WASHINGTON -- Pursed lips and clucked tongues signaled disapproval among the wise and responsible when, at a recent televised event, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the "democratic socialist" from Vermont, did not plausibly explain how he would pay for "Medicare for all." The remarkable thing, however, is the quaint expectation that any political person ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation's highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political and policy consequences, comes from the Enlightenment ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while subtracting from America's fairness. Sen. John Barrasso...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Democrats' presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party's 2016 achievement -- the election of the current president -- was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d'etre is to frustrate Democrats, seems to be thinking: We are determined to lose the 2020 ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months, Lyndon Johnson took no chances. The economy was sizzling and in November Johnson would carry 44 states. Nevertheless, he wanted low interest rates, so he summoned to his Texas ranch Federal Reserve Chairman William McChesney...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross' employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars -- "The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!" -- threaten "national security." This report is required by our lackadaisical Congress so it can pretend to be...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Appropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a shoe malfunction, a lawyer whose best-known client was a pornographic actress was indicted for threatening to shrink a shoe company's market capitalization by making allegations about the company misbehaving in the meat ...Read more
Editors note: This is the print version of George Will's annual spring training baseball quiz.
WASHINGTON -- When umpire Dutch Leonard blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, "How come you're such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?" Leonard, equally puzzled...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller's report is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive's unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin's, is more a dereliction of taste and judgment than evidence that he is under that regime's sway. The report is an even larger gift to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If an adjective creates a redundancy, does preceding it with two other adjectives give the Supreme Court a reason to venture where it has never gone before? Come Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments urging it to referee gerrymandering in the drawing of congressional districts. The justices should, like Ulysses, listen to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, "Landfall," which takes them on a long stroll down memory lane, back to the golden days of ... President George W. Bush's second term. Really. So, if Mallon's wonderfully entertaining romp attracts the attention it deserves, it will be partly ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo," was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal doses. It was hidden in a truck carrying cucumbers through the...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- "Horseplay," a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church's bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the church's "pattern of abuse" and conspiracy of silence "that goes all the way to the Vatican." "Benevolent bishops" are...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: "Buy this kitchen knife that is so sharp it can slice and dice diamonds, and we'll throw in a nonstick frying pan that can double as a satellite dish. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! If you call immediately, we'll include a homeopathic ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be "at the table" with African-Americans for a "robust discussion" about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. The enumeration of the misdeeds, and the assignment of guilt ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently he was having a good week because Democrats were having an awful one. The former Starbucks CEO, who is contemplating a plunge into politics, knows that his narrow path to the presidency as an independent depends on the Democratic Party becoming as offensive as the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There have been many memorable -- and eventually consequential -- Supreme Court dissents that affirmed principles that, in time, commanded a court majority. It is, however, rare that a justice's opinion concurring in a unanimous ruling is more intellectually scintillating and potentially portentous than the ruling ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown.
The First Amendment's first words say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of ...Read more
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- America's most improbably popular governor, a Republican beginning his second term in perhaps the bluest state, resembles a beer keg with an attitude. Stocky and blunt, Larry Hogan, whose job approval is in the high 70s, has won twice in the state with the highest percentage of African-Americans of any state outside the Deep ...Read more
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!"
-- Karl Marx
WASHINGTON -- Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, Thomas, who had been the Socialist Party's candidate in ...Read more