The Scrapbook is thrilled to note the publication this week of Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, a collection of essays by our friend and contributing editor Charles Krauthammer. Needless to say, this is a book that matters, by a thinker and commentator who matters. We would urge our readers to put down this magazine and buy the book—and while you’re at it, order a few more copies for friends and family.
But maybe you’ve already done so. You know, after all, that Krauthammer is among the very best—and this is the best of the best, selected by him, with an engaging and fascinating introduction. The Scrapbook has, of course, read most of these gems before. But we found on rereading them that they’re amazingly fresh, and full of thought-provoking formulations and arguments. We’re sure you’ll join us in thanking Charles for providing hours of reading to enjoy, to learn from, and to admire.
After first insisting columnist Charles Krauthammer was wrong to say that President Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British embassy when he first became president, the White House is now apologizing. Here's the letter White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer sent to Krauthammer:
Last night, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the controversy surrounding Newt Gingrich's criticism of the House Republican's budget. "This is a big deal," Krauthammer said on Fox News. "He's done. He didn't have a big chance from the beginning, but now it's over. Apart from being contradictory and incoherent...calling the Republican plan--which all but four Republican members of the House have now endorsed and will be running on--calling it radical and 'right-wing social engineering' is deadly."
Charles Krauthaammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, occasionally takes up his pen and instead of lashing liberal causes writes about one of his passions: chess.
Krauthammer, in a recent interview, said he had written many columns on chess, including one each year for 20 years in Time magazine. When he was nominated for the Pulitzer in 1986, he said one of the 10 columns submitted to the judges was about one of the world championship matches between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. (He did not win the Pulitzer until the following year, when all of the submitted columns were political commentary.) [...]