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EDITORIAL: MPs plot revenge against powerful tabloid

Freedom of the press, the late, great press critic A.J. Liebling once remarked, "is guaranteed only to those who own one." We take his point. Mr. Liebling, who died more than a half-century ago, said some other colorful things about the press that still resonate with newspaper readers today. "I take a grave view of the press," he said. "It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy." But better a weak slat than no slat at all. Published October 9, 2013

President Barack Obama walks to his desk in-between meetings in the Oval Office, Oct. 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

EDITORIAL: Obama as Napoleon

Victorious generals demand unconditional surrender from their foes only after they defeat them on the battlefield. President Obama, winner of no such victories, imagines he's Napoleon on his way back from Austerlitz, refusing to take anything from his rivals but laurels. "Why would I give them concessions now to avoid [a government default]?" the president asked on Tuesday. He won't negotiate until after the other side has given him everything he wants. No wonder Mr. Obama is losing the battle of public opinion. Published October 9, 2013

FILE - In a June 30, 1982 file photo, President Ronald Reagan signs an expansion of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill during a ceremony in  the East Room of the White House. The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections. North Carolina has a new law scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws.  (AP Photo, File)

EDITORIAL: The ignoble affront

The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Given the recent American laureates — Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Barack Obama — there's little likelihood that the American president who did more to promote and preserve peace will follow those usurpers. Still, it's not too late to do the noble thing, to posthumously recognize Ronald Reagan. Published October 9, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN HLN "Dr Drew on Call" on Oct. 8, 2013.

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN HLN about gun ownership leading to 'wild west shootouts'

CNN HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky interviewed Emily Miller for a second night about how restrictive gun laws in New York City contributed to a family being assaulted by a motorcycle gang in broad daylight. The second segment is about the security concerns after a nine year old boy was able to get past TSA and boarding agents and fly to Las Vegas. Published October 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: Taxing the Billboard Top 40

Americans have been hooked on radio since 1910, when Enrico Caruso sang arias from "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "I Pagliacci" from the Metropolitan Opera stage in the first live radio broadcast — borne, as reported The New York Times, "over the turbulent waters of the sea and over the mountainous and undulating valleys of the country." (Well, all over the sidewalks of New York, anyway.) Millions now listen to music, news and talk at home, at work or in their cars. It's bigger than ever, and it's free. Published October 9, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Linda Davidson, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Bring out your dead

Democrats in Virginia are stopping just short of opening polling places in the graveyards to make sure every ineligible voter is counted. The state Democratic Party last week asked a federal judge in Alexandria for an injunction to block state and local election officials from deleting the names of ineligible voters. When the roll is called up yonder, in the updated hymn, the dead Democrats will still be here. Published October 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: Obama and Chicken Little

President Obama wants everyone to know that unless he gets authority to borrow a few extra trillion dollars by Oct. 17, the sky will fall. The consequences for everyone will be "dramatically worse" than a government shutdown. If you think the National Park Service rangers are tough, so the message goes, wait until the Chinese bankers arrive. The president says "every economist" agrees that failure to extend the debt ceiling -- the credit limit -- would mean a default of the United States government, and that would trigger collapse, calamity, catastrophe and maybe even inconvenience. We urge the president to take an aspirin and lie down until he feels better. Published October 8, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN HLN. Oct. 7, 2013

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN HLN about motorcycle gang attack in NYC and gun-control laws

CNN HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky interviewed Emily Miller about the motorcycle gang who chased a family in a SUV and assaulted the father during the day in New York City. Ms. Miller asserted that the strict gun-control laws in the city create a situation in which the criminals have no deterrent and the citizens are defenseless. The video of the October 7 interview on "Dr. Drew on Call" is below. Published October 8, 2013

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Walker says no decision has been reached yet on whether the state will shift state employees from health maintenance organizations to a state self-insured program. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

EDITORIAL: Challenging the bully

When the United States government imposes its sovereign will with might and no mercy, the sovereign citizen can feel there's nothing he can do about it. Calling on the courts for redress requires years of effort, and lawyers and lawsuits are expensive. Such appeals usually fail. But the power and authority of an individual sovereign state can ensure a fair fight. Published October 8, 2013

President Obama speaks about the budget and the partial government shutdown on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Ignoring the Constitution

President Obama appears to be no fan of the Constitution. As a law lecturer at the University of Chicago, he showed his skepticism of the document drawn up by the Framers, saying it reflected "an enormous blind spot in the culture that carries on to this day." Mr. Obama pledged to correct that "enormous blind spot," and now he's exploiting the government shutdown to continue chipping away at the guarantee of the nation's freedoms. Published October 8, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Democrat Terry McAuliffe speaks during a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Nikki Kahn, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Running on the pill

Terry McAuliffe is nothing if not predictable. He's a career political operative whose forays into the business world have been marked by cronyism, corruption and bankruptcy. Without a record to speak of — and he wants no one to speak of it — Mr. McAuliffe has built his campaign on reckless attacks on his Republican opponent, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Published October 8, 2013

U.S. Capitol Police Officers stand guard in front of the U.S. Capitol Building after a car chase ended in a shootout at 1st Street and Constitution Ave. NE in front of the Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Panic in the streets

News from Twitter, Facebook and live television is often not much more reliable than news from the gossips and the town crier. We didn't learn our lesson from the pursuit of "white men driving white vans" during the Beltway sniper terror a decade ago, or the "multiple shooters" with AR-15 rifles said to be terrorizing the Washington Navy Yard last month. Rumors, tales and frantic gossip flew again during the Capitol lockdown Thursday. Published October 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: A good day for free speech

There's good news today. Two plucky citizens, one in Mississippi and another in Arizona, stood up to defend free speech, and everyone was rewarded when two federal courts joined the defense. Restoring lost constitutional freedoms sometimes requires patience and always requires vigilance. Officials of various sizes and persuasions often look at the First Amendment with a skeptical eye because they don't relish answering to the people who elected them. Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Latest smear of GOP isn't the worst

White House press secretary Jay Carney recently blamed the GOP for the government shutdown saying, "What we see happening with this Republican strategy is a willingness to threaten the very foundation of the world's greatest economic power, the economy that basically stabilizes the entire world economic system, and that is a very risky proposition." Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: California, feds flouting immigration laws

California Gov. Jerry Brown and some of our politicians here in California do not know the difference between illegal aliens and the legal immigrants who come to America with the necessary paperwork because they really want to be in America ("California grants driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," Web, Oct. 3). Published October 8, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Traver not best choice for NCIS

On TV's "NCIS," the director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service rises from the agent ranks, which is as it should be. Under the current administration, however, the director position has just been politicized. Published October 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: Cashiering God

Before being all they can be, aim high, or become Army strong, military recruits must first raise their right hands and swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, "so help me God." The Air Force wants to revise the sacred oath and make it ordinary, striking the last phrase. Published October 3, 2013

EDITORIAL: A grand bargain

John A. Boehner began talking up a "grand bargain" Wednesday, a bargain with congressional Democrats and the White House to enable the government to reopen for business, guarantee a rancor-free agreement to increase the debt limit and set the stage for entitlement and tax reform. Good luck with that. Published October 3, 2013