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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  • Ignore Obama and vote for trade-promotion authority

    Ignore Obama and vote for trade-promotion authority

    Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass trade-promotion authority (TPA).

  • Kaine’s Quest for War Legitimacy

    Kaine’s Quest for War Legitimacy

    The Revolutionary War and the Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam.

  • Capital Punishment's Slow Death

    Capital Punishment’s Slow Death

    Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.

  • Lincoln Chafee’s Implausible Campaign

    Lincoln Chafee’s Implausible Campaign

    America’s smallest state — one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger — has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

  • Remember the Lusitania

    Remember the Lusitania

    Owning a fragment of history — a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button — is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania. This 787-feet-long passenger liner has been beneath 300 feet of water off Ireland’s south coast since a single German torpedo sank it 100 years ago Thursday. It contains the 4 million U.S.-made rifle bullets and other munitions that the ship had been carrying from neutral America to wartime Britain.

  • The Two Issues That Would Bedevil Lindsey Graham’s Campaign

    The Two Issues That Would Bedevil Lindsey Graham’s Campaign

    Lindsey Graham once said his road to Congress ran through a coronary clinic because it involved so many South Carolina barbecues.

  • The Export-Import Bank’s grip

    The Export-Import Bank’s grip

    Conservatives’ next disappointment will at least be a validation.

  • Obama needs GOP for TPP

    Obama needs GOP for TPP

    The two largest achievements during Bill Clinton’s presidency occurred in spite of Democrats.

  • Stopping the IRS

    Stopping the IRS

    If the he court rules that the IRS acted contrary to law, it certainly will not have acted contrary to its pattern of corruption in the service of the current administration.

  • Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

    Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

    This week, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona.

  • Reversing course in Illinois

    Reversing course in Illinois

    The most portentous election of 2014 has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment.

  • Tweeting against terrorism   

    Tweeting against terrorism  

    U.S. “countermessaging” against the Islamic State will use up to 140 characters to persuade persons who are tempted to join in its barbarism that these behaviors are not nice.

  • War authorization’s difficult debate

    War authorization’s difficult debate

    Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language.

  • Curb your pessimism

    Curb your pessimism

    The world might currently seem unusually disorderly, but it can be so without being unusually dangerous.

  • The Pence paradox

    The Pence paradox

    Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum.

  • Education is the business of the states

    Education is the business of the states

    Although liberal academia deserves its government-inflicted miseries, Alexander’s next project will be deregulation of higher education.

  • Defining economic failure down

    Defining economic failure down

    Economic weakness — new business formations are at a 35-year low — is both a cause and a consequence of alarming cultural changes.

  • A season of wretched excess

    A season of wretched excess

    The State of the Union has become, under presidents of both parties, a political pep rally degrading to everyone.

  • Bud Selig’s winning legacy

    Bud Selig’s winning legacy

    The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill.

  • Vermont’s Sanders has mountains to climb

    Vermont’s Sanders has mountains to climb

    Sanders calls himself an independent, although he caucuses and reliably votes with Senate Democrats.