Jeff Jacoby

Posted July 05, 2015

For nearly two centuries, it has hung in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, an icon of the American founding by an artist who lived through the Revolution and personally met most of the men depicted in his painting. And yet John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 captures a scene that never occurred.

Posted July 02, 2015

The rule of law isn't indestructible. It is corroded by judges who act like superlegislators never more so than when torturing the plain words of the law, forcing them to say what they don't mean.

Posted June 25, 2015

POPE FRANCIS had harsh words for the arms industry on Sunday, condemning as "two-faced" those who claim to be Christian while manufacturing weapons or investing in companies that produce them. "It is hypocritical to talk about peace and make weapons," the pope told an audience of young people in Turin. "Doing one thing and saying another. What hypocrisy!"

Posted June 22, 2015

It speaks well of Republicans that most of them have no use for Donald Trump.

Posted June 14, 2015

Governor Charles Baker acted prudently in pulling the plug on a scheme to relocate the state Department of Transportation from its headquarters in bustling Park Plaza to a long-vacant Roxbury lot known as Parcel 3.

Posted June 10, 2015

A GALLUP POLL last month found that 50 percent of Americans identified themselves as "pro-choice" on abortion, surpassing the 44% who called themselves "pro-life."

Posted June 07, 2015

Noses went out of joint and knickers got in a twist when Israel's new deputy foreign minister delivered her inaugural speech to the Jewish state's diplomatic corps.

Posted June 03, 2015

IN HIS remarks to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April, President Obama pledged that his administration would work tirelessly for the freedom of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held hostage by Iran since last summer on spurious espionage charges.

Posted May 31, 2015

WHAT THIS country needs, says Bernie Sanders, is less deodorant.

Posted May 26, 2015

THE AVARICE of Bill and Hillary Clinton is a wonder to behold. They crave wealth, it seems, even more than they crave power, and display no qualms about exploiting their political stature to amass it.

Posted May 21, 2015

EVERYONE HAD a field day with Jeb Bush's mishandling of the Iraq question Megyn Kelly posed during a TV interview last week: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?"

Posted May 17, 2015

Section 215 of the Patriot Act will not survive another month.

Posted May 17, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life is a meager compensation for the murder of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, and Sean Collier. But it is the highest price he can be made to pay under our system of justice, and a jury of his peers has unanimously recommended that he pay it.

Posted May 14, 2015

When the University of Massachusetts agreed in 2010 to acquire the Southern New England School of Law, there were skeptics aplenty. The decision to take over the small private institution and transform it into a state-run facility, rechristened the UMass School of Law, was disparaged by critics who said the merger was unnecessary, unrealistic, and unwise.

Posted May 10, 2015

When America's armed forces prematurely abandon the field, the results are usually heartbreaking for the people they leave behind.

Posted May 08, 2015

Republican Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president this week, making her the second woman to join the 2016 race the other, of course, being Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Posted May 04, 2015

Baltimore burns, shops are looted, rioters attack firefighters with bottles and bricks.

Posted April 29, 2015

Immigration Restrictionists often claim that there are no "jobs Americans won't do," if only US borders would be secured against economic migrants who are willing to work hard for low pay and few benefits.

Posted April 26, 2015

Naloxone isnt magic, but its power to rescue a heroin user from the brink of death can certainly seem miraculous. The anti-overdose drug, also known by the brand name Narcan, is easy to administer and has saved thousands of lives.

Posted April 22, 2015

THE PENALTY phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is underway, and federal prosecutors have been getting some well-publicized advice about the penalty they should seek for the Boston Marathon terrorist.