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FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, Barbara Green, wife of David Green, founder and chief executive officer of Hobby Lobby, speaks to the media in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Monday, June 30, 2014 Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control marks the first time the high court has said some businesses can hold religious views under federal law, in cases where there is essentially no difference between the business and its owners. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

ISTOOK: Ruling thwarts Obama's attack on the profit motive

Hobby Lobby's court case was as much about economic freedom as religious freedom, which is why news stories always mention that Hobby Lobby is a for-profit company. Only those willing to denounce profits get considered for more-favored treatment under Obamacare. It's part of Mr. Obama's constant attack on free enterprise. Non-profits: good. For-profits: bad. Published July 2, 2014

Bela Lugosi portrays the evil Count Dracula in the 1930 movie classic. (AP Photo)

ISTOOK: Feds say no to 'Redskins,' but fail to protect us Transylvanians

Federal bureaucrats are playing favorites again. Protecting people against assault, rape and robbery makes sense. But today's government bureaucrats also regulate to protect the masses from getting their feelings hurt. Or at least some of them, selectively. That's the only explanation for why bureaucrats are saying no to the term "Redskins" while we Transylvanians remain fair game for disparagement. Published June 25, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, before signing H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, and H.R. 1726, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment know as the Borinqueneers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

ISTOOK: Media swallow Obama's line on student loan 'rules'

Did President Obama truly change the rules this week, bypassing Congress to grant amnesty on student loan payments for millions of students and graduates? Or is he only acting like he did, setting up a fawning media to proclaim his compassion for those caught between student debt and the scarcity of good jobs? Published June 11, 2014