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George F. Will: Extremism in defense of re-election

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, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, rea…

September 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Raise U.S. defense spending now

WASHINGTON — You might have thought that the lesson would be obvious. In the past year, we’ve had an elementary tutorial in the uses of raw military power: in Ukraine, where Russia manufactured a “rebellion”; in Iraq, where the Islamic State expanded its footprint; and in Asia, where China h…

September 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

An appellate court has affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed the bankruptcy reorganization of Montana's ultra-luxury Yellowstone Club, turning back another challenge by club founder Tim Blixseth.

September 02, 2014 11:40 amLoading…

George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

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 of confidence f…

August 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

July 23, 2014 1:55 pmLoading…

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

July 22, 2014 10:12 amLoading…

Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?

In Harris v. Quinn, the U.S. Supreme Court put unions in a bind when it ruled that unionized home-care workers cannot be required to pay for the representation that unions are required by law to provide to them. In cases across the country lawyers are now asking courts to extend the rule of …

July 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Highway Trust spending will shrink 30% if Congress does nothing

WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

July 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Supreme Court plays indispensable constable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures soci…

July 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: The cost of campaign finance restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, “10,000 campaign finance laws.” He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota’s chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represe…

May 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Government by intimidation in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.

May 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
E.J. Dionne: Why Paul Ryan should love Americorps

E.J. Dionne: Why Paul Ryan should love Americorps

WASHINGTON — We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: How to make tax day fun for the 99%

WASHINGTON — Tax day is always a busy day for the tax hysteric crowd: the folks who think it is outrageous that we tax people to pay for things like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and infrastructure.

April 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Tax reformer's uphill push toward economic growth

WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code that benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the …

April 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Unpredicted disasters create identity crisis for economists

WASHINGTON — These are hard times for economists. Their reputations are tarnished; their favorite doctrines are damaged. Among their most prominent thinkers, there is no consensus as to how — or whether — governments in advanced countries can improve lackluster recoveries. All in all, the s…

February 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring aging costs may end government as we know it

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening in Washington. We are slowly dismantling the federal government, even as its spending is growing larger. The paradox is that governmental competence is being systematically degraded while the government’s size, as measured by its budget, is increas…

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Guest opinion: Facade of Russian progress on display in Sochi

Guest opinion: Facade of Russian progress on display in Sochi

In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman described the reconstruction of St. Petersburg’s monumental Winter Palace after a fire. To meet the czar’s deadline during a bitterly cold winter, the “unprecedented efforts” included heating the structure’s interior to almost 90 degrees. Of the thousands…

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

5 men face charges in task force child sex sting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A child sex sting operation by the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in federal felony charges against five men.

February 05, 2014 6:03 pmLoading…

George F. Will: State of Union promotes political exhibitionism

WASHINGTON — As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was 17 too many. America wo…

January 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Federal judge sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana judge who was investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review panel released Friday.

January 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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