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Jeff Jacoby

At home and abroad, Obama’s trail of disasters

Jeff Jacoby, AS HE PREPARES to move out of the White House, Barack Obama is understandably focused on his legacy and reputation. The president will deliver a farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday; he told his supporters in an e-mail that the speech would “celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country for the better these

The Candidates’ High Court Priority — and the Constitution’s

Jeff Jacoby,  RIGHT OFF THE bat, moderator Chris Wallace asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: “What’s your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?” Right off the bat, Clinton and Trump gave the wrong answers. Clinton announced that the Supreme Court needs to “stand on the side of the American people,” and then rattled

Parties Change. Not Always For The Better.

Jeff Jacoby, Opinion “I’m worried,” George W. Bush reportedly told a recent gathering of former aides and advisers, “that I will be the last Republican president.” Like many other mainstream conservatives and Republicans, he fears that the ascendancy of Donald Trump will prove so toxic to the party’s future that it may spell the end of

Cigarettes Are Hazardous, But Some Lawmakers Are Worse

Jeff Jacoby,  IN HAWAII and California, the minimum age for buying cigarettes was raised recently to 21. Now Massachusetts lawmakers, addicted to the rush that comes from limiting other people’s choices, are keen to jump on the bandwagon. A bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 — and, for good

Rubio Said He Was Leaving. That’s Why He Should Leave

Jeff Jacoby,  When a Washington Post column described Marco Rubio as being “a bit at sea in terms of his next step politically,” the Florida senator was irritated. “Another genius line,” he tweeted acerbically. “I have only said like 10000 times I will be a private citizen in January.” That was on May 16 — two months

William Weld for VP? He’d Get My Vote #TeamTrump

Jeff Jacoby, William Weld ran for governor of Massachusetts in 1990 on a platform of unabashed libertarian conservatism, and for one brief shining moment after taking office in January 1991, he actually seemed to mean it. In his inaugural address, he declared that the people of Massachusetts had “voted to disenthrall themselves from the failed

If You Don’t Rent to Criminals, Are You a Racist?

Jeff Jacoby, You’re a private landlord, renting apartments in a building you bought with your savings from years of hard work and modest living. You take pride in maintaining your property, keeping it clean, comfortable, and attractive. You charge a fair rent and treat your tenants with courtesy and respect. Your tenants, in turn, appreciate

Houses of Worship Are More Than Pews and Prayerbooks

Jeff Jacoby, IN 1953, the Catholic Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette established a shrine and spiritual retreat on a 199-acre lot in Attleboro, Mass. The shrine’s motto — “Come nearer, my children” — is reflected in the array of opportunities it offers worshipers and pilgrims to draw close to God. Among them: daily Masses,

The Prison Door Keeps Revolving

Jeff Jacoby  The United States jails more prisoners than any nation on earth — about 2.3 million, or more than 1 percent of all American adults. Our gigantic penal system is regularly characterized as a national disgrace. I’ve applied the label myself. Plainly there is something deeply disquieting about a democratic superpower locking up so