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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."

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.

Pets combine forces to teach old dog new tricks

Our sweet, elderly Annie, a rescue with extremely poor vision and hearing, was not quite housebroken. This wasn't a huge problem, because she loves the outdoors. If she had her druthers, she'd stay outside forever. But we prefer she not drown or freeze to death, so we made her some special accommodations.

Cooperation will pay off

Recently we recommended White Hall Mayor Noel Foster, Redfield Mayor Tony Lawhon and Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth meet with Lou Ann Nisbett, president and CEO of The Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, and work toward developing a cooperative program to generate jobs.