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Illustration: IMF bailout by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The IMF money grab

The World Bank is pessimistic about global economic prospects. Last week, the bank's forecasters projected lower growth in the year ahead for both developing and developed countries. The European economy, wracked by the continuing debt crisis, is expected to shrink 0.3 percent. Published January 20, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces his legislative agenda during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: McDonnell's big-government push

Top-down government is rarely a good idea. Federal and state capitals ought to limit themselves to matters that can't be handled at the local level, so Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had the right idea when he appointed a task force to examine ways Richmond can reduce the red tape layered on city and county governments. Unfortunately, the recommendations the governor released Monday got the balance all wrong. Published January 19, 2012

President Obama made a recess appointment to enable Richard Cordray (behind him) to begin serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mr. Obama made three other recess appointments. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's appointment with tyranny

President Obama's lawless Jan. 4 installation of a new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau goes to the heart of his loose interpretation of our Constitution. Mr. Obama's actions show he believes checks and balance apply only to the other branches of government, not to him. Published January 19, 2012

Illustration: Gun control by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: D.C. cleans up its gun ban

The nation's capital is home to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Washington city leaders intentionally crafted convoluted regulations to make it difficult for citizens to own firearms legally. Now that these obstructionist rules are in the spotlight, the D.C. Council realizes it needs to clean up its act. Published January 18, 2012

Illustration: Obama jobs by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's pipe-dream economy

The White House's pre-emptive strike on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is a disaster for American workers and consumers. President Obama continues to demonstrate that he has no idea how real jobs are created or how the economy works. Published January 18, 2012

President Obama

EDITORIAL: Obama's dumb critics

Struggling left-leaning magazine Newsweek grabbed some rare attention this week with its cover story asking why President Obama's critics are "so dumb." In a lengthy essay. avowed Obama junkie Andrew Sullivan posits that Mr. Obama is not the pathetic loser many of his critics say he is. In fact, his "long game" will outsmart naysayers on the right, left and center - provided he gets re-elected. Published January 17, 2012

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The new Chevy Volt electric car has a 230 composite miles-per-gallon rating, making it 20 percent cheaper to drive than the 2010 Toyota Prius, according to

EDITORIAL: Unplug the Volt

Wealthy liberals love nothing better than flaunting their enlightened attitudes. They see the selection of a trendy set of wheels as a great way to advertise their concern for the survival of polar bears. At the top of the must-have list for the self-enlightened is the Chevy Volt. Published January 17, 2012

Inside Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been spending large amounts on airfare as a congressman, flying first class on dozens of taxpayer-funded flights to his home state. The practice conflicts with the image that Mr. Paul portrays as the only presidential candidate serious about cutting federal spending. Published January 16, 2012

** FILE ** The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's shrinking Navy

President Obama declared earlier this month that national-security strategy should drive the defense budget and not vice versa. Talk is cheap. An emerging debate over the Navy's future reveals the price America will pay for slashing defense. Published January 16, 2012

Congress chose Yucca Mountain as the leading candidate for nuclear waste disposal. But opponents are concerned about contamination, and the Obama administration said it would not consider the site and would look for alternatives. It won a legal battle when a federal appeals court ruled last week against three states seeking to ship spent fuel to the Nevada site. (Associated Press)


No one should argue that President Obama underreaches. When the commander in chief says, "not in my backyard," he doesn't mean the South Lawn behind the White House but from sea to shining sea. Published January 16, 2012

Illustration: Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street by John Camejo for The Washington Times

GHEI: The class warfare toxin

Wall Street might no longer be "occupied," but the toxin of class warfare that fueled the movement continues to spread. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, about two-thirds of Americans believe strong conflicts exist between the rich and the poor. The number of those most emphatic on this point has doubled in just the past 18 months. Published January 13, 2012

From left,  World War II veteran Angelo Basso, of Palmer Township, Pa. granddaughter Tammie Kelshaw, of Northampton, and brother World War II veteran Jack Basso, of Palmer Township, stand and listen during a Veterans Day ceremony at Upper Hackett Park in Easton, Pa on  Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

EDITORIAL: A victory for veterans

Supporting our veterans doesn't have to mean yet another expensive government program and unwieldy, impersonal bureaucracy. In the best of cases it comes down to the public-spirited efforts of citizens who care enough to make a difference. Published January 13, 2012

Illustration: Washington spending cuts by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Each cut counts

Federal spending continues to increase, despite Washington's talk of "trillion-dollar cuts." That's because politicians refuse to kick their expensive habit. Perhaps the best way to change the culture of spending is to dismantle one piece of our $3.6 trillion federal budget at a time. Published January 13, 2012

Katy Perry (AP)

Tuning in to TV

Singer-actress Katy Perry won the most People's Choice Awards at Wednesday's 38th annual fan-favorite extravaganza, but viewers wouldn't have known it from watching the ceremony. Published January 12, 2012

Illustration: Obama jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Employment advice for Obama

President Obama brainstormed at the White House Wednesday at a forum on "insourcing American jobs." The administration's greatest political vulnerability is sky-high unemployment. The basic idea that trickled out of the session was America must "bring back" jobs from overseas by raising taxes on companies that invest abroad. That's a bad idea. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: Shariah in the U.S.

EDITORIAL: Shariah in America's courts

A panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: Iranian bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's foreign policy bombs

Is the Islamic regime in Tehran building a nuclear weapon or not? A recent statement from the Secretary of Defense suggests that it definitely is not, yet at the same time probably might be. This is the latest indication of Obama administration Iran policy in disarray. Published January 10, 2012

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It has been five years since SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned spacecraft, captured the $10 million Ansari X Prize after its successful 2004 flight into space and landing at Mojave, Calif. The sequel to the story has yet to take flight.

EDITORIAL: The free market's new frontier

America's adventuresome spirit is not dead yet. President Obama, the naysayer in chief, may have grounded NASA's government-issued astronauts, but space entrepreneurs are making plans to tank up and take off on their own. Published January 10, 2012

Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama cooks the unemployment books

The White House has trumpeted recent rosy employment figures, but in their guts Americans know things aren't getting better. They should trust their instincts. Published January 9, 2012

Tony Blankley (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Tony Blankley, R.I.P.

Tony Blankley died this weekend after a long battle with cancer. His passing is a sad loss for America, the nation's capital and The Washington Times, all of which he served with great honor and decency. He was editorial page editor of this newspaper for five years. His example, wisdom and political perspective will continue as guiding lights for the work we do here. Published January 8, 2012