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Inside Politics

Former astronaut Mark Kelly said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "still improving" but he has no interest in running for her House seat if she is unable to do so. Published November 15, 2011

EDITORIAL: Our valuable vets

Congressmen from both sides of the political divide joined hands last week to support a White House proposal to give tax credits to businesses that hire veterans. While most measures that reduce the high tax burden on businesses are a good idea, this proposal has more to do with politics than sensible policy. Published November 14, 2011

American Scene

Law enforcement officers equipped with riot gear cleared out Oakland's weeks-old anti-Wall Street encampment early Monday, arresting Occupy demonstrators and removing tents from a downtown plaza after issuing several warnings over the weekend. Published November 14, 2011

Economy Briefs

Starbucks Corp. has stopped tacking on a surcharge for bags of coffee beans weighing less than a pound nationwide after a Massachusetts consumer-protection agency fined the company over the practice. Published November 14, 2011

American Scene

A report finds Los Angeles sheriff's officials routinely transferred problem deputies to the county jail as a way of keeping them from the public. Published November 13, 2011

Economy Briefs

The Kurdish regional government has signed a deal with ExxonMobil Corp. to explore oil fields in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials said Sunday, putting them in sharp conflict with Iraq's national government. Published November 13, 2011

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, before testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the arms-trafficking investigation of "Operation Fast and Furious." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Holder's humanity gap

The 1970s-era cliche "Love means never having to say you're sorry" may not ring true, but it's hard to refute its twisted twin: "Government service means never having to say you're sorry." Just ask Eric Holder. Published November 11, 2011

Larry Cerne, of Cleveland, protests against Senate Bill 5 at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday in Columbus. The bill would strip public employees of most collective-bargaining rights. Ohio's governor has said he would sign the measure. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: An empty victory for Ohio unions

Unions are rejoicing at last week's referendum vote repealing restrictions on collective bargaining for public-sector employees in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, had backed the state law, S.B. 5, saying it was necessary to help balance a budget facing serious shortfalls. Voters rejected the legislation by an almost 2-1 margin. Published November 11, 2011

Billy Crystal

Tuning in to TV

Billy Crystal said Thursday on Twitter that he is "doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions." Published November 10, 2011

Brighton Wallace takes part in an "Occupy Austin" protest at Austin City Hall, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

EDITORIAL: Occupy the veterans

One of the more curious aspects of the "occupy" movement has been its obsession with the military. The demonstrators keep trying to convince the public that the troops are on their side. On Nov. 2, people claiming to be veterans staged a march through Wall Street. Periodic rumors sweep the twittersphere that "the Marines are coming!" to protect protesters from law enforcement. Pro-military sentiment is clearly not unanimous, however. Last month, two Occupy Boston stalwarts spat on and threw a water bottle at a female member of the Coast Guard. Brave souls - try that with an infantryman and see what happens. Published November 10, 2011

Members of Battery A, 7th Battalion, 8th Artillery reading newspapers in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, April 29, 1970 (Official U.S. Army photo)

EDITORIAL: Media vs. the military

The Vietnam War and the Walter Cronkite legend inculcated a strong distrust of the media in the military establishment. The sentiment is that if the press can lose America's wars, it is something to be dealt with warily, if at all. But what comes across as bias is often the product of structural and unavoidable aspects of reporting. The primary role of the press is to expose and publicize information, while the military norm, based on the need for operational security, is to withhold and control information. Published November 10, 2011

Inside Politics

The White House is dismissing new email evidence in the Solyndra investigation as trumped-up and "cherry-picked." Published November 10, 2011

American Scene

Leaders of Jefferson County — Alabama's most populous — have voted to file an estimated $4.1 billion bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Published November 9, 2011

Nancy Grace and her partner, Tristian Macmanus, perform on the dance competition series "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Tuning in to TV

Attorney and TV personality Nancy Grace was dismissed from "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, one week shy of the show's semifinals. Published November 9, 2011

Bil Keane

Taking Names: 'Family Circus' creator Keane dies

Bil Keane, the cartoonist whose "Family Circus" mixed humor with traditional family values, entertaining readers for a half-century, died Tuesday. He was 89. Published November 9, 2011

Illustration: Iran nukes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Out of the closet: Tehran's nukes

The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed what many knew: Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. The open question is whether America has the will to help stop this illegal and dangerous activity. Published November 8, 2011

EDITORIAL: The speed-camera lie

Traditional law-enforcement duties are best performed by men, not machines. This is the case in Maryland, where speed cameras continue to pronounce the innocent guilty, regardless of mounting evidence that the measuring devices are faulty. Published November 8, 2011

Stroube J. Smith, 77, retired journalist, dies

Stroube J. Smith, a D.C. native whose long journalism career included service as an editor at U.S. News & World Report and a stint at The Washington Times, died on Oct. 30 in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 77. Published November 8, 2011

Illustration: Immigration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Occupy America

This isn't your father's America. As promised, President Obama is "fundamentally transforming" the nation with a plan to flood the United States with individuals whose hearts belong to other lands. The message to illegal immigrants is if you can get in and keep out of further trouble, you're welcome to stay. The Land of the Free has become the land of the home-free. Published November 7, 2011

Illustration: Hamid Karzai by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Say anything but the truth

It makes sense when a high-ranking U.S. military officer loses his job for publicly criticizing the American president. These days, however, a general can be sacked even for simply speaking the truth about a foreign head of state. Published November 7, 2011