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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."

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.

Observations from a hospital bed

These words were written Sunday from a hospital bed at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, the medical facility selected Friday by my wife after she decided my bronchitis had morphed into pneumonia. If I refused, she suggested, it was the emergency room at JRMC — or the hospital's psychiatric unit.

Selling a newspaper; ocean cruises

“Some of you are probably wondering how we’re doing down here at the newspaper, as we have gone from a relaxed family-type operation to being part of a globally powerful corporate entity, all in the swoosh of a printing run: Good morning employees...