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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.

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School Choice is held invalid

While U.S. District Court Judge Robert T. Dawson struck down the race-based provision in the 1989 Arkansas Public School Choice Act as violating the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the order may not be implemented with the 2012-13 school year.

We should beat voting forecast

Early voting is underway for the May 22 party preferential primary elections and there is no excuse for not casting a ballot. With Secretary of State Mark Martin predicting about 30 percent of the state's 1.53 million registered voters will turn out at the polls, we have a responsibility to beat his forecast in our corner of Jefferson County.