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Vanquished Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney on Monday, calling the former Massachusetts governor the candidate who "possesses the unique qualifications to confront our severe economic predicament." Published September 12, 2011

U.S Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy walk in the Elysee Palace in Paris, during a crisis summit on Libya Saturday, March, 19, 2011. Britain and France took the lead in plans to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya on Friday, sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and announcing a crisis summit in Paris with the U.N. and Arab allies.(AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Fraying Mideast peace

President Obama's Mideast policy has been marked by his typical rhetorical excess. "There will be perils that accompany this moment of promise," he said in a major speech in May about the Arab Spring. "But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be." Recent events have shown that the "world as it should be" is rapidly transforming into the world we never wanted. Published September 12, 2011

Economy Briefs

Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers in October will get a break from lower fuel costs, with average residential bills expected to drop by as much as $3.50. Published September 12, 2011

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EDITORIAL: Toying with gun control

Nerf guns and water pistols are the latest target for the gun grabbers. Community activists in Buffalo, N.Y., started a toy-buyback program on Monday designed to instill a fear of firearms in the city's youth. It's also a way to accustom children to the real restrictions they're likely to encounter in adulthood. Published September 8, 2011

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First responders stand to attention during ceremony to dedicate the memorial at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2008. President Obama will attend a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday.

EDITORIAL: Ten years ago

The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is a watershed event. It will be the first commemoration since U.S. special operations forces took out Osama bin Laden four months ago. It will mark the conclusion of an era that has not really closed. Published September 8, 2011

President Barack Obama is applauded on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, prior to delivering his State of the Union address in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Football tonight! Also, Obama.

Democrats cried foul when Republicans chose not to hold a televised response directly after President Obama's joint-session speech. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Democrat, said, "The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people." This is a strange claim; it clearly would be more disrespectful to Joe Six-pack to hold up the Saints-Packers game, which is certain to attract more viewers. Published September 7, 2011

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Stimulus Jr.

President Obama can't shake his stimulus addiction. In his Thursday joint-session speech, he's expected to announce $300 billion in additional spending, adding to the $4 trillion he's already borrowed from future generations since taking office. Published September 7, 2011

Illustration: US Postal Service


What would America do without its government-run postal monopoly? The U.S. Postal Service is set to go bust within a few weeks absent yet another multibillion-dollar bailout. If it doesn't get one, the postman threatens to cancel Christmas deliveries. This threat could safely be ignored if only we'd permit companies like DHL, FedEx and UPS to handle regular mail in addition to packages. The only thing we'd miss without USPS would be long lines and a careless postman losing our mail. Published September 7, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from Aug. 31, 2011, President Obama speaks at White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Give 'em hell, Barry

"Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs," President Obama said at a Labor Day rally in Detroit. "Now is the time for them to worry about your jobs." In all honesty, the real job Mr. Obama will be speaking about this week is his own. Published September 6, 2011

Illustration: EPA regulations by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What Obama should tell Congress - but won't

President Obama has finally acknowledged what most Americans already know: Big government carries a price. That's the take-away from the not-so-coincidental White House decision Friday to delay imposing yet more "environmental" red tape on business. That same day, the Labor Department announced there was no net growth in jobs for the first time since World War II. Published September 6, 2011

Illustration: Napolitano's TSA by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Big Sis and freedom's demise

At a Politico breakfast at the Newseum on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took her critics to task. Published September 6, 2011

President Barack Obama, accompanied by members of his economic team, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, left, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, makes a statement on the monthly jobs numbers, Friday, May 7, 2010, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Beware: Obama's executive fiat

It's official: President Obama is presiding over the worst era of unemployment in U.S. history since this nation was embroiled in World War II. On Friday, it was announced zero net jobs were created nationwide in the whole month of August. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stammered, "I do believe that we're going in the right direction, but we need cooperation and it begins with members of the House and the Senate agreeing to do something now." Going in the right direction? It's a perfect admission of the cluelessness of this White House that the head of the Labor Department thinks zero new jobs and a permanent unemployment rate above 9 percent mean the country is headed the right way. Published September 5, 2011

Cartoon by M. Ryder

EDITORIAL: Happy Leisure Day

When the Marathon County, Wisc., Labor Council announced two weeks ago that no Republicans would be invited to their Labor Day parade in the town of Wausau, it seemed like a throwback to a bygone era. Labor Council President Randy Radtke said, "We didn't start this fight in Wisconsin, but we're responding to anti-worker positions and policies supported by local Republican politicians." Mr. Radtke is not exactly Samuel Gompers - the late, longtime president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) - but he definitely exudes that old-time spirit. Published September 2, 2011

Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stands with (from second from left) U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus; Holly Petraeus (partially hidden), the general's wife; and 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Gen. and Mrs. Petraeus' son, during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony for the general on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: An old soldier who won't fade away

Gen. David H. Petraeus closed his phenomenal 37-year Army career this week with a joint review at Fort Myer in Arlington. Service members from every branch were present, and flags of all 50 states fluttered in the breeze. A substantial crowd had come to hear the general's farewell address. Many were classmates from the West Point Class of 1974, smartly attired but enthusiastic and occasionally whooping like they were cadets. Others were people with whom he had served over his storied career, whom he recognized from the dais during his speech. The morning was sunny and clear, and the general was his usual affable, ebullient self. Published September 1, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Boehner foils Barack

The administration's arrogance has no limits. President Obama called on Congress to convene in joint session next Wednesday so he could read a speech about jobs. The idea was to have the major television networks carry his remarks live, diverting the attention of politicos from the Republican effort to provide Mr. Obama with firsthand experience of the growing unemployment lines. Like millions of Americans mired in the Obama economy, the president knows his own job remains in danger in 2012. Published September 1, 2011

This is a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt taken on Jan. 19, 1937. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: A legitimate reason for a joint session

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Published September 1, 2011

President Obama speaks at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, after touring the facility that manufactures solar panels. He will speak to reporters on Thursday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's solar stimulus snafu

President Obama made a high-profile visit in May 2010 to Solyndra Inc., a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif. The company received $535 million in loans from the Energy Department and was a centerpiece of the Obama administration's economic stimulus effort. "Companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future," Mr. Obama chirped. On Wednesday, Solyndra closed its corporate headquarters, announced that it's filing for bankruptcy and laying off 1,100 workers. Published August 31, 2011

Warren Buffett (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: 'Too big to fail' is alive and well

Warren Buffet is a savvy investor. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway put $5 billion into Bank of America, which owns Countrywide and a large portfolio of troubled mortgaged-backed assets. The Obama administration wants us to believe this is a sign that the ailing U.S. financial sector is on the path to recovery. It's not. Published August 31, 2011

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has asked judges to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi citing crimes against humanity.

EDITORIAL: Justice for Gadhafi's American victims

The United States has brokered a deal at the United Nations to thaw out more than $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets. The funds are to be given to the rebel Transitional National Council to help avoid a potential humanitarian crisis. This is a fraction of total frozen Libyan assets worldwide; the United States alone holds $30 billion. With Moammar Gadhafi's regime functionally ending and a new government starting to take power, it is time to use part of this money to bring justice to Col. Gadhafi's American victims. Published August 25, 2011