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By: George Will | Posted: November 17, 2012 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- There can be unseemly exposure of the mind as well as of the body, as the progressive mind is exposed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creature of the labyrinthine Dodd-Frank legislation.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 8, 2012 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- America's 57th presidential election revealed that a second important national institution is on an unsustainable trajectory.

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By: George Will | Posted: November 5, 2012 3:55 AM

PRESIDENT: The leading figure in a small group of men of whom -- and of whom only -- it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for president.
-- Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary (1906)

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By: George Will | Posted: October 20, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Elections supposedly prevent convulsions, serving as safety valves that vent social pressures and enable course corrections.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 17, 2012 3:55 AM

DALLAS -- In the 1920s, in the wee small hours of the mornings, employees at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sang while they worked.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 13, 2012 3:55 AM
DALLAS -- If in four weeks a president-elect Mitt Romney is seeking a Treasury secretary, he should look here, to Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 11, 2012 3:55 AM
"The president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate."
 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 29, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- The spectacles we persist in dignifying as presidential "debates" -- two-minute regurgitations of rehearsed responses -- often subtract from the nation's understanding.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 22, 2012 3:55 AM

SALT LAKE CITY -- A specter is haunting the Congressional Black Caucus, the specter of integration.

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By: George Will | Posted: September 8, 2012 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- With two extravagant entertainments under way, it is instructive to note the connection between the presidential election and the college football season: Barack Obama represents progressivism, a doctrine whose many blemishes on American life include universities as football factories, which progressivism helped to create.

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By: George Will | Posted: August 29, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Now begins the final phase of this cognitive dissonance campaign. America's 57th presidential election is the first devoted to calling the nation's bluff.
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By: George Will | Posted: August 25, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Conventions are the seventh-inning stretches of presidential politics, a pause to consider the interminable prelude and the coming climax.
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By: George Will | Posted: August 18, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Sometimes the news is that something was not newsworthy.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 11, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama claims only that his legislative and foreign policy achievements in his first two years matched those of "any president -- with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln" in "modern history." Some Obama enthusiasts are less restrained.
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By: George Will | Posted: July 28, 2012 3:55 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The huge humpback whale whose friendliness precipitated a surreal seven-year -- so far -- federal hunt for criminality surely did not feel put upon.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: July 25, 2012 3:55 AM
The men are so near to each other in all their convictions and theories of life that nothing is left to them but personal competition for the doing of the thing that is to be done.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: July 7, 2012 3:55 AM
PHOENIX -- The federal government is a bull that has found yet another china shop, this time in Arizona. It seems determined to inflict, for angelic motives and progressive goals, economic damage on this state.
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By: George Will | Posted: June 27, 2012 3:55 AM
"Even if it could be demonstrated unequivocally that [public flogging and hand branding] were not cruel and unusual measures in 1791 ... I doubt whether any federal judge -- even among the many who consider themselves originalists -- would sustain them against an Eighth Amendment challenge."
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By: George Will | Posted: June 2, 2012 3:55 AM
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up.
No sir,   
Not I,  
Not me,    
So there!  
-- "Peter Pan" the musical, 1954
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By: George Will | Posted: May 26, 2012 6:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- In one of his characteristic conniptions about people who frustrated him, Theodore Roosevelt, progressivism's first president, said of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, "I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that." TR was as mistaken about Holmes' spine as are various progressives today about Chief Justice John Roberts'.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 19, 2012 3:55 AM
TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Russ Caswell, 68, is bewildered: "What country are we in?" He and his wife Pat are ensnared in a Kafkaesque nightmare unfolding in Orwellian language.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 12, 2012 3:55 AM
"You have a Prius. ... You probably compost, sort all your recycling, and have a reusable shopping bag for your short drive to Whole Foods. You are the best! So, do we really need the Obama sticker?"
 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 5, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Controversies can be wonderfully clarified when people follow the logic of illogical premises to perverse conclusions.
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By: George Will | Posted: April 21, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 1787, just 94 years after the Salem witch trials, as paragons of the Enlightenment such as James Madison, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin deliberated in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a mob pelted and otherwise tormented to death a woman accused of being a witch.
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By: George Will | Posted: April 14, 2012 3:55 AM
From his office window, Thomas W. Horton, in his fifth month as CEO of American Airlines, can see in the distance the Manhattan-size footprint of Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where American has 85 percent market share; it also has 68 percent in Miami, gateway to South America's booming market.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: March 17, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Sallie James was born in Australia on July 4, 1976, which suggests that Providence planned what happened 30 years later: She moved to Washington.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: March 14, 2012 3:55 AM
PHOENIX -- Sal DiCiccio says he’s sorry. It is, he says, no excuse that the complex labor contracts that he, as a member of the city council, voted to ratify for city employees were presented to the council less than a week before the vote.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: March 10, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Two policies of the Obama administration illustrate an axiom: As government expands, its lawfulness contracts.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: March 3, 2012 3:55 AM
"The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. The next and most urgent counsel is to take stock of reality."

-- William F. Buckley
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By: George Will | Posted: February 29, 2012 3:55 AM
Super-PAC donors acting as kingmakers in presidential contest
     
-- The Washington Post
     
Feb. 22, 2012
 
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