I would like, but steadily, said Krauthammer in the statement. Still. I wish I could give you and myself a better idea of when this marathon ends.

Im sure it is strange for your viewers that a regular panelist should disappear for months without warning and without any real explanation, he continued. After my surgery, there were serious complications that took several months to stabilize. My improvement medically has finally allowed me to concentrate on intensive rehabilitation to recover my strength and stamina.

This too is progressing well, but as usual, is intense and slow, Krauthammer said. Nonetheless, I am determined to make it back. Ive got to I cant let you guys have all the fun.

Charles, we miss you and we miss your voice on the big issues that effect us every night, Baier said, we continue to hope and pray for your speedy recovery, and until then, well keep your spot warm right here.

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By Charles Krauthammer (Attributed) – truthorfiction.com

Summary of eRumor:

Charles Krauthammer has penned a column under the headline, The Enemy Among Us, about President Obamas use of a group called Organizing for Action (OFA) to advance his political agenda after leaving the White House.

The Truth:

We couldnt track down the author of the The Enemy Among Us commentary, but it was not written by conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer or published by the New York Post.

The column first surfaced in discussion forums and on social media in February 2017. At the time, it was attributed to the New York Post, but no author was listed. A quick read of those early versions reveals that the column wasnt published in the New York Post but it cited and was largely based on a commentary written by Post columnistPaul Sperry under the headline, How Obama Is Scheming to Sabotage Trumps Presidency.

Sperry argues in the column that Organizing for Action (OFA), a 501c4 nonprofit group derived from Obamas reelection campaign that works to organize and mobilize support for the former presidents agenda, has undermined President Trump by planning protests and coordinating opposition to Trumps presidential agenda.

The Enemy Among Us has a similar premise, but it goes a step forward by arguing that Obama is using OFA to not only undermine Trumps presidency but to undermine America. Some version even reference a coming civil war:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracyestablished over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history,suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group calledOrganizing for Action (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that ourcurrent presidents administration is trying to do. This organizationgoes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy ourway of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and theprocesses established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceedthen we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries arerun. What good is it to have an established government if it is not goingto be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked overthe decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, howmuch damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out inAmerica!

The Enemy Among Us column was first attributed to Charles Krauthammer by Before Its News, a website that publishes user-generated (and conspiracy-minded) commentaries with no editing or fact-checking, on October 12, 2017. However, the commentary cant be found at places where Krauthammers work regularly appears, including Fox News, the National Review and the Washington Post.

And weve seen columns inaccurately attributed to Charles Krauthammerbefore. Because hes a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a household name in conservative circles, Krauthammers name has been falsely used to help raise the visibility of essays and commentaries like this one in the past.The idea is that people give more weight to a column by Krauthammer, a well-known conservative thinker, than to a column by somebody theyve never heard of. That appears to be the case here. Krauthammer didnt write The Enemy Among Us.

The Enemy Amongst Us!!

When Krauthammer provides his opinion and facts, hes definitelysomeone to listen to!

Oct 11 2017

Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and politicalanalyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the belowmessage should be taken seriously and spread throughout the countryso as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what ishappening right under our noses!An article from the New York Post:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracyestablished over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history,suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group calledOrganizing for Action (OFA).OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that ourcurrent presidents administration is trying to do. This organizationgoes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy ourway of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and theprocesses established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceedthen we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries arerun. What good is it to have an established government if it is not goingto be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked overthe decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, howmuch damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out inAmerica!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through communityorganizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of hisadministrations top dogs over to Organizing for Action.OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of theresistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing acrossAmerica, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for thisrevolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for progressive change.Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexualequality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-presidents message from theshadows: Organizing is the building block of everything great we haveaccomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change intheir communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines.Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.OFAs website says it obtained its digital assets from the ex-presidents re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. Inshort, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting andtearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, The OFA will fightPresident Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles fromthe White House.

Sperry writes that, The ex-president is setting up a shadowgovernment to sabotage the Trump administration through a network ofnon-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.

The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and hiswife will oversee the operation from their home/office in WashingtonDC.

Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigrationexecutive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions whereactivist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest atairports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springsto action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up withsocial media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-presidents signal that he is heartened by the protests.If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy thefoundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241years.

If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know.

So, do your part. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others willknow what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are socompliant. We are becoming a PERFECT TARGET for our enemy!

Charles Krauthammer

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Did Charles Krauthammer Write An Essay Called ‘The Enemy …

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Columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote an opinion piece entitled “The Enemy Among Us” alleging that former President Barack Obama was creating a “shadow government” through his nonprofit Organizing for Action.

An opinion piece arguing that former President Barack Obamas nonprofit Organizing for Action (OFA) is a shadow government organization aimed at tearing down the Constitution has been circulating under various titles since it was originally published in February 2017. But it wasnt until months later, when Washington Postcolumnist Charles Krauthammers name was erroneously attached to the text, that this opinion piece started gaining popularity.

A portion of this opinion piece as it circulated under the title The Enemy Among Us is reproduced below:

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called Organizing for Action (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current presidents administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

The claim that Krauthammer penned this op-ed seems to have originated on the the web site Nesara News, which introduced the text with a brief paragraph lauding the credibility of the conservative columnist on 11 October 2017. The web site also claimed that the article had appeared in theNew York Post:

Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and political analyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the below message should be taken seriously and spread throughout the country so as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what is happening right under our noses! An article from the New York Post:

This article was never published in theNew York Post,nor was it written by Charles Krauthammer. In fact, the Posts author page for Krauthammer only lists two articles, both of which were published in 2009, and neither of which dealt withOrganizing for Action.

The majority of this text originated in a 13 February 2017 blogposton The Daily Jot,nearly 8 months before Krauthammers name was erroneously attached to it. The post was entitled The Perilous Times We Live In and attributed to Christian journalist Bill Wilson.

With the exception of the opening and closing paragraphs, Wilsons article and the Krauthammer article are practically identical. Heres a comparison of the two articles with the shared text highlighted:

Wilson confirmed to us via email that he is the original author of this op-ed. Mike Watson, a research assistant for Krauthammer, also told us via email that this op-ed did not originate with the conservative columnist:

Dr. Krauthammer did not write it and has nothing to do with it.

Krauthammers name was simply tacked onto the end of this article in an attempt to lend it an air of credibility. We previously addressed the claim that President Obama was forming a shadow government to undermine the Trump presidency and found that it was based on little to no evidence.

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Published:24 October 2017

Updated:26 October 2017

Wilson, Bill. The Perilous Times We Live In. Daily Jot. 13 February 2017.

Sperry, Paul. How Obama is Scheming to Sabotage Trumps Presidency. New York Post. 11 February 2017.

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Charles Krauthammer says he is still recovering from surgery

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday had a special Christmas message for his Fox News fans, after taking a break from the public eye to recover from surgery.

“This being my first ‘vacation’ from Fox since I began there years ago, I should be enjoying the layoff, except for the fact that I have to work hard my doctors compare it to marathon training to offset the debilitating effects of the surgery,” Krauthammer said in a statement read on-air by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier.

“I watch the show just about every night and it is consistently splendid: the best newscast on television,” Krauthammer said, referring to the program on which he has been a regular panelist.

“I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll be back as soon as I can!” he added.

Neither Krauthammer nor Fox News have disclosed details about his health; Baier said in October only that Krauthammer had undergone pre-planned surgery recommended by his doctors and “ran into some complications” after the operation.

Krauthammer, 67, has been paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured in a diving accident while in his first year at Harvard Medical School.

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Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says he is making progress in his recovery from post-surgery complications and promised to his fans on Fox News that he will return.

“Thanks to all for your cards, letters and good wishes. I am still recovering from major surgery 12 weeks ago. I have graduated from the ICU to an advanced rehab facility to regain my strength and stamina,” Krauthammer said in a note shared by Fox News host Bret Baier on Tuesday. Krauthammer is a panelist on Baier’s show, “Special Report.”

“It’s a longer road than anticipated, but the support of family, friends and kindly viewers continue to sustain me. In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back,” he added, alluding to a well-known quote from Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” movie franchise.

The circumstances of Krauthammer’s surgery remain somewhat of a mystery.

Baier said in early October, responding to fans asking about Krauthammer’s condition, that Krauthammer had undergone pre-planned surgery recommended by his doctors and “ran into some complications” after the operation. He hasn’t tweeted since early August.

Krauthammer, 67, became permanently paralyzed below the waist due to a diving accident while he attended Harvard Medical School. He later finished his degree but later left the field of psychiatry for journalism. He has worked for a number of publications over the years and won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987.

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Author One-on-One: Charles Krauthammer and Dana Perino

In this Amazon One-to-One, Charles Krauthammer and Dana Perino discuss Dr. Krauthammers new book Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics. Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and physician. Dana Perino is a Former White House Press Secretary who worked with President George W. Bush, contributor and co-host of The Five on FOX News. She is a long-time friend and fan of Charles Krauthammer.

Dana Perino: Your new book covers three decades of your writings, divided into 16 chapters, and grouped into categories of the things that have mattered to you in your life. As you reviewed your body of work, were you surprised by anything that you had written? Did you ever think, I cant believe I ever thought that?

Charles Krauthammer: No real surprisesI find that I agree with myself a lotexcept for my enthusiastic review of Independence Day. Though I might’ve been unduly swayed by seeing the premiere with my son, then ten, who announced after the showing that he would see the movie every week for the rest of his life.

DP: The thing that has mattered most to you is your family. Your book opens with a column that could be called a two-hankie job. How hard is it to write about the people that you love, to give people a glimpse into your personal life?

CK: I didnt become a writer to write about myself. In fact, I don’t even like using the word “I” in writing an opinion column, let alone a personal one. The only times I really have written about my own life is when it had a purpose outside myself, such as honoring a person, perhaps a friend or mentor, of extraordinary character.

DP: As a long-time fan of yours, there are some of your columns that I remember reading, and where I was when I read it, and how I said to my husband, Thats exactly what I was thinking! Do you know when a column is going to be a hit?

CK: Quite the opposite. I’m always amazed how wrong I am. A column that I think will sink like a stone might catch on like wildfire. Others that I’m proud and smug about as I submit for publication, leave no trace. Which is why I’m a writer, not a publisher. I wasn’t made for marketing.

DP: The original essay you penned for Things That Matter is like an award-winning exhibit of your heart and mind. What will readers learn about you that they may not have known?

CK: How improbable my life story is. I still wake up simply amazed how I’ve ended up where I am, mostly by serendipity and sheer blind luck. I started out as a doctor. I ended as a writer. And that’s the least of the stunning twists and turns that have defined my lifewhich I write about, for the first time, in the introductory essay to Things That Matter.

DP: You have become a must-read and a must-see on television news programs. Parents shush their children when youre about to speak. On the rare Friday when you dont have a column or when youre not on Special Report with Bret Baier, your mom gets calls of Where is Charles? Disappointment hangs heavy over your fans. But who are your weekly must-reads?

CK: George Will. David Brooks. Mickey Kaus. And for that happy half of every yearApril through Octoberthe (daily) box score of the Washington Nationals.

DP: Do you think that your training as a psychiatrist has given you an advantage when observing people in politics?

CK: Actually, no. Psychiatry has everything to say about mental illness, very little to say about ordinary life. It offers no magical formulas for understanding human behavior beyond what any lay person can see. Although I do like to joke that there’s not much difference in what I do today as a political analyst in Washington from what I used to do as a psychiatrist in Bostonin both lines of work, I deal every day with people who suffer from paranoia and delusions of grandeur. The only difference is that the paranoids in Washington have access to nuclear weapons.

DP: You wrote a column on September 12, 2001 that is included in Things That Matter. How difficult was that to write under the time pressure of the day, and to keep your commentary to standard column length?

CK: Like the whole country, I was on fire with fury. I felt I simply had to write. The difficulty was less time pressure than emotional pressuretrying to suppress my feelings so I could be as analytical as possible. Sometimes that kind of writing can be disastrous. I think this one came out right.

DP: Given the mention in your essay, and because I have a gut feeling that were on the same page, what is your preferred style on serial commas?

CK: With commas the rule should always be: the fewer the better. They are a scourge, a pestilence upon the land. They must be given no quarter. When you list three things, it should be written: a, b and c. If you see a comma after the “b”call 911 immediately.

DP: Many readers may not realize that you once were a Democrat? Was it a gradual or a spectacular breakup?

CK: Like most breakups, gradual. Like few breakups, however, without regret.

DP: You have covered politics and government since the Carter administration. Do you believe that Americas politics are too strained, too partisan, and too deranged to make meaningful progress?

CK: Not at all. What we need is not a new politics but a new president.

DP: What do you think will be the things that matter 2030 years from now?

CK: The things that really matter, as I try to explain in the introductory essaythe cosmic questions of origins and meaning, the great achievements of science and art, the great mysteries of creation and consciousnessshall always be with us. Thirty years from now, 300 years from now. I hope that one contribution of this book will be to provide some illumination on these wondrous mysteries and achievements.

DP: If you had a magic wand and could get the U.S. federal government to do three things, what would be your top priorities?

CK: Abolish the income tax code with its staggeringly intrusive and impenetrable provisions and replace it with a clean consumption tax.

Get out of the race business and return the country to the colorblind vision of Martin Luther King.

Kill the penny.

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Charles Krauthammer: A note to readers – The Washington Post

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but Im afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me. In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health. However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over. I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing. Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my lifes work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nations destiny. I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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Charles Krauthammer, the famed conservative columnist, informed readers on Friday that he is confronting an aggressive form of cancer. “My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live,” he wrote. Krauthammer shared the devastating news in a short, matter-of-fact note on the website of the Washington Post, where he has been a columnist since 1984. “I leave this life with no regrets,” he wrote in the farewell message. “It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.” Krauthammer was also a longtime commentator on Fox News. He had to step away from both jobs last August for surgery to remove what he called a “a cancerous tumor in my abdomen.” There were numerous complications. “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier occasionally gave updates to viewers about Krauthammer’s recovery. “Colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing,” Fox’s story on Krauthammer noted on Friday. Last month Baier offered some good news via a message from Krauthammer: “The worst now appears to be behind me.” But then Krauthammer received the worst possible news. “Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” he explained Friday. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly.” In his note to readers, he thanked colleagues, readers, and viewers “who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work.” He wrote: “I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.” Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News, said in a statement Friday afternoon, “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News. His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer. His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come.” Vice President MIke Pence also weighed in with a tribute, tweeting, “Karen and I were saddened to learn that Charles @krauthammer, a man we greatly admire, is nearing the end of his extraordinary life. His wit, his wisdom, and his tireless defense of Western values have made an indelible mark on the minds of millions of Americans.” CNNMoney (New York) First published June 8, 2018: 12:34 PM ET

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Fox News star Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to …

Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer says his cancer has returned; reaction from Chris Wallace, anchor of ‘Fox News Sunday,’ and Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst. Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer. The 68-year-olds incisive takes on politics of the day have been missing from Fox News Channels Special Report for nearly a year as he battled an abdominal tumor and subsequent complications, but colleagues and viewers alike had held out hope that he would return to the evening show he helped establish as must-viewing. But in an eloquent, yet unblinking letter to co-workers, friends and Fox News Channel viewers, Krauthammer disclosed that he has just weeks to live. I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months, the letter began. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but Im afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me. “This is the final verdict. My fight is over. Krauthammer, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1975 despite a first-year diving accident that left him a quadriplegic, explained that he had a malignant tumor removed from his abdomen last August. Although a series of setbacks left him in the hospital in the ensuing months, he believed until recently that he was on the road to recovery. However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned, Krauthammer wrote. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over. Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Krauthammer has been a giant of journalism and a key part of the channel’s success. “Charles has been a profound source of personal and intellectual inspiration for all of us at Fox News,” Murdoch said. “His always principled stand on the most important issues of our time has been a guiding star in an often turbulent world, a world that has too many superficial thinkers vulnerable to the ebb and flow of fashion, and a world that, unfortunately, has only one Charles Krauthammer. “His words, his ideas, his dignity and his integrity will resonate within our society and within me for many, many years to come,” Murdoch added. Fox News viewers will undoubtedly miss Krauthammers formidable intellect and ability to analyze politics and politicians with a cerebral wit and keen charm. As the dean of The Fox News All Stars, the panel of pundits who break down headlines and events nightly on Fox News Channels top-rated Special Report, Krauthammer could be counted on to make viewers think, question and even chuckle. READ CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER’S LETTER MOBILE USERS: CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER Krauthammer was on his way to greatness in the medical field when he veered first into policy, and then into journalism. After medical school, he became chief psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied depression and published ground-breaking findings in top medical journals. But in 1978, he took a job in the Carter administration directing planning in psychiatric research and later served as a speech writer for Vice President Walter Mondale. It was in the nations capital that Krauthammer trained his mind and talents on political analysis and began penning columns for The New Republic, Time magazine and finally the Washington Post. In 1985, he won journalisms top prize for his weekly political commentary. In his sobering farewell, Krauthammer said he is grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nations destiny. I leave this life with no regrets, Krauthammer wrote. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.

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Charles Krauthammer sends a message about his health to Fox …

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer offered a message to viewers of Fox News Special Report about his health and his progress in recovery. Ive updated you several times about the health and status of our colleague Charles Krauthammer, said Bret Baier, a number of times on this show before, but of the questions I get on email and Twitter, and Facebook, hows Charles? tops the list, by far. Charles has, as Ive said, been recovering from complications after a surgery, he continued. For several months now, I check in with Charles more than I tell you, a lot. But today in my communication, he had a message, Baier explained, he wanted me to share with you, the viewers of Special Report.’ Things are progressing steadily slower than I would like, but steadily, said Krauthammer in the statement. Still. I wish I could give you and myself a better idea of when this marathon ends. Im sure it is strange for your viewers that a regular panelist should disappear for months without warning and without any real explanation, he continued. After my surgery, there were serious complications that took several months to stabilize. My improvement medically has finally allowed me to concentrate on intensive rehabilitation to recover my strength and stamina. This too is progressing well, but as usual, is intense and slow, Krauthammer said. Nonetheless, I am determined to make it back. Ive got to I cant let you guys have all the fun. Charles, we miss you and we miss your voice on the big issues that effect us every night, Baier said, we continue to hope and pray for your speedy recovery, and until then, well keep your spot warm right here.

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By Charles Krauthammer (Attributed) – truthorfiction.com

Summary of eRumor: Charles Krauthammer has penned a column under the headline, The Enemy Among Us, about President Obamas use of a group called Organizing for Action (OFA) to advance his political agenda after leaving the White House. The Truth: We couldnt track down the author of the The Enemy Among Us commentary, but it was not written by conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer or published by the New York Post. The column first surfaced in discussion forums and on social media in February 2017. At the time, it was attributed to the New York Post, but no author was listed. A quick read of those early versions reveals that the column wasnt published in the New York Post but it cited and was largely based on a commentary written by Post columnistPaul Sperry under the headline, How Obama Is Scheming to Sabotage Trumps Presidency. Sperry argues in the column that Organizing for Action (OFA), a 501c4 nonprofit group derived from Obamas reelection campaign that works to organize and mobilize support for the former presidents agenda, has undermined President Trump by planning protests and coordinating opposition to Trumps presidential agenda. The Enemy Among Us has a similar premise, but it goes a step forward by arguing that Obama is using OFA to not only undermine Trumps presidency but to undermine America. Some version even reference a coming civil war: I do not understand how living in a country with its democracyestablished over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history,suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group calledOrganizing for Action (OFA). OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that ourcurrent presidents administration is trying to do. This organizationgoes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy ourway of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and theprocesses established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceedthen we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries arerun. What good is it to have an established government if it is not goingto be respected and allowed to follow our laws? If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked overthe decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, howmuch damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out inAmerica! The Enemy Among Us column was first attributed to Charles Krauthammer by Before Its News, a website that publishes user-generated (and conspiracy-minded) commentaries with no editing or fact-checking, on October 12, 2017. However, the commentary cant be found at places where Krauthammers work regularly appears, including Fox News, the National Review and the Washington Post. And weve seen columns inaccurately attributed to Charles Krauthammerbefore. Because hes a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and a household name in conservative circles, Krauthammers name has been falsely used to help raise the visibility of essays and commentaries like this one in the past.The idea is that people give more weight to a column by Krauthammer, a well-known conservative thinker, than to a column by somebody theyve never heard of. That appears to be the case here. Krauthammer didnt write The Enemy Among Us. The Enemy Amongst Us!! When Krauthammer provides his opinion and facts, hes definitelysomeone to listen to! Oct 11 2017 Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and politicalanalyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the belowmessage should be taken seriously and spread throughout the countryso as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what ishappening right under our noses!An article from the New York Post: I do not understand how living in a country with its democracyestablished over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history,suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group calledOrganizing for Action (OFA).OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that ourcurrent presidents administration is trying to do. This organizationgoes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy ourway of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and theprocesses established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceedthen we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries arerun. What good is it to have an established government if it is not goingto be respected and allowed to follow our laws? If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked overthe decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, howmuch damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out inAmerica! Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through communityorganizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of hisadministrations top dogs over to Organizing for Action.OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of theresistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing acrossAmerica, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for thisrevolution. OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for progressive change.Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexualequality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform. OFA members were propped up by the ex-presidents message from theshadows: Organizing is the building block of everything great we haveaccomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change intheir communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines.Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.OFAs website says it obtained its digital assets from the ex-presidents re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. Inshort, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting andtearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA. Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, The OFA will fightPresident Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles fromthe White House. Sperry writes that, The ex-president is setting up a shadowgovernment to sabotage the Trump administration through a network ofnon-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. The OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate that the OFA has32,525 (and growing) volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and hiswife will oversee the operation from their home/office in WashingtonDC. Think about how this works. For example: Trump issues an immigrationexecutive order; the OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; the ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions whereactivist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest atairports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springsto action in support of these activities; the twitter sphere lights up withsocial media; and violence follows. All of this happens from the ex-presidents signal that he is heartened by the protests.If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy thefoundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241years. If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know. So, do your part. You have read it, so at least pass this on so others willknow what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are socompliant. We are becoming a PERFECT TARGET for our enemy! Charles Krauthammer

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Did Charles Krauthammer Write An Essay Called ‘The Enemy …

CLAIM Columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote an opinion piece entitled “The Enemy Among Us” alleging that former President Barack Obama was creating a “shadow government” through his nonprofit Organizing for Action. An opinion piece arguing that former President Barack Obamas nonprofit Organizing for Action (OFA) is a shadow government organization aimed at tearing down the Constitution has been circulating under various titles since it was originally published in February 2017. But it wasnt until months later, when Washington Postcolumnist Charles Krauthammers name was erroneously attached to the text, that this opinion piece started gaining popularity. A portion of this opinion piece as it circulated under the title The Enemy Among Us is reproduced below: I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current presidents administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws? If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America! The claim that Krauthammer penned this op-ed seems to have originated on the the web site Nesara News, which introduced the text with a brief paragraph lauding the credibility of the conservative columnist on 11 October 2017. The web site also claimed that the article had appeared in theNew York Post: Krauthammer is about the best and brightest journalist and political analyst we have, in my opinion. His words of warning in the below message should be taken seriously and spread throughout the country so as many of our citizens as possible are made aware of what is happening right under our noses! An article from the New York Post: This article was never published in theNew York Post,nor was it written by Charles Krauthammer. In fact, the Posts author page for Krauthammer only lists two articles, both of which were published in 2009, and neither of which dealt withOrganizing for Action. The majority of this text originated in a 13 February 2017 blogposton The Daily Jot,nearly 8 months before Krauthammers name was erroneously attached to it. The post was entitled The Perilous Times We Live In and attributed to Christian journalist Bill Wilson. With the exception of the opening and closing paragraphs, Wilsons article and the Krauthammer article are practically identical. Heres a comparison of the two articles with the shared text highlighted: Wilson confirmed to us via email that he is the original author of this op-ed. Mike Watson, a research assistant for Krauthammer, also told us via email that this op-ed did not originate with the conservative columnist: Dr. Krauthammer did not write it and has nothing to do with it. Krauthammers name was simply tacked onto the end of this article in an attempt to lend it an air of credibility. We previously addressed the claim that President Obama was forming a shadow government to undermine the Trump presidency and found that it was based on little to no evidence. Got a tip or a rumor? Contact us here. Fact Checker:Dan Evon Featured Image:Gil C / Shutterstock.com Published:24 October 2017 Updated:26 October 2017 Wilson, Bill. The Perilous Times We Live In. Daily Jot. 13 February 2017. Sperry, Paul. How Obama is Scheming to Sabotage Trumps Presidency. New York Post. 11 February 2017.

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Charles Krauthammer says he is still recovering from surgery

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday had a special Christmas message for his Fox News fans, after taking a break from the public eye to recover from surgery. “This being my first ‘vacation’ from Fox since I began there years ago, I should be enjoying the layoff, except for the fact that I have to work hard my doctors compare it to marathon training to offset the debilitating effects of the surgery,” Krauthammer said in a statement read on-air by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier. “I watch the show just about every night and it is consistently splendid: the best newscast on television,” Krauthammer said, referring to the program on which he has been a regular panelist. “I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll be back as soon as I can!” he added. Neither Krauthammer nor Fox News have disclosed details about his health; Baier said in October only that Krauthammer had undergone pre-planned surgery recommended by his doctors and “ran into some complications” after the operation. Krauthammer, 67, has been paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured in a diving accident while in his first year at Harvard Medical School.

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Charles Krauthammer ‘still recovering’ from mystery surgery …

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says he is making progress in his recovery from post-surgery complications and promised to his fans on Fox News that he will return. “Thanks to all for your cards, letters and good wishes. I am still recovering from major surgery 12 weeks ago. I have graduated from the ICU to an advanced rehab facility to regain my strength and stamina,” Krauthammer said in a note shared by Fox News host Bret Baier on Tuesday. Krauthammer is a panelist on Baier’s show, “Special Report.” “It’s a longer road than anticipated, but the support of family, friends and kindly viewers continue to sustain me. In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back,” he added, alluding to a well-known quote from Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” movie franchise. The circumstances of Krauthammer’s surgery remain somewhat of a mystery. Baier said in early October, responding to fans asking about Krauthammer’s condition, that Krauthammer had undergone pre-planned surgery recommended by his doctors and “ran into some complications” after the operation. He hasn’t tweeted since early August. Krauthammer, 67, became permanently paralyzed below the waist due to a diving accident while he attended Harvard Medical School. He later finished his degree but later left the field of psychiatry for journalism. He has worked for a number of publications over the years and won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987.

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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and …

Author One-on-One: Charles Krauthammer and Dana Perino In this Amazon One-to-One, Charles Krauthammer and Dana Perino discuss Dr. Krauthammers new book Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics. Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and physician. Dana Perino is a Former White House Press Secretary who worked with President George W. Bush, contributor and co-host of The Five on FOX News. She is a long-time friend and fan of Charles Krauthammer. Dana Perino: Your new book covers three decades of your writings, divided into 16 chapters, and grouped into categories of the things that have mattered to you in your life. As you reviewed your body of work, were you surprised by anything that you had written? Did you ever think, I cant believe I ever thought that? Charles Krauthammer: No real surprisesI find that I agree with myself a lotexcept for my enthusiastic review of Independence Day. Though I might’ve been unduly swayed by seeing the premiere with my son, then ten, who announced after the showing that he would see the movie every week for the rest of his life. DP: The thing that has mattered most to you is your family. Your book opens with a column that could be called a two-hankie job. How hard is it to write about the people that you love, to give people a glimpse into your personal life? CK: I didnt become a writer to write about myself. In fact, I don’t even like using the word “I” in writing an opinion column, let alone a personal one. The only times I really have written about my own life is when it had a purpose outside myself, such as honoring a person, perhaps a friend or mentor, of extraordinary character. DP: As a long-time fan of yours, there are some of your columns that I remember reading, and where I was when I read it, and how I said to my husband, Thats exactly what I was thinking! Do you know when a column is going to be a hit? CK: Quite the opposite. I’m always amazed how wrong I am. A column that I think will sink like a stone might catch on like wildfire. Others that I’m proud and smug about as I submit for publication, leave no trace. Which is why I’m a writer, not a publisher. I wasn’t made for marketing. DP: The original essay you penned for Things That Matter is like an award-winning exhibit of your heart and mind. What will readers learn about you that they may not have known? CK: How improbable my life story is. I still wake up simply amazed how I’ve ended up where I am, mostly by serendipity and sheer blind luck. I started out as a doctor. I ended as a writer. And that’s the least of the stunning twists and turns that have defined my lifewhich I write about, for the first time, in the introductory essay to Things That Matter. DP: You have become a must-read and a must-see on television news programs. Parents shush their children when youre about to speak. On the rare Friday when you dont have a column or when youre not on Special Report with Bret Baier, your mom gets calls of Where is Charles? Disappointment hangs heavy over your fans. But who are your weekly must-reads? CK: George Will. David Brooks. Mickey Kaus. And for that happy half of every yearApril through Octoberthe (daily) box score of the Washington Nationals. DP: Do you think that your training as a psychiatrist has given you an advantage when observing people in politics? CK: Actually, no. Psychiatry has everything to say about mental illness, very little to say about ordinary life. It offers no magical formulas for understanding human behavior beyond what any lay person can see. Although I do like to joke that there’s not much difference in what I do today as a political analyst in Washington from what I used to do as a psychiatrist in Bostonin both lines of work, I deal every day with people who suffer from paranoia and delusions of grandeur. The only difference is that the paranoids in Washington have access to nuclear weapons. DP: You wrote a column on September 12, 2001 that is included in Things That Matter. How difficult was that to write under the time pressure of the day, and to keep your commentary to standard column length? CK: Like the whole country, I was on fire with fury. I felt I simply had to write. The difficulty was less time pressure than emotional pressuretrying to suppress my feelings so I could be as analytical as possible. Sometimes that kind of writing can be disastrous. I think this one came out right. DP: Given the mention in your essay, and because I have a gut feeling that were on the same page, what is your preferred style on serial commas? CK: With commas the rule should always be: the fewer the better. They are a scourge, a pestilence upon the land. They must be given no quarter. When you list three things, it should be written: a, b and c. If you see a comma after the “b”call 911 immediately. DP: Many readers may not realize that you once were a Democrat? Was it a gradual or a spectacular breakup? CK: Like most breakups, gradual. Like few breakups, however, without regret. DP: You have covered politics and government since the Carter administration. Do you believe that Americas politics are too strained, too partisan, and too deranged to make meaningful progress? CK: Not at all. What we need is not a new politics but a new president. DP: What do you think will be the things that matter 2030 years from now? CK: The things that really matter, as I try to explain in the introductory essaythe cosmic questions of origins and meaning, the great achievements of science and art, the great mysteries of creation and consciousnessshall always be with us. Thirty years from now, 300 years from now. I hope that one contribution of this book will be to provide some illumination on these wondrous mysteries and achievements. DP: If you had a magic wand and could get the U.S. federal government to do three things, what would be your top priorities? CK: Abolish the income tax code with its staggeringly intrusive and impenetrable provisions and replace it with a clean consumption tax. Get out of the race business and return the country to the colorblind vision of Martin Luther King. Kill the penny.

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