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From left, Sens. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are among the members of the newly formed Moderate Dems Working Group. The group of 15 will meet to focus on legislative battles, such as the president's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.

EDITORIAL: A 51st-state fantasy

Senate Democrats who are anxious about their re-election prospects in November are puzzled that Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a Democrat, is pushing the fantasy of statehood for the District of Columbia so close to the November elections. Published September 11, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using the term 'war' would legitimize terrorists

There has been some media discussion about the refusal of State Department spokespersons to use the word "war" in connection with the fight against the Islamic State. Whether the people involved realize it or not, there is good and sufficient reason for avoiding that word. Published September 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Souring on Wasserman Schultz's rhetoric

Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's recent commentary that the Republicans are "grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back" implies that Republicans have no mothers, grandmothers, sisters or daughters in the family structure and are at best serial abusers of women. Published September 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Only missile shield can thwart rogue states' threat

The threat posed by rogue states armed with nuclear ballistic missiles is clearly on the rise. Talks to shut down Iran's nuclear-weapons program have faltered, and Tehran has now refused to cooperate with U.N. investigators seeking to determine how close it is to detonating a bomb. Published September 10, 2014

EDITORIAL: Smokey the Bear's plot against campfire fun

Smokey the Bear may be getting as soft as a marshmallow in his declining years. No longer content to stamp out forest fires and warn campers to field-strip their cigarette butts, the old growler yearns to be a chef, perhaps with his own show on the Food Network. Published September 10, 2014

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," in New York. Sawyer told viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight. She will be replaced next week by David Muir.  (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

EDITORIAL: It's cable viewers vs. broadcasters on 'local choice'

Broadcasters popped champagne corks Wednesday when the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee canceled an expected vote on a "local choice" measure its backers said would have given cable- and satellite-TV customers more control over their channel choices. Published September 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: McDonnell conviction was deserved

In determining who would be his running mate in 2012, Mitt Romney gave serious consideration to then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. In light of McDonnell's conviction for multiple counts of corruption, it is chilling to recognize that had things turned out differently our vice president might have been this tainted man. Published September 9, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CIA contractors deserve medals over Benghazi

We now know that five CIA security contractors had to disobey orders in order to rescue State Department personnel at Benghazi nearly two years ago. In my view, the five ought to be awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. Published September 9, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2001, file photo, S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, poses in a replica of "The Dwarf Grill," the original restaurant he started in Atlanta in 1946.  A spokesman said Cathy, who started the postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, died early Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

EDITORIAL: Chick-fil-A founder's values menu

Traditional values are under relentless assault, so nothing stands out more than a businessman willing to put principle over profit. Such a man was S. Truett Cathy, the onetime short-order cook who founded Chick-fil-A. Published September 9, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Police officials in the nations capital have been facing recent questions about headline-making arrests _ not of hardened street criminals but of their own officers. In a single month, one District of Columbia police officer was accused of taking semi-nude pictures of a 15-year-old runaway and another was charged with running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls. A third was indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of striking his wife in the head with a light fixture. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

EDITORIAL: The Beltway bandits’ revenue-camera rip-off

Everyone who lives or works in Washington knows that speed and red-light revenue cameras aren't there for anyone's safety. After an exhaustive review of the sordid facts, the D.C. inspector general on Monday confirms it. Published September 9, 2014