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Will: War question begs debate

By George Will February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State and also against . . .

Will: Pence a symbol of Republican conundrum

By George Will February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House, which some Republicans hope he craves, Pence, now in his third year as Indiana's governor, discussed Common Core, which helps illustrate the following:

Will: Moynihan's statements still ring true

By George Will February 8, 2015 6 a.m.

Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America's political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers.

Will: Wretched Excess Season

By George Will February 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn't, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps Deflategate proves the same thing.

Will: America less exceptional

By George Will January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

America's national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly:

Will: Obama shows cluelessness on Keystone

By George Will January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:

Will: Pointed questions for AG nominee

By George Will January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Senate confirmation hearings put nominees on notice that, as a Michigan state legislator reportedly once said, "I'm watching everything you do with a fine-toothed comb." Loretta Lynch, a talented lawyer and seasoned U.S. attorney, should be confirmed as attorney general. Her hearing, however, should not be perfunctory. Questions like the following would highlight some festering problems:

Will: Sen. Corker in key foreign policy role

By George Will January 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Standing at the intersection of three foreign policy crises and constitutional tension, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., incoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, may be the senator who matters most in 2015. As Congress weighs its foreign policy role regarding these three matters, Corker treads the contested terrain between deference to presidential primacy in foreign policy and the need for collective wisdom and shared responsibility.

Will: Cuban policy: Flawed logic

By George Will December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. For decades, Cuba has been instructive as a museum of two stark failures: socialism and the U.S. embargo. Now, Cuba has become useful as a clarifier of different Republican flavors of foreign-policy thinking.

Will: Free speech has its plate full in Texas

By George Will December 21, 2014 6 a.m.

The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, or SCV, might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state's Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

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