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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.

The coast is clear — for now

Within moments of its on-line publication it was subsumed, overwhelmed by coverage of the nation's latest sad, if predictable, spectacle — the slaughter of a dozen innocents by a disturbed man at the Washington Navy Yard. Once assured that the violence was contained, however, the political class in Washington turned its eye to a poll freshly released by CNN. And then began linking to it in e-mails to operatives in the 50 states.

Hill runs for the House

House District 35 stretches from the northern part of Little Rock out past Pinnacle Mountain. Like at least a third of the state's House seats, it will have no incumbent in next year's elections. It would not be worth singling out except for this: Its announced Republican candidate is French Hill, one of the state's top-tier business figures.

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."

Fully functioning new citizens

The term "CIR" is the hot acronym these days. It stands for "Comprehensive Immigration Reform." When you see the word "comprehensive" in the title of any piece of legislation, put on your skeptic's glasses.

Will it take a crisis to fix the debt?

Rahm Emanuel, once President Obama's chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago, told corporate executives in 2008, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that, it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."

He finally kissed his bride

When Ben Ackley lifted his bride Sarah's veil and kissed her at Benton First Assembly of God Church, they weren't just starting a new life together. They were completing a journey – one that had begun about six years earlier, when Sarah had vowed as a young teenager to kiss no man on the lips until this moment.

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.