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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 ...

Sustainability gone wild

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks ...

Containing Iran’s nuclear intoxication

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON This week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob ...

When everything is a crime

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, ...

Batter up! It’s time once again to test your baseball knowledge

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Visiting a struggling pitcher on the mound, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver advised, “If you know how to cheat, start now.” Be advised that ...

Rough math facing Ted Cruz

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate ...

Remembrance of Clintons past

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed ...

Who says economics is hard?

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at stores that made Sam Walton ...

Inequality’s deepening roots (and what to do, and not to do, about it)

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services ...

Kasich waits in the wings

By George F. Will
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence to praise a Delaware church that buys prom dresses for low-income girls. His spirit would add spice and ...

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