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European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, left, and European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso participate in a media conference during an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The two-day summit meeting of EU leaders is likely to be diverted from its official agenda, economic recovery and migration, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to U.S. President Barack Obama that U.S. intelligence may have monitored her mobile phone. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EDITORIAL: Making the world safe for dirt

When government regulators design light bulbs, they become expensive, toxic hazards. Once they begin telling companies how to make dishwashers and washing machines, dishes and clothes no longer emerge from the machine as spotless as they once would have. Now busybodies in Europe have set their sights on the remaking the vacuum cleaner. Published October 29, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless Web Site and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe yet can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s no more likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. Or their specious, long-ago claim that the program included death panels.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare omelet

Americans who like their doctor and health care plans are out of luck. Despite the emphatic promises he made not so long ago, President Obama's new message, made in so many words, is the equally emphatic "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." The Obamacare omelet is accompanied by the hash the president is making of the coverage so many people wanted to keep. Published October 29, 2013

An elf stands next to Marines while waiting to load toys on the Blue Angels "Fat Albert" plane at the Signature Flight Support Terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Toys for Tots is taking thousands of toys on the Blue Angels plane up to New Jersey to be distributed to families in six states affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Shutting down the lemonade stands

Before government grew to a $3.8 trillion annual enterprise, churches and public-spirited men and women tried to take care of those in need. Volunteers keep that spirit alive today. Marines collect toys for poor children, brawny firemen pass their hats at intersections to gather a few coins for important projects, and Girl Scouts knock on doors with boxes of cookies (in several flavors). Inevitably, a handful of bureaucrats in towns and cities across the land are eager to kick over a few lemonade stands to stop it. Published October 29, 2013

The Tesla Model S, an electric car that sells for $70,000, received the highest safety rating ever recorded from the federal government but a crash and resulting fire sent the stock tumbling Thursday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Electric cars are hot

Electric cars are hot, but not necessarily in a good way. One of them, the Tesla Model S, ran over a rock in the road in Seattle early this month and burst into flames. The administration's friends, if not necessarily the Tesla Model S, can always count on a break. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the golden boy of the green car industry, drew a pass. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to investigate the incident. Published October 28, 2013

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito hopes to become the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from West Virginia since the early 1940s. (Associated Press photographs)

EDITORIAL: The power of principle

A fortnight after the government's grand reopening, Americans have shrugged off the "evil" of the shutdown. The Democrats crafted their entire legislative agenda around a vow to resist delaying Obamacare, hoping that points collected from outraged voters could be cashed at the midterm elections. If voters don't care about the shutdown a fortnight later, it's hard to see how it would matter a year from now. Published October 28, 2013

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: Buyer's remorse in Europe

President Obama offered a half-grovel last week when he asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to forgive him for the National Security Agency's tap on her cellphone. What he didn't offer was an admission of wrongdoing or authentic contrition. He merely invoked the Sgt. Schultz defense: He "knew nothing, absolutely nothing" about what his spooks were up to. Published October 28, 2013

Camden Coffman, 2, of Winchester, Va. shouts, "Trick or Treat" to Richard's Jewelry owner Jeanie Swisher during the Old Town Spooktacular event Saturday on the Loudoun Street Mall in Winchester, Va.  (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

EDITORIAL: Holiday wars

Whenever people gather for a little fun with the celebration of a holiday, there's someone nearby eager to stop it. The kill-joy movement has been semi-successful with its war on Christmas, relentlessly pursuing anyone wishing a greeting in the name of the Prince of Peace. Published October 27, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is getting involved in the Virginia gubernatorial race, even though many want him to stay out of the state's business. (Invision via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The nanny goes to court

Mike Bloomberg won't take no for an answer. Like most billionaires, the mayor of New York City is accustomed to getting his way, so he is pressuring the state's highest court to rescue his ban on Big Gulps. Published October 27, 2013

A police officer stands in an alley doorway of an apartment building in Philadelphia on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011,  after the landlord on Saturday discovered four mentally disabled adults locked in the sub-basement of the building. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EDITORIAL: Thwarting domestic spies

Rights once lost are usually gone for good. Governments never admit mistakes, and few judges are courageous enough to set things right. So it's refreshing that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia last week came to the eminently reasonable conclusion that the police must get a warrant before putting an electronic tracking device on someone's car. Published October 27, 2013

Protesters rally outside The Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The city of Detroit for months has disclosed the awful condition of its finances. Now it’s up to a judge to determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward. An unusual trial starts Wednesday, pitting Detroit’s emergency manager and his legal team against unions and pension funds that claim the city isn’t qualified to scrub its books clean under Chapter 9 bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

EDITORIAL: No keys to the factory

Detroit lies in a shambles, in large part owing to the greed of the automobile unions. The United Auto Workers once helped autoworkers achieve the good life, but then brought the Motor City to ruin with unreasonable demands. Now it's looking to move into the South to recover relevance. Published October 24, 2013

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe speaks during a debate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: The Sarvis factor

Apart from death and taxes, few things in life are certain. But one of them is that third-party candidates nearly always lose. Sometimes a third-party candidate can be a positive influence in the race, and sometimes not. Robert Sarvis, the candidate of the Libertarian Party, can only contribute to the prospects of Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee. Published October 24, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answers a question as she holds a news conference at the Wesley Health Center, one of two facilities she visited where locals can get help navigating the Affordable Care Act on Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, in Phoenix, amid calls for her resignation after the rollout of insurance exchanges under the new federal health care law. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare taxi squad

The Obama administration now concedes that the taxpayers didn't get first-rate service for the website the administration spent $634 million to build. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services who was the construction foreman, tells CNN that the government contractors will now send their "A-Team" in a "tech surge" to fix things. Where has the A-Team been for the past three years? Why did we get only the taxi squad? The implementation for Obamacare was clearly an afterthought for a half-baked health care scheme. Published October 24, 2013

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EDITORIAL: A fox for the henhouse

The unions are trying to put another fox in the henhouse. President Obama, always eager to oblige his friends, has nominated Richard Griffin, a radical left-wing lawyer, to serve as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. Published October 23, 2013

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg delivers a speech during the Global Women's Leadership Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

EDITORIAL: The Class Envy Commission

President Obama thinks some people make too much money, and he intends to do something about it. Armed with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulation bill he pushed through Congress in 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to stoke the flames of class envy by shaming CEOs who earn "too much" money. Published October 22, 2013

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EDITORIAL: A new threat to Obamacare

Judges aren't likely to save us from Obamacare — Chief Justice John Roberts, who didn't want the Supreme Court to look bad, crushed that hope. But U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman deserves credit for doing the right thing in Washington on Tuesday, allowing a lawsuit to challenge one of the least defensible parts of the president's health care takeover, his scheme of subsidies. Published October 22, 2013

The Supreme Court, shown Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington, has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants.  The justices said Tuesday they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the government's unprecedented regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: The court's second chance

Much maligned carbon dioxide just can't catch a break. Without it, plants would die, and we'd have no oxygen to breathe. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency insists this harmless gas is a blight on the planet and must be eliminated, lest the stars fall and the planets collide. Or something like that. The U.S. Supreme Court is not usually subject to hyperventilation, but the EPA's ghost stories persuaded the court to enable the EPA to regulate the air we breathe. Now the justices get a second chance to undo the damage they caused. Published October 22, 2013

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan poses with the Budget 2014 on the steps of government building's, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Irish finance minister Michael Noonan is expected to unveil another tough budget Tuesday. Noonan and the Public Expenditure Minister, Brendan Howlin, will take a further 2.5bn euros (£2.1bn) out of the Republic of Ireland's economy. It is the last budget before the country leaves its EU-IMF bailout programme on 15 December. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

EDITORIAL: The Irish recovery

Ask any leftist for the solution to any problem, and the answer is invariably, "spend more money." This comes out of the fairy tale that blowing it is what money was made for. Ireland, like the rest of us, loves fairy tales. It took the tax-and-spend route and landed in a crisis of choking debt. Now the Irish are sobering up. The Irish government last week thumbed its nose at the taxaholic recommendations of the European Union, and said Dublin would restrain spending while restraining corporate tax rates at the current low levels. It's a choice that could put the country back on the path to recovering lost prosperity. Published October 21, 2013

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, MNsure insurance exchange representatives Carlos Villanueva, left, and Emily Joyce prepare for the Oct. 1 open enrollment debut at the center in St. Paul, Minn. The federal government hasn’t released comprehensive data on how many people have signed up for health insurance in the 36 states using federally run exchanges, and in the 14 states running their own exchanges, lack of enrollment numbers also makes it hard to say if Obamacare is a success. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

EDITORIAL: The continuing train wreck

The Obama administration has finally conceded what everyone expected to happen, that the Obamacare rollout is a train wreck, or, as the bureaucrats put it, "has not lived up to the expectations of the American people." President Obama tried Monday to get in front of the crisis his signature health care law has written across the front pages. "There's no sugarcoating it," he said at the Rose Garden photo op. "The website has been too slow." Published October 21, 2013


EDITORIAL: Cuccinelli for governor

At first glance, the race for governor of Virginia may look like a contest between a rock-ribbed conservative Republican and a dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrat, but there's more at stake than that. Ken Cuccinelli is a small-government conservative, and his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, has never seen a problem that he thinks couldn't be solved by raising taxes and feeding the beast. There's much about Mr. Cuccinelli that should appeal to Northern Virginia moderates of both parties. Published October 21, 2013