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EDITORIAL: Jobs for political dropouts

The Justice Department ought to open an investigation immediately into whether any White House officials broke federal law by offering administration jobs in return for disfavored Democratic candidates to withdraw from two major Senate races. Whether illegal or not, and whether as direct offers or just as broad hints, any job incentives of that sort are sleazy. Published March 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Web cams spying on your kids

They see you when you're sleeping, they know when you're awake. No, we're not talking about Santa Claus and his elves; this is a school district in Pennsylvania. The parents of Blake Robbins, 15, filed a class-action suit against the Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa., for the district's use of secretly installed laptop webcams to spy on their son and other students. Published March 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Global warming winners

The greatest scandal connected to global warming is not exaggeration, fraud or destruction of data to conceal the weakness of the argument. It is those who are personally profiting from promoting this fantasy at the expense of the rest of us. Published March 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's trolley folly

America's streets are congested, yet the Obama administration wants to make things worse. Although the economic recession and lack of jobs have reduced some of the pressure on the daily commute, Americans still wasted a grand total of 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic last year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. Published March 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Learning from the D.C. handgun ban

The year after the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and gun-lock requirements, the capital city's murder rate plummeted 25 percent. The high court should keep that in mind today as it hears oral arguments about a Chicago handgun ban. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Canada's warning against government health care

President Obama and congressional Democrats are ramping up efforts to ram through a government takeover of the health care system. The vast majority of Americans are opposed to this bureaucratic power grab because they know government will do what it always does, which is increase cost while lowering efficiency and service. In case there's any doubt, all you have to do is look to our neighbor to the north for tales of doom and gloom that come with nationalized health care. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Truthers gone wild

John P. Roche, a special adviser to President Johnson, had an arch view of the conspiracy theories rampant in Washington in the 1960s. He postulated that those with the talent for conspiracies lacked the time, and those with the time lacked the talent. Yet the nature of conspiratorial thinking takes the existence of conspiracies as a given. If John Roche were making light of a conspiracy, the only possible explanation was that he was in on it. Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Skating on thin ice for climate change

Energy Secretary Steven Chu didn't reach the pinnacle of his profession by treading the well-worn path of modern group-think. It's regrettable that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is stuck in that rut now. Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hot-dog hysteria

Believe it or not, the government is about to regulate the shape of hot dogs. Bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are studying how to change the shape of hot dogs to prevent youngsters from choking. As a result, recent headlines have warned about "killer hot dogs" and "Doctors urging for a safer, choke-free hot dog." Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Assassination works

Israel is facing uncomfortable questions regarding senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was found dead in a Dubai hotel room on Jan. 20. Dubai police say al-Mabhouh was assassinated, but in his chosen profession, his fate really was the result of workplace-related injuries. Published February 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Puerto Rican run

Rigging an election is nice work if you can pull it off. That's what the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be trying to do as it votes next week on the misleadingly named Puerto Rico Democracy Act. Published February 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: No free parties

All too often, lawmakers shrug their shoulders at complaints about wasteful spending, as if to say "no big deal, that's just politics." Published February 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Faux bipartisanship on display

If the health care summit represents what the Democrats view as a bipartisanship sharing of ideas when they are in public, one can only wonder how imbalanced the private meetings are. Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Identifying the Gitmo Nine

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. seems to have a bizarre urge to stick his finger in the eyes of congressmen. On subject after sub- Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Less health care for masses

Americans are going to hear lots of scare- mongering anecdotes at today's health care summit, such as the 39 percent increase in insurance premiums announced this month by Anthem Blue Cross, a California company. President Obama and the Democrats have a solution: Pass a law to impose additional coverage by insurance companies, eliminate the multimillion-dollar cap insurance policies have on total benefits, and pile on lots of new red tape. These policies are guaranteed to raise rates. Published February 25, 2010