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

Can Obama Find Thumpin’ to Say? — No one knows what's going to happen next week, never mind Nov. 4. But it is increasingly reasonable to believe what a grizzled journalistic veteran of the campaign trail said last week in conversation. The election will be a wave for Republicans; the only question is whether it will be a big one or a small one.

Who Do They Think We Are? — The administration's handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook. And its logic is worse than its language. In many of its actions, especially its public pronouncements, the government is functioning not as a soother of public anxiety but the cause of it.

Obama and the Runaway Train — The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes: He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief.

Is ‘Worthy Fights’ Worthy? — Unlike his Pentagon predecessor, Leon Panetta hasn't written a serious memoir, Peggy Noonan writes.

Women can improve their odds against heart disease — Worried about cancer? Many women are. It's true that cancer kills a lot of women - four out of every 10 women who die between ages 45 and 64 die of cancer - but there's a bigger threat. "Heart disease is the No.

The New Bureaucratic Brazenness — We're all used to a certain amount of doublespeak and bureaucratese in government hearings. That's as old as forever. But in the past year of listening to testimony from government officials, there is something different about the boredom and indifference with which government testifiers skirt, dodge and withhold the truth.

Republicans Need a Direction — In a year when Republicans are operating in such an enviable political environment, why aren't their U.S. Senate candidates holding big and impressive leads? Why does it look close? Why are party professionals getting worried? The Democratic president is unpopular. What progress can be claimed in the economy is tentative, uneven, feels temporary.

The Unwisdom of Barack Obama — At this dramatic time, with a world on fire, we look at the president and ponder again who he is. Mr. Obama himself mocked how people see him, according to a remarkable piece this week by Peter Baker in the New York Times.

The Genocide of Mideastern Christians — President Obama would have been rocked the past few months by five things. One is the building criticism from left and right about his high need for relaxation-playing golf while the world burns. Another is that he misread the significance and public power of the beheadings of American journalists.

The World Needs a Clarion — It is a muddle, a murk and a desperate-looking thing, the president on the subject of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. ISIS is the junior varsity. No, it is a "cancer." We will "degrade and destroy" it. No, we'll render it "a manageable problem."
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Oct 23, 2014

Republicans fail to connect their own dots. But Democrats this year—what a rhetorical, emotional and policy disaster.

Oct 23, 2014

The president may be oblivious, but on November 5, he can’t let it show.

Oct 22, 2014

Oscar de la Renta was unjudging and yet discerning. That is a hard combination to hold in your head.

Oct 19, 2014

President Obama has warned the public against “hysteria” about Ebola. The public isn’t hysterical but concerned.

Oct 18, 2014

Everyone who speaks for the gov't on Ebola seems to have been instructed to imagine his audience as anxious children.

Oct 16, 2014

The Obama administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.

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