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EDITORIAL: Learning from the D.C. handgun ban

The year after the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and gun-lock requirements, the capital city's murder rate plummeted 25 percent. The high court should keep that in mind today as it hears oral arguments about a Chicago handgun ban. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Canada's warning against government health care

President Obama and congressional Democrats are ramping up efforts to ram through a government takeover of the health care system. The vast majority of Americans are opposed to this bureaucratic power grab because they know government will do what it always does, which is increase cost while lowering efficiency and service. In case there's any doubt, all you have to do is look to our neighbor to the north for tales of doom and gloom that come with nationalized health care. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Truthers gone wild

John P. Roche, a special adviser to President Johnson, had an arch view of the conspiracy theories rampant in Washington in the 1960s. He postulated that those with the talent for conspiracies lacked the time, and those with the time lacked the talent. Yet the nature of conspiratorial thinking takes the existence of conspiracies as a given. If John Roche were making light of a conspiracy, the only possible explanation was that he was in on it. Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Skating on thin ice for climate change

Energy Secretary Steven Chu didn't reach the pinnacle of his profession by treading the well-worn path of modern group-think. It's regrettable that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is stuck in that rut now. Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hot-dog hysteria

Believe it or not, the government is about to regulate the shape of hot dogs. Bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are studying how to change the shape of hot dogs to prevent youngsters from choking. As a result, recent headlines have warned about "killer hot dogs" and "Doctors urging for a safer, choke-free hot dog." Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Assassination works

Israel is facing uncomfortable questions regarding senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was found dead in a Dubai hotel room on Jan. 20. Dubai police say al-Mabhouh was assassinated, but in his chosen profession, his fate really was the result of workplace-related injuries. Published February 26, 2010

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

Political Scene

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