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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listen at rear. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

EDITORIAL: A Kumbaya Congress

The kumbaya quest for peace and love in American politics has hit a new low. Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, has proposed that as a symbolic stab at the "nasty partisanship" in government, members of Congress should abjure the tradition of sitting in party blocks during the State of the Union address and instead intermingle. Perhaps they all should hold hands while the president is speaking too. Published January 19, 2011

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 Al Gore

EDITORIAL: Al's missing link

There are those on the left who look at tragedy and spot opportunity. Such is the case with terrible flooding that struck Australia last week, killing at least 22. On Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore asserted that the root cause of the destruction was not torrential rain, but mankind. "As the earth warms, scientists tell us that we will see more and more extreme weather conditions," Mr. Gore wrote on his blog, citing an ABC News report on the disaster. "Each of these occurrences further underscore [sic] why we need to take immediate action to solve the climate crisis." Published January 19, 2011

James Hansen

EDITORIAL: NASA extremist advocates U.S. decline

Imagine if a former military officer, a traditional-values conservative now an attache at the State Department, wrote for a largely foreign audience to urge an international boycott of U.S. goods. The aim was to ruin the American economy to protest the new policy of allowing open homosexuality in the armed forces. Media outlets and politicians would be screaming for his dismissal. Free speech is one thing, but nobody on the taxpayer dole in a position of responsibility would be allowed to call for the destruction of our economy. One way or another, the man would be forced out. Published January 19, 2011

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Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (left), then-Sen. Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley are together at an April 2007 rally celebrating Chicago's selection as the U.S. contender to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Mr. Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on corruption charges.

EDITORIAL: Nickel, diming and quartering the public

It's not often that prominent rivals for public office find themselves in full agreement on a contentious policy issue. Yet those hoping to take the reins of Chicago's political machine in elections next month - including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - are eager to distance themselves from an infrastructure privatization deal dreamed up by outgoing Democratic kingpin Richard M. Daley. The longtime mayor's scheme has proved to be a nightmare. Published January 18, 2011

**FILE** In this Dec. 6 photo, a man with a Santa cap looks up at a marquee with high gas prices at a Shell gas station in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gas-fueled vertigo

Drivers are getting dizzy at the pump. That sick feeling is deja vu from 2008, when prices spiraled higher with every fill-up. In recent months, costs have climbed steadily through $3 and are headed toward four bucks per gallon. Americans have President Obama and his anti-energy apparatchiks to thank for this gouging. Published January 18, 2011

In May 21, 2009 file photos President Barack Obama, left, delivers an address on national security, terrorism, and the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison, Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the National Archives in Washington. Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2009. The speeches conveying two radically different views of America's fight against terrorism and the nation's values unfolded in separate halls, minutes apart. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Darth Obama

Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised President Obama's approach to counterterrorism this week. The plug was magnanimous on the veep's part but it prompted a collective cringe from the president's left-wing base. Published January 18, 2011

'CONCERNED': Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, says he is worried about not having enough troops in Afghanistan to "provide defensive protection." He faults President Obama's troops cap. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Protect workers from union bosses

Labor unions can't persuade Congress to destroy workplace voting rights, but their Obama-appointed lackeys at the National Labor Relations Board do their dirty work anyway. Twice in the past six weeks, the NLRB has sided with union bosses over ordinary workers, smothering the ideal of secret elections. Published January 17, 2011

Illustration: Nuclear power by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Nukes now

''Surely, we can be as bold as the French." That plea by Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, was delivered to a federal panel on nuclear waste disposal. The punch line is a reminder that the Obama administration's nuclear energy policy is a bad joke. Published January 17, 2011

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a large gavel Sunday on Capitol Hill as she emerges from a Democratic Caucus meeting with (from left) Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Lewis and Jim Clyburn. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Aborting free speech

Left-wing attempts to restrict free speech aren't new. Even before the Tucson shooting, a recently defeated Ohio congressman asked government to punish a pro-life group because he didn't like their ads criticizing his voting record. His position is such an offense to freedom that even the liberal American Civil Liberties Union weighed in on behalf of pro-lifers. Published January 14, 2011

Illustration: Obama's Medicare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Mugged by Medicare

The Obama administration is trying to shove Medicare coverage down the throats of senior citizens who don't want it, but it's efforts are falling flat. Five plaintiffs are suing, arguing that no statute or regulation allows government to implement this requirement. Published January 14, 2011

National Public Radio has been transformed its Studio 4A into a war room for election night coverage. About 60 to 80 people will be answering phones, updating the Web site, NPR.org, and broadcasting live from about 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on election night. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Cut public broadcasting now

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress is to defund public broadcasting. Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, introduced legislation to do just that. He immediately came under fire from National Public Radio (NPR) for his "intrusion into the programming decision-making of America's public radio stations." To hear the taxpayer-subsidized broadcast suits talk, it's as though Mr. Lamborn was attacking the First Amendment itself. Published January 14, 2011

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Service office, which will study and report on global warming, will help federal agencies and businesses prepare for and cope with global changes. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Internet passport

Federalized security screening at airports has been such a success that President Obama wants to apply the same government "expertise" to the realm of online commerce and commentary. The White House cybersecurity adviser joined Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Jan. 7 to announce what amounts to a national ID card for the Internet. Published January 13, 2011

Incumbent RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele faces some rivals for the job Monday at the National Press Club. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Time for change at the RNC

Members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) will cast ballots today naming the individual they believe should lead the party organization into the pivotal 2012 presidential election cycle. Five candidates are vying for the post. Irrespective of their individual virtues, it's become painfully clear over the past two years that the right choice is anyone but Michael S. Steele. Published January 13, 2011

** FILE ** South Sudanese men wait to casts their vote at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Thousands of people began casting ballots day before during a weeklong vote to choose the destiny of this war-ravaged and desperately poor but oil-rich region. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

EDITORIAL: Rhino Nation

Imagine if Washington, D.C. had been built in the shape of a Chesapeake Bay crab. The provisional government of South Sudan plans to celebrate independence by rebuilding its future national capital of Juba in the shape of a rhinoceros. Other plans include reshaping two provincial capitals into a giraffe and a pineapple. This wouldn't be the first such odd experiment in urban planning; Brazil's capital Brasilia was meant to evoke the shape of an airplane, and the outline of the Argentine city of Cuidad Evita was based on the silhouette of Evita Peron. Published January 13, 2011

This undated photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner. (Associated Press/Pima County Sheriff's Department via the Arizona Republic)

EDITORIAL: Avoiding the next Tucson

Last weekend's tragedy in Tucson is helping focus needed attention on the intersec-tion between serious mental illness and crime. Modern society prides itself on being open-minded, but there's still much room for progress in how we look at the mentally ill. Published January 12, 2011

Political Cartoons - Global Warming Hearings - H. Payne

EDITORIAL: Chicken Little eats crow

Doomsayers who make a living warning that the sky is falling victim to human-induced pollution need to take a deep breath. It turns out Mother Nature has her own resources for cleaning up the air. Published January 12, 2011

Albo

EDITORIAL: Virginia's taxing Republicans

The government apparatus in Virginia will extract $38.6 billion in taxes, fees and charges from the public this year. As the General Assembly convenes the 2011 regular session today, some lawmakers are suggesting this considerable sum isn't enough. They want more wealth transferred from consumers' pockets into Richmond's coffers. Published January 11, 2011

President Barack Obama is greeted by National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial before delivering remarks at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: For-profit schools serve the poor

The Education Department is expected to issue a final rule this month against for-profit colleges such as Phoenix University and Strayer University. The move would reject loans for programs whose previous students have shown, via a rather arbitrary formula, a propensity to accrue debts higher than they can repay. The theory is that these pre-professional programs demonstrate their ineffectiveness by their students' subsequent failures. Published January 11, 2011

** FILE ** In this May 13, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a U.S. trooper walks near an entrance to the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EDITORIAL: Gitmo belongs to Obama now

What began with a bang ended with a whimper. The new Defense Authorization bill contains provisions barring the president from spending any money to bring terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States, or to release them to foreign countries unless they meet a rigorous security threshold. President Obama reluctantly signed the bill this week, saying he will "work with the Congress to seek repeal of these restrictions." Given the shift in power in the new Congress, it's likely his vision for closing the Guantanamo terrorist detention facility is in ashes. Published January 11, 2011

**FILE** Keith Olbermann (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Taking advantage of tragedy

True to Rahm's Rule of never letting a good crisis go to waste, liberal pundits and Democratic politicians are consciously exploiting Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson for political gain. At a time when the country should be coming together calmly to make sense of something awful, the left has exploded in a shameful display of divisive grandstanding. Published January 10, 2011