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Illustration: Obamastan (after Levine) by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's midnight madness

Americans witnessed a bizarre made-for-TV event Tuesday night. President Obama travelled 14,000 miles to Afghanistan to engage in a midnight marathon of election-year photo-ops. Never has U.S. national security been so twisted to fit a personal political agenda. Published May 2, 2012

Police push back pickets outside a bus depot during a nationwide general strike organized by the Spanish unions, in Madrid, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. Picketers hurled eggs at buses and blocked trucks from delivering produce to wholesale markets as Spanish workers went on a general strike Wednesday to protest austerity measures imposed by a government struggling to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession.  (AP Photo/Paul White)

EDITORIAL: Spain teeters

Instead of running from the bulls in Pamplona, bureaucrats in Spain may soon be running from their creditors. As if the angry demonstrations in Madrid and Barcelona during the May Day socialist holiday weren't enough, the economic news continues to worsen. Published May 2, 2012

Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Have free car, will travel

Americans love their cars, and federal employ- ees are no different. Bureaucrats espe- cially love when those wheels are paid for and maintained at taxpayer expense. With gas prices sky-high, ordinary citizens have had to cut back. Uncle Sam ought to follow suit. Published April 30, 2012

Illustration: Bin Laden deep-sixed by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's no-brainer

The one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death has brought out the worst in President Obama's supporters. The football spiking and victory dancing has spun out of control. However, the more liberals hype Mr. Obama's supposed role in the process, the less relevant he seems to be. Published April 30, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: A tale of two taxing cities

Capitol Hill isn't alone in its preference for fuzzy budgetary math. Lawmakers in Annapolis have come up with a "doomsday budget" for the state that mirrors much of the drama taking place 30 miles away in Washington. Politicians in both towns pretend to share the fiscal pain by making draconian budget cuts. Published April 27, 2012

Frank Wallace, who has been unemployed since May of 2009, holds a sign during a rally organized by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's weakly job numbers

The credibility gap is widening between what the Obama administration says about the jobs picture and what Americans sense is the grim reality. Despite the official line that things are getting better, the employment situation is growing progressively worse. Published April 27, 2012

Illustration: Obama and Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama embraces Islam

The Obama administration is doing its utmost to promote the fortunes of the Islamist parties in Egypt. A State Department official declared that with the rise of these radical groups after the Arab Spring, "people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism." They see this as a victory. The problem is, so do the terrorists. Published April 25, 2012

**FILE** Al Armendariz, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 administrator, speaks at a town-hall meeting in 2010. (Courtesy of YouTube)

EDITORIAL: Obama crucifies business

Let there be no mistake about how the Obama administration views its regulatory role. America's oil and gas producers are under siege from agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it's hitting consumers in their pocketbooks. Published April 25, 2012

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's no-fault divorce

America and Afghanistan are in the middle of a lengthy break-up, but they say they want to stay friends. After 18 months of contentious negotiations, the two countries announced Sunday that a deal was close on establishing an "enduring strategic partnership." Published April 24, 2012

Illustration: High-speed rail by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Not so high-speed rail

Trainmakers interested in getting a big slice of taxpayer cash have until May 11 to notify federal officials that they want to build America's next-generation high-speed rail cars. Over $550 million is being made available for these next-generation purchases through a program meant to fulfill the White House vision of "trains zipping along at up to 220 miles per hour in our most densely populated corridors." Published April 24, 2012

Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The imperial city

Times are great. Unemployment is down, income is up and economic growth continues - only if you live in the national capital region. For the rest of America, tough luck. Published April 23, 2012

Illustration: Fracking by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

Newton's law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama's law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama's assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation's energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. Published April 23, 2012

Illustration: Superman

EDITORIAL: Waiting for the centrist Superman

Every four years around the time the presidential primaries begin to wrap up, the drumbeat from pundits begins: If only a centrist superhero would swoop in and save the day, espousing bold self-control and a issuing a resounding call to pragmatism. Sorry to ruin the fantasy for you, but Superman doesn't exist. Published April 20, 2012

Illustration: Economic recovery by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Where's the recovery?

April remains a cruel month. New jobless claims are the highest they've been since late January, with the four-week average stubbornly hovering around the 375,000 mark. Though we're technically in a recovery, nobody believes it. A Rasmussen Reports survey earlier this week shows a majority is under the impression America is still in recession. That's for good reason. Published April 20, 2012

Illustration: Terrorist by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Giving terrorists a leg up

The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday published 2-year-old photos of American soldiers in Afghanistan smiling while holding body parts of dead suicide bombers. Editor Davan Maharaj justified publication saying the paper has "a particular duty to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan." Published April 19, 2012

Those who want to "Party Like the GSA in Vegas" should get a glittering entrance for guests suggests Shindigz, an events company that has already rolled out a General Services Adminstration-inspired party theme. (Image from Shindigz)

EDITORIAL: End the government's partying

If there were ever any doubt that the federal government is out of control, the recent revelations of taxpayer-fueled parties at the General Services Administration (GSA) should put it to rest. Both House and Senate committees this week began digging deeper into the $822,751 shindig the agency hosted at a Las Vegas luxury hotel. Published April 19, 2012

This June 19, 2009, file photo provided by the White House shows the official portrait of the Obama family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House. The Obama White House, known for embracing the newest digital trends, invited Internet users to download and print out the baseball card for Bo. The card said you can call him the "first dog of the United States." (AP Photo/Official White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's dog days

The 2012 presidential campaign has become a dog-eat-dog contest. For months, Obama campaign operatives sought to make an issue of Mitt Romney carrying his Irish setter Seamus in a rooftop dog carrier during a family vacation in 1983. Published April 18, 2012

Illustration: Voter ID by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: 'Fair' elections, Obama-style

The November presidential election is shaping up as a clear choice between a vision of a smaller federal role and President Obama's view that there's no limit to what the government can do. One thing the administration won't do is ensure the choices Americans make at the ballot box are properly counted. Published April 17, 2012

The space shuttle Discovery arrives by 747 carrier aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. After completing 39 missions and spending 365 days in space, the historic spacecraft will make its final destination at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a Smithsonian museum, located in Chantilly, Va. on Thursday, April 19th. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: America, we have a problem

Traffic stopped Tuesday morning, and people watched the Space Shuttle Discovery make a low flyby of the nation's capital. The veteran spacecraft was ferried atop a Boeing 747 to its final assignment as a museum exhibit. It was a fitting farewell to another symbol of America's former glory. Published April 17, 2012

Illustration: Regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Sticky regulatory throttle

The Obama administration is so committed to redesigning the automobile that it's taking over the way the gas and brake pedals are made to protect Americans from a nonexistent threat. Published April 16, 2012