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President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, left, meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

EDITORIAL: Africa needs a hand up, not more U.N. handouts

Leaders from 140 world nations will gather in New York City this week for the meetings of the U.N. General Assembly, to sit still to be “inspired” by the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.” Translated from bureaucratese, the official language of the U.N., that means, “We want you to raise your taxes and impose more regulations – for your own good.”

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EDITORIAL: Why militarize the schools?

But peer pressure, bullying and ambition for good grades aren't the sort of minefield California's schools apparently fear most. They're getting ready for the real thing, deploying mine-resistant vehicles, or MRAPs, against the day an invading army lays a booby trap on the playground.

**FILE** Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, addresses a crowd during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah, on April 26, 2014. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The monument man, by executive order

The federal government already owns most of the land in Utah, and Mr. Obama has his eye on a prime parcel of 1.4 million acres near the Canyonlands National Park. With a wave of his autopen, he can banish development, declaring the Greater Canyonlands a "national monument."

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EDITORIAL: Dealing with a disgraceful tax code

Millions of Americans entrust their financial information to private accountants, lest they fill out the dreaded 1040 tax form on their own. When things go wrong, and they're overcharged, they sometimes lodge a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy, speaks from a soapbox in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour, in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Scotland will vote in an independence referendum on September 18. (AP Photo/PA, Jane Barlow)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

EDITORIAL: A historic vote for Scotland

Scotland the brave, the ancestral home of millions of the sturdiest and most independent of Americans, will vote Thursday whether to secede to become once more an independent nation. The United Kingdom would be united no more.

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From left, Sens. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are among the members of the newly formed Moderate Dems Working Group. The group of 15 will meet to focus on legislative battles, such as the president's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.

EDITORIAL: A 51st-state fantasy

Senate Democrats who are anxious about their re-election prospects in November are puzzled that Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a Democrat, is pushing the fantasy of statehood for the District of Columbia so close to the November elections.