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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Hillary tapes

War is a terrible thing, as everyone who has ever been in one can testify, but war can tempt a president, and sometimes merely someone with the itch to be a president, as a way to burnish a warrior credential.

The South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Two bites out of the economy

Taxes take a bite out of the economy, but regulations take a bigger one. Congress has surrendered much of its lawmaking authority to the president and a growing swarm of unelected bureaucrats, and regulations are growing faster than ever. The Obama administration thinks this is the way to run an economy. It’s actually the way to cripple it.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

The baggage of Benghazi

Politics is a rough game. There’s no rule that says you can’t rough the passer or avoid making hits to the head. There’s not even a rule that says it’s unfair to take a dispassionate look at the record of a candidate who offers himself — or herself — for president of the United States. This includes a thorough baggage search.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is traveling the country now as an evangelist for expansion, urging other governors to follow his lead. (AP Photo/James Nord)

John Kasich’s medicine show

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio was one of several Republican governors who agreed in 2013 to accept a grant of federal money under Obamacare to expand his state’s Medicaid services. The temporary grant of $2.6 billion, accepted over protests from his legislature, expires this year and Mr. Kasich now wants the legislature to approve taking more Obamacare subsidies to continue to pay for the expansion.

A pedestrian walks in the middle of Seventh Avenue in Times Square, New York, early Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Great Blizzard of ’15

Nothing is more tempting to television’s talking heads than exaggerating an approaching doomsday of blizzards, droughts, hurricanes, traffic jams, abortion rallies and other disasters, and nothing is riskier for politicians. What was hyped as the Great Blizzard of ‘15 turned out to be the Usual Snowfall of ‘15, and now the politicians are squirming under an avalanche of second-guessing.

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives a thumbs-up after speaking at his campaign party, in West Allis, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke. Walker said in an interview Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, that he remains committed to lowering property taxes next year as he promised in his re-election campaign, even though the state faces a projected $2.2 billion state budget shortfall that will likely result in spending cuts and other money-saving moves.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

A dozen states ring in new year with lower taxes

Taxpayers in a dozen states rang in the new year with more enthusiasm than usual. Thanks to the work of the wise in the state houses, residents of Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Wisconsin will get lower tax bills in 2015. There's a message here for the new Congress.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, vehicles line up to take advantage of low gas prices at the Fuel City gas station in Dallas. The collapse of oil prices this year has become a huge topic of worry and comfort for investors. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

American economy stronger than Obama incompetence

Barack Obama needed not one, but two autobiographies to tell the story of the first half of his life. He called the second version "The Audacity of Hope." When he writes his account of the second half of his second term he should call it "The Audacity of Hype." It will be the fanciful tale of how his economic policies were responsible for the modest recovery from six years of presidential mismanagement of the economy.

Suspicion: The National Security Agency used financial incentives, secret courts and theft to breach privacy, leaked documents show. (Associated Press)

NSA spooks count on holiday distractions to hide misbehavior

When nearly everybody else was busy with ribbons and wrapping paper or rushing out to do a little last-minute panic shopping, the folks at the National Security Agency busied themselves with a data dump they devoutly hoped nobody would see, or if they did, read it closely. They knew better than to waste opportunity in the Christmas frenzy.

Money man: Joseph T. Hansen is departing as president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union with a warning about pensions. (Associated Press)

Unions get congressional permission to cut workers’ benefits

The role the labor unions played in persuading Congress to allow unions to cut pension plans, which cover as many as 10 million American workers, for not only those still working, but also to retired workers living on pension income, is truly startling. These are the same unions that demanded that cities and companies in financial straits not make such cuts.

The annual New Year's Eve "Possum Drop" in a small North Carolina town will go on as planned without a live opossum this year following a lawsuit from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

EDITORIAL: New Year's laws to oppress, threaten and tax

The year now dying was, on the whole, a good one for liberty and limiting government. Let's raise a cheer for 2014. Republicans, running on free market, low-tax, repeal-Obamacare platforms dominated Election Day at all levels of government. Attempts to raise taxes and expand the size and scope of government were stifled in city councils and legislatures across the land.

Henry Becker directs trades in shares of MetLife on Thursday at the New York Stock Exchange, where investors watched stocks make substantial gains despite a surge in oil prices because of the turmoil in Libya and neighboring countries. (Associated Press)

Escaping the federal thumb

An unaccountable force created in the shade of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which was sold as something to make all economic rough places plain, has put insurance giant MetLife in the fight of its life. Insurance companies, like lawyers, rarely attract the warm and cuddly blessings of the masses, but for the sake of the free market and American business, it's a struggle that MetLife can and must win.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

If there’s no crisis to exploit, White House troublemakers will manufacture one

The term "man-caused disaster" never passed the giggle test as a euphemism for terrorism, but it fits as a description of some of the tomfoolery of Washington. No longer content with not letting a crisis go to waste, President Obama and his legion busied themselves during 2014 manufacturing a certain few. Life without change would soon get monotonous, but keeping America on edge with orchestrated turmoil is an abuse of power. There should be a New Year's resolution in the White House to knock it off.

A startling new anti-gun ad released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to commit a series of crimes by stealing their parents' guns and turning them over to school officials. (Sleeper 13 Productions)

A video against gun violence misses the target by a mile

Rejina Sincic is a video producer in San Francisco, where she makes short independent films and commercials, mostly to sell ladies' nether garments. She owns the production company and recently helped found another, enabling her to "branch out" to release a "public service announcement" about her campaign against "gun violence." She invited broadcast outlets to use the "public service announcement," called a PSA in the trade, and join her campaign.

Gov. Bill Haslam announces his proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee during a press conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The Republican governor said he will call the state Legislature into special session to take up the proposal that would make Tennessee the 28th state plus Washington, D.C., to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee Gov. Haslam undercuts the Republican promises to repeal Obamacare

Jonathan Gruber was thrust to the center stage of the Obamacare debate with his remark that only the "stupidity of the American voter" made passage of Obamacare possible. Stupid is as stupid does, as the old folk wisdom has it, and the Republican Governors Association has elevated to chairman a governor who has undercut the Republican argument that Obamacare is a bad thing. Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee actually likes it.

Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A prayer for a hero

A man who jumps out of an airplane at 90, just for the fun of it, is a man to inspire the Walter Mitty in all of us earthbound creatures. George H.W. Bush has been an inspiration and an example since he put on his country's uniform after Pearl Harbor and went cheerfully off to war.

In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Baltimore. Gov.-elect Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The new governor of Maryland inherits a financial mess

Larry Hogan, the incoming Republican governor of Maryland who understands the value of a nickel (and dollars counted in the billions) will inherit some expensive baggage when he takes the oath on Jan. 19. It's the state budget, including a $1.2 billion deficit, the price of expensive goodies from the eight years that Martin O'Malley was the governor and the CEO of the state.

When Scrooge meets his match

The Washington Times

As predictable as tinsel and toys, the Christmas season brings forth a sackful of holiday haters with their vows of folly. These modern-day Ebenezer Scrooges find endless ways to pronounce, "Bah, humbug," but like Charles Dickens' quintessential character, they are no match for the Christmas spirit. Giving has a way of warming the uncharitable.

George C. Scott, Jim Carrey, Patrick Stewart and Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge.

When Scrooge meets his match

As predictable as tinsel and toys, the Christmas season brings forth a sackful of holiday haters with their vows of folly. These modern-day Ebenezer Scrooges find endless ways to pronounce, "Bah, humbug," but like Charles Dickens' quintessential character, they are no match for the Christmas spirit. Giving has a way of warming the uncharitable.