"You're the top! You're an Arrow collar.
You're the top! You're a Coolidge dollar.
You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire,
You're Mrs. Sweeny,
-- A version of "You're the Top," Cole Porter (1934)
WASHINGTON -- In the early 1930s, when Benito Mussolini was ...Read more
"The money man dealing himself a hot royal flush. Then giving you and me a phony hand like a pair of tens or something."
--"Waiting for Lefty," Clifford Odets, 1935
WASHINGTON -- With his gravelly voice and his lack of senatorial sheen -- even in a well-pressed suit he somehow radiates rumpledness -- Sherrod Brown could have wandered ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer," the mild word "snip" describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell's use of scissors to cut the spinal cords of hundreds of babies that survived his late-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Unanimity is elusive in today's America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog's partisans in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had gotten away with designating 1,544 ...Read more
EDITORS: The George F. Will column sent Thursday on the dusky gopher frog can now be published on Thursday, Dec. 6, or another time of your choosing.
WASHINGTON -- At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British poet and ...Read more
DENVER -- Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot be unwoven. Be that as it may, 300 days of sunshine -- this Mile High City is practically cheek-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana's Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict -- first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin -- when his father died. He blew the $73,000 insurance payout on drugs and a $41,558 Land ...Read more
EDITORS -- This column, intended to be published on Thanksgiving, is being sent a day early to help with your holiday planning.
WASHINGTON -- Never one to use a scalpel when there is a machete at hand, the president denounced the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a dunderheaded move but a reason for giving thanks today because it ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The world's oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy's health care sector, which is larger than all but three nations' economies. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the hierarchy of pleasures, schadenfreude ranks second only to dry martinis at dusk, so conservatives are enjoying Harvard's entanglement with two things it has not sufficiently questioned -- regulatory government and progressive sentiment. The trial that recently ended in Boston -- the judge's ruling might be months away, and ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson's belief that "men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things." Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.S Supreme Court why a state court was sufficiently serious in ruling that Joey Chandler is so depraved that he ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- America's body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday's elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation's immune system.
Tuesday was, on balance, deflating to Democrats, who learned -- or perhaps not -- ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York jury, which perhaps had a sense of humor, embraced this...Read more
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Here in the state's southeast, which calls itself the Bootheel and nurses a genial distrust of Missouri's metropolitan fleshpots (St. Louis, Kansas City), the loudspeaker is blasting out John Mellencamp's "Small Town" as Josh Hawley's cowboy boots alight from his campaign bus at this stop on the "Stop Schumer Fire Claire ...Read more
GRIFFIN, Ga. -- "Life happens," Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected Georgia's governor since 1998, and America's first African...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, who he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, "Die, [N-word], die." Metcalf was sentenced to 10 years in prison under the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- This year's election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping. Rather, Arizona's judge-retention election will decide whether...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: "Tell the truth." Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in a book that is a painful but perhaps inoculating re-...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If Sen. Ben Sasse is right -- he has not recently been wrong about anything important -- the nation's most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is loneliness. Sasse's new book argues that Americans are ...Read more
EDITORS -- Note quoted language in 3rd sentence of 4th graf.
WASHINGTON -- On the road again, and full of indignation about, or perhaps admiration for, what he called "made-up" and "fabricated" Democratic accusations during the recent judicial confirmation turmoil, America's feral president swerved into a denunciation of a nonexistent bill -- "...Read more