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Joseph Rago, R.I.P.

He’s dead at 34, causes unclear. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials at the Wall Street Journal when he was just 28. So he was already one of the great editorialists of his generation — and we were counting on reading him for a lot longer. If you don’t know his name, it’s possibly because so much of what he wrote appeared in the un-bylined “Review and Outlook,” or “Rando,” section of the newspaper. He led the Journal’s excellent opinion coverage of health-care policy and contributed in many other ways. When he won the Pulitzer in 2011, the judges said, “Not paying attention to these editorials was not an option for policymakers.” Here’s the Journal’s obituary. I imagine the opinion pages of tomorrow’s paper will include a fitting tribute to this outstanding young writer whose brilliant career was cut short.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.