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Stopping the IRS

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee, whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service and, hence, of Lois Lerner’s legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of ...

2 reading lessons at the Supreme Court

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. But this week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona. On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did ...

Reversing course in Illinois

By George F. Will
CHICAGO The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democrat presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in ...

Tweeting against terrorism

By George F. Will
We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need ...

Difficult debate on war

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not ...

Curb your pessimism

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Barack Obama’s tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. As was his recent ...

The Pence paradox

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Mike Pence exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House, which some Republicans hope he craves, Pence, now in his third ...

We must re-devolve education to the states

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility ...

Defining economic failure down

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America’s political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers. Moynihan said that when deviant behaviors — e.g., violent crime or births to ...

A season of wrectched excess

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into ...

Selig’s winning legacy

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs and we have assembled a pitching staff to ...

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