Letting Iran have nukes is better than a war to stop it

WASHINGTON — Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement's manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran's nuclear infrastructure remain. U.S.

Stereotypes of Dems, GOP carry a grain of truth

WASHINGTON — If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

George Will: For real leadership, look at Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker's determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers' unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison.

Esther Cepeda: When immigrants arrive as victims

CHICAGO — Even though our maddening and broken immigration system probably won't be reformed for at least another few years, there are small pockets of common sense to be found in the midst of it all.

Bruce Kauffmann: The life of Winston Churchill

Winston Spencer Churchill, my "Man of the 20th Century," was born this week (Nov. 30) in 1874 in his family's ancestral home, Blenheim Palace. Let me note that the British people, whom he led to victory in World War II, share my opinion of him. Some years back they voted him the greatest Englishman of all time.

Illinois justice system in better shape today

When I was a boy, unschooled local justices of the peace were infamous for working with small-town cops to set up speed traps to fleece unsuspecting motorists. Not a very reassuring introduction to our state's justice system. Things have improved much since then, yet vigilance and some changes are still warranted.

Jim Dey: Dog found in Washington tornado rubble

When disaster strikes, people grasp for straws of good news to help ease the pain.

In that spirit, here's a happy tale about Dexter, whose wagging tail fanned a breeze that stretched all the way from Washington, Ill., where a Nov. 17 tornado wreaked havoc, to Champaign and Douglas counties, where Dexter's supporters held their breaths and prayed for his survival.

George Will: As farcical year nears end, it's time to take look back

WASHINGTON — We are tomorrow's past, so this Thanksgiving give thanks for 2013, a year the future might study more for amusement than for edification. performed the public service of defeating Barack Obama's ascription of every disagreeable effect to one of two causes — George W. Bush or global warming.

Small towns lovingly tug home their daughters and sons

Approach the little burg of Atwood through the country — and there is, frankly, no other way to approach — and the first thing you see are the lights. They glow high in the pitch black of an autumn evening, higher than anything in town save perhaps the big grain elevator that once gave places like Atwood their reason to exist.

Obama's abuse of power provokes unnoticed crisis

WASHINGTON — For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama's suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.