Jeff Jacoby

Posted November 29, 2015

RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY comes in many forms, but Anastasia Lin may be first activist to take the fight against dictatorship to the glittery ranks of a beauty pageant.

Posted November 15, 2015

During a speech about immigration in Chicago last November, President Obama was interrupted by hecklers demanding that he stop deporting illegal aliens.

Posted November 11, 2015

WHEN THE the Transportation Security Administration dispatched undercover investigators last spring to test the effectiveness of airport checkpoints, the results were deplorable. Agents posing as passengers were able to smuggle weapons and mock explosives through 67 out of 70 TSA checkpoints a failure rate of 95 percent.

Posted November 08, 2015

The most acclaimed candidate debates in American history the Lincoln-Douglas encounters of 1858 had nothing in common with modern presidential debates: No questions from moderators, no 60-second time limits, no ricocheting from topic to topic, no real-time reaction from focus groups.

Posted November 04, 2015

BY ALMOST any yardstick, China's one-child policy has been a grim failure. The Communist regime last week modified its notorious population-control program, announcing that married couples would henceforth be "allowed" to have two children.

Posted November 02, 2015

This deal is not based on trust," President Obama said when he announced in July that a nuclear accord had been negotiated with Iran. "It's based on verification." Obama had said the same thing in April, when the accord's "framework" was first made public, and he repeated it in August, when he defended the deal in an address at American University

Posted October 29, 2015

One of the CNBC moderators, Carl Quintanilla, asked Senator Ted Cruz whether his opposition to the just-announced congressional deal raising the federal debt limit demonstrates that he's "not the kind of problem-solver American voters want."

Posted October 28, 2015

THE TV NEWS was on, and there was a story about the leading candidates in the Republican presidential field.

Posted October 24, 2015

ARE YOU crazy about Barack Obama? Do you fervently hope the next president of the United States will be as similar to the current president as possible?

Posted October 21, 2015

HILLARY CLINTON played the race card in Alabama last week, telling Democrats that plans to close 31 underused satellite offices of the state's Department of Motor Vehicles are evidence of Republican racism.

Posted October 18, 2015

WHEN BERNIE SANDERS was asked during CNN's Democratic presidential debate how a self-proclaimed socialist could hope to be elected to the White House, he gave the answer he usually gives: Socialism has been wonderful for the countries of Scandinavia, and America should emulate their example.

Posted October 14, 2015

THE SUPREME COURT may soon take up a challenge to a Texas abortion law mandating safety standards so strict that abortion providers claim it will force all but a handful of the state's remaining clinics to close. The case, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, could lead to the court's first significant abortion ruling since 2007.

Posted October 11, 2015

AFTER SIMMERING for months, the speculation about the likelihood of a Joe Biden presidential campaign and about the impact of his oldest son's death from brain cancer in May has suddenly gone to a boil.

Posted October 05, 2015

Taking a picture is not the same thing as experiencing a moment. It is one thing to see a famous person or view a great work with your own eyes. It is something different something less meaningful, less rich to see that person through a smartphone lens, or to regard that masterpiece through the viewfinder of a video camera.

Posted October 01, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in his capacity as "President of State of Palestine," or so the official text posted on the UN website identifies him.

Posted September 29, 2015

EACH YEAR, the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the US economic embargo on Cuba. Each year, the United States, joined by a dwindling number of friends, votes against the resolution. Passage is a foregone conclusion. The vote last year was 188-2.

Posted September 24, 2015

ON THE JEWISH calendar, Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It marks the culmination of the Days of Awe, the solemn period of introspection that began 10 days ago on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Like many Jews, I have been thinking about the themes of this season repentance and forgiveness, wrongdoing and reconciliation.

Posted September 20, 2015

Is this a description of Donald Trump heading into last Wednesday night's CNN debate?

Posted September 09, 2015

LAST WEEK a middle-aged businessman rescued five students from a lynch mob. Now the lynch mob is after the businessman, threatening to kill him for his act of bravery.