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Will Taco Tuesday penalty on California campus also kill Halloween?

Wearing traditional Mexican garb for Taco Tuesday earned a near death penalty for a sorority at California State University, Fullerton. It was "grotesquely inappropriate," the dean of students decreed. Nothing said at the event offended the school's draconian speech code, so the policy was expanded to cover clothing. Published September 17, 2014

Protestors gather to have the minimum wage raised to $15 an hour in front of a McDonald's in Flint, Michigan. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May)

ISTOOK: An equally wrongheaded 'Plan B' on the minimum wage

A hike in the federal minimum wage is bottled up in Congress despite the labor-organized street protests by fast-food workers. They demand $15 an hour — without having to boost their productivity. Published September 10, 2014

A man stands in the street during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Holder and Obama must enforce the Anti-Riot Act against agitators now

The rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, involves left-wing militants from across the country. It is not simply local unrest over the police shooting of Michael Brown. Out-of-state anarchists, Communists, Occupy movement members and other agitators are exploiting the situation to create chaos. That is their method for trying to bring down the American way of life that they detest. Published August 19, 2014

**FILE** Michael Bloomberg welcomes leaders to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Nearly 50 African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trickle-down liberal agenda afflicts dysfunctional cities

The left is focused on using city governments to transform America, pushing its agenda through local policies, laws, rules and regulations. Their effort could bring us more dysfunctional cities like Detroit. Published August 13, 2014

Finally! After 17 years, FDA about to act on breath mint label regulation

Perhaps some study has concluded that consuming high-calorie breath mints is a leading cause of big stomachs. That's probably why the Center for Science in the Public Interest weighed in with comments complaining that people consume more numbers of small items than of large items and therefore may lose track of calories. Published August 6, 2014

Will consumers still want fries to go with their shake?  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

ISTOOK: Get ready for super-priced burgers due to NLRB decree

Once again, one man has dictated a major change of federal law that can cost American families dearly. It may double the price of your Big Mac, Whopper, fried chicken, donuts or other purchases at your local fast-food restaurant. Published July 30, 2014

President Barack Obama greets with supporters at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached

Impeachment would be his crowning badge of victimhood, the ultimate symbol to rally his base, asking that they protect him by guaranteeing a Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate. Published July 25, 2014

President Barack Obama waves as he prepares to depart Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from King County International Airport in Seattle. Obama is on a three-day West Coast trip that included at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

ISTOOK: Lower health care costs, don't subsidize them

We miss the point and get bogged down by debating Obamacare subsidies via state exchanges vs. federal exchanges. What we should be asking is: Why do health care and insurance cost so much? Published July 23, 2014