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An al-Shabab fighter poses during military exercises in Mogadishu, Somalia, in late October. Somalia has been mired in civil war since 1991, and there is no end in sight, as foreigners provide Somali Islamists with cash and skills to wage their insurgency. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama plays hide the Somali

President Obama is extending full constitutional due-process rights to a Somali terrorist. This sets a troubling precedent. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured sometime in April on a boat traveling between Yemen and Somalia. He was detained on board a U.S. warship for two months and interrogated by intelligence officials. He reportedly revealed a great deal of valuable information regarding his connections to the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group and the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. So far, so good. Published July 6, 2011

**FILE** Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Sweetheart deal endangers GPS

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski is poised to make a politically connected billionaire happy while potentially stranding millions of travelers. Venture capitalist Philip Falcone bet big money that the upstart firm LightSquared could provide faster and better wireless Internet access than well-established cellphone companies. That would be excellent, if true. There's just one hitch: LightSquared's technology can cause devices that use the global-positioning system (GPS) to go haywire. Published July 5, 2011

Seen here at a Senate hearing in December 1992 long before either ran for president, Sen. John Kerry (left) listens to Sen. John McCain. Mr. Kerry offered Mr. McCain the No. 2 spot on his ticket in 2004, but now says he is not fit for the White House.

EDITORIAL: Obama's hostility to the truth

President Obama dismissed criticism of his Libya policy last week, saying, "A lot of this fuss is politics." Regardless of action on Senate Joint Resolution 20, the McCain-Kerry plan to authorize the limited use of force in Libya, the more important issue is Mr. Obama's unwillingness to own up to his decisions in his role as commander in chief. Mr. Obama took the country to war in Libya, and he should admit it. Published July 5, 2011

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A man searches for recyclable items at a garbage dump in Mexico City. The Waste Commission is working to build modern facilities to recycle, compost or burn for energy 85 percent of the city's trash - compared with 6 percent recycled today.

EDITORIAL: Wasteful energy

Self-proclaimed environmentalists dream of a future powered by wind and solar energy. The free market, of course, knows this isn't going to happen. Every windmill and solar farm on the planet would go bankrupt if the daily truckloads of taxpayer cash ever missed a delivery. Sunny days and stiff breezes can't always be counted on, but leftists want to appear "hip" by embracing these retro technologies. All the while, they miss out an an alternative energy source that actually makes sense: garbage. Published July 4, 2011

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STARS AND STRIPES: Aliah Penrod, 6, of Roseville, Calif., waves the American flag during the town's July 4th parade last year. Roseville is just one of many towns that have had to cut back on Independence Day celebrations owing to the recession.

EDITORIAL: Patriotism on parade

If you are planning on taking your kids to a Fourth of July parade, be on notice: You might be transforming them into activist Republicans. Published July 1, 2011

EDITORIAL: Independence

An Independence Day poem by John Pierpont written on July 4th, 1822 Published July 1, 2011

EDITORIAL: Red-light-camera flop

The traffic-camera industry must be getting desperate. The Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously voted on June 7 to end the use of red-light cameras in America's second-largest city. Voters in Houston last year amended the city charter to compel a reluctant city council to unplug the devices, which had been generating $10 million in annual revenue. Published June 30, 2011

Illustration: Enabling Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama and the Muslim Brothers

The administration is reaching out to Egypt's radical Muslim Brotherhood ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for September. "The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing," an unnamed White House source told Politico. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency." As President Obama's previous attempts at outreach to Islamists have failed, there is little reason to believe this effort will succeed. Published June 30, 2011

President Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama for states' rights?

It's easy to tell when campaign season has begun. At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama appeared to show an appreciation for the limitations of federal power and respect for the self-regulating capabilities of the states. He even distanced himself from decisions made by his own radical appointees. It's the same bait-and-switch routine from 2008 - candidate Obama is back. Published June 29, 2011

Illustration: Taliban

EDITORIAL: Taliban talks bombing

The Obama administration has confirmed that talks are under way with the Taliban to seek a diplomatic settlement in Afghanistan prior to the departure of coalition troops. The same Taliban conducted a spectacular assault late Tuesday on the InterContinental Hotel in Kabul. Seven suicide bombers and snipers killed 11 people. The attackers also died, some by design, the last three shot down on the hotel roof by NATO helicopters. Published June 29, 2011

International Criminal Court Presiding Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng of Botswana is seen in the courtroom in The Hague on Monday, June 27, 2011, as the court issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief for crimes against humanity in the early days of their struggle to cling to power. (AP Photo/Robert Vos, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Obama courts disaster

The Obama administration is backing the International Criminal Court's (ICC) arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It is a dangerous precedent for the United States to rush to affirm the jurisdiction of this relatively new international body, particularly with a president whose counterterrorism strategy has made his name synonymous with "targeted killing." Published June 28, 2011

Illustration: Obama's economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Another 'recovery summer'

A year ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden proclaimed the administration's $830 billion stimulus spending spree would kick off "Recovery Summer." It never came. For those hoping the dog days of 2011 might bring a change in the economic climate, the latest figures suggest this won't be a summer of recovery, either. Published June 28, 2011

This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is the Mavi Marmara ship, part of the aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead. (AP Photo/Israel Defence Force)  AP HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE

EDITORIAL: The floating Gaza Strip show

Anti-Israel activists are launching a fresh high-seas publicity stunt. The ships of Freedom Flotilla II will set sail sometime this week to commemorate the May 2010 Gaza blockade run, which ended in violence. Nine passengers on the Turkish-flagged ship Mavi Marmara were killed resisting a boarding by Israeli naval commandos. Israeli officials don't expect violence this year, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his Cabinet that no ships will be permitted to breach the Gaza security perimeter. This type of confrontation is exactly what flotilla organizers want. Published June 27, 2011

Illustration: Climate change

EDITORIAL: An inconvenient cooling

Reports of imminent climatic catastrophes are turning out to be rather anticlimactic. That's because rather than heating up to life-threatening levels, new scientific findings indicate it's more likely the Earth will cool in coming years. That's bad news for a global-warming industry heavily invested in a sultry forecast. Published June 27, 2011

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PETITIONED: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been petitioned by 20 Arkansas lawmakers to run for president in 2012, citing his state's jobs success.

EDITORIAL: Perry takes on the feds

Rick Perry is having a good month. With all eyes on his possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the Texas governor is showing that his anti-Washington rhetoric is more than just talk. By vetoing feel-good, nanny-state regulations and thwarting of federal intervention in his state, he's demonstrating the kind of leadership America needs. Published June 24, 2011

Illustration: Iran by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Justice for the Khobar Towers victims

Everyone remembers the Twin Towers, but fewer recall the first towers targeted by violent extremists. Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombing in which 19 American servicemen and one Saudi national were killed and 372 wounded. For the families of those who died, justice has been long in coming, but a new court ruling gives hope that closure may be near. Published June 24, 2011

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's failed state

The White House plan to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is more political than military strategy. Whether it improves President Obama's chances of being re-elected depends largely on whether the Taliban think he should have a second term. Published June 23, 2011

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell used a line-item veto Tuesday  to cut 25 percent of the state's  funding to public broadcasting. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Virginia beats Maryland

When it comes to encouraging prosperity, the Old Dominion is trouncing the Old Line State. The American Legislative Exchange Council this week released a "Rich States, Poor States" report that modeled the 50 states and ranked the economic outlook in each. Virginia secured a third-place slot while neighboring Maryland lagged midpack at 21. That's no accident. Published June 23, 2011

Illustration: Greek flag

EDITORIAL: The Grecian formula

Greece will find out soon whether another $157 billion gift is headed its way to cover the government's obligations for next year. While the European Union would be on the hook for most of this second bailout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also would contribute - and that means American taxpayers would foot some part of the bill. Published June 22, 2011