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EDITORIAL: Pay to play with AGs

Pay-to-play politics are penetrating state attorney general's offices, with aggressive plaintiffs' lawyers on the make for state-sponsored jackpots. To combat these dubious practices, the American Tort Reform Association developed a set of principles that should govern outside contracting by state AGs. A new ATRA report card alerts that most AGs aren't meeting those ethical standards. Published February 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama won't connect terror dots

When a man is apprehended with a cache of weapons, body armor, a map of a military installation and jihadist personal effects, the natural response of most Americans is to assume the situation is terrorist-related. The Obama administration says otherwise. Published February 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's fake freeze folly

President Obama made a big deal last week about his purported federal spending freeze, but not enough has been said about how meager the supposed savings actually are. Historical context shows that any savings from this public-relations gimmick will be tiny. Frugality, apparently, is a concept Democrats have a hard time understanding. Published February 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: 'Obama Girl' kicks Obama to the curb

President Obama has been running his mouth a lot lately. Last week, he stabbed his lobbyist friends in the back and attacked his allies in Congress as if he were an outsider. Talking smack isn't boosting his low popularity though, even among his own erstwhile supporters. Published January 30, 2010

Culture Briefs

"The popular eHarmony online dating service will have to do more to welcome gays and lesbians to its site under a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit announced Tuesday. ... Published January 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's 17% unemployment rate

The president is full of it when he talks about creating or saving jobs. During his State of the Union address Wednesday night, he said, "Now, because of the steps we took, there are about 2 million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. ... Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. ... That is why jobs must be our No. 1 focus in 2010, and that's why I'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight." This is pure fiction. Job losses under President Obama's watch have increased steadily without remission. Published January 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Democrats taxing nomination

It's bad enough to have a tax cheat as Treasury secretary, but now the Obama administration wants the Justice Department's Tax Division to be run by somebody who is inexperienced in tax law. This suggests that the administration disdains tax law altogether. Published January 28, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Kill Big Bird

Congress can save a quick $420 million a year by zeroing out the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It's a needless drain on the public coffers that has outlived its usefulness. Published January 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Safe at any speed in Virginia

The most concrete achievement in the early days of the Republican congressional takeover of 1995 was, arguably, the elimination of the hated 55 mph national speed limit. Millions across the country experienced firsthand the benefit of moving beyond the "Washington knows best" mentality that had gripped transportation policy since the 1970s. Published January 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Justice foils FOIA

The Justice Department is withholding documents demanded by this newspaper under terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In so doing, the department is asserting privileges that do not exist or do not apply. Ironic as it may sound, Justice seems to be breaking the law. Published January 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Spending freezes over

President Obama is finally - sort of - pointing in the right direction. His call for a three-year freeze on non-security discretionary federal spending represents a minor triumph for fiscal conservatives. Even if the president doesn't mean it, public opposition to his expansion of government is so strong that he at least has to pretend to want to slow down bureaucratic growth. Conservatives now have an opportunity to challenge Mr. Obama not only to make good on the freeze, but also to limit the size and scope of government more broadly. Published January 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Dump Bernanke

The Obama administration insists that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke must be reconfirmed for a second term or financial markets will panic. Other defenders, such as Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, claim that critics are scapegoating Mr. Bernanke for economic problems because they don't know whom else to blame. Both shots are off the mark. The Federal Reserve is a very powerful agency, and the truth of the matter is that Mr. Bernanke has abused that power. The Fed chairman should not be reconfirmed for another term. Published January 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama, the god that failed

President Obama said Monday that he would "rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." He will be lucky if he's not an abject failure. There's usually a reason for a presidency lasting a single term, as Mr. Obama's slow-motion train wreck is demonstrating. Published January 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hypocrisy on influence peddling

President Obama angrily denounced the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in favor of free speech multiple times last week. In that case, the government sought the power to ban movies and books that mention candidate names within 60 days of an election. Mr. Obama and proponents of campaign finance reform believe such censorship is necessary to regulate money spent on elections. Published January 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: The land of the 'mostly free'

The results are in: The Obama presidency and the Democratic Congress have made the United States less economically free. That means our prosperity is endangered. Published January 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's loose grip on reality

President Obama's response to the catastrophic political failures of his freshman year in office is to fight harder for more of the same. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett made the point explicitly on Sunday, asserting that the White House is "not hitting a reset button at all." That reflects the kind of political savvy that handed the safest Democratic Senate seat in America to a Republican. Published January 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Faux health reform

Democrats are in turmoil. In the wake of last week's Republican Senate victory in liberal Massachusetts, there's no agreement about what to do with the government health care bill. A dazed Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted she didn't have the votes to pass it in the House, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin still seem determined to ram it through. Published January 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's demonization of banks

President Obama has decided to take on the banking industry with the most intrusive regulatory and tax package since the New Deal of the 1930s. If the president's failed freshman year didn't convince the O Force of his own fallibility, confronting Wall Street should bring him back down to Earth. Published January 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Thank Allah it's Friday

Using the word Allah can be hazardous to your health. Catholic churches in Malaysia are being firebombed after a court ruling in that country permitted the use of the word Allah as a generic term for God. Some adherents of the religion of peace are pushing back hard against any notion of a vanilla Allah. Published January 22, 2010