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EDITORIAL: No free parties

All too often, lawmakers shrug their shoulders at complaints about wasteful spending, as if to say "no big deal, that's just politics." Published February 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Puerto Rican run

Rigging an election is nice work if you can pull it off. That's what the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be trying to do as it votes next week on the misleadingly named Puerto Rico Democracy Act. Published February 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Faux bipartisanship on display

If the health care summit represents what the Democrats view as a bipartisanship sharing of ideas when they are in public, one can only wonder how imbalanced the private meetings are. Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Identifying the Gitmo Nine

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. seems to have a bizarre urge to stick his finger in the eyes of congressmen. On subject after sub- Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Less health care for masses

Americans are going to hear lots of scare- mongering anecdotes at today's health care summit, such as the 39 percent increase in insurance premiums announced this month by Anthem Blue Cross, a California company. President Obama and the Democrats have a solution: Pass a law to impose additional coverage by insurance companies, eliminate the multimillion-dollar cap insurance policies have on total benefits, and pile on lots of new red tape. These policies are guaranteed to raise rates. Published February 25, 2010

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A longtime aide and adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she is resigning. Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: EPA's global-warming power grab

Scientific scandals and record snowfalls have begun to melt away the congressional appetite for more global-warming regulations. On Sunday, to take the latest example, a major scientific journal admitted that "oversights" compelled the retraction of its conclusion that sea levels were rising as a result of increased worldwide temperatures. Reports of this sort make it increasingly difficult for members of Congress to enter iced-over districts to ask their constituents to make economic sacrifices in an attempt to appease Mother Earth into favoring us with colder weather. Published February 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's health care infomercial

Today's health care summit is nothing more than political theater. Like an infomercial, it will pretend to be authentic, but it's actually contrived. Its purpose is to give President Obama a setting in which he can appear to rise above politics and partisanship to get things done for the American people. In fact, it is a device he is using to resurrect unnecessary, harmful legislation that the American people oppose and ram it through Congress. Published February 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's deceptive health summit

Don't buy into President Obama's rhetoric about bipartisanship. He invited congressional Republicans to a summit tomorrow but continues to castigate them for being unwilling to meet him halfway. Some argue that reaching out to the opposition is wise politics aimed at the November elections, but the fix is in. Mr. Obama has no intention of making any deal with Republicans, and Republicans understand it's a bad idea to meet the president halfway on his political death spiral. So what's the point of the charade? Published February 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Does Justice lack ethics?

The rot at the Department of Justice grows more evident every day. Already being hit for botched decisions about terrorist trials and for dropping a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, the department is taking another huge blow. Published February 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's federal jobs

Employment is up, wages are up, and job security is as firm as ever. Unfortunately, this is only true for federal government workers. Published February 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Sen. Bayh's party hacks

Sen. Evan Bayh claims he's frustrated with politics inside the Beltway, but the Indiana Democrat's announcement that he isn't running for re-election was the ultimate in cynical backroom political ploys. By disclosing his retirement just one day before the filing deadline, Mr. Bayh left no time for any Democrat to qualify for the primary ballot. With no Democrat in the race, it's up to the party's state central committee to tap its favored candidate. That isn't a very democratic way for the Democratic party to operate. Published February 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: A new battle of Hastings

A lawsuit about bed-mates, or lack thereof, has united perhaps the most unlikely set of legal bedfellows ever to grace the Supreme Court's docket. In their defense of religious liberty, the organizations in question are clearly on the side of the angels - even if their own beliefs recognize no angels at all. Published February 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama avoids hard choices

President Obama said on Thursday, "The politics of dealing with chronic deficits is fraught with hard choices, and therefore, it's treacherous to officeholders here in Washington. As a consequence, nobody has been too eager to deal with it." He then handed the problem off to a commission, thus proving his point. Published February 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cuccinelli fights the EPA

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli took a gutsy and intelligent step Feb. 17 when he petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its ill-advised "finding" that carbon dioxide creates an endangerment for human health. The endangerment finding would let the EPA battle alleged global warming by regulating emissions of CO2, which of course is the gas that every animal and person exhales with every breath. The finding was ludicrous from the start, and now Mr. Cuccinelli makes a reasonable case that it also was unlawful. Published February 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama the philosopher king

President Obama is readying to unleash a variety of executive powers to circumvent Congress and push his agenda. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that a review of mechanisms was under way to "get the job done across a front of issues." The president claims he has to resort to extraordinary methods because of partisan gridlock, but he has learned the wrong lessons from his failed freshman year in office. Mr. Obama's initiatives haven't stalled because of partisanship but because they are transparently bad for America. Published February 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Getting rid of gun control

Virginia finally is poised to repeal its unusual law that prohibits law-abiding citizens from buying more than one gun per month. It's about time, because the red tape has not had the desired effect in lowering crime. There is no academic research by criminologists or economists that shows that one-gun-a-month regulations reduce crime in either the states that pass them or their neighbors. The laws have merely inconvenienced honest Americans who want to buy guns. Published February 19, 2010

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FEDERAL RESERVE: Emergency loan rate for banks up Published February 19, 2010