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Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo against the country's military ruling council on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

EDITORIAL: Being Christian is a death sentence

Persecuted Christians are fleeing from the Middle East in increasing numbers. The United States should open its doors to them as a guaranteed safe haven. Published December 22, 2011

Inside Politics

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over misuse of campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed. Published December 22, 2011

In this photo released by CBS, host David Letterman, right, and comic Jay Thomas get ready to throw footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree during the annual Late Show Holiday Quarterback Challenge on the set of "Late Show with David Letterman," airing Thursday, Dec. 23, 2011 on the CBS Television Network. Thomas and Letterman each take turns tossing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock off the giant meatball perched at its top. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

Tuning in to TV

Think holiday traditions and mistletoe, eggnog and caroling come to mind. David Letterman's Christmas includes target practice at a giant meatball, the Lone Ranger and singer Darlene Love. Published December 22, 2011

American Scene

A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule on Wednesday when two female sailors became the first to share the coveted "first kiss" on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea. Published December 21, 2011

** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI visits the Nativity scene after a New Year's Eve Vespers service at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2008.

EDITORIAL: Of God and Grinches

Along with the Christmas season comes the annual uprising of atheistic Grinches determined to spoil it. They might get some satisfaction out of wrecking a few nativity scenes, but their long-range goal of expunging religion from American society isn't going to happen: The search for God is innate. Published December 21, 2011

Quarterback Tim Tebow has led Denver to five wins in his six starts, putting the Broncos in the thick of the AFC West race. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gen. Washington's Christmas Hail Mary

Long before there was Tim Tebow, there was George Washington. It is well documented that the act of Te-bowing (i.e., kneeling in prayer) was done by our nation's first president. Painter Arnold Friberg's "Prayer at Valley Forge" immortalized Gen. Washington in the snow-covered woods, bent down on one knee and praying for God's assistance. In the grim days of America's War for Independence, with weary soldiers up against long odds, the nation needed a come-from-behind fourth-quarter victory. Published December 21, 2011

** FILE** (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Hatey holidays

The holiday season brings out the best in people: kindness, generosity and hope for the new year. Unfortunately, for a small but strident group of malcontents, it is the season to engage in public displays of anti-religious bigotry that borders on hate speech. Published December 21, 2011

American Scene

A Massachusetts man was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to help al Qaeda and plotting to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. Published December 20, 2011

** FILE ** This undated photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. (AP Photo/File)

EDITORIAL: Biden's Taliban buddies

Vice President Joe Biden said the Taliban are not our enemy. If so, it makes one wonder what all the killing is about. Published December 20, 2011

Sports Briefs

Authorities are investigating a report that New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley physically abused his 5-year-old son in Gadsden, Ala., his hometown .Boley is in the third year of a five-year contract worth about $25 million. Published December 20, 2011

Sports Briefs

Free agent Nick Young signed a one-year contract to return to the Washington Wizards. Young's contract was announced Monday, a day before Washington's second and last exhibition game, at the Philadelphia 76ers. Published December 19, 2011

U.S. Navy via Associated Press
Lawmakers acceded to the president's request that funding for the Air Force's F-22 Raptor plane be ended in the defense appropriations legislation that he privately signed into law on Monday.

EDITORIAL: Navy blue goes green

The $1 trillion budget bill before Congress includes a provision that would resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline, but don't expect its passage to open a flood of black gold and wash away Uncle Sam's infatuation with all things green. Even as the scientific validation of global-warming theory crumbles, adherents in Washington have dragooned the U.S. military into leading the charge toward renewable energy. Published December 19, 2011

** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-il applauds following a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

EDITORIAL: The Pyongyang spring?

The death of North Korea's longtime ruler, Kim Jong-il, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to settle the conflict on the Korean Peninsula and bring North Korea into the community of nations. Published December 19, 2011

American Scene

Investigators said Monday that a woman in the small farming community of Emington fatally shot her three children and live-in boyfriend before killing herself. Published December 19, 2011

American Scene

A coalition of environmentalists and wild-horse activists is suing the government to block its implementation of a precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in eastern Nevada. Published December 18, 2011

Economy Briefs

As the first signs of an economic recovery make the news, many of the nation's nonprofit organizations are digging in for another three to four years of financial distress, according to researchers who keep an eye on the charitable world. Published December 18, 2011

** FILE ** Iranian Christians attend Christmas Mass at St. Grigor Armenian Catholic Church in Tehran on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas in a crackdown that demonstrates the limits of religious tolerance by Islamic leaders, who often boast they provide room for other faiths. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

EDITORIAL: Pastor Yousef: Convert or die

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian cleric facing death for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic faith he never held, has been given a temporary stay of execution. Iran's top judge, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, instructed presiding Judge Ghazi Kashani to delay carrying out capital punishment for a year in order to give time for Mr. Nadarkhani to recant Christianity and become a Muslim. Published December 16, 2011

Inside Politics

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has little choice but to rely on momentum to carry him to victory in the Iowa caucuses. Published December 15, 2011

A US Marine signs an Iraqi flag on his way to Tikrit in Northern Iraq Monday, April 14, 2003. ( J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times )

EDITORIAL: Victory in Iraq

A ceremony Thursday in Baghdad marked the final end of the Iraq war. The conflict lasted almost nine years, cost $800 billion, took about 4,500 American lives and wounded 32,000. In the end, it was a success. Published December 15, 2011

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Smacking down TSA

Frequent travelers know better than anyone that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs serious reform. The agency spends $7.7 billion in taxpayer money every year, and it hasn't nabbed a single terrorist. Published December 15, 2011