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"When I was growing up, 'The Honeymooners' had a reputation as television at its best: sentimental, spontaneous, and side-splitting. And like the best art, the show has always been a tangle of contradictions. ... When [Jackie] Gleason settled on a working-class public servant as his primary mouthpiece, it seemed in a way like a triumph of populism, giving a voice to the people. Published March 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Iran triumphs over America

The spring newsletter from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government reports on a simulation game played in late November 2009. The game's purpose was to "illuminate the possible evolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis over the next year," and the players were high-ranking current and former government officials and scholars. The result: Iran won. Published March 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: The lie about health care costs

President Obama promised that his government health care bill would control health care costs. This claim bolstered Mr. Obama's continued attack on the greedy insurance companies on Monday in Pennsylvania. But even the administration's supporters have a hard time buying into the fiction. "Unfortunately, we came up with a bill that really doesn't attack the cost situation that much," said Warren Buffett, renowned investor and Obama confidant, to CNBC last week. Published March 11, 2010

Culture Briefs

"I proudly present today's post from the official blog of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the 'moderates' who control the East London Mosque. ..." Published March 11, 2010

American Scene

CALIFORNIA: Actor Corey Haim of 'Lost Boys' dies Published March 11, 2010

Political Scene

Former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed announced Wednesday that he has decided not to run for Congress in Georgia. Published March 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: Registering guns in Maryland

Maryland politicians should be focusing on the state's budget crisis. Instead, some lawmakers are wasting the remaining days of the legislative session to pass more gun-control laws. These efforts to limit freedom should be shot down. Published March 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: The NRA outshoots Obama

The National Rifle Association has a higher mean approval rating among likely voters than Barack Obama. This and other fascinating facts emerged from the Democracy Corps/Third Way national security survey released this week. According to its liberal authors, the "sobering" results of the survey provide "a wake-up call for President Obama, his party and progressives on national security." Published March 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: Packing a gun in Starbucks

If you want to have a nice, relaxing cup of coffee in a safe environment, try Starbucks. The coffee-shop chain, generally known for environmentalist chic, is probably one of the safest places to hang out these days for a reason that doesn't fit its image - Starbucks is letting customers openly carry guns in its stores. Americans thus can enjoy their rights and wash them down with a Frappuccino. Published March 10, 2010

THOMPSON: Bias by the numbers

Is an employment test unfair if it doesn't produce a racially balanced result? A case before the U.S. Supreme Court deals with this question. The plaintiffs in Lewis v. Chicago claim that the city violated federal civil rights law because a disproportionate number of blacks failed a written exam for firefighting jobs. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Express delivery in jeopardy

Beware the manager's amendment. As a warning, that might not sound very startling, but it could be all that stands between consumers and a major disruption of interstate commerce. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Job prospects from Obamanomics

Democrats and the liberal media greeted Friday's announcement of a 9.7 percent unemployment rate as great news. Contrary to political propaganda designed to make the economy seem less troubled than it is, the real unemployment situation in America is becoming increasingly dire. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's a pain at the pump

Get ready to pay a lot more than $3 a gallon to fill up your car during peak driving periods this spring and summer. More pain at the pump is the inevitable result of the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to dealing with America's energy woes. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama should thank George Bush

President Obama praised the Iraqi people on Sunday on the occasion of their parliamentary elections. "The future of Iraq belongs to the people of Iraq," Mr. Obama said. That progress is no thanks to him. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hug a tree, shred government forms

Cutting government waste and stimulating jobs involve "hard choices," if President Obama is to be believed. The choices are not so hard, however, when one is less concerned about preserving the status quo. Take the federal government's obsession with paperwork, surveys and forms. The Office of Management and Budget has 8,871 of these certified federal "collection instruments." As a result, we're stuck wasting 9,824,120,791 hours each year filling them out. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Wolf chases Panthers

Give credit for honorable persistence to Northern Virginia's veteran Republican congressman, Frank Wolf, and to Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. For good reason, they refuse to let the Justice Department bury questions about a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. Published March 8, 2010

EDITORIAL: Stop the orgy in Congress

When government grows, prosperity shrinks. So does freedom. With those powerfully simple truths in mind, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, and Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, on March 3 introduced one of the most intriguing constitutional amendment proposals in years. Their Spending Limit Amendment merits great attention and with a few tweaks will deserve enthusiastic support. Published March 8, 2010

EDITORIAL: The odds of a government health-care takeover

Democrats are using the nuclear option to try to ram their government takeover of health care through the Senate. The fate of that legislation may come down to a dozen or so members of the House of Representatives opposed to government-funded abortions. Right now, the vote in the House couldn't be more closely divided. Published March 7, 2010

EDITORIAL: Ready, aim, hold your fire

The recent battle in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province was a key test case for new rules of engagement that emphasized protecting civilians rather than killing insurgents. The town was taken, but whether that was because of the new rules or despite them remains to be seen. Published March 6, 2010

Political Scene

Retiring Democrat faces ethics complaint Published March 5, 2010