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Octomom for animal control

It's official. Octomom Nadya Suleman doesn't want your dog or cat following in her footsteps. Published May 19, 2010

Scientist booted off panel over writing

The Energy Department removed a St. Louis scientist from a select group picked by the Obama administration to pursue a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico because of writings on his website about homosexuality and race relations. Published May 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: The Shi'ite stripper girl next door

The new Miss USA is a pole-dancing Shi'ite Muslim who counts the Hezbollah terrorist group as part of her loyal fan base. Or, as the Los Angeles Times put it, Rima Fakih is "the poster girl for modern America." Published May 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Nero was hotter than Al Gore

The planet has never been warmer than it is right now, if you believe what global warming alarmists have to say. Mankind's selfishness in producing "excessive" amounts of carbon dioxide has set us on a path toward global cataclysm, they insist. The problem with this tale is that it neither fits with the historical record nor with a growing body of scientific evidence. Published May 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Juvenile injustice

The U.S. Supreme Court went on another philosophical bender on Monday, this time on behalf of heinous juvenile criminals. Years from now, though, scholars may still cite the brilliant dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas as an example of devastatingly effective reasoning. Against the high court's sadly devolving standards of decency, Justice Thomas' opinion stands for the permanent principle that judges should be the Constitution's servants, not its editors. Published May 19, 2010

Illustration: Obama and Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama's invisible Islam

During questioning before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, a visibly nervous Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. tried valiantly not to utter the expression "radical Islam." The twisting began when Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, asked whether the men behind three recent terrorist incidents - the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas Day bombing attempt and the Time Square bombing attempt - "might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam." Published May 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's Spanish lesson

President Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last week to express his support for Spain's effort "to strengthen its economy and build market confidence." For once, Mr. Obama is exactly right. Published May 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's Spanish lesson

President Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last week to express his support for Spain's effort "to strengthen its economy and build market confidence." For once, Mr. Obama is exactly right. Published May 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Burnout in the HOT lane

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is eager to hand a significant chunk of Interstate 95/395 over to an Australian company for the next 80 years. That firm, Transurban, would charge solo drivers a fee for using the same lanes that currently may be used without charge during off-peak hours. Despite the lavish promises and hype, high-occupancy-toll (HOT) lane schemes have fizzled more often than they have succeeded. Published May 14, 2010

Political Scene

Chief scolded for not following hiring law Published May 14, 2010

Memories surface through Rambler

"My dad had one of these," Gary Himelfarb says while seated behind the steering wheel of his 1961 Rambler. Published May 14, 2010

GMC adds more Denali models to the 2011 Sierra Heavy Duty lineup

GMC pushes forward with some exciting news with their new 2011 Sierra Denali HD, the first offering of the exclusive Denali line on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, will now be available in both 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 series (1-ton) configurations. The new Sierra Denali HDs lead a comprehensively redesigned lineup of 2011 Sierra heavy duty trucks that go on sale this summer - including the most powerful diesel engine in the segment. Published May 14, 2010

Kia Soul named one of "Best Family Cars for 2010" by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine

Proven consumer and media favorite, the 2010 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle recently was named to the "Best Family Cars for 2010" list in the "budget" category by leading automotive research site Edmunds.com and family-favorite Parents magazine, adding to an already extensive list of prestigious honors and recognitions for the funky hatchback. Published May 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Black Panthers but no white rights

Let's avoid all the mealy-mouthed euphemisms: In the now-infamous New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Justice Department stands accused of being dishonest, racist, political hacks. The department's responses to those charges have been so weak that they may as well have pleaded nolo contendere. A hearing today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides the department one more chance to adequately explain itself. Right now, no adequate explanation seems to exist. Published May 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: The siren song of a would-be judge

Cheap ambulance chasers are bad enough, but far worse are those high-powered plaintiffs attorneys who chase big bucks by manufacturing the impression that a catastrophe has occurred. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the judicial nomination of one of those sleazy profiteers. John J. "Jack" McConnell Jr. has no business getting within hailing distance of a federal judgeship, and the committee should dismiss him. Published May 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: One million votes against Obamacare

Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration are still feeling the euphoria after establishing a federal role in dictating health care coverage. Enacting an unpopular new law in the face of solid Republican opposition may have demonstrated broad legislative power, but the administration's deafness to public opinion may prove to be Obamacare's undoing. Published May 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Senate secrecy breeds corruption

Secrecy that hides public business from the public itself should be anathema in a constitutional republic. This is true whether the secrecy is a ploy to speed things up unnaturally or to slow things down unfairly. In different ways, Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Ron Wyden of Oregon are working to end the secrecy that abets corruption and fiscal incontinence. Their proposed amendments, perhaps with a tweak or two, ought to be approved. Published May 12, 2010