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Tim Kaine’s quest for war legitimacy

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The Revolutionary and Civil wars ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war ...

Withering of the death penalty

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when ...

Santorum’s return

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence ...

In childhood, risk is inherent

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices they disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of “child protection.” And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about ...

Onward Christian Huckabee

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists ...

Patrician blacksmith for president?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON America’s smallest state has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democrat candidate so far ...

Remembering the Lusitania

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Owning a fragment of history — a Gettysburg bullet, a Coolidge campaign button — is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner ...

Lindsey Graham’s obstacles

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Lindsey Graham once said his road to Congress ran through a coronary clinic because it involves so many South Carolina barbecues. Today, as a senator, he thinks he sees a path to the Republican presidential nomination. He has many ...

A Graham candidacy’s fun factor

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then 39 and a South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a ...

Merging of merchants & moralists

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON 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 ...

Don’t seize the raisins: A relic of the New Deal is a raw deal for this California family

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement ...

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