Jason Willick

Opinion columnist

Education: Stanford University, BA

Jason Willick writes a regular Washington Post column on legal issues, political ideas and foreign affairs. Before coming to The Post in 2022, he was an editorial writer and assistant editorial features editor for the Wall Street Journal, and before that a staff writer and associate editor at the American Interest.
Latest from Jason Willick

The greatest threat to democracy isn’t what Republicans or Democrats think

A revealing study finds that the familiar warnings about threats to democracy are misguided.

June 4, 2023

How Republicans could lose their debt-ceiling leverage

If the Treasury Department has to start choosing which bills to pay, its ability to pick winners and losers could end up putting pressure on the House GOP.

May 26, 2023

Liberal and conservative justices unite against prosecutorial overreach

Those charged with enforcing federal law seem to thrill at finding new ways to prosecute the politically unsympathetic. The Supreme Court is reining them in.

May 21, 2023

Blow up the microchips? What a Taiwan spat says about U.S. strategy.

A U.S. congressman recently floated an idea on how to deter China from invading Taiwan. It didn't go over well in Taipei.

May 12, 2023

How Congress is grandstanding its way to obsolescence

Americans have grown used to congressional gridlock, followed by presidential power-grabs. Democracy’s foremost institution, Congress, is becoming marginalized.

May 7, 2023

Why Supreme Court ‘ethics’ legislation would do more harm than good

Foisting a compliance bureaucracy on the justices has a sheen of ethical idealism, but this is ruthless politics, targeting a conservative court.

April 28, 2023

Why DeSantis and Trump are hyping the death penalty

A grim constant in Republican presidential politics is the persistence of the death penalty as an issue, even as its use has dramatically faded.

April 22, 2023

This Jan. 6 case could make U.S. politics even worse

The DOJ's use of the "obstruction of an official proceeding" statute invites the exercise of raw power. With luck, the Supreme Court will intervene.

April 13, 2023

From Manhattan to Madison, a bruising week for American federalism

If state institutions start to appear ineffectual, the balance of power will tend to shift toward Washington.

April 9, 2023

How ‘no one is above the law’ became anti-Trump sloganeering

The phrase, now echoing in progressive circles, could be used to justify any prosecution, no matter how poorly predicated, selective or malicious.

March 31, 2023