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EDITORIAL: Revenge of the nerds

Taxes aren't high enough yet, so the U.S. Senate in its infinite wisdom is poised to raise them again. The innocuously titled Marketplace Fairness Act the worst legislation always carries an imaginatively phony title will sail through the upper chamber this week. Published April 23, 2013

This image provided by Christie's Images, Ltd, in New York, Friday Nov. 9, 2012, shows a work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series. (Associated Press/Christie's Images Ltd.)

EDITORIAL: A struggle for water

Water is life, and men throughout history have fought to the death to control it. Despite advances in technology, the underlying disputes remain the same, but they're resolved in a more civilized fashion. The latest clash between Texas and Oklahoma being heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday could change that. Published April 23, 2013

Illustration by William Brown

EDITORIAL: Drones for the military

Open government has seldom looked so secretive. President Obama's refusal to come clean on his use of airborne drones to kill terrorists has taken U.S. war fighting into a bizarre realm of science fiction. Mr. Obama can prove his claim that his is the "most transparent administration in history" by halting this clandestine behavior. Published April 23, 2013

Illustration Gun Control by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A Texas tantrum

Temple, Texas, is a city of 70,000 near Fort Hood, a major U.S. Army base, in the heart of a state not famous for liberal gun-control politics. Temple has nevertheless become the scene of an unusual challenge to the right to own and bear arms. Published April 22, 2013

Illustration Empowering Workers by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Revising labor law

The makeup of the U.S. workforce and labor market has changed dramatically over the past 75 years; federal labor law, not so much. Since 1938, it has been illegal for private-sector companies to give their employees a day off instead of extra pay for working overtime a perk now available only to federal employees. Published April 22, 2013

** FILE ** Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in resetting Russian relations with the U.S. once again during his third term as president. (Ria Novosti via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The siren of stimulus

The idea that government can revive an economy by spending billions or trillions of dollars is all the rage in Europe, as well as in the United States. It's a failed economic theory now making its way east to Russia, where officials fear the looming economic slowdown. Published April 22, 2013

Illustration Free Speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Defending the First Amendment

Seven years ago, Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, became the heroine of a cause celebre when federal prosecutors demanded she testify to a grand jury investigating a White House leak divulging that Valerie Plame was an undercover operative of the CIA. Published April 19, 2013

**FILE** Hundreds of people attend the National Rally for Citizenship on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 10, 2013, to call for immigration reform. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Why the rush on immigration reform?

"Behind Closed Doors" was a Grammy-winning country hit for Charlie Rich in the 1970s, describing a good time where no one could see, but it's a terrible way to write laws, particularly laws as complex and controversial as immigration reform. Published April 19, 2013

Illustration: Republican direction by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Keeping Republicans dry

A poll this week in The Washington Post reveals that 70 percent to 75 percent of Americans, including independent voters, think the Republican Party is not "in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today." Published April 19, 2013

** FILE ** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at Lucky's Cafe in New York, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

EDITORIAL: A good day for the Second Amendment

The president raged. The mayor of New York frothed. Joe Biden cried. But at the end of the day, common sense prevailed. The Senate killed the effort to unreasonably expand background checks for buyers of guns. Published April 18, 2013

A card is left on a floral tribute outside former British Prime Minister the Baroness Thatcher's home in London on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

EDITORIAL: Slighting the Iron Lady

Slighting an old friend when there's a death in his family, sending a bouquet of wilted petunias by the chauffeur, is trashy behavior no matter who orders it. Published April 18, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Grand theft Cyprus

Butch Cassidy became a household name in 1889 after he galloped off with a $20,000 unauthorized withdrawal from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride, Colo. In today's dollars, that's around $500,000. Modern thieves rely on stolen passwords and wire transfers to make bigger scores, such as the trio who were close to pilfering $300 million from Sumitomo Bank in London before they were caught. Published April 18, 2013

People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions went off near the finish line, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan)

EDITORIAL: Exploiting the Boston massacre

Bipartisanship is honored mostly in the breach, but nowhere is there more agreement among partisans in Washington than in celebration of Rahm Emanuel's admonition that "you never want a crisis to go to waste." Published April 17, 2013

Illustration: Women in combat by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What warriors know

The military services now have only a month until May 15 to submit plans for integrating women into all ranks, including in ground combat. The go-along-to-get-along generals and admirals essentially are trying to find a way to fit the women into places they don't belong. Published April 17, 2013

Rep. Charles Boustany, Lousiana Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The IRS snoops

Privacy is more precious than ever, and getting scarcer. Government agencies continue to push legal boundaries with surveillance cameras, drones, GPS tracking devices, x-ray scanners, stop-and-frisk searches without a warrant, sometimes without a suspicion of wrongdoing. Published April 16, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican

EDITORIAL: The immigration gang

The status quo on immigration is "horrible for America," Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." On that much, all sides of the debate are pretty much in agreement. Published April 16, 2013

** FILE ** Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fooling the people

Venezuela offers a classic study of how socialist regimes impose misery and mayhem but manage to fool or intimidate enough voters to keep the regime in power. Published April 16, 2013

Nine Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies from a litter of 17,  look out of their box in Nauen, 50 kilometers  outside  Berlin on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. On Sept 28, and 29, 4 years old Ridgeback Etana  had 17 puppies. All of them survived.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

EDITORIAL: A dog's best friend bites back

Ron Hines, a Texas-licensed veterinarian, loves animals. He didn't want to stop helping dogs, cats and other pets after he suffered a debilitating injury in 2002 that limited his ability to conduct a regular practice. So he turned to the Internet to put his skills to the use of pet owners around the world with no access to traditional pet care. Published April 15, 2013

D.C. City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson, calls to order the 42nd legislative meeting of City Council period 19 after summer recess. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Playing the ugly race card

Martin Luther King dreamed of the day his children would live in a nation "where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." It remains a noble goal. It's a shame Dr. King's goal has been abandoned by certain members of the District of Columbia city council. Published April 15, 2013

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Our greedy uncle

Americans rightly dread Tax Day. Millions scramble to make it to the post office by midnight with reams of paperwork for the Internal Revenue Service. It's an annual ritual that grows more complex each year. The worst part about it is that every hour of every day spent at work is devoted to paying Uncle Sam until April 18, this year's Tax Freedom Day. Published April 15, 2013