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Panel backs review of FOIA delays Published April 16, 2010

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9 porn agencies named in complaints Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: The Welfare State of America

Americans are used to taking comfort in the fact that European countries such as Sweden, France and Finland are inefficient "welfare states." Even if American competitiveness slacks off a bit, the thinking goes, we'll always be on top because the United States would never allow government to get as burdensome as it is in socialist foreign lands. It's time to start thinking differently as the U.S. bureaucracy expands to record levels. Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Abortion isn't painless

The abortion lobby has spent nearly 40 years arguing that the radical surgery at issue is - for purposes of the courts - merely a medical question, not a moral one. On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a law that returns moral judgment to a spot front and center in the abortion debate. The new law does so by emphasizing the hideously painful nature of the abortion act itself. The new emphasis on an unborn baby's pain is right and necessary. Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Taking down Tehran

A counterrevolution in Iran may be the last, best chance for peace in the region, but it can only happen with American help. Published April 16, 2010

Political Scene

HOUSE: Lawmakers move to stop false IDs Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Sink the Murtha

The late Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, has achieved his highest undeserved honor. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to name the Navy's newest San Antonio Class amphibious transport-dock LPD 26 the USS John P. Murtha. This is a slap in the face to every service member who bridled when Murtha publicly accused Marines in Iraq of intentionally killing women and children in cold blood. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Democrats are hiding deficits

A few months after moving into the White House, President Obama promised to reduce the large deficit in 2010 and continue reducing it further in 2011. This promise was broken, and the deficit in 2010 is expected to be approximately $200 billion more than in 2009. This creates political danger for Democrats, as the party in power is reluctant to acknowledge its stewardship of worsening budget problems with midterm elections coming in November. As a result, congressional Democrats are shying away from a vote on this year's budget resolution, causing chaos to the federal budgeting process. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cheaper insurance for celebrities

Joe Sixpack shouldn't have to pay for Rosie O'Donnell's home insurance. Yet as crazy as it sounds, the House Financial Services Committee next week is expected to consider lending a helping hand to the owners of some of the most exclusive properties in the country. If bailing out homeowners with upside-down mortgages was bad, this idea is much worse because it redistributes wealth from the middle class to benefit the superrich. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: A Lexus for every lawmaker

With a huge Tax Day rally planned for Washington's Freedom Plaza Thursday and another quarter-million Americans already signed up to participate in the Online Tax Revolt (at www.onlinetaxrevolt.com), more evidence accumulates that taxpayers have good reason to be angry. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Crashing the Tea Party

A group named Crashtheparty.org is planning on attending Tea Party rallies around the country tomorrow pretending to be party members. The strategy is to behave outrageously on Tax Day to provide fodder for the media, which likes to portray opponents to the Obama presidency as fringe radicals. The plot is part of the typical liberal playbook to silence opposition to the left-wing agenda. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Voice of the mullahs

The Voice of America is becoming the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Recent programming choices have revealed a creeping bias toward opponents of the pro-democracy movement and de facto supporters of the regime. This ill befits the VOA mission and the purpose of U.S. public diplomacy. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Congress' financial mess

For years, the Federal Reserve, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae caused banks to make high-risk mortgages to borrowers who couldn't afford them. On Wednesday, in testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, former longtime Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan finally pinpointed who instigated this risky behavior: Congress. Published April 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: The Party of Nobama

As President Obama and the Democratic Party continue to sink in national opinion polls, they have begun to lash out at Published April 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Losing it in space

Pity poor NASA. Rather than reaching toward the stars, America's premier scientific organization has settled its sights on studying shrimp schools beneath the Antarctic ice cap and sticky accelerators on Toyotas. Such is the scope of hope and change in President Obama's universe. Published April 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Don't rush to judgeship for Liu

The hypocrisy of Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy knows no bounds. The Vermont Democrat insists on expediting a hearing for the wildly leftist, fundamentally dishonest appellate court nominee Goodwin Liu before committee members have received adequate access to Mr. Liu's records. Throughout his career, Sen. Leahy has insisted on seeing - and sometimes leaking - records that properly should remain private. Yet in this case, concerning records everybody agrees should be public, the senator acts as if they are irrelevant. Published April 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Stupak's final retreat

After selling out, Rep. Bart Stupak is walking out. The Michigan Democrat who tried to pass himself off as pro-life announced Friday that he no longer seeks re-election. It's understandable that Mr. Stupak is unwilling to face voters in his working-class Upper Peninsula district after casting a decisive vote in favor of a nationalized health care plan that would allow, with the stroke of the president's pen, millions of abortions at public expense. Published April 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Freeways are the solution to congestion

As is the case in major metropolitan areas throughout the country, congestion plagues Northern Virginia. The constant traffic snarls impede business, pollute the environment and generally make living in the region an unpleasant experience. Published April 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Goodbye to another unprincipled Democrat

Rep. Bart Stupak's announcement today that he will not seek re-election is no big surprise. The Michigan Democrat dug himself into a deep political hole and and couldn't climb out of it. Mr. Stupak repeatedly vowed that he would never vote for government-funded abortion. When he sold out that principle, the whole country - including his vast rural district - knew he singlehandedly pushed Obamacare over the top for passage. Published April 9, 2010