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EDITORIAL: Institutionalizing Wall Street bailouts

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd accuses Republicans of lying when they warn that the banking regulation bill will allow government bailouts of Wall Street. "It's just a Wall Street lie," the Connecticut Democrat said on Wednesday. "This bill ends bailouts." The senator doth protest too much. The problem with Mr. Dodd's accusation is that the bill puts aside a $50 billion fund for bailouts. Published April 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: America doesn't have a prayer

If there is one thing this country needs right now, it is prayer. Thus, it was a singular case of bad timing last week when Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court in Madison, Wis., ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. The observance was established in 1952 as a day when presidents issue proclamations asking Americans to pray, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation brought suit in 2008 on the grounds that the law violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion. Judge Crabb agrees. We dissent. Published April 16, 2010

American Scene

9 porn agencies named in complaints Published April 16, 2010

Political Scene

Panel backs review of FOIA delays Published April 16, 2010

World Briefs

AFGHANISTAN: Suicide bombing kills 3 foreigners, 3 soldiers Published April 16, 2010


UNITED NATIONS: Six powers intensify Iran sanction talks Published April 16, 2010

Buick LaCrosse's blind-zone alert prevents crashes

It has happened to every driver at one time or another; another vehicle hiding in your blind spot when you are trying to change lanes. Even when no crash results, your heart pounds from the adrenaline rush of the close call. Published April 16, 2010

Lexus announces CT200h premium compact hybrid

New York, N.Y. | Lexus has announced that the all-new CT200h premium compact hybrid will go on sale in the United States in early 2011 as the first dedicated hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: The Welfare State of America

Americans are used to taking comfort in the fact that European countries such as Sweden, France and Finland are inefficient "welfare states." Even if American competitiveness slacks off a bit, the thinking goes, we'll always be on top because the United States would never allow government to get as burdensome as it is in socialist foreign lands. It's time to start thinking differently as the U.S. bureaucracy expands to record levels. Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Taking down Tehran

A counterrevolution in Iran may be the last, best chance for peace in the region, but it can only happen with American help. Published April 16, 2010

EDITORIAL: Abortion isn't painless

The abortion lobby has spent nearly 40 years arguing that the radical surgery at issue is - for purposes of the courts - merely a medical question, not a moral one. On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a law that returns moral judgment to a spot front and center in the abortion debate. The new law does so by emphasizing the hideously painful nature of the abortion act itself. The new emphasis on an unborn baby's pain is right and necessary. Published April 16, 2010

Political Scene

HOUSE: Lawmakers move to stop false IDs Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Sink the Murtha

The late Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, has achieved his highest undeserved honor. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to name the Navy's newest San Antonio Class amphibious transport-dock LPD 26 the USS John P. Murtha. This is a slap in the face to every service member who bridled when Murtha publicly accused Marines in Iraq of intentionally killing women and children in cold blood. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Democrats are hiding deficits

A few months after moving into the White House, President Obama promised to reduce the large deficit in 2010 and continue reducing it further in 2011. This promise was broken, and the deficit in 2010 is expected to be approximately $200 billion more than in 2009. This creates political danger for Democrats, as the party in power is reluctant to acknowledge its stewardship of worsening budget problems with midterm elections coming in November. As a result, congressional Democrats are shying away from a vote on this year's budget resolution, causing chaos to the federal budgeting process. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cheaper insurance for celebrities

Joe Sixpack shouldn't have to pay for Rosie O'Donnell's home insurance. Yet as crazy as it sounds, the House Financial Services Committee next week is expected to consider lending a helping hand to the owners of some of the most exclusive properties in the country. If bailing out homeowners with upside-down mortgages was bad, this idea is much worse because it redistributes wealth from the middle class to benefit the superrich. Published April 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Voice of the mullahs

The Voice of America is becoming the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Recent programming choices have revealed a creeping bias toward opponents of the pro-democracy movement and de facto supporters of the regime. This ill befits the VOA mission and the purpose of U.S. public diplomacy. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Crashing the Tea Party

A group named is planning on attending Tea Party rallies around the country tomorrow pretending to be party members. The strategy is to behave outrageously on Tax Day to provide fodder for the media, which likes to portray opponents to the Obama presidency as fringe radicals. The plot is part of the typical liberal playbook to silence opposition to the left-wing agenda. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: A Lexus for every lawmaker

With a huge Tax Day rally planned for Washington's Freedom Plaza Thursday and another quarter-million Americans already signed up to participate in the Online Tax Revolt (at, more evidence accumulates that taxpayers have good reason to be angry. Published April 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Congress' financial mess

For years, the Federal Reserve, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae caused banks to make high-risk mortgages to borrowers who couldn't afford them. On Wednesday, in testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, former longtime Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan finally pinpointed who instigated this risky behavior: Congress. Published April 13, 2010