Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is an independent writer in Washington DC and a senior contributor to The Federalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Review Online, and RealClearPolitics, among others. She has appeared on EWTN and WMAL. Melissa shares all of her writing on her website and tweets as @slowhoneybee.
Not Only Does Banning Straws Not Help The Environment Much, It Hurts Disabled People

These bans sound eco-friendly, and they’re trendy, but they completely disregard the needs of the disabled.

6 Reasons Millennials Should Stop And Embrace Parenthood

Recent survey results suggest huge numbers of millennials will either have fewer children than they’d wanted or opt out of parenthood altogether.

What College Students Say About Their Campuses When They’re Allowed To Be Honest

The gathering of college women’s single most important message was on the importance of free speech, including a defense of independent thought and respectful dialogue across political divides.

Attacks On Public Officials Will Make Only The Worst Want Those Jobs

As tough as Washington has always been, protesting a cabinet secretary during a private dinner is a new low point for civility. What ever happened to ‘When they go low, we go high?’

7 Strategies For Building Relationships Outside Your Political Tribe

Given how polarized our nation has become, it’s important that we see each other as people, rather than mortal enemies in perpetual political combat.

‘The Cat In The Hat’? We’re Too PC To Publish That

Reading the book as a parent aware of the times, I couldn’t help but think that this classic children’s book, which was published in 1957, would never be released now.

Comedy’s Unfunny Ladies Are Making Nasty People Of Us All. We Can Do Better

In an era when our president has bragged about his adultery and is known for using vulgar language, we all have a choice to make.

Why I’m Conflicted About Drew Barrymore’s Working Mom Comments

My beef isn’t with Drew Barrymore working while mothering. It’s rather how she talks about that work that unsettles me.

7 Things Kourtney Kardashian Should Consider Before Freezing Her Eggs

At 38, Kourtney Kardashian is considering expanding her family by freezing her eggs. Before she does, she should think it through.

Professional Feminists Lena Dunham And Jill Filipovic Find The Facts Of Life Are Stubbornly Conservative

Both outspoken feminists find themselves attracted by elements of the traditional life script seemingly at odds with their public image.

5 Lessons About Life And Love From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

She may have been left to raise two kids while her husband plays house with his secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous.

How To Prepare For Marriage And Make It Good Once You Get There

The newly released ‘The Joy of Intimacy: A Soulful Guide to Love, Sexuality, and Marriage’ includes practical suggestions for deepening intimate bonds.

Rob Porter Story Shows It’s Time To Agree Character Counts For Public Officials

Judging by the reaction to the Rob Porter story, it’s time we agree to agree: egregious private behavior is concerning, and even disqualifying, for a public servant.

How I’m Teaching My Kids To Behave Better Than Donald Trump Does

What are parents to do when the president can no longer be understood as a role model for their children? My family has adopted ‘The Pork Rule.’

The Iran Protests Present An Opportunity To Teach Kids About Tyranny

While many news cycles over the last two years have not been G-rated, this is one where I hope children are watching. And let’s be honest, they’re always watching.

5 Thoughts On The Furor Over The White House’s Hanukkah Party

Because it was Donald Trump’s first Hanukkah party, we’re supposed to be inflamed by the White House’s supposed hostility to American Jewry. Please.

This Progressive 1970s Kids Album Sounds Reactionary Now, But Should It?

Social norms have changed so completely that what was radical in 1972 more closely approximates the cultural right than the cultural left in 2017.

5 Thoughts On Lena Dunham’s Reaction To Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy

Lena Dunham: ‘A solid 10 friends texted me triggered by Kylie pregnancy. I’m like ‘ladies she’s 20. We were all v fertile then, we were just broke.’’

Our Perpetual Political War Is Poisoning Us

Media coverage, and punditry in particular, has become blatantly skewed toward provocation, rather than persuasion. This is a loss for democracy and our shared humanity.

Judd Apatow, Stop Fooling Yourself. You’re Conservative

The film director throws out a lot of stereotypical views about conservative ideas, but deep down, he thinks and acts much like the rest of us.