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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

Briefly

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

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

American Scene

CALIFORNIA: Actor Corey Haim of 'Lost Boys' dies 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

EDITORIAL: Registering guns in Maryland

Maryland politicians should be focusing on the state's budget crisis. Instead, some lawmakers are wasting the remaining days of the legislative session to pass more gun-control laws. These efforts to limit freedom should be shot down. Published March 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: The NRA outshoots Obama

The National Rifle Association has a higher mean approval rating among likely voters than Barack Obama. This and other fascinating facts emerged from the Democracy Corps/Third Way national security survey released this week. According to its liberal authors, the "sobering" results of the survey provide "a wake-up call for President Obama, his party and progressives on national security." Published March 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: Packing a gun in Starbucks

If you want to have a nice, relaxing cup of coffee in a safe environment, try Starbucks. The coffee-shop chain, generally known for environmentalist chic, is probably one of the safest places to hang out these days for a reason that doesn't fit its image - Starbucks is letting customers openly carry guns in its stores. Americans thus can enjoy their rights and wash them down with a Frappuccino. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Express delivery in jeopardy

Beware the manager's amendment. As a warning, that might not sound very startling, but it could be all that stands between consumers and a major disruption of interstate commerce. Published March 10, 2010

THOMPSON: Bias by the numbers

Is an employment test unfair if it doesn't produce a racially balanced result? A case before the U.S. Supreme Court deals with this question. The plaintiffs in Lewis v. Chicago claim that the city violated federal civil rights law because a disproportionate number of blacks failed a written exam for firefighting jobs. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Job prospects from Obamanomics

Democrats and the liberal media greeted Friday's announcement of a 9.7 percent unemployment rate as great news. Contrary to political propaganda designed to make the economy seem less troubled than it is, the real unemployment situation in America is becoming increasingly dire. Published March 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's a pain at the pump

Get ready to pay a lot more than $3 a gallon to fill up your car during peak driving periods this spring and summer. More pain at the pump is the inevitable result of the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to dealing with America's energy woes. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Hug a tree, shred government forms

Cutting government waste and stimulating jobs involve "hard choices," if President Obama is to be believed. The choices are not so hard, however, when one is less concerned about preserving the status quo. Take the federal government's obsession with paperwork, surveys and forms. The Office of Management and Budget has 8,871 of these certified federal "collection instruments." As a result, we're stuck wasting 9,824,120,791 hours each year filling them out. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama should thank George Bush

President Obama praised the Iraqi people on Sunday on the occasion of their parliamentary elections. "The future of Iraq belongs to the people of Iraq," Mr. Obama said. That progress is no thanks to him. Published March 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Wolf chases Panthers

Give credit for honorable persistence to Northern Virginia's veteran Republican congressman, Frank Wolf, and to Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. For good reason, they refuse to let the Justice Department bury questions about a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. Published March 8, 2010