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Parole is getting a lot easier for some convicted felons in California. Published March 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obamacare fails Firedoglake

It wasn't the Tea Partiers and conservative radio hosts who had the harshest things to say about Obamacare. Left-wing bloggers offered some of the sharpest attacks - and some of them made lots of sense. Published March 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Join the bureaucracy, see the world

The U.S. Navy once enticed new recruits with the slogan "Join the Navy, see the world." Today, federal civilian employees enjoy the same perk without having to endure the rigors of boot camp or cramped shipboard accommodations. Published March 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's federal police force

President Obama's nationalization of health care is bad enough on its own, but the plan's implementation will require drastic measures that are just as troubling to those who value freedom. Of particular concern is the bill's expansion of the Internal Revenue Service. Published March 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Eric Holder on the griddle

Not since Watergate's John Mitchell has a U.S. attorney general prepared for a Senate appearance under fire on as many different fronts as Eric H. Holder Jr. will face today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He deserves to feel the heat. Published March 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: No Obamacare for Obama

President Obama declared that the new health care law "is going to be affecting every American family." Except his own, of course. Published March 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: The race card canard

The most despicable smear to come out of weekend rallies in Washington were unsubstantiated charges that Obamacare protesters shouted racial slurs at black members of Congress walking from the Cannon House Office Building to the Capitol. No evidence backs this up. Published March 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: GOP senators must give up pork

House Republicans unilaterally decided last week to give up earmarks for at least one year. With this simple step, they demonstrated to voters that they deserve to win back the congressional majority. Now it's time for Senate Republicans to do the same. Published March 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Democrats deemed dead

The government takeover of health care was completed Sunday in a dramatic up-or-down deeming. It will go down in history as the worst piece of legislation to emerge from a Congress held in general disdain by the American people. Published March 22, 2010

BLANKLEY: Sunday's socialist triumph

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday launched the Democrats' argument for the health care bill, claiming, "This is an American proposal that honors the traditions of our country." Does that suggest that opposition is un-American? And what are the traditions that are American that this law fulfills? The Democrats argue that the bill fulfills the "right" of all Americans to government-assured health care services. The congressional Democrats claim many other things that a majority of the country believes to be inconsistent with truth and reality. Published March 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Bart Stupak, coward

Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat, sounded good when he held himself up as the pro-life hero standing against his party's Published March 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Property rights in the sewer

Property owners in Brooklyn continued protesting Tuesday as the New Jersey Nets officially broke ground for a new arena on land the owners never wanted to sell. Washington-area residents should take heed: Governmental abuse of property rights isn't just a New York problem. The latest local assault on private property is occurring in Alexandria and is set to go to trial May 24. Published March 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: Democrats' death by suicide

The government takeover of health care will go down in history as the worst piece of legislation to emerge from a Congress held in general disdain by the American people. Published March 21, 2010

Culture etc.

During her satellite libtalk program yesterday, O'Donnell made clear why taxpayer-funded abortions are necessary. Published March 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: WWII: The most racist generation

Was the "Greatest Generation" just a bunch of racists? Actor and producer Tom Hanks, promoting his new World War II series "The Pacific," suggested that the war with Japan was really all about American intolerance; and by the way, so is the war on terrorism. Published March 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hiding the true cost of Obamacare

President Obama keeps saying America needs the Democrats' health care bill to reduce costs. In reality, the government takeover of health care will raise costs and cause a large number of people to lose their health insurance. Published March 19, 2010

Political Scene

SUBPOENA: Groups in Ensign probe subpoenaed Published March 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Risks for Obamacare backers

Too many members of Congress think passing a constitutionally dubious bill is politically safe because responsibility will fall on the courts to give a final yea or nay. The Democrats' government health care takeover is different. Every potential constitutional violation involved with Obamacare presents a grave political threat to every wavering congressman who votes for it. The only way to avoid being haunted for years is to kill Obamacare now. Published March 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama surrenders gulf oil to Moscow

The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast. Published March 18, 2010