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George Will

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Will: Some questions for candidate Clinton

By George Will June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict America 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:

Will: 'Progressive' firms having identity crisis

By George Will June 21, 2015 6 a.m.

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 a drive-through line, where approximately two-thirds of McDonald's customers place their orders.

Will: GOP must save free trade

By George Will June 14, 2015 6 a.m.

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. This would guarantee a vote without amendments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Will: Sanders' 'Socialist' charade

By George Will June 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Does any stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an "independent" and a "socialist"? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of naughtiness to pretend that he is both. Actually, he is neither.

Will: Super PACs protectors of free speech

By George Will May 31, 2015 6 a.m.

A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, "requiring" a new round of reforms. But the Constitution requires a wall of separation between campaign and state.

Will: Capital punishment's slow death

By George Will May 24, 2015 6 a.m.

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

Will: Government reaches into childhood

By George Will May 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Controversies about "free-range parenting" illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of "child protection." And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting infantilized undergraduates from various menaces, including uncongenial ideas.

Will: No faith in 'Apostle Mike'

By George Will May 10, 2015 6 a.m.

In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a group of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of "The Power of Positive Thinking."

Will: Ship's sinking was an effect, not a cause

By George Will May 3, 2015 6 a.m.

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-foot-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.

Will: Seeing past e-cigarettes' smokescreen

By George Will April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is "loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs." Three years later, he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington.

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