Jeff Jacoby

Posted January 25, 2015

The morning after President Obama's State of the Union address, Politico had a story on how Republicans had responded to one contentious issue. The headline: "Priebus struggles to explain GOP immigration messages."

Posted January 19, 2015

THE FINAL words of his final speech, delivered from the pulpit of the Mason Temple Church of God in Memphis on April 3, 1968, eerily foreshadowed the next day's catastrophe.

Posted January 16, 2015

LAST WEEK Deval Patrick shed the title he had worn for eight years. This week he donned the first of what will doubtless be a batch of new titles: The commonwealth's former governor announced plans to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a "visiting innovation fellow" at the school's Innovation Initiative.

Posted January 14, 2015

Even before last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, the French prime minister was concerned about the continued viability of Jewish life in France.

Posted January 11, 2015

NEXT WEEK, President Obama will be on Capitol Hill, appearing before a joint session of Congress for the annual ritual known as the State of the Union address.

Posted January 08, 2015

NORTH KOREA isn't very funny, and the ghastly Kim Jong Un is no joke. All the more reason not to discount humor the caustic humor of mockery, satire, and farce as a weapon against the totalitarian regime in Pyongyang.

Posted January 05, 2015

The temptation to play the race card is one that President Obama and his surrogates have too often found irresistible.

Posted January 02, 2015

In a Christmas Day update to his email list and Facebook followers, Governor-elect Charlie Bakertouched all the right notes: gratitude to Massachusetts voters who elected him, admiration for "the ideas and the genuine commitment" he encounters in his travels across the commonwealth, sobriety regarding the gaping hole in the state budget ("the only outstanding question is how big it will be"), and optimism about the "smart, experienced, and unabashed" individuals who have agreed to join his new administration.

Posted December 21, 2014

AFTER FIVE YEARS in a Cuban dungeon, American aid contractor Alan Gross was finally freed Wednesday, his release part of a deal to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Posted December 14, 2014

Journalists, says Jorge Ramos, shouldn't make a fetish of accuracy and impartiality.

Posted December 08, 2014

It has always made Americans uncomfortable to think of their nation as the world's policeman.

Posted December 04, 2014

'THE LOUDER he talked of his honor," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1860, "the faster we counted our spoons." As a resident of Massachusetts, Emerson knew better than to take at face value anything public officials say about their own rectitude. That was a prudent attitude a century and a half ago. It's just as prudent now.

Posted November 30, 2014

In recent decades, the fraction of Bay State children in single-parent homes has risen to more than one in three.

Posted November 29, 2014

Patrick, the Commonwealth's 71st chief executive, will be succeeded in January by Charlie Baker, and by tradition each incoming governor chooses the portrait of a predecessor to hang in the corner office.

Posted November 23, 2014

BY THE THOUSANDS they streamed to Yanuh-Jat, Israelis of every description making their way on Wednesday to the remote northern Galilee district, where a fallen hero was to be buried with full honors.

Posted November 19, 2014

The second open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway, and the law is more unpopular than ever.

Posted November 12, 2014

Oil prices are plunging. Gasoline is now cheaper than milk. Why doesn't Washington do something already?

Posted November 10, 2014

In the first 48 hours, more than a million East Germans crossed over. Many were keen to see the Kurfurstendamm, West Berlin's glittering shopping boulevard a paradise unknown in the drab and shortage-plagued East.

Posted November 05, 2014

Of course it was only by happenstance that former Mayor Thomas Menino died just days before the 2014 election, and that his funeral at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park coincided with the closing hours of all the campaigns whose outcomes would be decided on Tuesday.

Posted November 02, 2014

One of the year's most effective campaign ads was first aired last March by Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, then a relatively unknown candidate for the US Senate.