William F. Buckley Jr., one of the most versatile public figures in America, is the authentic, authoritative journalistic voice of conservatism today.
One of the most widely syndicated and intensively read of all columnists -- appearing in over 300 newspapers, Buckley is the founder of National Review, the lively and respected journal of conservative thought and opinion.
Buckley is the also the star of "Firing Line," the weekly television debate program which airs on the Public Broadcasting Service. Guests have included George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, J.K. Galbraith, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Barry Goldwater, Germaine Greeg, Edward Heath, Henry Kissinger, The Dalai Lama, Norman Mailer, Groucho Marx, James Michener, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Theodore White.
Buckley has written many best-selling books, including God and Man at Yale, Saving the Queen, Stained Glass and Overdrive.
Buckley has also contributed articles to most American publications, among them: Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, Life, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Playboy, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review, and TV Guide.
Buckley's career has taken him from Yale to the United Nations and into politics and journalism, where he has become something of an institution as a successful debater, political analyst and critic.
President Bush didn't give Congress, in his State of the Union address, quite what was expected, especially in the area of taxation.
Students of current events writing on Tuesday morning are expected to discover whether Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton is responsible for the collapse of the stock market.
The prescriptive remedy for overspending is reduced spending. Although it isn't being said in as many words, the trouble we are in is an aspect of overspending. But, paradoxically, the solution is not only to spend more, but to spend it quickly.
Sebastian Mallaby, a journalist for The Washington Post, writes to formulate, or rather reformulate, the complaint we are entitled to make on the matter of our primary practices.
The big winner was an affront to the common wisdom that looks matter most in the age of television.
As we face the critical early caucus in Iowa this time around, we all suffer from a universal kind of self-indulgence.
Some months ago I had a communication from a member of Conrad Black's defense team. The jury had just convicted him on four of the 13 charges brought against him.
The problem with abortion policy and practice is that laws prohibiting behavior but failing to punish offenders lack the indispensable leg that gives solidity to a three-legged stool.
I begin by acknowledging the truth of much that is being said about him, that he was a towering figure in American literary life for 60 years, almost unique in his search for notoriety and absolutely unrivaled in his co-existence with it.
While the details are different in the current season, the problem of the misuse of donors' gifts is far from new.
The shooting war in New York over the question of driver's licenses for illegal aliens dramatizes several features of U.S. culture. The first of these is that the right to drive a car is the most cherished right in America, of special, sizzling importance to young people.
If ours were a form of government patterned after that of the Europeans, Bush would probably have been replaced as leader of his party. But the majority of the American people still think of him as a man of good will and very stout heart who is pursuing his duties as he sees them...
The candidates for president of the United States include a man identified as a Roman Catholic, and among the voters there are, of course, many Catholics. It would be reasonable to suppose that Candidate Giuliani would get the presumptive backing of the Catholic population. But there are a couple of caveats.
A while back, watching television, I winced when a Democratic stalwart referred to "sanctimonious Joe." He was talking about Sen. Joe Lieberman, I quickly discovered.
In days (long) gone by, the tradition was that gentlemen engaged in media work do not disparage other gentlemen engaged in media work.
The flap featuring Rush Limbaugh, Media Matters and MoveOn.org illustrates the importance not only of keeping facts straight but also of lining up symmetrical perspectives.
Pity John McCain, for whom everything has gone sour in the past period, taking him from lead candidate for the Republican nomination to the cellar.
CNN devoted an entire hour to the chaos in Jena, La., and rendered a considerable service.
Not enough attention has been paid, on the Iraq question, to the factor of universal access to information. For many years, in many wars, news reporters could not get near the front-line scene. And where high politics were concerned and dictators held sway, newsmen -- and foreign diplomats -- not only were stymied, they were deliberately misled.
The most recent initiative of the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is to change Venezuela's time zone by one half-hour. Why? There is only one reasonable answer: to annoy the United States.
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