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EDITORIAL: Sunstein flunks gun rights test

Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein, the president's embattled nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, misfired one time too many. Published September 9, 2009

LETTER TO EDITOR: Founders would be dumbfounded

The front-page story about a doctor who wants elderly critics of the Democrats' health care plan to burn their Medicare cards provides great insight into the mind-set of supporters of the plan ("Pro-reform doctor wants critics to forgo Medicare," Page 1, Monday). Dr. Aaron Shirley's stunt -- and that's exactly what it is -- reveals exactly what the Founding Fathers warned us about: a people so dependent on the federal government that they are labeled un-American or hypocritical when they criticize it. Published September 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Shakedown at the luau

Imagine what would happen if Congress proposed setting up a special, sovereign government for any descendant, anywhere in the country, of the mix of Cajuns and American Indians who lived before the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 in what is now the state of Louisiana. Imagine if the law created a new Office of Native Cajun Affairs that would own one-fifth of the land in Louisiana and would have the power, independently from the state, to write and enforce laws, punish offenders, tax its members and seize private land for the new sovereign entity - without the full protections of the Bill of Rights. Published September 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: The public chooses school choice

Another respected poll is out that shows the American public overwhelmingly favors school reforms opposed by the union that is misnamed the National Education Association. On two issues in particular, the public is far ahead of the NEA. Published September 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Hamas and the Holocaust

How much should Palestinian children know about Nazi war crimes? According to Hamas, only enough to know the Holocaust is a lie. Published September 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Occupational hazard

President Obama has made a mantra, even a fetish, of his determination to "restore science to its rightful place." It appears that he means junk science rather than the real thing. The president's nominee to head the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), a virulently anti-business epidemiologist named David Michaels, is one the nation's foremost proponents of allowing junk science to be used in jackpot-justice lawsuits. Published September 7, 2009

EDITORIAL: The NEA's partisan work for Obama

When the Obama administration launched its United We Serve volunteerism program earlier this summer, it was all about building playgrounds, caring for wounded veterans and reading to homeless children. Weeks later, the Obama White House, the National Endowment for the Arts and United We Serve have revealed the actual agenda -- backing the administration's political priorities with coordinated propaganda, perhaps boosted by millions in stimulus cash. Published September 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: The president's crackpot

Barack Obama promised to usher in a new post-partisan utopia if elected president. But since taking office, Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with some of the most extreme radicals from the far-left fringe. Published September 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Crash the clunkers

The Obama administration has declared its "cash for clunkers" program a "success." If the Car Allowance Rebate System is the Democrats' model for bureaucratic competence, we're afraid to see how they would administer a government-run health care system. Published September 4, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama panders to Islam (again)

Muslims are what make America great, if President Obama is to be believed. At a White House interfaith dinner honoring Ramadan on Tuesday, he said that "the contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country." We would be intrigued to see that long list and to learn more about how Muslims have been part of the woof and warp of America. Published September 4, 2009

EDITORIAL: It ain't America no more

In America, school security guards don't get to revise the First Amendment to suit their whims. Nobody does. Published September 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: Beaming Obama into your kid's head

President Obama's planned address to America's schoolchildren on Sept. 8 is generating a firestorm of controversy from concerned parents who think he should mind his own business and stay away from their children. It's easy to see why. Published September 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: From yard sales to jail yards

When federal agents can swoop down on your personal garage sale and arrest you for selling the wrong old doll, this is no longer the land of the free. Yet just such a scenario is possible because of a campaign called Resale Roundup, which stems from last year's jobs-destroying Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Published September 3, 2009

EDITORIAL: McDonnell the moderate

Bob McDonnell's safest choice to address controversial language in a decades-old thesis was to repudiate the whole thing. That's the reality of today's conformist environment in which political correctness trumps real debate on cultural issues. Few people will buy the Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate's pragmatic position, but it's in step with the etiquette of modern campaigns. Published September 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: Stop hyperventilating

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is telling people to stop "hyperventilating" over a passage in his new book, "The Test of Our Times -- America Under Siege." Let's take a deep breath and check the facts. Published September 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: Taxing trades

The market has been volatile over the past year, but unions and some liberal Democrats want to tax stock and futures trades under the guise that this will make markets more stable. More taxes are not the answer. Published September 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: Rangel profits by any way, any means

Charlie Rangel is one lucky guy. The Democratic congressman from Harlem, N.Y., just discovered that his net wealth is twice what he thought. That's a pretty good day at the office for a public servant. Published September 1, 2009

EDITORIAL: The price of appeasement

Seventy years ago today, Adolf Hitler's armies swept into Poland. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun, a tragedy loosed on humanity as a direct result of a well-respected and popular foreign policy called appeasement. Published September 1, 2009