Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of eight books on American politics and culture.

This Is No Time for Moderation — 'Ten years ago, Steve Jobs was alive, Bob Hope was alive, Johnny Cash was alive. Now we're outta jobs, outta hope and outta cash." I heard that from a TSA agent in New York the other day, as he eyed me for explosives. We laughed, but there was a poignant edge.

The Cuban Regime Is a Defeated Foe — If a change in policy is in the American national interest, then it is a good idea. If it is not, then it is a bad idea, and something we should not do. In another era that would be so obvious as not to bear repeating.

A Flawed Report’s Important Lesson — The "torture report" exists. It shouldn't-a better, more comprehensive, historically deeper and less partisan document should have been produced, and then held close for mandatory reading by all pertinent current and future officials-but it's there. Anyone in the world who wants to read it can do a full download, and think what they think.

Can the GOP Find Unity and Purpose? — Take no bait. Act independently and in accord with national priorities. Cause no pointless trouble. If there's trouble, it should have a clear, understandable, defendable purpose. That is general advice for the new Republican congressional majority. They will be proving every day they're a serious governing alternative to the Democratic-dominated establishment that has run Washington for six years.

The Pleasure of His Company — I wrote of this two summers ago: A 7-year-old boy came over from Germany on the SS Bremen, traveling with his younger brother. They were fleeing the Nazis. The Bremen anchored on Manhattan's west side May 4, 1939, and the children were joined by their father, who was already in New York.

Peggy Noonan: The Nihilist in the White House — In The Wall Street Journal, Declarations columnist Peggy Noonan writes that this administration doesn't build, it divides and tears down. Vindication is assumed.

The Nihilist in the White House — There is an odd, magical-thinking element in the psychology of recent White Houses. It is now common for those within them to assume that history will declare their greatness down the road. They proceed as if this is automatic, guaranteed: They will leave someday, history will ponder their accomplishments and announce their genius.

The Loneliest President Since Nixon — Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can't he change things and dig himself out? No. "People do what they know how to do."

A Message Sent to a Grudging President — The drubbin', thumpin', poundin' was a two-part wave, a significant Republican rise in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic collapse in the governorships. It was one of those nights neither party ever forgets. Republicans won not only because of a favorable map. In solid Democratic states, they won big or came close.

A Lesson From My Great-Aunt — On a bookshelf in my home in a glass-and-brass frame I keep my great-aunt's Ellis Island health card. It's cardboard, about as big as your hand. She wore it on her coat during her nine-day journey from Ireland. Every day the ship's surgeon (possibly brusquely, probably officiously) examined her for signs of acute or long-term illness.
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Dec 19, 2014

In a rising Cuba all the pressure will be toward freedom. It will not be toward dictatorship.

Dec 19, 2014

Fidel Castro is a bad man who took an almost-paradise and turned it into a floating prison.

Dec 19, 2014

Was it ever in our nation’s interests to have, 90 miles off our shore, an avowed and active enemy? No.

Dec 18, 2014

The Cuban regime is a defeated foe, and in time, normalized relations will serve the cause of freedom.

Dec 13, 2014

We can’t use torture methods and still at the same time be the hope of the world.

Dec 13, 2014

A nation’s reputation in the world will not soon recover from such cruel, systemic actions as torture.

Dec 13, 2014

RT @WSJopinion: .@Peggynoonannyc: America should never again do what is asserted and outlined in the Feinstein report.

Dec 13, 2014

RT @FaceTheNation: Check out the latest column from @Peggynoonannyc on the bombshell CIA #TortureReport. She's on the show this Sunday:…

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