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Willett v. Roberts

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Today’s most interesting debate about governance concerns a 110-year-old Supreme Court decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the United ...

A tantrum masquerading as governance

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON When Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras decided to call a referendum on a bailout offer from Greece’s creditors — an offer that expired before Sunday’s referendum — he informed the Greek nation in a televised speech. At 1 a.m. Mediterranean ...

The wrinkle in the ObamaCare decision

By George F. Will
“What chumps!” — Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015 WASHINGTON Roberts’ intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as ...

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In 1824, James Madison noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would evolve “with the changeable meaning of the words composing it.” ...

John Roberts’ damaging doctrine

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court says the Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that subsidies are to be distributed by the IRS through exchanges “established by the state” should not be construed to mean what it says. Otherwise the law will not work ...

Questions for Hillary

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON 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 Democrat presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called her “the most opaque person ...

Let Greece go

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.” ...

McDonald’s ‘progressive’ reset

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON 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). ...

Our long path to limited government

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Americans should light 800 candles for the birthday of the document that began paving the meandering path to limited government. Magna Carta laid down ...

A vote for TPA is not a vote for Obama

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON 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). This would ...

The super PAC minuet

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Campaign finance “reformers” think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as ...

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