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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama's military purge is frightening

For the first time in my life, I am ashamed and afraid of the current government. This is the most audacious move to seize control of the military that I have ever witnessed, and the American people have no idea it is occurring before their eyes. Published February 5, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Service members used as political tools

Reflecting on the long ovation given to the Army Ranger during President Obama's recent State of the Union address caused me to remember an incident described in one of the histories I read about Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Published February 5, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: IRS bonus idea is laughable

New Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to pay bonuses to employees at the IRS. If he wants to pay them, fine — let him take the money out of his own pocket, not mine. Published February 5, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, left, campaigns for Michigan's new 14th district congressional seat at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Susan Tusa)

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare lie as an option

Obamacare's woes grow daily, but liberals celebrate denial. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) peered into its crystal ball to see what the president's health care takeover holds in store for the economy, and the answer isn't pretty. Published February 4, 2014

An activist dressed as a polar bear participates in a protest vigil  in Lafayette Park across from the White House, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Washington, urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Obama's basketball strategy on Keystone XL

Affordable power dissolves liberal fantasies. White House wise men insist on spending the public's money to promote retro power plants such as windmills, which went out of fashion with the Industrial Revolution. Published February 4, 2014

EDITORIAL: A presidential library of mystery

If they build it, will they come? Where will they go, to Hawaii or Illinois? Those are the first of many questions the new Barack H. Obama Foundation will have to answer about the presidential library of the 44th president. Perhaps this library will help the public understand the man who is the least known president since, well, Chester Alan Arthur. Published February 4, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Create jobs, not 'myRA' gimmicks

With U.S. international relations going through perhaps the worst period in 40 years, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, an economy still in the doldrums and the lowest rate of employment in more than 40 years, President Obama carved out time in his State of the Union speech to introduce his new savings plan, "myRA.'' Published February 4, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New leadership needed in House?

What if, after taking charge of the U.S. Congress in 2011, House Speaker John A. Boehner had told America he was going to follow the Constitution rather than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? Published February 4, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Asking the Obama 'what if' questions

In his excellent Commentary piece, "A sorry State of the Union" (Jan. 30), Andrew P. Napolitano could have included the following questions: What if President Obama had published an autobiography in which he listed among his favorite books he read in high school were by communists Ralph Ellison, W.E.B. DuBois and Malcolm X? Published February 4, 2014

FILE - This undated file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. Fears of prying from the sky have some Minnesota lawmakers seeking clamps on law enforcement’s use of unmanned aerial drones to gather evidence. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, File)

EDITORIAL: It's a bird! It's a drone!

Humphrey Bogart's classic line in the movie "Casablanca" could take on a sinister new meaning in the surveillance society: "Here's looking at you, kid." Last year, New Orleans toyed with the idea of using drones to watch over the Super Bowl, but the smarter people in the Big Easy dropped the idea. Published February 3, 2014

** FILE ** Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's surgeon general nominee. (AP Photo/courtesy of Brigham and Women's Hospital)

EDITORIAL: The new face of Obamacare?

Obamacare isn't popular, and nobody knows it better than President Obama. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, Mr. Obama danced around the question of why he hasn't fired Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the face of the fiasco. Published February 3, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson "was impressed with Mr. Marrone's integrity and management abilities" while serving together at the Department of Defense, a DHS spokesman said.

EDITORIAL: Obama picks a crook's errand boy for Homeland Security

Jeh C. Johnson, only recently confirmed as chief of the Department of Homeland Security, is off to an inglorious start. As our own Jim McElhatton and Kelly Riddell reported Monday, Mr. Johnson's own right-hand man, Christian Marrone, was previously the right-hand man of a Philadelphia politician with a felonious bent. Published February 3, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Instead of banning marijuana, tax it

Your Jan. 29 editorial, "The president of pot," makes the common mistake of assuming that marijuana prohibition deters marijuana use. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. Published February 3, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Child car seats and the nanny-state mentality

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking regulations to require child-seat modifications for children weighing up to 40 pounds. It would be interesting to learn how many millions (or billions) of dollars are going into the testing of these child seats and the reissuing of regulations to require manufacturers to change their seat models. Published February 3, 2014

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. fields a flurry of phone calls in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, after he announced that he would retire after 40 years in the House of Representatives. Waxman, 74, has been a liberal force in the House, focusing on clean air issues, investigating the tobacco industry, expanding Medicaid and helping to write and enact the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo)

The bark of the Blue Dog Democrat Chihuahuas

Blue Dogs are a vanishing breed, rarer than the Bedlington terrier or the Tibetan mastiff. Defeats, retirements and redistricting have decimated the ranks of the Democratic caucus that styles itself as the party's "centrist wing." Published January 31, 2014

Woodrow Wilson

EDITORIAL: Obama's retirement MyRA plan is a gimmick

We can blame Woodrow Wilson for the annual bore that the State of the Union has become. Before Wilson, the presidents sent their ideas about the state of the union to Congress in writing. Published January 31, 2014