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EDITORIAL: Ready, aim, hold your fire

The recent battle in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province was a key test case for new rules of engagement that emphasized protecting civilians rather than killing insurgents. The town was taken, but whether that was because of the new rules or despite them remains to be seen. Published March 6, 2010

Culture Briefs

"It is disgraceful but true. Scientists today serve as loyal subalterns in the army of government power. ..." Published March 5, 2010

Political Scene

Retiring Democrat faces ethics complaint Published March 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: Guns in the saloon

Someone who is drunk shouldn't be handling a gun, but that doesn't justify a ban on concealed carrying in all places that serve alcohol. On Tuesday, the Virginia House of Delegates joined the state Senate and voted 72-to-27 to overturn this ban. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's signature is all that stands in the way of getting rid of this dangerous restriction. Published March 5, 2010


Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, yesterday renewed a call for Published March 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: Alexandria's dangerous yellow-light game

The city of Alexandria has shortened the duration of the yellow light at a busy intersection. This scheme risks lives in a shameless attempt to increase profits from red-light cameras. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell alone can put a stop to the city's deadly policy with the stroke of his pen. Published March 4, 2010

Culture Briefs

Liberalizing church: 'The Presbyterian Church in the United States is about to release a report which denounces Israel as a 'racist' nation...' Published March 4, 2010

Political Scene

Rep. Eric Massa, a freshman Democrat from New York, says he will retire because of health reasons. Published March 4, 2010

American Scene

CALIFORNIA: Kennedy items removed from display Published March 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Jobs for political dropouts

The Justice Department ought to open an investigation immediately into whether any White House officials broke federal law by offering administration jobs in return for disfavored Democratic candidates to withdraw from two major Senate races. Whether illegal or not, and whether as direct offers or just as broad hints, any job incentives of that sort are sleazy. Published March 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Web cams spying on your kids

They see you when you're sleeping, they know when you're awake. No, we're not talking about Santa Claus and his elves; this is a school district in Pennsylvania. The parents of Blake Robbins, 15, filed a class-action suit against the Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa., for the district's use of secretly installed laptop webcams to spy on their son and other students. Published March 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Global warming winners

The greatest scandal connected to global warming is not exaggeration, fraud or destruction of data to conceal the weakness of the argument. It is those who are personally profiting from promoting this fantasy at the expense of the rest of us. Published March 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's trolley folly

America's streets are congested, yet the Obama administration wants to make things worse. Although the economic recession and lack of jobs have reduced some of the pressure on the daily commute, Americans still wasted a grand total of 4.2 billion hours stuck in traffic last year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. Published March 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Learning from the D.C. handgun ban

The year after the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and gun-lock requirements, the capital city's murder rate plummeted 25 percent. The high court should keep that in mind today as it hears oral arguments about a Chicago handgun ban. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Canada's warning against government health care

President Obama and congressional Democrats are ramping up efforts to ram through a government takeover of the health care system. The vast majority of Americans are opposed to this bureaucratic power grab because they know government will do what it always does, which is increase cost while lowering efficiency and service. In case there's any doubt, all you have to do is look to our neighbor to the north for tales of doom and gloom that come with nationalized health care. Published March 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: Truthers gone wild

John P. Roche, a special adviser to President Johnson, had an arch view of the conspiracy theories rampant in Washington in the 1960s. He postulated that those with the talent for conspiracies lacked the time, and those with the time lacked the talent. Yet the nature of conspiratorial thinking takes the existence of conspiracies as a given. If John Roche were making light of a conspiracy, the only possible explanation was that he was in on it. Published March 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Skating on thin ice for climate change

Energy Secretary Steven Chu didn't reach the pinnacle of his profession by treading the well-worn path of modern group-think. It's regrettable that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is stuck in that rut now. Published March 1, 2010