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National columns


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    
Updated 2 hours ago

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    
Updated 2 hours ago

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    
Updated yesterday

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    
Updated yesterday

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    
Updated 2 days ago

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

The Gruber confession

It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in … Full story    
Published:  November 17, 2014

Witcover | The lethargic electorate is stuck some place in the 20th century

For all the millions spent on advertising in both parties for the midterm elections, voter turnout was the lowest since World War II, according to … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2014

Barone | Have we seen the political map of the future?

If you’re a political junkie – or at least if you’re a conservative political junkie – you’ve probably seen the map. It’s a map of … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2014

US again using oil as weapon

In July of 1941, after Japan occupied French Indochina, the Roosevelt administration froze Japan’s assets in the United States. Denied hard cash, Japan could not … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2014

Analysis: What’s behind release of 2 Americans by North Korea?

TOKYO – While the details behind the release of the final two Americans held in North Korea – Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2014