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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

** 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

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: Free-speech scapegoat

Many politicians can be counted on to to do the wrong thing in response to tragedy. The weekend's Arizona shooting was no exception. For Exhibit A, consider Rep. Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania Democrat, who wants to outlaw any language or symbols that could be perceived to threaten violence against congressmen or other federal officials. Published January 10, 2011

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EDITORIAL: Heather has two passports

The Obama administration's war on traditional values is picking up steam. Just three days before Christmas, the State Department buried an announcement that "mother" and "father" were being banished from the bureaucratic lexicon. In their place, politically correct terms intended to appeal to the vanity of homosexual activists will be inserted. Published January 10, 2011

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Russian soldiers march in the annual Victory Day parade in Moscow in May. The resurgent military's deployment to Georgia gives Russia a credible threat of force.

EDITORIAL: Un-Bearable NATO

Some bad national security ideas refuse to go away. One of the worst of them floating around the last 20 years is the notion that Russia should be offered membership in the NATO alliance. This is an idea whose time will never come. Published January 7, 2011

Illustration: Guns and the 14th Amendment by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Another setback for gun grabbers

Fourteen years after being forced to plead guilty to the "crime" of owning a gun in Washington, the blot against the record of Dave Magnus may be cleared. On Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recognized that one should not bear a stigma for the past possession of a firearm in the nation's capital for the purpose of self-defense. "A conviction for conduct that is not criminal, but is instead constitutionally-protected, is the ultimate miscarriage of justice," Judge Stephen H. Glickman wrote in the 12-page decision. Published January 7, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EDITORIAL: Senate misrule

Republican House leaders passed a package of sensible reforms to chamber rules last week, and now Senate Democrats have offered their own rule changes. Unfortunately, Democrats trample on the explicit language of Senate rules even when professing reformist intent. Published January 7, 2011

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SPILL SALVO: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announces a lawsuit against BP PLC on Wednesday. The Justice Department accuses the company of failing to take proper safety precautions.

EDITORIAL: Holder corrupts Black Panther probe

Justice Department whistle-blower J. Christian Adams says Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. "tampered" with two ongoing investigations into voter-intimidation by members of the New Black Panther Party. Tampering or not, Mr. Holder clearly prejudiced the case by publicly misrepresenting it. Published January 6, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Liberal distaste for the Constitution

The Constitution was read at the opening of the new session of the House of Representatives yesterday. What was most remarkable about this was the almost hysterical opposition from congressional Democrats and left-wing commentators. In what should have been a united celebration of the nation's foundation document in a period of partisan rancor, liberals instead reinforced the view that they are profoundly uncomfortable with the essential truths underlying American freedom. Published January 6, 2011

** FILE ** Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner listens to questions at a press conference during a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Gyeongju, South Korea, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

EDITORIAL: Only $279,950,956,705.59 left to spend

Within the next few months, America will reach its credit limit. After blowing through $2.6 trillion in tax dollars, the government will only be able to charge a mere $280 billion extra to future generations - a horrifying prospect that has sent the White House into a panic. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner yesterday urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to restore the president's ability to spend beyond the nation's means. If the new Republican House majority concedes on this point, it will have lost the only hope of restoring fiscal sanity. Published January 6, 2011

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are displayed at Ritters True Value Hardware in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb banning begins

The cost of illuminating your home is about to go up significantly. Most Americans take for granted that when they flip a switch, darkness immediately gives way to a warm, natural light. That's no longer possible in California, where a regulation that took effect Jan. 1 only allows the sale of harsh, cold compact fluorescents above a certain wattage. Unless the new Congress takes action, the same rules will apply to the rest of the country, beginning next year. Published January 5, 2011

Incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, receives the gavel from his predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, during the opening session of the 112th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Constitutional authority for Congress

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives adopted new rules yesterday that will make Congress more transparent, more fiscally responsible and more procedurally fair to members and their constituents. Although changes to procedure wade deep into the legislative weeds, they signify a new reform ethic taking hold on Capitol Hill. Published January 5, 2011

Mumtaz Qadri, center, the accused killer of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, arrives at court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. More than 500 Muslim scholars  praised the man suspected of killing the Pakistani governor because the politician opposed blasphemy laws that mandate death for those convicted of insulting Islam. The group of scholars and clerics known as Jamat Ahle Sunnat is affiliated with a moderate school of Islam and represents the mainstream Barelvi sect. The group said in a statement Wednesday that no one should pray for Mr. Taseer or express regret for his murder. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

EDITORIAL: Islam's blasphemy murders

The Obama administration has declared a "struggle against violent extremism," but it has little to say when it comes to extremism practiced by governments. Blasphemy laws in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being used to sanction judicial murder in the name of Islam. The United States refuses to condemn these practices, apparently believing this would amount to an unwarranted imposition of American values on foreign customs. Even in these backward countries, however, there are brave political leaders who are standing up to legal persecution. Published January 5, 2011

Coptic Christians weep under the broken remains of a sign celebrating "2011" Sunday in the blood-spattered Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt. Just after a New Year's Mass, 21 worshippers were killed and about 100 wounded in an apparent suicide bombing. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: When Muslims kill Christians

Radical Muslims detonated a car bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday, killing 21 and wounding many others. The White House condemned the attack as a "barbaric and heinous act" but - true to form - remained silent on the jihadist motives of its perpetrators. Published January 4, 2011

Packages of aspirin fill the shelves of a drugstore, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 in Chicago. A study suggests colon cancer patients who took aspirin reduced their risk of death from the disease by nearly 30 percent. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

EDITORIAL: The aspirin tax

Forty million Americans started paying higher taxes last weekend because of Obamacare. That's enough to make anyone feel ill, but it's only a start. Published January 4, 2011

Illustration: Obama windmills by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obama's breezy hypocrisy

Just before Christmas, President Obama's top trade negotiator dropped off a report to Congress complaining of Chinese wind-turbine incentives. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk wants the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene in the dispute over Beijing's use of grants and loans to prop up its domestic propeller industry. Published January 4, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Medicare isn't mandatory

The Obama administration insists Americans must accept Medicare, even if they don't want it, in order to receive Social Security payments for which their paychecks have been raided for their entire adult lives. On Nov. 24, D.C. federal district Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ordered government lawyers to produce documentation for their extravagant claims of authority by next week. "She is literally calling their bluff," Kent Masterson Brown, attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Washington Times. Published January 3, 2011

President Barack Obama walks past a portrait of former President Jimmy Carter, right, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, as he headed to the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: America's promise of progress

As 2011 commences, Americans naturally are reflecting on the events of the past year and asking ourselves, are we as a nation moving in the right direction? It's ingrained in our national character to expect the answer to be yes. When the verdict isn't positive, we get restless. Published January 3, 2011


In this March 8, 2010, a California Highway Patrol officer helped slow this runaway Toyota Prius from 94 mph to a safe stop on Monday after the car's accelerator became stuck on a San Diego County freeway, the CHP said. Prius driver James Sikes said that the incident Monday occurred just two weeks after he had taken the vehicle in to an El Cajon dealership for repairs after receiving a recall notice, but he was turned away.(AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune, John Gibbons)

EDITORIAL: Smugmobiles get noisier

So long as lawmakers insist on enacting new regulations to address the problems caused by old regulations, government growth will never end. This is the case with the innocuously named Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which was placed on President Obama's desk before New Year's. The goal of this bill - which passed the Senate unanimously and had only 30 dissenting votes in the House - is to make hybrid and electric automobiles noisier. Published January 3, 2011