George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will may be the most influential writer in America.
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  • Why All the Love for the Chicago Cubs’ Woes?

    The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are about to get a respite from the inundating Niagara of candidates’ blather. The bad news is that the respite will be a tsunami of Cubs Gush, which will slosh from sea to shining sea.

  • Baseball's storyteller, our friend

    Baseball’s storyteller, our friend

    For 67 years, the son of Vincent and Bridget Scully, immigrants who came to New York City from County Cavan, Ireland, has been plying his trade.

  • Trump’s Shallowness Runs Deep

    Trump’s Shallowness Runs Deep

    In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago’s Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with | Read More »

  • How Entangled With Russia Is Trump?

    How Entangled With Russia Is Trump?

    To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump’s Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined | Read More »

  • The Path Ahead for Hillary

    The Path Ahead for Hillary

    En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although | Read More »

  • Will Pliable Pence Amend His Convictions?

    Will Pliable Pence Amend His Convictions?

    Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to | Read More »

  • With Texas, A Wall Too High For the GOP?

    With Texas, A Wall Too High For the GOP?

    Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in their steps and hope in their hearts. Who would want to be a wet blanket at such moveable feasts? Steve | Read More »

  • GOP Minds Are at Sea - But Not the Right One

    GOP Minds Are at Sea – But Not the Right One

    Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China’s rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China’s rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake | Read More »

  • The Travesty of Teacher Tenure

    The Travesty of Teacher Tenure

    The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California’s Supreme Court might soon decide to hear — four years after litigation began — the 21st century’s | Read More »

  • Slow Economic Growth--New Normal for America?

    Slow Economic Growth–New Normal for America?

    America’s economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy “strains credulity,” | Read More »

  • Lasting Imprint of Family

    Lasting Imprint of Family

    The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon Johnson’s administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and | Read More »

  • 'Corruption' Cascade

    ‘Corruption’ Cascade

    The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political “corruption” has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term’s most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have | Read More »

  • The Hinge of the Great War

    The Hinge of the Great War

    “See that little stream? We could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind.”   — F. Scott | Read More »

  • Brexit: Britain’s Welcome Revival of Nationhood

    Brexit: Britain’s Welcome Revival of Nationhood

    The “leave” campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the “remain” side relied made leave’s case. The remain campaign began with a sham, was monomaniacal with its Project Fear and ended | Read More »

  • Republicans: Save Your Party, Don’t Give To Trump

    Republicans: Save Your Party, Don’t Give To Trump

    “There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it | Read More »

  • When Party Establishments Mattered

    When Party Establishments Mattered

    Months before the 1940 Republican convention nominated Wendell Willkie, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt’s waspish daughter, said that Willkie’s support sprang “from the grass roots of a thousand country clubs.” There actually was a Republican establishment in 1940, when GOP | Read More »

  • Nation Needs Purdue's President

    Nation Needs Purdue’s President

    Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, knows that no one in the audience is there to hear a commencement speaker. When, however, he addressed his institution’s class of 2016, it heard him distill into | Read More »

  • In Britain, Anti-Semitism Endures

    In Britain, Anti-Semitism Endures

    Of the fighting faiths that flourished during the ideologically drunk 20th century, anti-Semitism has been uniquely durable. It survives by mutating, even migrating across the political spectrum from the right to the left. Although most frequently found in European semi-fascist | Read More »

  • The ‘Big Price’ Paul Ryan Has Paid for Supporting Donald Trump

    The ‘Big Price’ Paul Ryan Has Paid for Supporting Donald Trump

    The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia — the ability | Read More »

  • Britain at the Crosswords

    Britain at the Crosswords

    Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more | Read More »