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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) laughs with wide receiver Santana Moss (89) on the sideline after running a 76 yards for a touchdown to put the Washington Redskins up 38-26 in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 14, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/ The Washington Times)

Redskins say they’re still in the hunt

- The Washington Times

Laughter competed with hip-hop beats for dominance inside the Washington Redskins’ locker room after practice Monday afternoon. A blackjack game broke out, as usual. A$AP Rocky’s latest single blasted from speakers in the center of the room. Nose tackle Chris Baker danced because that’s what he does every day.

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

STEWARD: Voodoo environomics

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline wasn’t, as he claimed, based on science or the environment. It certainly wasn’t based on sound economic policy, either. The decision was, in fact, the product of voodoo environomics: a destructive blend of bad science based on fear-mongering and manipulated research, the bad economics of green-job fantasies and “starve the beast” energy politics.

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

OXLEY: Solyndra debacle goes global

- The Washington Times

For political junkies, critics of President Obama’s “green” energy initiatives and Republicans on Capitol Hill, the seemingly never-ending Solyndra scandal is the gift that keeps on giving. Every day, new information comes to light detailing the inherent failure of pouring hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars into an unsustainable energy company and the dozens of red flags that the Obama administration ignored along the way.

Illustration by M. Ryder

BOLTON: EU’s democratic deficit

- The Washington Times

The crisis of the euro, the common currency of 17 European Union members, continues unabated. Because of massive, sustained budget deficits by several eurozone countries, some could default on their sovereign debt obligations, or the euro itself might disintegrate, profoundly affecting the EU’s political and economic future.

Bankrupt firm, owing U.S., retains lobbyist

- The Washington Times

Less than three years after closing on a big federal loan deal, Open Range Communications has laid off most of its employees, stopped accepting new customers and filed for bankruptcy - owing the federal government more than $70 million.

Illustration: Red tape by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

BARRASSO: Regulatory overreach smothering economy

- The Washington Times

Last year, President Obama promised Americans a recovery summer. This year, he’s given us a regulatory summer. He’s thrown a giant wet blanket on economic recovery and has given Americans a summer of more burdens, more costs and more rules.

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President Obama speaks Aug. 28, 2012, during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mitt's power surge

- The Washington Times

America runs on energy. As the candidates for the 2012 presidential election present their credentials to the country, voters should keep in mind that any pledge to put the nation back to work necessarily starts with a plan for ensuring an abundant supply of affordable power.

Illustration: American funk by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

BLANKLEY: The great American funk

- The Washington Times

I suppose it is to be expected that the Great Recession should be accompanied by a sweeping national pessimism in which our purported leaders and commentators express historic despair, while the people and corporations mope about, convinced that the sun will not come up tomorrow.

An avoidable catastrophe

Amidst all the congressional to-ing and fro-ing associated with the president's controversial health care, cap-and-trade and "hate crimes" initiatives, it would be easy for most legislators to overlook a hearing the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.