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EDITORIAL: Inspectors need independence

Democratic leaders in Congress want to give President Obama the ability to appoint inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies. Such a move would undermine independent oversight of large parts of the federal bureaucracy. Published August 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Attorneys should pony up

Plaintiffs' attorneys better watch out. When Bob Beckel, uber-Democrat and manager of Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, agrees on something with outspoken conservative Sarah Palin, last year's Republican nominee for vice president, it's time to take notice. That's especially true when they agree on a major stumbling block to health care reform, the single biggest issue in American politics today. Published August 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Sugar high

Americans love sugar so much that we protect the domestic industry by limiting sugar imports. This works like a jawbreaker in the U.S. economy. Published August 21, 2009

EDITORIAL: Cap and degrade

With national attention focused on President Obama's troubled health care reform efforts, we can't afford to take our eyes off his other flawed and costly priority -- "cap and trade" global-warming legislation. Published August 21, 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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