Ramesh Ponnuru

Contributing columnist
Ramesh Ponnuru, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, is the editor of National Review and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Latest from Ramesh Ponnuru

Inflation is down. The Fed still needs to finish the job.

The Federal Reserve is hearing calls to declare victory over inflation, rather than achieving its stated goal of bringing the inflation rate down to 2 percent.

July 12, 2023

Affirmative action should be illegal — not unconstitutional

Justice John Paul Stevens had it right back in 1978. The Supreme Court should rule that colleges’ affirmative action programs are illegal, not unconstitutional.

July 2, 2023

Republicans passed a law to help parents. Now they’re walking away from it.

Middle-class parents, a major part of the GOP base, are seeing their taxes rise, and Republicans are talking about other things.

June 26, 2023

A year after Dobbs, the pro-life side is making huge gains

The torrent of stories about setbacks for pro-lifers since Dobbs has made it oddly easy to lose sight of a basic point: The pro-life side is making huge gains.

June 23, 2023

How to make Social Security more progressive and more conservative

We can make the government better at serving its broadly supported goals and cheaper at the same time.

June 20, 2023

How to raise the debt ceiling to own the libs

It’s too soon to say we’ll avoid hitting the debt ceiling, but it’s not too soon to say how we’ll avoid hitting it if we do.

May 26, 2023

Ron DeSantis can’t rely on an electability argument to win

He's going to have to make a much stronger case against Donald Trump to become the GOP nominee.

May 18, 2023

Biden can beat Trump. Democrats should worry no one else can.

Biden is old and unpopular. But have you seen the alternatives?

May 1, 2023

Why gun control advocates keep failing

Supporters of new gun restrictions keep asking why some people passionately oppose gun control, and not why so few people mobilize to support it.

April 22, 2023