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FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to members of the media in Raleigh, N.C. In a letter dated Oct. 6 to French officials, McCrory said the plain packaging proposal may detract from more effective ways of curbing cigarette use. The French bill requiring neutral cigarette packs by 2016 is slated for debate in French Parliament next year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Races for the statehouse

With little mystery about the prospects of continued Republican control of the House of Representatives, attention is focused on the Senate, where there is a lot of uncertainty. This focus gives short shrift to the important races for the statehouses, where Democrats are looking for bright spots but where the Republicans may produce several surprises. Published October 19, 2014

Blowing billions

Spending $17.9 trillion is hard work. Dispensing cash at a rate of $1 million per hour would require 2,040 years to rack up a sum as large as the national debt. It's not that big-spending bureaucrats are lazy, but that their hard work has created their own special expertise at wasting money. Published October 19, 2014

This undated handout photo provided by Revolution shows Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.   A longtime Democratic operative, Klain was tasked Friday by President Barack Obama with running the government's response to the Ebola crisis. (AP Photo/Revolution)

Ebola crisis needs more than a bureaucrat czar

President Obama's confused and timid response to the Ebola crisis has done nothing to calm the fear that stalks America, and choosing a well-connected Democratic lawyer, lobbyist and what the White House calls "an implementation expert" isn't likely to make anyone feel better. Ronald A. Klain has no medical, scientific, public health or administrative experience to become the nation's Ebola czar. Published October 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Wage gap' doesn't hold up

Actress Emma Watson recently delivered a speech to raise awareness of the HeForShe global campaign. Miss Watson's talk was well-received and free of the man-hating rhetoric with which feminism has become associated. However, Miss Watson, like most intellectuals in society, has decided to masquerade her political agenda as economic fact. Published October 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Iran undeterred by potential retaliation

Recently, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, which thoroughly investigated the Iranian nuclear development program, concluded that Iran is in fact developing nuclear weapons. The evidence, including satellite images, overwhelmingly points to the manufacture of nuclear weapons in the short term, probably on the order of a number of months to a year. U.S. intelligence information corroborates this assessment. Published October 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP needs better funding to win

While President Obama does not actually do his job as president, at least he, along with the Clintons, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others, does diligently raise campaign funds for Democratic candidates. For Mr. Obama to cash a paycheck is tantamount to stealing, yet Democratic leaders focus strongly on retaining control of the nation. Published October 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't forget other fumbled virus

While the nation focuses on Ebola and the Islamic State, little attention is paid to Enterovirus EV-D68, which may have been responsible for seven deaths to date. Our children are the primary victims of this deadly and debilitating disease, which affects the respiratory system, especially in those children with asthmatic conditions. Published October 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Infatuated with nothing

At a recent fundraiser for President Obama, actress Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the president by blurting out, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." Coincidentally Mr. Obama has the same problem whenever he sees his own reflection in a teleprompter. Published October 16, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bush exonerated, media silent

I must be living in an episode of "The Twilight Zone." On Oct. 15 the New York Times — the outlet to which all other publications seem to look for their leftist directives — put forth a front-page bombshell: More than 5,000 chemical weapons were indeed found in Iraq. This is the 'worse than Watergate' story of the last decade, yet ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN aren't even mentioning it. Published October 16, 2014

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan speaks during his first gubernatorial debate with Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, in Baltimore, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun, Amy Davis, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Hogan for governor

Democrats stand at the edge of panic. The miserable economy, a president who retreats from challenge to lead from behind and the failure of the federal government to deal responsibly with the Ebola crisis all undermine faith in the party of more and bigger government. In a state that runs deep blue, a Republican has a shot at taking the Maryland governor's mansion. Published October 16, 2014

This undated image released by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland shows a Halloween-themed tree displayed at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, a large Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Mich. So-called holiday creep, where the traditions one special occasion are embraced by another, now extends to Halloween. (AP Photo/Bronner's Christmas Wonderland)

EDITORIAL: Decking the halls with regulation

The Christmas season brings no joy to a bureaucrat. There's no heart for good will to appeal to. Banning things is what sets hearts afire in the Obama administration. The president most recently chased away the humble light bulb, the work of Thomas Edison a century ago, and replaced it with a pale substitute laced with deadly mercury. Only green fanatics were pleased. Published October 16, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has found Democrats joining his side as he rallies for school choice, even some who helped kill a voucher bill before Hurricane Katrina. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Cooling the car

Years ago, there was a hole in the ozone layer that was going to kill us all. Once the government banned aerosol hairspray and Freon, the stuff that made air conditioners and refrigerators work, the frenzy subsided. Now the government-mandated replacement for Freon, a chemical that goes by the name of R-134a, will end life as we know it. The White House is about to add the chemical to the list of prohibited substances, along with asbestos, anthrax and carbon dioxide. Published October 16, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Turkey's Erdogan using Stalin's playbook

Not wanting to incur the wrath of the world by re-enacting their massacre of the Armenians, Turkey appears intent on solving its "Kurdish separatist problem" by taking a page out of Josef Stalin's playbook and simply standing by while the Islamic State brigands slaughter the country's independence-seeking Kurds. Published October 15, 2014

In this photo provided by the Houston mayor's office, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, right and her long-time partner, First Lady Kathy Hubbard, celebrate at their wedding Thursday, Jan 16, 1014 in Palm Springs, Calif. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Paul Fromberg, rear, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Houston Office of The Mayor, Richard Hartog)

EDITORIAL: Houston's chilling bid to silence the pulpits

Applying the name of "marriage" to homosexual unions is said by the lavender lobby to be an issue of equal rights. However, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, the left began applying pressure on those who hold to traditional values, betraying a mindless intolerance of anyone who disagrees. Published October 15, 2014

In this combination of Oct. 10, 2014, file photos are Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, left, and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, at a debate in Eau Claire, Wis. (AP Photo/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Marisa Wojcik, File)

EDITORIAL: Defending political free speech

"We can't let this happen." That's the message certain federal judges sent to partisan liberals who have been bending campaign-finance laws to silence opponents in the midterm elections. Published October 15, 2014