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By: George Will | Posted: September 23, 2013 3:55 PM

 

WASHINGTON -- In January 1938, Rep. Louis Ludlow, an Indiana Democrat, proposed a constitutional amendment strongly supported by the public: "Except in the event of an invasion of the United States or its territorial possessions and attack upon its citizens residing therein, the authority of Congress to declare war shall not become effective until confirmed by a majority of all votes cast thereon in a nationwide referendum."

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By: George Will | Posted: August 29, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's foreign policy dream -- cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by "smart diplomacy" -- is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity. He has a glutton's rather than a gourmet's appetite for his own rhetorical cuisine, and has talked America to the precipice of a fourth military intervention in the crescent that extends from Libya to Afghanistan.

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By: George Will | Posted: August 22, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Nowadays the federal government leavens its usual quotient of incompetence with large dollops of illegality. This is eliciting robust judicial rebukes, as when, last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia instructed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop "flouting the law."

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By: George Will | Posted: August 15, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency.

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By: George Will | Posted: August 12, 2013 3:55 AM
 

WASHINGTON -- "Colleagues," said the June 27 letter to 98 U.S. senators, "now it is your turn." The letter's authors are Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman and ranking Republican on the tax-writing Finance Committee, respectively. From their combined 71 years on Capitol Hill they know that their colleagues will tiptoe gingerly, if at all, onto the hazardous terrain of tax reform.

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By: George Will | Posted: August 8, 2013 3:55 AM
 

DETROIT -- This city is the broken tooth in Michigan's smile. Nevertheless, the preternaturally optimistic governor, from whom never is heard a discouraging word, cheerfully describes his recent foray with a crew cleaning up a park in a particularly, well, challenging neighborhood:

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By: George Will | Posted: July 31, 2013 3:55 AM

DETROIT -- In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: "I had no intention to write atheistically" but "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars."

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By: George Will | Posted: July 15, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Houston was competing with a Brazilian city to be the site of a Japanese-owned plant, Houston could provide the Japanese with pertinent information about the educational attainments and other qualities of its workforce and the number of Japanese speakers in the area. The plant is in Texas partly because Houston had superior statistics, thanks to an inexpensive federal program currently under attack from some conservatives. They may not know that its pedigree traces to the Constitution's framers.  

 
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By: George Will | Posted: June 27, 2013 3:55 AM

"But history did not end in 1965."
-- Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday

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By: George Will | Posted: June 25, 2013 3:55 AM

"In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race."
-- Justice Harry Blackmun, 1978

 
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By: George Will | Posted: June 20, 2013 3:55 AM


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-- All men are by nature equal,
But differ greatly in the sequel.

WASHINGTON -- A quarter of a millennium later, that couplet from a colonial American almanac defines an urgent challenge. Modern society increases how, and the predictability of how much, people differ in the sequel.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: June 13, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- As soon as the Constitution permitted him to run for Congress, Al Salvi did. In 1986, just 26 and fresh from the University of Illinois law school, he sank $1,000 of his own money, which was most of his money, into his campaign to unseat an incumbent Democratic congressman. Salvi studied for the bar exam during meals at campaign dinners.

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By: George Will | Posted: May 23, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Early in an opinion issued recently by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge A. Raymond Randolph says: "Although the parties have not raised it, one issue needs to be resolved before we turn to the merits of the case."

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 9, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thirty-one months ago Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell affronted the media and other custodians of propriety by saying something common-sensical.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: April 25, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Two of the three most infamous Supreme Court decisions were erased by events.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: March 16, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to "equal protection of the laws," these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science.
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By: George Will | Posted: March 2, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Progressives are remarkably uninterested in progress.
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By: George Will | Posted: February 23, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives -- the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying "Wolf!" about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying "Hamster!"
 
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By: George Will | Posted: February 16, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- In the 12 months we have to steel ourselves for the next State of the Union spectacle, let us count the ways that this spawn of democratic Caesarism -- presidency-worship -- has become grotesque.
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By: George Will | Posted: February 13, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president's instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge.
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By: George Will | Posted: January 31, 2013 3:55 AM

TRENTON, N.J. -- Coyness is not part of Chris Christie's repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 21, 2013 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- A willow, not an oak. So said conservatives of Chief Justice John Roberts when he rescued the Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- from being found unconstitutional.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 12, 2013 3:55 AM
"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it."
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By: George Will | Posted: December 26, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- At the end of this year in which election results reinserted immigration into the political conversation, remember that 2012 is the 150th anniversary of "the first comprehensive immigration law."
 
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By: George Will | Posted: December 22, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Ideas are not responsible for the people who believe them, but when evaluating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's ideas for making the Senate more like the House of Representatives, consider the source.
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By: George Will | Posted: December 15, 2012 3:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Rick Snyder, who is hardly a human cactus, warned Michigan's labor leaders.
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By: George Will | Posted: November 29, 2012 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- With a chip on his shoulder larger than his margin of victory, Barack Obama is approaching his second term by replicating the mistake of his first.

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By: George Will | Posted: November 24, 2012 3:55 AM
"All Gods were immortal."

-- Stanislaw Lec

WASHINGTON -- And also brands, the gods of the marketplace. Earthquakes may strike, dynasties may fall and locusts may devour the crops, but Oldsmobile and Pan Am are forever. Never mind.
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