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EDITORIAL: Budget blarney

President Obama is a master of fiscal discipline, or so he says. "Our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years," he told an audience the other day at Knox College in Illinois. It is true that the federal deficit is on track to be the lowest since Mr. Obama took office, but there's a catch. Published September 16, 2013

EDITORIAL: Hiding from the nanny

The first rule of food club is you do not talk about food club; what happens at the table, stays at the table. But some of the Manhattan foodies didn't get the message. Mayor Michael Bloomberg caught an aroma from the private supper clubs operating throughout the Big Apple without his approval, and nothing gives Mr. Bloomberg heartburn like someone on the town, having fun. You let someone nibble on foie gras today, and tomorrow he'll want a 20-ounce Big Gulp. Published September 16, 2013

EDITORIAL: Derailing Obamacare

The Republican National Committee has set up a website counting down the minutes remaining before the "Obamacare train wreck" arrives. In less than three weeks, the insurance exchanges open, and House Speaker John A. Boehner wavers over whether he ought to prevent it from happening. Published September 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: The exceptional nation

Vladimir Putin, as our English cousins might put it, is too clever by half. In his Thursday op-ed essay in The New York Times, he couldn't resist needling President Obama's calling America "an exceptional nation," and tried to instruct him in the perils of hubris: "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional." Published September 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: Labor's bitter regret

Even early Obamacare backers are starting to wonder whether they made a colossal blunder. It wasn't so long ago that Labor aided President Obama in ramming his health care scheme through Congress, fully expecting to win exemptions for unions as a reward for their service. Today, union leaders are upset that their multiemployer health care plans aren't eligible for federal tax subsidies. Published September 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: Goodbye to Carlos Danger

Voters in New York City and Colorado are trying to make up for past mistakes. Despite bad decisions on Election Day last year, they're throwing out some of the politicians who abused their trust. Published September 12, 2013

EDITORIAL: Cooling off Down Under

A year before Americans sent Ronald Reagan to the White House, the British rejected the frazzled Labor Party and embraced the opposition led by Margaret Thatcher. Her upset victory demonstrated to the world that principled conservatism resonates with the public and wins elections. This has happened again, this time in Australia, where voters over the weekend dumped the big-spending, big-government Labor Party in favor of the Liberal Party, which is "liberal" in the classical sense. Published September 12, 2013

EDITORIAL: Misleading by example

Tragedies matter, and when they're preventable, they matter even more. Two somber anniversaries are marked on Wednesday, commemorating days that Americans wish they could forget. It has been 12 years since the attacks on the twin towers, the Pentagon and in western Pennsylvania that together claimed nearly 3,000 lives. It was only a year ago that four Americans, including an ambassador, died when Islamic terrorists overran the U.S. diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published September 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: Compounding Obamacare

Forcing Americans to give up their favorite doctors and health plans through Obamacare isn't all the administration plans to do to shake up health care. It's going after the corner drugstore pharmacist with a scheme to require Mom-and-Pop druggists to take further orders from the bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration. Published September 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: Nixing the artist's needle

The government, any government, might as well enact an ordinance banning regret as trying to ban tattoos, ugly though many of them are. The District of Columbia health department announced a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and piercings as part of a 66-page package of draft rules regulating the city's flourishing business in "body art," which is usually long on body and short on art. The regulators want to protect a man from waking up after painting the town with "Mom" permanently stenciled on his bicep. Published September 11, 2013

CNN's Piers Morgan with Emily Miller. September 9, 2013.

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN with Piers Morgan about her new book 'Emily Gets Her Gun'

CNN's Piers Morgan interviewed Emily Miller about her new book "Emily Gets Her Gun ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours," which is about gun control politics since the Newtown tragedy. Ms. Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. The video of the September 9 interview on "Piers Morgan Tonight" is below. Published September 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: The straight Scouts

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America stood their ground for traditional moral values. That changed in May when the group's leadership succumbed to noisy activist groups (and cowed corporate donors) and opened their ranks to homosexuals. Backers of the Scouting oath, in which each member promises to be "morally straight," think there's an opportunity for a straight alternative. Published September 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: The questions for President Obama

Rarely have so many Americans waited so anxiously to hear a president speak truth to them. We've been talking, debating and speculating around supper tables, in car pools, at work and in all the places Americans gather, about President Obama's proposed "shot across the bow" of Syria's Bashar Assad to punish his deadly and barbaric use of chemical weapons against his own people. Published September 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: Big Labor smackdown

Labor unions are skilled labor at driving up costs. They use their cozy connections with politicians to legislate schemes giving government agencies no choice but to pay inflated union prices for certain types of projects through "project labor agreements." Those agreements may not be around much longer if a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision handed down Friday holds. Published September 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare bomb

A mere three weeks remain before the Obamacare exchanges open for business. The likely result will be the closing doors on Main Street, as shopkeepers and entrepreneurs shut down, unable to make ends meet. It's clear that the wounded economy can't cope with the exploding costs ahead. Published September 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: Seamus Justin Heaney

Poetry is for lovers, and particularly for the lovers of the language, who linger over words, letters and syllables to marvel how the masters organize words into disciplined choirs and make them sing to the ages. The master of the masters, Seamus Heaney, 74, died last week, remembered by everyone who appreciates a lyrical turn of phrase as "a great oak," fallen. Published September 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: Code red, with embarrassment

It's not easy being a Democrat on the eve of deconstruction. Some of the liberals haven't figured out what to think or say about President Obama and his determination to lob missiles into the men's room at Syrian command headquarters. When George W. Bush took the White House to his Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas, there was always Cindy Sheehan, surrounded by reporters and photographers, protesting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She became the left's pet rock. Published September 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: Distraction from the debt

Congress comes back on Monday, and all eyes will be on the members and whether they will support the president on Syria. The momentous foreign-policy question diverts attention from the equally pressing concern of what to do about the nation's $16.7 trillion debt. Published September 5, 2013