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ISTOOK: Even prayer not safe from the courts, regulators

Public prayer is a right of the American people, doubly-protected by free speech and free exercise of religion under our First Amendment. Sadly, our courts don't agree. And bureaucrats such as in the Veterans Administration don't seem to agree, either. They try to regulate it. Published May 8, 2014

ISTOOK: Bureaucracy doesn't just hurt — it kills

Government death panels weren't invented by Obamacare. By hiding a list of 1,600 veterans waiting to see doctors in Phoenix, the Department of Veterans Affairs is accused of 40 deaths of those who died for lack of care. Keeping them off the official list concealed the backlog and made VA bureaucrats look better and qualify for bonuses. Published April 30, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Carney discussed the Ukraine and that the media will not have access to President Barack Obama's meeting with senior advisors where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

ISTOOK: Obama's sleight of hand hides hidden government's work

Call it distraction. Illusion. Or just cry out, "Squirrel!" While an army of reporters flocks to the White House Press Room to hear Jay Carney's insults and misdirections, an army of bureaucrats are doing the real work of Barack Obama's presidency, laboring in obscurity. Published April 23, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama talks to the kids after they exercised and danced with the Super Sprowtz during a visit to La Petite Academy in Bowie, Md., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, to promote healthy environments and encouraging healthy habits at preschools as part of her Let's Move! Child Care program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

ISTOOK: First lady kidnaps the Easter bunny

The White House Easter Egg Roll isn't just about fun. It's also about the re-education of America, courtesy of our self-proclaimed Mom-in-Chief, first lady Michelle Obama. Published April 10, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as she delivers the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday April 3, 2014 in New York.  Congress and USAID are headed for a showdown over the Obama administration's creation of a Cuban Twitter communications network to undermine the communist government in Cuba.  USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is expected to testify on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations State Department and foreign operations subcommittee.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

ISTOOK: Benghazi cover-up was more to protect Hillary than Obama

A deeply politicized CIA acted more to protect the secretary of state than the president when it falsified its Benghazi talking points, according to Halle Dale, the Heritage Foundation's senior fellow for public diplomacy. Published April 4, 2014

ISTOOK: Obamacare’s bureaucracy a breeding ground for corruption

Among those 11.5-million-plus words, President Obama finds plenty of maneuvering room and room for abuse — and therein lies the terrible beauty of Obamacare. Because it depends not on law but on bureaucracy, Obamacare adapts faster than it can be contained by legal or other constraints. Published April 3, 2014

ISTOOK: Obama's deportation rate hits record low, not record high

Although the Obama administration claims deportations have hit an all-time high, they've actually hit record lows, covered-up by a shell game of phony numbers, said Jessica Vaughan, the Center for Immigration Studies' director of Policy Studies. Published April 1, 2014

ISTOOK: Obamacare: One small step against diversity?

Why doesn’t government dictate just one style of everything and “simplify” the rest of our lives like it does with health care? If Obamacare is supposed to save us from substandard insurance, shouldn’t Obamacars save us from substandard automobiles? And Obamacurs would make sure we have the best breed of dog. Published March 26, 2014

This handout photo provided by Pizza Hut,  shows a hand-tossed pizza.  Pizza Hut announced Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, it plans to start offering pizza by the slice for the first time in two test locations this week, as the chain looks to keep pace with trendy competitors offering quick, made-to-order pies. (AP Photo/Pizza Hut)

ISTOOK: Obama's war on pizza

On the eighth day, God created pizza. It made everyone forget the forbidden fruit. Published February 11, 2014