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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  • On Obamacare, John Roberts Helps Overthrow the Constitution

    On Obamacare, John Roberts Helps Overthrow the Constitution

    Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’s disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit.

  • Hillary Clinton’s Dodginess is Overpowering Her Message

    Hillary Clinton’s Dodginess is Overpowering Her Message

    Hillary Clinton’s reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict the United States during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called her “the most opaque person you’ll ever meet in your life,” but when opacity yields to the necessity of answering questions, here are a few:

  • McDonald’s, the ‘Progressive Burger Company’

    McDonald’s, the ‘Progressive Burger Company’

    In January, McDonald’s, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald’s sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into McDonald’s drive-through lines, where approximately two-thirds of McDonald’s customers place their orders.

  • 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.