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In Oregon, a doctor calls in the U.S. Senate race

By George F. Will
PORTLAND, Ore. “Are you kidding ?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures …

Goldwater 2.0

By George F. Will
MENLO PARK, Calif. Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in …

The Supreme Court played its indispensable role as constable last week

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of …

Curse of judicial minimalism

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9-0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess …

What’s in a name?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo who successfully moved a federal agency to withdraw trademark protections from the Washington Redskins because it considers the team’s name derogatory, lives on a reservation where Navajos root for the Red Mesa High School Redskins. …

Miss. votes its appetite

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the tea party persuasion who in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in …

Here’s how to stop a lawless president

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial …

U.S. foreign policy: Retreat

By George F. Will
From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli ... — The Marines’ Hymn WASHINGTON Two hundred and nine years after Marines visited those shores, dispatched by President Jefferson to punish Barbary pirates for attacking U.S. vessels in the …

That roar is Europe’s protest vote

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-67), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, …

Time for GOP to re-evaluate

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The morning after, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise “to take a step back and a deep breath until we find …

When a president goes rogue ...

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON What Winston Churchill said of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles — that he was a bull who carried his own china shop around …

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