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George Will

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Will: Wisconsin schools fight to save choice

By George Will November 23, 2014 6 a.m.

It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state's intricacies to advance progressivism's project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government's saddle.

Will: Prime time to rethink use of military force

By George Will November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right-size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.

Will: 6 measures Republicans should act on

By George Will November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what to do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium:

Will: We may be shaken, stirred on Tuesday

By George Will November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Mix a pitcher of martinis Tuesday to fortify yourself against the torrent of election returns painting a pointillist portrait of the nation's mind. Before you become too mellow to care, consider some indexes of our civic tendencies.

Will: McConnell key to dignity in Senate

By George Will October 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama's executive overreach. So Kentucky's Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate's dignity.

Will: Will the FCC try to tackle 'Redskins'?

By George Will October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

Will: Christie could scale Blue Wall

By George Will October 12, 2014 6 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Will: Term limits will balance government

By George Will October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

"The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."

Will: Kansan calculates Senate control

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

Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman's campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, "Tragic Prelude," that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of "bleeding Kansas," the Civil War's overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas.

Will: Californians may cash in at voting booth

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

The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote.

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