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EDITORIAL: The government 'Death Book'

The Obama administration claims that a health care takeover by government won't restrict access to care. Everybody will get more care for less money, the president has said. Of course, something has to give. One likely target for rationing will be care in the later stages of life. Bureaucratic disregard for the value of all life is insinuated in a government manual known as "the Death Book." Published August 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Encouraging terrorists

What was billed as an act of compassion is spiraling into a major political headache. British officials are facing hard questions on the circumstances of the release of terminally ill convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. Questions are swirling over how the decision was made, by whom and why. The world and the victims' families deserve answers. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Bury the messenger

If you can't muzzle the whistleblower, try to marginalize him. That seems to be the strategy of the Obama administration, which is showing that its commitment to liberal ideology trumps its pledge to foster open government. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Taxes paying for politics

White House political operatives have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Specifically, the Obama administration is using taxpayer funds for a political campaign to push government health care. There are clear lines that define appropriate behavior in politics. This is over the line. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Your taxes to pay for abortions

President Obama isn't being straight when he says current health care proposals don't provide government funding for abortion. They do. If Democratic plans are passed, your taxes will pay for abortions. Published August 24, 2009

EDITORIAL: Inspectors need independence

Democratic leaders in Congress want to give President Obama the ability to appoint inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies. Such a move would undermine independent oversight of large parts of the federal bureaucracy. Published August 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Attorneys should pony up

Plaintiffs' attorneys better watch out. When Bob Beckel, uber-Democrat and manager of Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, agrees on something with outspoken conservative Sarah Palin, last year's Republican nominee for vice president, it's time to take notice. That's especially true when they agree on a major stumbling block to health care reform, the single biggest issue in American politics today. Published August 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Sugar high

Americans love sugar so much that we protect the domestic industry by limiting sugar imports. This works like a jawbreaker in the U.S. economy. Published August 21, 2009

EDITORIAL: Cap and degrade

With national attention focused on President Obama's troubled health care reform efforts, we can't afford to take our eyes off his other flawed and costly priority -- "cap and trade" global-warming legislation. Published August 21, 2009

EDITORIAL: Robert Novak, R.I.P.

Robert D. Novak died yesterday. He was one of the most consequential reporters and most compelling public voices of the past half-century. He is irreplaceable. Published August 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: Incursion into Iran

The civil unrest in Iran is being directed by a secret cabal of intellectuals in the United States, or so the Islamic regime would like the world to believe. Published August 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: Talking smack about America

Our nation's top diplomat needs to learn that her job is to enhance the U.S. image abroad -- not muddy up America's reputation. Published August 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: The unkindest cuts of all

President Obama's sales pitch on health care needs serious surgery. The operation should begin, according to the American College of Surgeons, by excising some of the president's smears and falsehoods. Published August 18, 2009