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In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2010, Transportation Security Administration employee Anthony Brock, left, demonstrates a new full-body scanner at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, with TSA employee Andres Lozano in San Diego.  (AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune, Eduardo Contreras)

EDITORIAL: Exposed: TSA's X-rated scanner fraud

Physicists who led the development of today's most sophisticated medical imaging technology believe the federal government's X-rated airport x-ray scanners are useless. Leon Kaufman and Joseph W. Carlson, both former professors of physics at the University of California-San Francisco have been described as the "scientific genius" behind the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines used in hospitals. The pair turned their considerable experience to investigate what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is using to virtually undress millions of American travelers. Published December 9, 2010

A special select committee set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in 2007 was used as a vehicle to promote "cap-and-trade" legislation for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Make Congress obey the Constitution

Congressional Democrats led by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi are so intent on expanding government that they deny the Constitution imposes any limits on their power. Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, insists federal lawmakers be blocked from exceeding its authority. On Tuesday, he offered a resolution that will serve as an acid test to see whether the incoming Congress is serious about limiting government. Published December 8, 2010

President Obama speaks to the news media Monday after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders about a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. He said "there are things that I do not like" about the compromise with Republicans in exchange for an unemployment insurance extension. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: What tax cut, Mr. Obama?

Headlines are blaring about President Obama reaching a compromise with congressional Republicans on a tax-cut deal. The question to ask is: Exactly whose income taxes are going down? Published December 8, 2010

** FILE ** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, with law enforcement supporters behind her, signs immigration bill SB 1070 into law in Phoenix on April 23, 2010. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Arizona's fight for federalism

Defeating one Arizona law cracking down on illegal aliens wouldn't invalidate all of Arizona laws against illegals. Some are treating yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court arguments in the case of Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting as stand-ins for the battle over Arizona's recent law (S.B. 1070) letting local police detain illegals. To the contrary, that important law concerning local police powers might gain legal support no matter which side wins the U.S. Chamber case. Published December 8, 2010

Rep. Charles B. Rangel and his wife, Alma, walk the red carpet at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDITORIAL: Censure without shame

Charles B. Rangel is the 23rd member of the House of Representatives to face censure, though his attitude suggests his day of reckoning was just another day at the office. Published December 7, 2010

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Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, seen here in November 2007, recently won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel's website was hacked Tuesday, and some suspect Chinese involvement.

EDITORIAL: China's ignoble prize rebuke

When the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony convenes in Oslo on Friday, the winner's seat will be vacant and the award will go unclaimed. China has unleashed a scorched-earth strategy against imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo and his family in a vain attempt to expunge international recognition of its native son's achievement. Published December 7, 2010

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama: I lost

A little over a year ago, President Obama explained that he could ram his leftist policy agenda through the legislative process for a simple reason. "I won," he quipped at a meeting with congressional lawmakers. This week, the tables turned as the president negotiated a compromise with the GOP on extending the George W. Bush tax cuts for another two years. It's the first sign that Mr. Obama recognizes he lost on Nov. 2. Published December 7, 2010

EDITORIAL: Guilty in health court

Lawmakers - always sensitive to special interests - don't pass sensible reforms unless monied backers push for them. Published December 6, 2010

** FILE ** A Wall Street street sign is pictured in front of the American flag hanging on the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

EDITORIAL: Government micromanages your fonts

The nanny state is coming to your town, and it wants to redecorate. Last week, the Federal Highway Administration updated the national rules that govern the look and feel of neighborhood street signs. Ordinarily, there is no reason to pay attention to the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices," one of the least interesting reads at a federal depository library near you. These regulations are updated about every five years, and even Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had to admit some of the latest changes are a bit daft. Published December 6, 2010

** FILE ** Helen Thomas (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EDITORIAL: Helen horribilis

Helen Thomas' latest rant against the alleged "Zionist-controlled" U.S. government and media has cost her again. For 10 years, Wayne State University's Journalism Institute for Media Diversity has given the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award to journos who purportedly further the cause of a "diversified media." On Friday, the Detroit school ended the program, with interim Dean Matthew Seeger explaining that the Thomas award "is no longer helping us achieve our goals." Published December 6, 2010

John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is the highest-ranking openly gay presidential appointee in history. The OPM oversees the nation's 1.9 million federal workers.

EDITORIAL: Obama's phony federal freeze

The federal worker pay freeze President Obama announced last week was promoted as a move in the right direction toward deficit reduction. But weighed against the historic fiscal damage his administration has inflicted on the country, it's nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Published December 3, 2010

Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Homosexual nuptials: A sweetheart deal

Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to disqualify himself from a case challenging California's homosexual "marriage" ban even though his wife has been directly involved in the case. His insistence on serving as one of three judges to consider Perry v. Schwarzenegger is an affront to the rule of law. Published December 3, 2010

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

EDITORIAL: Robin Hood does Cancun

The United Nations' climate-change confab in Cancun, Mexico, is its latest attempt to browbeat the West into forking over cash to the Third World. As many developed economies teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, the world body wants those same countries to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars to poorer nations to mitigate purported global warming, a highly contentious and unproved theory. "Robin Hood does Cancun" has a certain theatrical ring to it, but stealing from Peter to pay Paul is counterproductive in real life. Published December 3, 2010

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses participants at the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium in Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell threw his weight behind the START II nuclear-arms treaty on Wednesday, and President Obama is making a full-court press to rally senators with promises of future nuclear modernization. Sweet nothings aside, the treaty is problematic, and the president's word isn't strong enough to fix it. Published December 2, 2010

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a plan to expand the federal government's power over the Internet.

EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet." No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies. Published December 2, 2010

**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Justice Department road trip

The Justice Department's Voting Section chief, Chris Herren, sent an e-mail on Wednesday encouraging 97 of his employees (including secretaries) to use paid work time to attend oral arguments in a case unrelated to most of their individual responsibilities. This reflects what little regard Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s team has for American taxpayers and individual voters. Published December 2, 2010

President Obama is pictured after delivering a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday June 15, 2010. Mr. Obama said the nation will continue to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for "as long as it takes." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Obama siphons Virginia's tank

Virginia has become the latest victim of the Obama administration's war against the domestic drilling industry. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that waters off Virginia and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will remain closed to drilling through 2017 despite the commonwealth's strong desire for oil and gas production. The moratorium will cost the Old Dominion jobs and tax revenue while further undermining America's domestic energy industry. Published December 1, 2010

** FILE ** This image released Nov. 27, 2010, by the Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19. (AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office)

EDITORIAL: When religious discrimination is vital

Portland, Ore., is learning a hard lesson about the price of political correctness. In 2005, the city halted participation in the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) over concerns about the George W. Bush administration's prosecution of the war on terrorism. Last week, the task force took down Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who had planned to bomb 12,000 people at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. City fathers now are considering rejoining the JTTF structure, citing the change in leadership under the purportedly more trustworthy Obama administration. It's more likely that the near miss clarified Portland's ivory-tower view of the world. Published December 1, 2010

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EDITORIAL: The New Gay Army on parade

The Pentagon on Tuesday released a long-awaited report intended to advance a key campaign promise made by then-Sen. Obama to the fringe activist groups that supported his presidential aspirations. Now as commander in chief, President Obama has made it clear to military brass that he expects them to embrace the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) agenda. It should come as no surprise that the release of the military's new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" survey was carefully orchestrated to accomplish this mission. Published December 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Lame ducks scared straight

The Senate yesterday shot down an attempt to ban congressional earmarks by a 56-39 vote. At first this would appear to be a significant setback to the fiscal-responsibility movement building over the past year through Tea Party activism. A closer look offers hope that the message sent by voters in the midterm congressional elections may actually be sinking in. The prospects for a bit of change - real change, this time - are looking better than ever. Published November 30, 2010