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Illustration American Cars by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Black boxes turn cars into tattle tools

Cellphones can track our conversations and whereabouts, but they're not the only devices that have gotten too smart for our own good. Uncle Sam is planning to mandate data recorders as standard equipment in all new vehicles to snoop on the driving habits of the public. Published February 12, 2013

Customs and Border Protection Officer Rebecca Rhinehart asks a passenger about something in his suitcase at Washington Dulles International Airport. Customs officers search for illegal drugs, plants, animal products and food items. (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Obama's license to snoop

Uncle Sam is downloading the contents of laptops, cellphones and digital cameras belonging to international travelers. The widespread snooping may help agents discover whether someone illegally downloaded music before boarding a long flight, but it also has chilling implications for personal privacy. Published February 12, 2013

Illustration Empowering Workers by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Bring up right to work

Tired of lagging economic growth, wasteful government spending and high unemployment, states in the industrial Midwest have decided to break the iron triangle between Big Labor bosses, union political spending and the politicians who do their bidding. Published February 11, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Rand Paul's foreign-policy vision

As the past four years have demonstrated, things go bad when a president lacks a clear foreign-policy vision. The lack of coherence in our dealings with other nations has emboldened our foes, who suffer no consequence when they murder our ambassadors and kill our citizens. Published February 8, 2013

EDITORIAL: A bad rap on Richard III

Richard III's bones turned up under a parking lot in the English Midlands city of Leceister, but the dust is hardly settled. Yes, say the archaeologists and pathologists, he did not die on a horse, affirming Shakespeare's version of the king's plaintive cry, "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!" Published February 8, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Attack of the Obama drones

President Obama's practice of killing purported terrorists with airborne drone strikes overseas has ventured into uncharted legal territory. The maneuver is likely to trigger pointed questions when White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan faces a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday as CIA director nominee. Published February 7, 2013

Illustration: Federal land grab by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Government land grab put to bed

The Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Mass., won't be found on any world's best hotel lists, but it has become a five-star example of the need for Congress to enact comprehensive civil asset-forfeiture reform. Published February 7, 2013

Illustration: National Labor Relations Board

EDITORIAL: Reckless appointment

President Obama is not backing down from his unlawful installation of officials at the National Labor Relations Board. Despite being told by a federal appellate court that it was unconstitutional to make a recess appointment when the Senate was still in session, the administration is standing by purported appointee Richard Griffin. Published February 6, 2013

Illustration: Raw milk by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Big Milk: A raw deal for consumers

When it comes to milk, government isn't interested in your health. The red tape imposed on this breakfast favorite isn't just there to ensure dairy products aren't spoiled. Rather, the rules intentionally limit competition and keep prices high. Published February 6, 2013

Illustration: Flex fuel by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: EPA's fantasy fuel

Wishful thinking is overflowing at the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency just got its knuckles rapped in court for forcing oil refineries to add an unreasonably high volume of biofuels to their products last year. Published February 5, 2013

**FILE** Republican Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, testifies Jan. 31, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The prospect of Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel humiliated himself with rambling, evasive, stumbling answers to questions from his old Senate colleagues in hearings on his nomination as secretary of defense. He embarrassed Barack Obama, to the extent that the president can be embarrassed by gross incompetence in his administration. Published February 4, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Monkey business

Al Qaeda now threatens France, Denmark and the United States with attacks that will be "strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying." Published February 4, 2013

EDITORIAL: Filibuster follies

The talk of ending the filibuster has finally been put to rest, and liberals are sorely disappointed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came up with a limited compromise that fell well short of the progressives' goal of doing away with the minority's traditional ability to block legislation. Published February 1, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: France's economic slide

Look no further than France to see where the faltering U.S. economy is headed. President Obama has adopted a distinctly European fashion when it comes to expanding government and imposing tax hikes. Published February 1, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, has been a trooper on foreign policy for President Obama, flying to Afghanistan and Pakistan many times to discuss diplomatic issues. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Egypt awaits Kerry

John F. Kerry had better bring his A-game when he takes the field as the new secretary of state on Monday. The "Arab Spring" may be headed for a fall in Egypt, threatening what remains of the Middle East's fragile stability. Published January 31, 2013

Illustration: Gay

EDITORIAL: The Gay Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) might abandon a century of commitment to the moral development of youth. More than 100 million boys have taken the oath and learned self-reliance, patriotism, service and, most importantly, values through Scouting. Published January 31, 2013

Andy Zarate enjoys his Lego airplane as his sister Katie gets started. Children between 7 and 17 were given 400 pieces to build with at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md, Sunday.
 (Joseph Silverman/ The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: When a toy is just a toy

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria is going after a toymaker. In the same week that al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists took hostages and killed many foreign workers at a natural-gas plant in Algeria, a member of the organization lodged a "hate speech" complaint against the Danish toy manufacturer Lego. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mr. President, follow the law

When the Constitution puts a limitation on executive authority, the president can't just ignore it for the sake of convenience. That message was delivered forcefully on Friday in a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Published January 30, 2013

Illustration Oil Grave by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Keystone XL deja vu

President Obama has a new lease on the Oval Office, but he faces an old conundrum: what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline. This time, he should do the right thing and give the job-creating project a thumbs-up. Published January 29, 2013

Illustration: Google by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Googling you

Lawmen want to know what Americans are up to online. The current rules governing access to Internet-activity records for law enforcement purposes are obsolete, often leaving electronic-communications providers with the dicey task of deciding on which information requests to honor. Published January 29, 2013