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Washington keeps up war on reporters

Washington’s war on the press took another unsettling turn this summer. It took a couple of months for the story to crack the news, but we now have an even clearer picture of how easy it is for authorities to trample the constitutional protections provided to journalists, to say nothing of the Fourth Amendment rights enjoyed by all Americans.

Healthcare.gov exchange failing by design

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field last week to promote Obamacare. As reported by Triblive.com, Ms. Sebelius was joined by Steelers chairman Dan Rooney in a conference room to educate attendees about the health care law and to promote enrollment.

ObamaCare will tighten doctor pools

President Barack Obama's 2009 guarantee was emphatic. "We will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

Fracking economy

The economic recovery is not much of a recovery at all. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that real GDP for the second quarter was a less-than-robust 1.7 percent. If not for the energy sector — specifically the shale revolution bolstered by the massive success of fracking — those numbers would be dismal.

Workplace violence?

The president of the United States loves to dance around the English language to make everybody feel better — even this country's enemies. With the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan underway, it's become much more evident that such sashaying comes at a real cost to those who have lost their lives or been injured at the hands of terrorism.

Ripple effect of pension padding

The city of Vernon, Calif., has a big problem, brought on by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. And depending on how a lawsuit against that city goes, the tiny ripple on the map that represents Vernon could become a nationwide public pension tidal wave.

Obamacare looms

Easily overlooked in the midst of all the government scandals of the past couple of months is this not-so-thrilling fact: ObamaCare takes full effect in just six months, whether we're ready or not and whether we like it or not.

Campuses show wisdom

If you've ever seen the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story, then you probably remember the main character Ralphie unhappily wearing bunny suit pajamas made by an oblivious aunt. As Ralphie says, "Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl."

Police target area violators

Police zero tolerance efforts paid off in the Redfield area Friday night with 10 arrests, including four for driving while intoxicated and one for simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Officers served 20 warrants from Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Sherwood.

Open hearing on track permit

If you support or oppose a proposed mud racing track in Jefferson County, you had an opportunity Thursday evening to state your opinion. You also have until Friday afternoon to file a written comment.

Theme park competition

White Hall's proposed aquatic theme park could have some expensive competition if approved by voters in a May 14 bond referendum that would finance the park and community center.

Time runs out on school talks

Even though the White Hall School District is closing Redfield Middle School at the end of the school year, the group trying to save the building has voiced hopes of using it as a community center or opening an charter school.