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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

Culture etc.

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

Political Scene

SUBPOENA: Groups in Ensign probe subpoenaed 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

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: 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

EDITORIAL: Misunderstanding free trade

President Obama finally spoke out in favor of "free" trade last week, though his version of free trade is one that only a mercantilist would recognize. Speaking at the Export-Import Bank's annual conference, Mr. Obama said an "obstacle that our exporters face is that the federal government frankly just hasn't done a good enough job advocating for them abroad." Like everything with this administration, you see, the private sector just needs more government intervention, and things will be all right. Published March 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's medical horror stories

President Obama believes in government by anecdote. In a nation of 300 million souls, some people will always have some problems. There are horror stories involving medical care in every country, particularly in Canada, Britain and other nations with socialized medical systems. The question isn't whether some bad things happen; the question about a given system should center on the rate at which bad things occur. By that measure, the American medical system does extremely well. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Mrs. Clinton's hissy fit

It says a lot when Vice President Joe Biden comes across as the Obama administration's most skilled statesman. Last week during a visit to Israel, Mr. Biden was caught off-guard by an announcement that work would progress on 1,600 apartment units in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, a Jewish enclave in the northern part of the city claimed by Palestinians. This faux pas could have ended civilly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for the bad timing of the announcement, and Mr. Biden reiterated the strength of the relationship between the two countries. Life should have gone on. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama personnel chief defends big government

The president's director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, has no problem with expanding the size and scope of government during the most severe economic recession in a generation. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Health care bill can be beat

House passage of the Democrats' health care bill is not a foregone conclusion despite their 75-seat majority in the chamber. While party leaders such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House spinmeister David Axelrod bravely express confidence, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the House majority whip, conceded on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Democrats don't have enough votes yet. Published March 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Save the Amazon.com

A growing number of states are maneuvering to tax the Internet. These schemes will make shopping online dramatically more expensive. Published March 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Deep-sixing the filibuster

Desperate Democrats will try anything to ram their government takeover of health care through Congress, even if that means upending traditional parliamentary practice in the Senate. Threatening to misuse the reconciliation process to sneak through the health care bill apparently isn't enough to get the job done. Despite growing public anger over Democrats running roughshod over existing rules, the Senate is set to escalate the mayhem by trying to suppress the filibuster. Published March 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Holding Holder in contempt

The Senate Judiciary Committee has cause to consider finding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress. During his confirmation process last year, Mr. Holder withheld a tremendously important legal brief from the committee. Combined with a series of other occasions on which the attorney general has stonewalled congressional queries, this new revelation reflects so badly on Mr. Holder's ethics that it puts in doubt his fitness for office. Published March 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Pocket money for politicians

They might talk a good game and say they feel your pain, but don't expect members of Congress to really understand the struggles of hardworking Americans in this recession. While the middle class is scrimping to get by, our spoiled political class enjoys up to $250 per day to cover food and other sundry expenses when traveling overseas. No, life isn't so tough on Capitol Hill. Published March 14, 2010

ADES & SANDERS: His bond is his word

There is a good deal of whispering and smirking behind the computers in the trading rooms just now about Venezuela's sovereign bonds. Although they are priced at a hefty 12 percent interest, they are selling at 50 percent of their face value on the floor. Published March 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's sick obsession

Nationalized health care is the progressives' Golden Fleece. It is their obsession, the ultimate prize that was denied to previous administrations but is closer than it ever has been. As the ability of government to take over the health care system draws tantalizingly near, the president and leaders of the majority party have become infected with a kind of mania. President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders seem determined to ram through a severely flawed piece of legislation by any means necessary, heedless of the desires of the American people or the negative impact on the system they mistakenly say needs to be saved. Published March 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Federal bonus bonanza

The only thing that seems to be growing during the current economic downturn is the government, and that's cause for alarm. While families and businesses struggle to make ends meet, the ranks of federal workers swell - as does their compensation. It's time for the feds to start making the same financial sacrifices as the rest of us. Published March 12, 2010