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A letter to the White House from Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and a Republican colleague from Indiana, calling for a moratorium on deportation proceedings against illegal-immigrant students, has heartened proponents of comprehensive immigration reform. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Congress takes a swipe at debit card fees

Congressional leaders this week continue to hammer out differences between House and Senate versions of the financial regulatory bill, with aprovision introduced by Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, causing particular heartburn. Members privately express anger at being forced to choose sides between major retailers and the bankers, who are in up arms over "interchange rates" - the fees that make the credit- and debit-card system work. Consumers are left in the crossfire. Published June 8, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

EDITORIAL: Angry Man Obama

HBO's Bill Maher recently voiced his disappointment in President Obama's handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig disaster. "This is where I want a real black president," the not-so-funny comic said. "I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants." Filmmaker Spike Lee also voiced his frustration with our unflappable president last week when he said, "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster." Published June 8, 2010

Solicitor General Elena Kagan speaks during the annual meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association & Judicial Conference of the 7th Circuit on Monday, May 3, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's 'full faith' in same-sex marriage

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has a dubious history when it comes to forcing states to accept marriages that contradict their own laws. As senators prepare for her confirmation hearings, one fundamental question that needs to be asked is: Would Ms. Kagan as a high court justice try to resurrect the same discredited legal theory she embraced in 1988 as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? Published June 8, 2010

President Barack Obama makes a statement after he is briefed on the BP oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region, Friday, June 4, 2010, at Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Double, double, oil and trouble

The Deepwater Horizon explosion that triggered leakage of millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf waters since April 20 has provided President Obama with a timely excuse for advancing the objectives of rent-seeking environmentalists. Instead of focusing on ways to assist the effort to plug the leak, Mr. Obama is taking advantage of the crisis to turn down the oil spigot on projects that are not leaking. This misguided policy is going to cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. Published June 7, 2010


EDITORIAL: Hag gagged

Play the end of the movie "Schindler's List" backward - the compelling scene in which refugees emerge from the hell of the Holocaust to freedom in Israel - and you will get a glimpse into the tortured mind of Helen Thomas. Published June 7, 2010

Adam Henderson shops Friday for a rifle at Guns and Leather, a firearms store and shooting range, in Greenbrier, Tenn. A nationwide review by Associated Press found that over the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the South and West, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama cuts crime

Call it the Obama effect. The murder rate dropped 7.4 percent nationwide last year, and the administration can enjoy some of the credit - but not for the reason you might think. Mr. Obama's election sparked a surge in gun sales, and, consequently, crime rates have plummeted. Published June 7, 2010

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about the economy following a tour of K. Neal International Trucks, Inc., Friday, June 4, 2010, in Hyattsville, Md. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

EDITORIAL: Obama's voodoo economics

President Obama hyped Friday's job-report numbers, claiming a slight drop in the unemployment rate as evidence that things were "moving in the right direction." The numbers hardly represent good news as Mr. Obama continues to ignore the creeping indications that his debt-fueled economic policies are hurling the country toward a historic collapse. Published June 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality. Published June 4, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS First base umpire Jim Joyce, right, talks with Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (partially obscured) and coach Gene Lamont (22) as second base umpire Jim Wolf, center, keeps Tigers players back after a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit, Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Tigers' Armando Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on a disputed call at first base. Detroit won 3-0.

EDITORIAL: Recognize the perfect game, Selig

Once again, the stiffs at Major League Baseball headquarters are offending fans, maltreating players and generally undermining enthusiasm for America's pastime. The latest scandal occurred Wednesday night when a blown call at first base cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga what he earned and deserves: the honor of being recognized as one of the few pitchers ever to toss a perfect game in the big leagues. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has the power to reverse the call and make the world right again, but he has refused. If for no other reason, the commissioner should correct himself for love of the game. Published June 4, 2010

New Ford website lets customers customize their vehicles

Dearborn, MI | A new website is making it easy, cost-effective and fun for Ford owners to turn their car or truck into a unique personalized ride with vinyl graphics that offer the look of a custom paint job at half the price. Published June 3, 2010

Plus X Award for new Volvo S60

A safety innovation from Volvo Car Corporation has once again won a prestigious award: pedestrian detection with full auto brake, first used in the new Volvo S60, receives the Plus X Award in the Innovation category and can now call itself "Best Product of the Year 2010". Published June 3, 2010

Rumble of '67 Impala still music to owner's ears

Forty-one years ago Jim George was a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The young officer was assisgned to Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., where he flew as a navigator. Published June 3, 2010

Political Scene

ARIZONA: NRA endorses McCain in primary Published June 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: YouTube justice

Police in Maryland are in a tiff over an unflattering YouTube video, and prosecutors are going out of their way to suppress it. Harford County prosecutors have filed felony charges against 25-year-old motorcyclist Anthony Graber, who taped a traffic stop in March and shared it on the popular website. Published June 3, 2010

E-Class Cabriolet in 'Sex and The City 2'

EDITORIAL: Sex and the Saudi

Critics are assailing the new movie "Sex and the City 2" for its portrayal of liberated American women visiting the uptight Middle East. The movie's depiction of superficial Westerners violating the region's cultural taboos is allegedly so off-color it has been described as racist, offensive and a potential al Qaeda recruiting tool. Published June 3, 2010

President Obama is surrounded by aides at the White House. From left, Phil Schiliro, Sean Sweeney, Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina and Dan Turton are part of his team. More than a year into Mr. Obama's term, the people the president is most often seen huddling with in the Oval Office and the Situation Room are men, most notably press secretary Robert Gibbs and senior adviser David Axelrod, along with Mr. Emanuel, who joined the Obama team after the election. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Romanoff, Sestak and RICO

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his deputy, Jim Messina, both seem to have violated at least the spirit of the law in dangling potential jobs before would-be candidates, apparently to entice them out of contested Senate races. If allegations by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich prove true, it would mean the White House engaged in similar behavior in President Obama's political home state - raising the specter of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Published June 3, 2010

Culture Briefs

"Mainstream media and online jackals reacted adversely yesterday to Kristen Stewart's comment, included in an interview with British Elle's Claire Matthiae, that being hunted down, surrounded and flash-bulbed by paparazzi is a little like being raped. Published June 3, 2010

Politics scene

NEW YORK: GOP chooses Lazio as governor candidate Published June 2, 2010

**FILE** Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

EDITORIAL: The administration's immigration radicalism

The Obama administration wants to use the Supreme Court to enact an immigration agenda so radical that even the Democratic majority in Congress doesn't want to touch it. In a brief to the Supreme Court last Friday, acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argued that one type of unlawful conduct must never be considered when denying business and professional licenses. The special exemption is for crimes involving those who illegally sneak over the border. Published June 2, 2010