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EDITORIAL: Republicans uphold NSA snooping

Invoking the Constitution is the common rhetoric of many politicians who swore to follow and defend it, but a lot of them have obviously never read it, or if they have, didn't understand it. The Founding Fathers wrote it in plain English, simple enough for even a lawyer to understand, but some politicians nevertheless have trouble with it. Published November 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama still pushing amnesty agenda

On Jan. 29, 2014, the Obama administration began posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website ads to secure 'escort service' contracts for up to 65,000 unaccompanied alien children. By May the situation had reached crisis level and the feds placed a gag order on our border patrol to keep the mess from the public. When asked about the developing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, the administration's response was that they were just learning about the situation through the media. Published November 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Impeach, don't preach

Leave it to the Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. President Obama is treating Congress like his subordinate. If he issues that executive order on amnesty and gets away with it, Congress will have been stripped of its power. Mr. Obama will veto every law passed and continue to 'rule' by executive order. Published November 19, 2014

Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Preparing for Obama’s amnesty

The struggle over the future of the nation begins tonight. The Republican Party, finally getting what it wished for, to be the effective counterbalance to the president's statist agenda, must be ready. Mr. Obama is expected to announce in a nationally televised speech that he will issue an executive order to prevent the deportation of 5 million illegal immigrants and to reward their law-breaking with work permits. The next morning he will use a high school in Las Vegas, teeming with illegal schoolchildren, as the backdrop to argue that "no papers" is no problem as long as he is in the White House. Published November 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilson showed warning signs

Everyone providing a reference for candidates applying to the Montgomery County Police Department must answer this question: Is this the officer you would want to respond to your emergency? Long before his path crossed Michael Brown's, Darren Wilson was no stranger to the internal affairs department. His previous department was disbanded for excessive brutality, and the Ferguson Police Department considered him a good hire. No one made him "unlearn" what he had been taught. Published November 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Middle East peace pipe dream

Another nail has been driven into the coffin of the notion of 'peace in the Middle East,' a goal which has been shown up as ludicrous ("Israel to ease gun-control laws following synagogue attack," Web, Nov. 18). The savage attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinian terrorists will of course cry out for retaliation and result in even worse relations between Israelis and Arabs. The flames were fanned as we see disgusting images of Gazans dancing in the streets to demonstrate their elation over the bloodshed inflicted on the Jewish worshippers. Published November 19, 2014

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, center right, walks among people protesting the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Emails sent to top public-safety officials both criticizing and praising Johnson for appearing to sympathize with protesters illustrate one of the challenges that authorities could face after a grand jury decides whether to charge the police officer who killed Brown _ how to walk a fine line between providing public empathy and security. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

EDITORIAL: Playing with fire in Ferguson

When a fire breaks out, the brave come running. Those of lesser courage gather only to watch. Still others revel in the spectacle of destruction, as if cheering on the flames with chants of "burn, baby, burn." Published November 19, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a voting rally for state Republican candidates, in Castle Rock, Colo., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Senate candidate Cory Gardner and gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez were among the candidates who joined Bush at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Jeb Bush: Congress should lead on immigration

As he flirts with a 2016 White House run, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been one of the strongest voices calling on Congress to act on its own to reform the nation's immigration system. He also has been among the Republicans to offer the most specific solutions. Published November 18, 2014

Paul Ryan: A detailed plan for Congress to act on immigration

Inside the House Republican caucus, Rep. Paul Ryan is the "idea's guy," unafraid to get a conversation going by putting forth fresh and concrete solutions to the nation's most pressing problems. He's done it for the federal budget, for reforming Medicare and most recently for transforming America's broken immigration system. Published November 18, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to introduce the Democratic leadership team for the 114th Congress. Democrats re-elected Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: It's the message, Stupid

Nancy Pelosi continues to live in her own cozy world. The House Minority Leader faces her Democratic caucus in the 114th Congress with depleted ranks and depleted confidence, but she hasn't learned much. She tells Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, that the blowout on Nov. 4 was "no wave of approval for the Republicans," and there was no rejection of her party. Published November 18, 2014

Zoe Buck, a 14-month-old child, checks out an empty voting booth as at her mother, Julie Buck, votes at left, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014, at the Alaska Zoo polling place in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

EDITORIAL: A sneak attack on taxpayers

Election Day should have taught legislators everywhere the lesson that they must be more respectful to the men and women who pay the taxes, and to show a little respect for the dollars those men and women send to municipal, state and federal treasuries. The message seems to have got lost on the way to Ohio. Published November 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elections show GOP not faulted for shutdown

Republicans should put a stop to the fable that the government shutdown of last year damaged the GOP brand with voters. This is a total concoction of the left-wing media. Even the more "moderate" Republicans have been brainwashed into believing it and have swallowed the line. They're shaking in their boots, saying, "We'll never do that again." Don't they read the election results? Published November 18, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Shoot' the lame duck session

Isn't it time that we put the lame-duck congressional session out of its and our misery? Perhaps allowing Congress to go ahead and do its work with some members that have been repudiated by their constituents made some sense with the limitations of travel and information transfer of the 1700s — but it now seems to be a quaint and dangerous anachronism. Published November 18, 2014

Ms. Lynch is a tough prosecutor, more lawyer and prosecutor than politician, and thus very different from the man she is to replace. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Time for civil-forfeiture reform

The D.C. Council later today will vote on whether to adopt a package of reforms designed to restrict the ability of D.C. law enforcement officials to seize the property of those connected to, but innocent of, wrongdoing. Published November 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Landrieu blowing smoke on Keystone pipeline

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is now introducing a bill in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Prior to this, however, she has sided with the White House. It's no coincidence that she is up for re-election next month. Published November 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote only if you know the issues

Jonathan Gruber was telling the truth in his numerous speeches of the past few years ("Jonathan Gruber and Obamacare undone by the 'stupid' people," Commentary, Web, Nov. 17). He knows that the American electorate is naive, uninformed and easily manipulated. Published November 17, 2014

Citizens hold signs at the Westminster Board of Health meeting on the proposed tobacco ban, at the Westminster Elementary School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Westminster, Ma. A public meeting on a central Massachusetts town's proposed first-in-the-nation ban on tobacco and nicotine sales ended early Wednesday because officials say the crowd was getting too unruly to continue. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava)

EDITORIAL: Anti-smoking fanaticism

Prohibition is back in Westminster, a rural town of about 8,000 near the New Hampshire border in north-central Massachusetts. The town's three-member board of health said it would prohibit the sale of all tobacco products within the town's borders. Published November 17, 2014