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EDITORIAL: Obama's medical horror stories

President Obama believes in government by anecdote. In a nation of 300 million souls, some people will always have some problems. There are horror stories involving medical care in every country, particularly in Canada, Britain and other nations with socialized medical systems. The question isn't whether some bad things happen; the question about a given system should center on the rate at which bad things occur. By that measure, the American medical system does extremely well. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama personnel chief defends big government

The president's director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, has no problem with expanding the size and scope of government during the most severe economic recession in a generation. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Mrs. Clinton's hissy fit

It says a lot when Vice President Joe Biden comes across as the Obama administration's most skilled statesman. Last week during a visit to Israel, Mr. Biden was caught off-guard by an announcement that work would progress on 1,600 apartment units in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, a Jewish enclave in the northern part of the city claimed by Palestinians. This faux pas could have ended civilly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for the bad timing of the announcement, and Mr. Biden reiterated the strength of the relationship between the two countries. Life should have gone on. Published March 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Health care bill can be beat

House passage of the Democrats' health care bill is not a foregone conclusion despite their 75-seat majority in the chamber. While party leaders such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House spinmeister David Axelrod bravely express confidence, Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the House majority whip, conceded on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Democrats don't have enough votes yet. Published March 16, 2010


A growing number of states are maneuvering to tax the Internet. These schemes will make shopping online dramatically more expensive. Published March 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Deep-sixing the filibuster

Desperate Democrats will try anything to ram their government takeover of health care through Congress, even if that means upending traditional parliamentary practice in the Senate. Threatening to misuse the reconciliation process to sneak through the health care bill apparently isn't enough to get the job done. Despite growing public anger over Democrats running roughshod over existing rules, the Senate is set to escalate the mayhem by trying to suppress the filibuster. Published March 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Holding Holder in contempt

The Senate Judiciary Committee has cause to consider finding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress. During his confirmation process last year, Mr. Holder withheld a tremendously important legal brief from the committee. Combined with a series of other occasions on which the attorney general has stonewalled congressional queries, this new revelation reflects so badly on Mr. Holder's ethics that it puts in doubt his fitness for office. Published March 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Pocket money for politicians

They might talk a good game and say they feel your pain, but don't expect members of Congress to really understand the struggles of hardworking Americans in this recession. While the middle class is scrimping to get by, our spoiled political class enjoys up to $250 per day to cover food and other sundry expenses when traveling overseas. No, life isn't so tough on Capitol Hill. Published March 14, 2010

ADES & SANDERS: His bond is his word

There is a good deal of whispering and smirking behind the computers in the trading rooms just now about Venezuela's sovereign bonds. Although they are priced at a hefty 12 percent interest, they are selling at 50 percent of their face value on the floor. Published March 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's sick obsession

Nationalized health care is the progressives' Golden Fleece. It is their obsession, the ultimate prize that was denied to previous administrations but is closer than it ever has been. As the ability of government to take over the health care system draws tantalizingly near, the president and leaders of the majority party have become infected with a kind of mania. President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders seem determined to ram through a severely flawed piece of legislation by any means necessary, heedless of the desires of the American people or the negative impact on the system they mistakenly say needs to be saved. Published March 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Federal bonus bonanza

The only thing that seems to be growing during the current economic downturn is the government, and that's cause for alarm. While families and businesses struggle to make ends meet, the ranks of federal workers swell - as does their compensation. It's time for the feds to start making the same financial sacrifices as the rest of us. Published March 12, 2010


UKRAINE: Yanukovych backer named prime minister Published March 12, 2010

Culture Briefs

"When I was growing up, 'The Honeymooners' had a reputation as television at its best: sentimental, spontaneous, and side-splitting. And like the best art, the show has always been a tangle of contradictions. ... When [Jackie] Gleason settled on a working-class public servant as his primary mouthpiece, it seemed in a way like a triumph of populism, giving a voice to the people. Published March 12, 2010

Political Scene

HOUSE: Lawmakers vote to impeach judge Published March 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Iran triumphs over America

The spring newsletter from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government reports on a simulation game played in late November 2009. The game's purpose was to "illuminate the possible evolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis over the next year," and the players were high-ranking current and former government officials and scholars. The result: Iran won. Published March 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: The lie about health care costs

President Obama promised that his government health care bill would control health care costs. This claim bolstered Mr. Obama's continued attack on the greedy insurance companies on Monday in Pennsylvania. But even the administration's supporters have a hard time buying into the fiction. "Unfortunately, we came up with a bill that really doesn't attack the cost situation that much," said Warren Buffett, renowned investor and Obama confidant, to CNBC last week. Published March 11, 2010

Culture Briefs

"I proudly present today's post from the official blog of the Islamic Forum of Europe, the 'moderates' who control the East London Mosque. ..." Published March 11, 2010

American Scene

CALIFORNIA: Actor Corey Haim of 'Lost Boys' dies Published March 11, 2010

Political Scene

Former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed announced Wednesday that he has decided not to run for Congress in Georgia. Published March 11, 2010