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A speed camera on New York Avenue Northeast in Washington (The Washington Times) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: Flashing for cash

Privatizing law enforcement should never be done lightly. The combination of the government's power to restrain individual liberty and greed for profit invites corruption. That's the scenario playing out across the country with revenue cameras, sometimes called red-light cameras. Published March 6, 2013

**FILE** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Taking the presidency seriously

New taxes are about to hit the pocketbook and a few Americans, perhaps more than a few, are entertaining second thoughts about their choice for president in November 2012. Mitt Romney sensed the shift in the public mood and decided to break the silence he has held since he lost the November election. Published March 6, 2013

** FILE ** Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, right, and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

EDITORIAL: Free the cellphone

The free market occasionally annoys, but the government often makes matters worse. Consider the Americans who purchase a cellphone from the big providers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and then regret it. Though most modern cellphones are capable of working on the networks of other providers, companies often lock up the devices so that a consumer can't make the switch to a competitor. Published March 5, 2013

A Pakistani polio worker administers the oral polio vaccine to an infant in a Christian colony in the slums of Islamabad on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

EDITORIAL: A safe haven for polio

The Islamist hatred of all things Western continues to dumfound the world. The Islamists wrote the book on how to mistreat women and abuse children, spreading disease and suffering among the children of the Muslim world. Published March 5, 2013

Illustration: U.S. regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The regulatory fist

Whenever the government offers the poor man a helping hand, he might better serve himself by slapping it away. Uncle Sam can be a meddlesome coot. Nanny state regulations to guide and protect the underserved usually do them considerable harm. Published March 4, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Making America the priority

John F. Kerry is halfway around the world, taking tea in the last of the nine nations at the end of his inaugural tour. Diplomatic tea parties are great fun, if that's your taste, but work awaits on his new desk back at the State Department. Dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline should be first on his agenda. Published March 4, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Kerry's global warming crusade

The paint hadn't dried on Secretary of State John F. Kerry's new Foggy Bottom digs before he laid out his agenda for higher taxes and job-killing regulations that would put the United States at a disadvantage with the rest of the world. Published March 1, 2013

Illustration Radical Feminism by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Republicans blink again

Republicans have once again blinked in a contest with Democrats. This time, it wasn't the budget. The GOP has now embraced an expansion of government that violates the principles of federalism out of a fear of being labeled the anti-women party. Published March 1, 2013

Rep. Edward J. Markey (left) is still favored to win the the Democratic runoff election for a Senate seat against Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, which will decide who moves on to the June 25 special election. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mr. Markey's outburst

Candidates often make outrageous claims. It comes with the territory. But Rep. Edward J. Markey, seeking the Massachusetts seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by John F. Kerry, redefines "outrageous." Published February 28, 2013

Illustration by Mark Weber

EDITORIAL: Big show on the border

John McCain and Lindsey Graham were almost giddy when they emerged from a White House meeting on immigration reform on Tuesday. The Senate duo insist President Obama understands Republican concerns about border security as critical to getting immigration legislation through Congress. Published February 28, 2013

Illustration Welfare Cows by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Crowding out the future

Big-spending liberals will soon run out of other people's money. This should scare them straight. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, food stamps and other welfare programs reaching deep into American pockets will soon leave no money for anything else. Published February 27, 2013

Illustration American Votes by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Voting rights showdown

Did Congress go too far? The Supreme Court will address the question Wednesday when it hears arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, an Alabama challenge to Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That outdated provision requires nine states and parts of seven others to obtain Justice Department approval, or "preclearance," before changing anything related to voting. Published February 27, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mayor Bloomberg's bloat

At the Regal Potomac Yard 16, a movie theater in Alexandria, a "small" soda weighs a large 32 ounces. Such sodas, enough to quench the thirst of the entire family, may be available at other cinemas across the country, but beginning March 12, they won't be in New York City. Published February 26, 2013

Illustration Iran likes Obama by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The impossible dream

"To jaw-jaw," Winston Churchill once wisely said, "is always better than to war-war." Anyone who has seen war up close would agree with Sir Winston, who saw a lot of shooting wars. But obstinate mullahs in Iran push that proposition to the max. Published February 26, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Fed's bubble fuel

The consequences of the Federal Reserve's loose-money policy are starting to hit home. Even members of the Federal Open Market Committee are concerned, as revealed in the Wednesday release of the minutes of a meeting earlier this year. Published February 25, 2013

"Perils of Sequestration" (Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Sequestration follies

Here we go again. Lawmakers are once more warning that the nation hangs on the brink of unimaginable disaster. Another cliff, you might say. Five days from now automatic budget restraint is scheduled to take effect, and nothing frightens a politician more than restraint on spending. Published February 25, 2013

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson in his office at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 29, 2009. (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A doctor's health care prescription

Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, was an overnight sensation with his speech to the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month. Published February 25, 2013

**FILE** A Postal Service letter carrier delivers mail in the snow in Berea, Ohio. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Haute couture by the postman

We first thought this was a dispatch from The Onion: The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will enhance its "cool" with the rollout of a line of apparel and accessories, targeting the young. The Postal Service, near bankruptcy, expects young hipsters to show up, perhaps in flash mobs, to order the latest in government-issued fashion. Published February 22, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2000 file photo, PayPal Chief Executive Officer Peter Thiel, left, and founder Elon Musk, right, pose with the PayPal logo at corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Thiel who who co-founded PayPal and gave Facebook its first big investment now wants Silicon Valley to buy into a bigger idea: the future. Thiel is backing groups that see a future when computers will communicate directly with the human brain. Seafaring pioneers will found new floating nations in the middle of the ocean. Science will conquer aging, and death will become a curable disease. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

EDITORIAL: Mr. Musk comes to Washington, again

When the history of crony capitalism is written, Elon Musk will deserve a chapter to himself. Mr. Musk began his career as a risk-taker and entrepreneur, co-founding the innovative online-payment system PayPal. His latest ventures depend on taxpayers, K Street lobbyists and campaign contributions. Published February 21, 2013

Illustration: DNA locked away by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Preserving genetic privacy

Science has broken the code of human composition and can read the genetic "fingerprint" unique to each person. The forensic technique of collecting DNA raises serious privacy concerns, however, especially when government demands it with the force of law. Published February 21, 2013