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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

EDITORIAL: Obama misidentifies 'rationing'

President Obama keeps lashing out against those trying to "scare" Americans about government rationing health care. In each of his town halls over the past week -- from New Hampshire to Montana to Colorado -- Mr. Obama repeatedly warned about his opponents using scare tactics. What's truly scary is the president's command of the facts. Published August 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Let him die in jail

Prison officials in the United Kingdom are considering whether to release 57-year-old former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who is serving a 27-year minimum term for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Published August 17, 2009

EDITORIAL: Unfair government competition

According to President Obama, government health insurance will create competition in the health insurance industry. It simply would provide another alternative to existing plans offered by private companies, the argument goes. Like many Americans, we simply don't believe it. Whenever the government enters into a market, it will try to expand its share and take over the sector. Published August 17, 2009

EDITORIAL: A clunker of a subsidy

The government's "cash for clunkers" program is raising car prices and punishing consumers. It's time to hit the brakes on this clunker of a law. Instead, Congress is putting the pedal to the metal. Published August 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's mad science adviser

When it comes to having past views that should frighten every American citizen, Ezekiel Emanuel (see above editorial) has nothing on the president's "chief science adviser," John P. Holdren. The combination of Mr. Holdren with Dr. Emanuel should make the public seriously concerned with this administration's moral compass concerning care for the old and weak. Published August 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Health rationing by other names

When Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a key presidential health care adviser, told The Washington Times on Thursday that his "thinking has evolved" on the subject of health care rationing, he was making a distinction without a difference. Even his "evolved" ideas amount to nothing more than government rationing by another name. Published August 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: No more rhinestone cowboys

New regulations taking effect today make an awful new law even worse. Government is putting huge new burdens on retailers and manufacturers already reeling from a bad economy. Published August 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Terror on the links

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has taken a swing at golf as the latest threat to revolutionary progress. Published August 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Rationing away medical care

President Obama told a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., on Tuesday to ignore the "scare tactics" of opponents to government health care. He denied that his plan would ration care. "You will have not only the care you need, but also the care that right now is being denied to you -- only if we get health care reform," he said. The president's promise of unlimited care at a greatly reduced cost isn't feasible. Published August 13, 2009

LETTER TO EDITOR: It's not over until it's over

According to John Brennan, head of the White House's homeland security office, the war on terrorism is over. From now on, the administration will never use terms like "jihadists" and "global war" because doing so, as Mr. Brennan said, "risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve." He insisted that the U.S. is at "war with al Qaeda" ("U.S. no longer at war with 'terrorism' ," Page 1, Friday). Published August 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: The life of Riley

Reformist conservative government works. That's the lesson from the remarkable successes of Alabama Republican Gov. Bob Riley, perhaps the most underrated governor in these United States. Published August 13, 2009

LETTER TO EDITOR: Go domestic with energy production

When Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg defended his agency for helping the Brazilian oil company Petrobras secure U.S. taxpayer-backed loans to develop its offshore oil reserves, he failed to mention why the Obama administration (which he serves as a political appointee) is helping foreign governments develop their energy resources while opposing similar oil developments at home ("Ex-Im Bank is doing its job," Letter of the Day, Wednesday). Published August 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's tax hikes

Please check out page 203 of the main House version of health care reform. It contains all the evidence you need that the entire bill is a nasty bait-and-switch. Published August 13, 2009

LETTER TO EDITOR: You dropped a population bomb on me

Cheryl Wetzstein's column missed the boat ("Conferees rebut population fears," Culture, Tuesday). Yes, birth rates have declined considerably in Western Europe -- but not so much in less developed countries. Published August 13, 2009