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EDITORIAL: Infanticide for hire

Hundreds of thousands braved yesterday's chill to mark the bitter anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. For the past 37 years, the annual event has drawn a peaceful, prayerful crowd dedicated to the true civil rights challenge of our era: ending the termination of human life for profit. Published January 24, 2011

President Obama, accompanied by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, left, and Plant Manager Kevin Sharkey gestures while touring a GE plant in Schenectady, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Obama's crony capitalism

President Obama is continuing his outreach to American business, though the principal business he wants to reach out to is General Electric. Mr. Obama seems to have decided that what's good for GE is good for America, or at least for himself. Published January 24, 2011

A fireman, holding the photo of 9/11 victim Lt. John P. Napolitano, FDNY, salutes near Ground Zero during the ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2008.    (UPI Photo/James Estrin/POOL)

EDITORIAL: Justice Department undermines FDNY

Firefighters live to rescue, but political correctness is undermining this important mission in the Big Apple. Currently, 406 of 8,654 budgeted positions at the Firefighters Department of New York (FDNY) are unfilled because a federal judge and the Justice Department insist rescuing ability must bow to racial quotas. Published January 21, 2011

Rescue workers search a mountain of wreckage after the collapse of the Twin Towers. (Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos)

EDITORIAL: Lessons from 9/11's Stairwell B

Josephine Harris was ill and almost skipped work but instead downed some Alka-Seltzer and toughed it out. It was Sept. 11, 2001, and she worked in the World Trade Center. That's where she was, on the 73rd floor, when an airplane hit. Published January 21, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: TSA on the hot seat

It was only a matter of time before the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) campaign of groping and intimately photographing frequent flyers would come back and bite the agency. That time has come. House leaders have put a frequent traveler in charge of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations. Published January 20, 2011

President Barack Obama walks away from the podium in the Brady Press Briefing room in the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Glum and glummer

It says a lot about the sorry state of the U.S. economy when 404,000 people losing work is reported as positive news. Last week's initial jobless claims came in "better than expected," but there was nothing good about it for the hundreds of thousands of newly unemployed. Published January 20, 2011

Gov. John Percy deJongh Jr.

EDITORIAL: Rum and smoke

Another freezing winter has many Washingtonians daydreaming about heading south to put their toes in the sand and a drink in their hand. All is not paradise in paradise these days, however, and even a refreshing Bahama Breeze cannot be had without a hurricane of controversy. That's because one of that cocktail's main ingredients is rum, and there is an ongoing rum war being fought between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Published January 20, 2011

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listen at rear. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

EDITORIAL: A Kumbaya Congress

The kumbaya quest for peace and love in American politics has hit a new low. Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, has proposed that as a symbolic stab at the "nasty partisanship" in government, members of Congress should abjure the tradition of sitting in party blocks during the State of the Union address and instead intermingle. Perhaps they all should hold hands while the president is speaking too. Published January 19, 2011

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 Al Gore

EDITORIAL: Al's missing link

There are those on the left who look at tragedy and spot opportunity. Such is the case with terrible flooding that struck Australia last week, killing at least 22. On Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore asserted that the root cause of the destruction was not torrential rain, but mankind. "As the earth warms, scientists tell us that we will see more and more extreme weather conditions," Mr. Gore wrote on his blog, citing an ABC News report on the disaster. "Each of these occurrences further underscore [sic] why we need to take immediate action to solve the climate crisis." Published January 19, 2011

James Hansen

EDITORIAL: NASA extremist advocates U.S. decline

Imagine if a former military officer, a traditional-values conservative now an attache at the State Department, wrote for a largely foreign audience to urge an international boycott of U.S. goods. The aim was to ruin the American economy to protest the new policy of allowing open homosexuality in the armed forces. Media outlets and politicians would be screaming for his dismissal. Free speech is one thing, but nobody on the taxpayer dole in a position of responsibility would be allowed to call for the destruction of our economy. One way or another, the man would be forced out. Published January 19, 2011

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (left), then-Sen. Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley are together at an April 2007 rally celebrating Chicago's selection as the U.S. contender to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Mr. Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on corruption charges.

EDITORIAL: Nickel, diming and quartering the public

It's not often that prominent rivals for public office find themselves in full agreement on a contentious policy issue. Yet those hoping to take the reins of Chicago's political machine in elections next month - including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - are eager to distance themselves from an infrastructure privatization deal dreamed up by outgoing Democratic kingpin Richard M. Daley. The longtime mayor's scheme has proved to be a nightmare. Published January 18, 2011

**FILE** In this Dec. 6 photo, a man with a Santa cap looks up at a marquee with high gas prices at a Shell gas station in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gas-fueled vertigo

Drivers are getting dizzy at the pump. That sick feeling is deja vu from 2008, when prices spiraled higher with every fill-up. In recent months, costs have climbed steadily through $3 and are headed toward four bucks per gallon. Americans have President Obama and his anti-energy apparatchiks to thank for this gouging. Published January 18, 2011

In May 21, 2009 file photos President Barack Obama, left, delivers an address on national security, terrorism, and the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison, Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the National Archives in Washington. Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2009. The speeches conveying two radically different views of America's fight against terrorism and the nation's values unfolded in separate halls, minutes apart. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Darth Obama

Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised President Obama's approach to counterterrorism this week. The plug was magnanimous on the veep's part but it prompted a collective cringe from the president's left-wing base. Published January 18, 2011

'CONCERNED': Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, says he is worried about not having enough troops in Afghanistan to "provide defensive protection." He faults President Obama's troops cap. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Protect workers from union bosses

Labor unions can't persuade Congress to destroy workplace voting rights, but their Obama-appointed lackeys at the National Labor Relations Board do their dirty work anyway. Twice in the past six weeks, the NLRB has sided with union bosses over ordinary workers, smothering the ideal of secret elections. Published January 17, 2011

Illustration: Nuclear power by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Nukes now

''Surely, we can be as bold as the French." That plea by Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, was delivered to a federal panel on nuclear waste disposal. The punch line is a reminder that the Obama administration's nuclear energy policy is a bad joke. Published January 17, 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: Aborting free speech

Left-wing attempts to restrict free speech aren't new. Even before the Tucson shooting, a recently defeated Ohio congressman asked government to punish a pro-life group because he didn't like their ads criticizing his voting record. His position is such an offense to freedom that even the liberal American Civil Liberties Union weighed in on behalf of pro-lifers. Published January 14, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Mugged by Medicare

The Obama administration is trying to shove Medicare coverage down the throats of senior citizens who don't want it, but it's efforts are falling flat. Five plaintiffs are suing, arguing that no statute or regulation allows government to implement this requirement. Published January 14, 2011

National Public Radio has been transformed its Studio 4A into a war room for election night coverage. About 60 to 80 people will be answering phones, updating the Web site,, and broadcasting live from about 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on election night. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Cut public broadcasting now

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress is to defund public broadcasting. Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, introduced legislation to do just that. He immediately came under fire from National Public Radio (NPR) for his "intrusion into the programming decision-making of America's public radio stations." To hear the taxpayer-subsidized broadcast suits talk, it's as though Mr. Lamborn was attacking the First Amendment itself. Published January 14, 2011

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Service office, which will study and report on global warming, will help federal agencies and businesses prepare for and cope with global changes. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Internet passport

Federalized security screening at airports has been such a success that President Obama wants to apply the same government "expertise" to the realm of online commerce and commentary. The White House cybersecurity adviser joined Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Jan. 7 to announce what amounts to a national ID card for the Internet. Published January 13, 2011

Incumbent RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele faces some rivals for the job Monday at the National Press Club. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Time for change at the RNC

Members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) will cast ballots today naming the individual they believe should lead the party organization into the pivotal 2012 presidential election cycle. Five candidates are vying for the post. Irrespective of their individual virtues, it's become painfully clear over the past two years that the right choice is anyone but Michael S. Steele. Published January 13, 2011