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Approval of Congress required

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The United States last declared war on June 5, 1942, on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against …

Extremism in defense of re-election

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered …

The Russian threat: Beware of ‘palsied wills’ to counter Putin

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Speaking on Aug. 29 — at a fundraiser, of course — Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this …

An eye on the Baltic States?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide. Putin’s serial …

Paul Ryan’s way forward

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins …

Navy with a mission in mind

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this and the Yellow …

Defending the defenders

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But …

Fed up with cupcake cops

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything , from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal …

In a stew over inversions

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called “inversion,” more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker. Obama, …

Into a new void?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: “You just don’t in …

Nature’s creative danger

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination. This eruption of uncontrolled nature into what …

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