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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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By: George Will | Posted: February 15, 2012 3:55 AM
NEW YORK -- James and Jeanne Harmon reside in and supposedly own a five-story brownstone on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a building that has been in their family since 1949.
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By: George Will | Posted: February 4, 2012 3:55 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The worst day of Sugar Bear's 55 years was one of the days -- there have been many of them -- when he got out of prison.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 28, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- War, said James Madison, is "the true nurse of executive aggrandizement." Randolph Bourne, the radical essayist killed by the influenza unleashed by World War I, warned, "War is the health of the state." Hence Barack Obama's State of the Union hymn: Onward civilian soldiers, marching as to war.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 21, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court can pack large portents in small details. When in late March it considers the constitutionality of Obamacare, there will be five and a half hours of oral argument -- the most in almost half a century.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 18, 2012 3:55 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Nee, 35, works in television but hopes to publish a book of photographs. Shane Quentin, 31, repairs bicycles but enjoys photographing industrial scenes at night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department probably wishes both would find other hobbies.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 14, 2012 3:55 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Thanks to globalization, and to containerized shipping that began in 1956 and makes globalization work, commodities swiftly move vast distances around the planet. Wal-Mart alone imports 400,000 containers a year.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 11, 2012 3:55 AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- They are nearing 70 now, the 11 men who were 12-year-old boys in 1955 and who are remembered for the baseball games they could not play. They were -- actually, with their matching blue blazers and striped ties, they still are -- members of the Cannon Street All Stars.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 7, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Liberals have a rendezvous with regret. Their largest achievement is today's redistributionist government. But such government is inherently regressive: It tends to distribute power and money to the strong, including itself.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: December 17, 2011 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- In 1927, seven years before the board game was created, Washington state decided to play monopoly. It gave a private interest the exclusive right to operate a ferry on 55-mile long Lake Chelan in the northern Cascade Mountains.
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By: George Will | Posted: December 10, 2011 3:55 AM
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WASHINGTON -- On Oct. 12, 1948, the campaign train of Tom Dewey, Republican nominee against President Harry Truman, pulled into Beaucoup, Ill., where, from the rear platform, he would speak to about 1,000 people. Before he began, the engineer mistakenly caused the train to lurch a few feet backward, frightening some but injuring none.
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By: George Will | Posted: December 3, 2011 3:55 AM
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LOS ANGELES -- In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year-old truck driver for a bakery. Impressed by the large numbers of buns he was delivering, he scrounged up $326 to buy a hot dog cart across from a Goodyear plant. And the war came.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 25, 2011 3:55 AM

"People who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks."

-- Randall Jarrell,

"A Sad Heart at the Supermarket"

 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 19, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Shortly before the Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare's individual mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed, 2-1, its constitutionality. Writing for the majority, Judge Laurence Silberman, a Reagan appointee, brusquely acknowledged that upholding the mandate means there is no limit to Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 16, 2011 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Born during what is mistakenly called the debt-ceiling "debacle" last summer, the supercommittee may die without sending Congress a 10-year $1.2 trillion (at least) deficit-reduction plan. This is not properly labeled a failure.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 12, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, a compound of political pandering and moral exhibitionism, was whooped through the Senate, aka the "world's greatest deliberative body," by unanimous consent; the House, joining the stampede, passed it by a voice vote. So Xavier Alvarez now hopes the Supreme Court will save him from punishment for lying.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 9, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- A few millennia from now, when archaeologists from an ascendant Brazil or Turkey or wherever sift the shards of American civilization and find the ruins of the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., they will wonder why a 109,901-seat entertainment venue was attached to an institution of higher education.

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By: George Will | Posted: November 5, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates, their sinews stiffened and their blood summoned up, may rightly dread Wednesday's version of what are inexplicably called debates.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: November 2, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Illustrating an intellectual confusion common on campuses, Vanderbilt University says: To ensure "diversity of thought and opinion" we require certain student groups, including five religious ones, to conform to the university's policy that forbids the groups from protecting their characteristics that contribute to diversity.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 29, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential dynamic -- various candidates rise and recede; Mitt Romney remains at about 25 percent support -- is peculiar because conservatives correctly believe it is important to defeat Barack Obama but unimportant that Romney be president. This is not cognitive dissonance.

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By: George Will | Posted: October 26, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- You step onto an airport's moving walkway, a flat metal conveyor belt that conveys travelers down an airport concourse, sparing them the indignity of burning a few calories by walking a bit.

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By: George Will | Posted: October 24, 2011 3:55 AM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richard Mourdock, a Republican and Indiana's treasurer, wants to wrest his party's U.S. Senate nomination from a six-term incumbent who has been a national figure since becoming mayor of this city in 1968 at age 35, who has averaged 69 percent of the vote in five re-elections, and who ran unopposed by a Democrat in 2006.

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By: George Will | Posted: October 19, 2011 3:55 AM
"The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government ..."
-- U.S. Constitution
 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 12, 2011 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The tea party's splendid successes, which have altered the nation's political vocabulary and agenda, have inspired a countermovement -- Occupy Wall Street.

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