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

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.

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.
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Nov 21, 2014

Today's news from the Times is another reminder of the broad, deep impact of the television drama “The West Wing.”

Nov 21, 2014

Presidents know that everyone leaks. They roll their eyes and keep walking. But not Obama.

Nov 21, 2014

There is so much that is deeply strange in a New York Times story reported Friday by @jasondhorowitz.

Nov 21, 2014

The Obama plan will further erode the position of the American working class.

Nov 21, 2014

The great ones are always constructive. They don’t divide and tear down. That's not the Obama crowd.

Nov 21, 2014

Historical vindication happens. The Obama White House assumes it will happen to them.

Nov 20, 2014

The current White House really does think they possess a higher wisdom and play a deeper game.

Nov 20, 2014

There is an odd, magical-thinking element in the psychology of recent White Houses.

Nov 20, 2014

This administration doesn’t build, it divides and tears down. Vindication is assumed.

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