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A woman who declined to give her name, sits at a table in the casino during a liquidation sale at the closed Riviera Hotel and Casino Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. The Riviera Hotel and Casino closed May 4, but everything inside the 2,075-room hotel-casino must go. National Content Liquidators has started selling it all at a public sale that started 9 a.m. Thursday.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

Today's Indian wars are fought at the casino

America still fights Indian wars, but today these battles center not around settlers pushing their homesteads onto tribal lands but around gambling. Published May 20, 2015

Carla Chery illustrates how she shops on a budget at her neighborhood supermarket in New York.  Ms. Chery, a stay-at-home mom who networks with other moms on her blog, says she uses coupons to keep her family of four fed on a tight food budget. Government regulations are hurting everyday people and wrecking family budgets. (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)

How red tape, runaway regulations wreck your budget

Runaway regulations are hurting everyday people and wrecking family budgets. It's not big companies that suffer from the $1.88 trillion annual burden of red tape that the government imposes. They add the costs onto their price tags. Published May 13, 2015

Opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Supreme Court to decide for believers what marriage is

Forget everything else you read about the Supreme Court case that could mandate same-sex marriages. All that matters is the swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. He will break the expected 4-to-4 deadlock among the other justices. Published April 29, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a reporters question concerning he meeting he held businesses affected by the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 16, 2015. Cities expected to slash water use in the drought are revolting against Brown's mandatory water restrictions, and dozens of agencies are telling water regulators that their assigned water use targets are unrealistic and unfair.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Liberal water czars create 2015 Dust Bowl in Golden State

California's liberals are seeking scapegoats to divert attention from how that entire state may soon become another Detroit, emptying out as people flee. Scapegoats like almonds, alfalfa and meat. Really. What Big Labor did to the Motor City the environmental extremists are doing to California, threatening to create a new Dust Bowl with their misguided water policies. Published April 22, 2015

Obama claims imaginary agreement with Iran

We freed up $13-billion for Iran to negotiate its nuclear weapons program. Now Obama's claims about the supposed deal turn out to be imaginary. Published April 20, 2015

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, a student uses an Apple MacBook laptop in his class in Palo Alto, Calif. New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Anarchy, bullying and extortion on Obama’s Internet

President Obama's two big decisions on the Internet are poles apart. In 2009, his Department of Commerce relinquished big chunks of America's control over the Internet to ICANN. Six years later, Mr. Obama's Federal Communications Commission now wants to dictate "fairness" by imposing so-called "net neutrality." Published April 16, 2015

This file photo released Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010,by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Paris Hilton in a police booking photo in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Anarchy, bullying and extortion on Obama's Internet

President Obama's administration has surrendered control of Internet domain names to a company that approves .sucks, .wtf as well as .porn and .xxx, allowing the private group is making huge money from the process. Published April 15, 2015

Tracking our driving, Big Brother takes the wheel

Thanks to modern technology, Big Brother is bigger than ever and can monitor our movements, our driving, our communications and our finances. We need a Digital Bill of Privacy Rights to protect us from government. Published March 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting on immigration hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Florida International University in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Redistributing your wealth, Obama cements his power

Let's get this out in the open. President Obama's agenda is to redistribute wealth, which enhances his own power. He can advance that agenda without Congress, instead acting exclusively through the executive branch. This is possible only because for decades Congress has given away power to bureaucrats. Published February 25, 2015

Obama drafts his own bureaucracy to shill for Obamacare

President Obama wants millions of new recruiters for Obamacare, so he is drafting federal workers — including soldiers — to ask their friends and family to sign up for coverage at Published February 11, 2015