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John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is the highest-ranking openly gay presidential appointee in history. The OPM oversees the nation's 1.9 million federal workers.

EDITORIAL: Obama's phony federal freeze

The federal worker pay freeze President Obama announced last week was promoted as a move in the right direction toward deficit reduction. But weighed against the historic fiscal damage his administration has inflicted on the country, it's nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Published December 3, 2010

Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Homosexual nuptials: A sweetheart deal

Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to disqualify himself from a case challenging California's homosexual "marriage" ban even though his wife has been directly involved in the case. His insistence on serving as one of three judges to consider Perry v. Schwarzenegger is an affront to the rule of law. Published December 3, 2010

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

EDITORIAL: Robin Hood does Cancun

The United Nations' climate-change confab in Cancun, Mexico, is its latest attempt to browbeat the West into forking over cash to the Third World. As many developed economies teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, the world body wants those same countries to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars to poorer nations to mitigate purported global warming, a highly contentious and unproved theory. "Robin Hood does Cancun" has a certain theatrical ring to it, but stealing from Peter to pay Paul is counterproductive in real life. Published December 3, 2010

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses participants at the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium in Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell threw his weight behind the START II nuclear-arms treaty on Wednesday, and President Obama is making a full-court press to rally senators with promises of future nuclear modernization. Sweet nothings aside, the treaty is problematic, and the president's word isn't strong enough to fix it. Published December 2, 2010

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a plan to expand the federal government's power over the Internet.

EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet." No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies. Published December 2, 2010

**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Justice Department road trip

The Justice Department's Voting Section chief, Chris Herren, sent an e-mail on Wednesday encouraging 97 of his employees (including secretaries) to use paid work time to attend oral arguments in a case unrelated to most of their individual responsibilities. This reflects what little regard Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s team has for American taxpayers and individual voters. Published December 2, 2010

President Obama is pictured after delivering a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday June 15, 2010. Mr. Obama said the nation will continue to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for "as long as it takes." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Obama siphons Virginia's tank

Virginia has become the latest victim of the Obama administration's war against the domestic drilling industry. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that waters off Virginia and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will remain closed to drilling through 2017 despite the commonwealth's strong desire for oil and gas production. The moratorium will cost the Old Dominion jobs and tax revenue while further undermining America's domestic energy industry. Published December 1, 2010

** FILE ** This image released Nov. 27, 2010, by the Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19. (AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office)

EDITORIAL: When religious discrimination is vital

Portland, Ore., is learning a hard lesson about the price of political correctness. In 2005, the city halted participation in the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) over concerns about the George W. Bush administration's prosecution of the war on terrorism. Last week, the task force took down Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who had planned to bomb 12,000 people at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. City fathers now are considering rejoining the JTTF structure, citing the change in leadership under the purportedly more trustworthy Obama administration. It's more likely that the near miss clarified Portland's ivory-tower view of the world. Published December 1, 2010

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EDITORIAL: The New Gay Army on parade

The Pentagon on Tuesday released a long-awaited report intended to advance a key campaign promise made by then-Sen. Obama to the fringe activist groups that supported his presidential aspirations. Now as commander in chief, President Obama has made it clear to military brass that he expects them to embrace the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) agenda. It should come as no surprise that the release of the military's new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey was carefully orchestrated to accomplish this mission. Published December 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Lame ducks scared straight

The Senate yesterday shot down an attempt to ban congressional earmarks by a 56-39 vote. At first this would appear to be a significant setback to the fiscal-responsibility movement building over the past year through Tea Party activism. A closer look offers hope that the message sent by voters in the midterm congressional elections may actually be sinking in. The prospects for a bit of change - real change, this time - are looking better than ever. Published November 30, 2010

**FILE** U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Intelligence cost of WikiDump

The State Department's knee-jerk response to the WikiLeaks document dump was to cut its link to the Defense Department's secret communications network. This "solution" could lead to the very problems that facilitated the intelligence failures of the 1990s. Published November 30, 2010

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine

EDITORIAL: A Fine exit at Justice

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine should finish one major piece of business before his announced retirement next month: the investigation into Justice's Civil Rights Division. Published November 30, 2010

** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, file picture founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, speaks during a press conference in London. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss/File)

EDITORIAL: WikiLeaking the obvious

The reaction in some quarters to the Wiki-Leaks release of classified State Department cables has been a resounding "told you so." The most important expose of this sordid ordeal is the Obama administration's persistent failure to deal with the critical issues the cables describe. Published November 29, 2010

Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security

EDITORIAL: Big Sister the Internet cop

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended the jurisdiction of her sprawling department to the Internet. The "Homeland Security Investigations" division of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized control of 82 websites last week. Considering the mess Ms. Napolitano has made of airport screening, it's a bad idea to let Big Sister decide which websites will be allowed to exist in the future. Published November 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: CPSC's database of doom

The Consumer Product Safety Commission finalized a new rule Nov. 24 that abandons both consumers and safety. Trial lawyers and unscrupulous business competitors, though, made out like bandits. American manufacturers and tradesmen are the ones left with empty pockets. Published November 29, 2010

Former U.S. vice president and president candidate, Al Gore, right, shakes hands with UN climate head, Yvo de Boer, before speaking, at the Climate Summit, in Copenhagen Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Tariq Mikkel Khan/Polfoto)

EDITORIAL: Climate craziness cools in Cancun

Today, U.N. negotiators will begin two weeks of meetings in Cancun, Mexico, looking for a way to move the climate action agenda forward, impose global carbon emissions caps and compel countries to pay a series of new international taxes to underwrite environmental programs. Maybe they'll get what they want when hell freezes over. Published November 27, 2010

**FILE** Al Gore (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gore turns his back on ethanol

Corn-ethanol subsidies and a tariff against imported cane-based ethanol expire Dec. 31. Porkers in Congress want to renew them in a lame-duck session. The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, is increasing its effective ethanol mandate to 15 percent of gasoline sold at the pump. Congress and the EPA should desist. Ethanol use shouldn't be ratcheted up, but phased out. Published November 27, 2010

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, is proposing a tax increase to help close a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Nissan's 99 MPG smugmobile

Practitioners of the green religion are ecstatic over last week's Environmental Protection Agency decision to award the new Nissan Leaf an official "99 miles-per-gallon" rating for use on the showroom floor. This is a rather curious claim for a battery-powered vehicle that uses no gasoline. Federal officials intend to subtly imply with this "equivalent" mileage figure that the Leaf is three to four times better than ordinary, gas-powered automobiles. Published November 27, 2010

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Pork for perks

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is a scourge against congressional pork, but too few pay attention to one of his central arguments against government waste: In addition to being expensive and corrupting, earmarks distract attention from other abuses of taxpayer dollars. Published November 26, 2010