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National columns


Charen: A stick in the spokes

During the 2012 campaign, President Obama often resorted to his favorite substitute for thinking: ridicule. Before enthusiastic audiences (who were assured his re-election would spell … Full story    
Updated 11 hours ago

A lot to forgive

Wow. Just … wow. So what’s next? Will it turn out Mother Teresa was a pornographer? Or Mr. Rogers a meth head? Is Billy Graham … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Barack Obama, American caudillo

To think that President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office four times (through accidents of circumstance, twice each time he was elected). Taking … Full story    
Updated yesterday

When will Democrats shake their chronic depression?

“Smiles at the gas pump,” my local headline reads. The price of gasoline has fallen below $3 a gallon. When the national average rose last … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Time to kill off lame ducks

The current lame-duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Recalling Rockefeller

By GEORGE F. WILL

Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen post-war automobile – a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, … Full story    
Published:  November 23, 2014

Will Obama finish as a politician?

U.S. President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 as a politician, and he’s on pace to finish his presidency as one, rather than as the … Full story    
Published:  November 23, 2014

Whatever happened to across-the-board sacrifice?

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than … Full story    
Published:  November 22, 2014

The Bill Cosby allegations

One evening in 2012, she decided it was time to tell her story. She waited until after business hours to call because she wanted to … Full story    
Published:  November 22, 2014

The clout of the wealthy

The richest Americans hold more of the nation’s wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might … Full story    
Published:  November 21, 2014

The rabble-rouser pope

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers … Full story    
Published:  November 20, 2014

They killed Peter Kassig!

What in the name of God? It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity. Ordinarily, it is only rhetorical, something … Full story    
Published:  November 20, 2014

End the immigration game

President Obama’s plan to bypass Congress in shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is not the best way to do immigration reform. But if confrontation … Full story    
Published:  November 19, 2014

The billionaire boys club wants to buy US foreign policy

“How do you like the Journal’s war?” So boasted the headline of William Randolph Hearst’s New York flagship that week in 1898 that the United … Full story    
Published:  November 19, 2014

Obama outfoxed in China

President Barack Obama had barely set foot in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit before he was cutting lip-service deals with China, seemingly unaware … Full story    
Published:  November 18, 2014

Democrats have choices to make, too

The president blames himself for the Democrats’ big losses on Election Day. “We have not been successful in going out there and letting people know … Full story    
Published:  November 18, 2014

Sen. Edmund Muskie fundamentally changed the country

In 1976, Rep. Bill Cohen, who was a rising young Republican star, seriously considered running for the U.S. Senate against three-term incumbent Ed Muskie, who … Full story    
Published:  November 17, 2014