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Actor Boris Karloff in 1931's "Frankenstein." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Labeling scary food

Science often comes to conclusions that are unclear and contradictory. One study says cellphones, eggs and salt will kill us; the next day another study says no, they won't. It's foolish to enact laws based on headlines and sensational studies. Published November 7, 2013

Jury selection for Dontae Morris, right, is underway in an Orlando, Fla. courtroom on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, before Circuit Judge William Fuente. The judge in the foreground is asking prospective jurors questions about prior knowledge of this case. In back is Morris and members of his defense team. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, Jay Conner, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Nullification by jury

Federal prosecutors are furious at a Montana-based group that posted signs at the Judiciary Square Metro stop reminding District of Columbia residents of their rights under the law. The offending message, sponsored by the Fully Informed Jury Association, says simply, "Good jurors nullify bad laws." Nothing angers lawyers and judges like the empowerment of those who aren't a member of their club. Published November 7, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN/HLN. Nov. 7, 2013.

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN HLN on Toronto Mayor Ford smoking crack and Marion Barry

CNN HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky interviewed Emily Miller about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitting to smoking crack but refusing to leave office. The panel debated the comparison to former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry getting caught smoking crack. The second segment is a debate over NFL policies after Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin left the team because of how teammate Richie Incognito treated him. Published November 7, 2013

Sean Connery as James Bond

EDITORIAL: The nonessential spy

The phrase "nonessential personnel" re-entered the lexicon during last month's government shutdown as 800,000 of these lucky people were rewarded with an unexpected paid vacation. Two free weeks off is nice, but this "government service" pales in comparison to the laid-back lifestyle at the Environmental Protection Agency, where an employee can miss 2 years of work without anyone noticing. Published November 6, 2013

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, delivers his concession speech during a rally in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Cuccinelli was defeated by Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: A lame result in Virginia

The days following an election are spent reflecting on the lessons drawn from what went wrong and what went right. For Virginia Republicans, not much went right. For Democrats, just enough went right to win. Published November 6, 2013

Illustration: Bill of Rights

EDITORIAL: Spies with hurt feelings

No society can be free unless its citizens are comfortable enough to mock their government. Despots are humorless lugs who prefer to toss court jesters into dungeons until their japes are forgotten. It says a lot that the National Security Agency can't take a good-natured ribbing. (Who deserves it more?) Published November 6, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN. Nov. 5, 2013

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN about Obama breaking his promise on keeping your health insurance plan

CNN's Brooke Baldwin interviewed Emily Miller about President Obama not keeping his promise that Americans can keep their own health insurance plans under Obamacare. Mr. Obama has now added an "if" to the end of that promise to account for the millions of people who are getting dropped or priced out of their current plans. The videos, courtesy of Right Sightings, of the October 31 "Dr. Drew on Call" shows are below. Published November 6, 2013

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: A stand on principle

Cue the outrage. A senator obstructs the administration of the government by placing a hold on a presidential nominee to an executive position. Usually this provokes shouts of "hostage taking," with reminders to look to the results of the previous presidential election as justification for a president to get his way. But the halls of Congress resound to no such piety this week. The senator threatening a filibuster is a Democrat. Published November 5, 2013

Mark Twain

EDITORIAL: The harsh mistress

Mark Twain is supposed to have said that "everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." That was actually his friend Charles Dudley Warner (an editorial writer) who said it. President Obama, who has no taste for idle talk, now proposes to actually do something about the rowdy wind and the errant rain. He has appointed a task force. If that doesn't work, another executive order may follow, to tell the sun to shape up. Published November 5, 2013

This Oct. 24, 2013 photo shows the marriage license issued to Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel, by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, at Jason's home in Oklahoma City. Despite Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage, the couple will be legally married in the state thanks to Black Bear, who  is a member of the Oklahoma-based Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes. It’s among the few Native American tribes in the U.S. that allow same-sex marriage.  (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

EDITORIAL: The gay divorcees

Homosexuals have redefined marriage in 14 states and the District of Columbia, and now they're about to get their just desserts. Some of them are becoming gay divorcees. Published November 5, 2013

Correction

In a Sept. 20 Commentary article, "The devastating collateral damage of an insidious drug-war weapon," author Rand Paul should have credited "Rethinking mandatory sentencing" by Dan Stewart, which appeared in The Week on Sept. 14. Published November 5, 2013

Job seekers line up to talk with recruiters during a job fair in Atlanta on Thursday, May 30, 2013. 
(AP Photo/John Amis)

EDITORIAL: The Obamanomics rollout

Nearly five years into the rollout of President Obama's economy, America's economic portal still isn't functional. Factory orders have gone down. The housing market is glitchy. The employment numbers resemble either a spinning beach ball or an hourglass. Published November 4, 2013

The Preamble and Article I of the U.S. Constitution (American Civil Liberties Union)

EDITORIAL: Bypassing the Constitution

The Constitution represents an occasional inconvenience for those who fear firearms, like to indulge snooping and want the watch the federal government give the states a hard time. Though big-government advocates do many of these things already, they dream of more. Treaties are the latest gimmick to bypass the limits on federal power, and the U.S. Supreme Court will listen to arguments Tuesday about whether the practice can continue. Published November 4, 2013

President Barack Obama gestures while he speaks at a campaign rally with supporters for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, left, at Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EDITORIAL: The single-payer nightmare

When President Obama arrived in Virginia on Sunday to campaign for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, his 21-minute speech was notable for what the president couldn't say. There was no mention at all of Obamacare, his supposed "signature" achievement, and he made only passing mention of his campaign to expand Medicaid in Virginia. He couldn't bring attention to the millions who face losing their health coverage, or why come to Virginia in the first place? He certainly didn't want to bring attention to what Kathleen Murphy had said about health care two nights earlier. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., waits for an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, after speaking about gun legislation on the Senate floor. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Feinstein's deception

Congress enacted an affordable health care bill that's making a lot of people sick, requiring them to pay more for their insurance. It enacted a stimulus bill that put a wet blanket on the economy, and now it's considering a bill to "reform" the snoopery of the National Security Agency by increasing the agency's surveillance power. Published November 3, 2013

**FILE** In this July 28, 2009 file photo, a car turned in as a clunker sits in a recycle dumpster at Capitol City Buick Pontiac GMC in Berlin, Vt. The Obama administration will bring to an end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The $3 billion lemon

The health care debacle forces nearly everyone to face the reality that President Obama's schemes usually crash and burn and leave only a cloud of smoke and dirt to pollute the economic environment. The Brookings Institution now confirms what many realized early on, that the administration's $2.9 billion "Cash for Clunkers" stimulus program in the summer of 2009 was the ultimate clunker. Published November 3, 2013

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe smiles during his campaign event at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama also attended the event. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDITORIAL: Did McAuliffe make millions cheating the dying?

The ghosts and goblins of Halloween have retired to their ghoulish places for another year, but there's still Terry McAuliffe and his friends. Mr. McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, is a piece of work. The latest McAuliffe fright to emerge from the shadows is how he came to join an investment group to profit from the helpless and the hopeless waiting to die of AIDS, cancer and other fearsome diseases. The design of the clever scheme was the work of one Joseph Caramadre, a Rhode Island estate planner and generous contributor to the McAuliffe campaign. Published November 3, 2013

Keeping a Secret: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left out of their story line of the Benghazi attack the fact that U.S. military special operations commandos came to the rescue of besieged Americans. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Even '60 Minutes' can't blink at Benghazi betrayals

Murder, as the Bard reminded us, "though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ." That goes double, as we're learning now about what happened in Benghazi. Murder is multiplied by betrayal. Washington's sleepy press regiments appear to be rising from a five-year slumber to recognize the Benghazi betrayal as a real story. Published October 31, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: Nancy Pelosi's ferocious appetite

No government has taken as much sheer wealth from its citizens as the United States has done this year. The record-breaking $2.8 trillion federal haul represents $24,000 from every U.S. household. On average, that's nearly half of each household's total income. That would be enough for Croesus, the ancient king of Lydia famous in his day as the happiest and wealthiest man on earth. Croesus had it all. But Nancy Pelosi could teach him a thing or two about greed. Published October 31, 2013