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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."

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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."

I meant what I said and said what I meant …

I know a businessman in a lifelong love affair with Japan. He studies and admires the culture and history. He studies the language, the customs and traditions. His relationship with Japan reminds me of my maternal grandmother's cosmic "crush" on Mexico. These are the kinds of people who make you want to believe in previous lives.

You have to drive, not fly, for cheese and wine

Rather than navigate airport traffic, wait in terminals, sit squished between obnoxious or diseased people on airplanes, haggle for a rental car, and then head back out into traffic, Ma and I drove to my uncle's birthday party. We decided to take our time and mosey halfway across the country from the East Coast to the Midwest.