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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


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

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

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

EDITORIAL: Reining in the snoops

The Obama administration is doing all it can, short of dispatching a squad of park rangers to barricade the justices' parking spaces, to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing the National Security Agency's domestic spying enterprise. The administration's lawyers insist that lower courts can deal with the spy program, since the issue is too new to bother the high court with it. This is an argument too clever by half, since the administration further argues that lower courts have no jurisdiction in the first place. Published October 20, 2013

President Barack Obama, right, stands with Jeh Johnson, center, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: A fix for Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano finally retired as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California. That's good news for friends of reason, good sense and liberty, considering her tenure was marked by the implementation of backdoor amnesty schemes. Published October 20, 2013

** FILE ** In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, the United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapon, at U.N. Headquarters. Saudi Arabia is rejecting its seat on the U.N. Security Council and says the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

EDITORIAL: A U.N. raft of rogues

Like so many grand schemes, an international organization dedicated to ensuring world peace and global harmony seemed like a good idea at the time. After 68 years, war, misery and human rights abuse haven't gone away. Part of the reason is that the United Nations has become an unwieldy bureaucracy that warmly embraces the worst offenders, elevating them to positions of honor and authority. On Thursday, it tapped Chad and Saudi Arabia to take seats on the 15-member Security Council. Published October 20, 2013

EDITORIAL: Where's the outrage?

President Obama has no concept of accountability. His minions know that no matter what they do, they're never going to suffer consequences for their mistakes, no matter how grievous or embarrassing. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, presides over the biggest flop the Internet has seen since Al Gore invented it. White House press secretary Jay Carney says Mrs. Sebelius, despite spending $634 million on the Obamacare website disaster, still has the president's "full confidence." Published October 17, 2013

 In this Oct. 4, 2013 photo shows a view of the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune, who will be rebranded as the International New York Times on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the International Herald Tribune headquarters in Paris. The International Herald Tribune, a celebrated newspaper that long gave U.S. expatriates a cherished lifeline to events back home and a dose of Americana for foreign readers, published its last edition on Monday Oct. 14, 2013. It was 126 years old. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

EDITORIAL: The New York Times v. Obama

The New York Times intends to take its case against the Obama administration to the Supreme Court. In July, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with administration lawyers in ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen must reveal the confidential sources he used for a series of articles and a 2006 book, "State of War," about the CIA's bungled efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. On Tuesday, the 4th Circuit refused to change its mind, leaving the Supreme Court with the final say in the matter. Published October 17, 2013

EDITORIAL: What now for the Republicans?

No supernatural powers of clairvoyance were needed to predict the outcome of the latest Washington drama. In approving a deal to reopen the federal bureaucracy and restore the administration's ability to borrow from our grandchildren's future, Congress and the president did on Wednesday what they always do: Put off difficult choices until a future date. Rinse, repeat. Published October 17, 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: Restoring due process

The legal principle that a man is innocent until proved guilty is a relic among some lawyers and even certain judges, and this is how respect for the courts erodes. Through tortured abuse of plain language, the judiciary has enhanced the government's power to punish those who have never had a trial or have never been found guilty of wrongdoing. The Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a case that gives justices the opportunity to make things right. Published October 16, 2013

Then-Sen. Barack Obama signs a copy of his book "The Audacity of Hope" at Bowie State University in November 2006. Key members of the president-elect's team have also authored books. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: 'Raising debt limit is a sign of failure'

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is 'trillion' with a 'T.' That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next five years, between now and 2011, the president's budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion. Published October 16, 2013

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacts,  during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Clinton was presented with the institute’s annual award in recognition of her contribution to the significant improvement of international relations, according to the institution. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

EDITORIAL: Hillary noise in London

Hillary Clinton is a private citizen now, but she still packs a lot of weight. She went to London the other day to pick up an award for her diplomatic accomplishments, arriving in an impressive five-car motorcade with nearly a dozen bodyguards. One of them eased her car, a big Mercedes "people carrier," into a parking bay where parking costs about $5.25 an hour. That's steep but barely painful for someone estimated to be worth $50 million in her own right. Published October 16, 2013

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, walks from House Speaker John Boehner’s office with reporters in pursuit, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Looking for the deal

Never pick a fight you don't intend to win. That's wisdom from the schoolyard, but it's the lesson many Republicans never learned. It's more important than ever when you're going toe-to-toe with a president and the stakes include a catastrophic health care scheme and funding for the national debt. Unprepared to deal with a man refusing to negotiate, congressional Republicans are eager to give Mr. Obama everything he wants if he'll just stand clear of the exits. Published October 15, 2013

EDITORIAL: Destroying the dream

Only lawyers could invent the legal contortions to call a colorblind admissions policy discriminatory. That's how a majority of the judges of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, lawyers all, concluded that Michigan voters violated the Constitution when they declared in a popularly enacted state constitutional amendment that students should be admitted to universities based only on legitimate qualifications, and never on the color of their skin. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a challenge to the policy. The high court has the opportunity to restore sanity. Published October 15, 2013

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, an Electronic benefit Transfer card, food stamp recipients use to purchase food, is seen at the Sacramento County Economic Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. Shoppers in Illinois and other states have been unable to use their food stamp debit cards because of an outage at the vendor that processes the payments. Xerox Corp. spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed Saturday that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

EDITORIAL: Food-stamp looting

A computer-software glitch over the weekend briefly removed spending limits from certain food-stamp debit cards, setting off a run on supermarkets in several states. The incident provides a glimpse at what society looks like when it becomes dependent on the government just to eat. Published October 15, 2013

Geoff Robbins, 24, center, sits on the floor with other activists in support of immigration reform during a protest at the office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Friday, Oct.11, 2013, in Miami. They want Diaz-Balart to show results on immigration reform. He is one of the few Republicans still involved in bi-partisan talks. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Rout of the cave men

President Obama says that he wants to end the government shutdown on his own terms because he's got other things to do. "We've got to create more jobs," he says, "and [we've got] kids to educate, and an immigration system to fix." While veterans were told on one side of the national Mall they couldn't visit the World War II Memorial during the temporary slimdown of the government's nonessential functions, the administration invited an amnesty rally featuring Democratic members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to campaign on the other side of the Mall. Published October 14, 2013

A protestor shows his black painted hand as he carries an Ecuador flag to protest against Chevron and the oil contamination in Ecuador's Amazon region during a joined global demonstration in Madrid, Spain Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Earlier this year, Ecuador awarded a $19 billion judgment to the residents of this area for Texaco's contamination of this rainforest between 1972 and 1990. But Chevron Corp., which bought Texaco in 2001, said it won't pay because it says Texaco dealt with the problem before it was bought. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

EDITORIAL: Bringing lawyers to justice

Nothing is quite so unremarkable as seeing a class-action trial lawyer in a Manhattan courtroom, but it's rare to see one seated at the defendant's table. A team of lawyers will be in that hot seat Tuesday, defending themselves in a civil racketeering lawsuit brought when they were accused of trying to drill Chevron for $18 billion in Ecuador. Published October 14, 2013