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From left,  World War II veteran Angelo Basso, of Palmer Township, Pa. granddaughter Tammie Kelshaw, of Northampton, and brother World War II veteran Jack Basso, of Palmer Township, stand and listen during a Veterans Day ceremony at Upper Hackett Park in Easton, Pa on  Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

EDITORIAL: A victory for veterans

Supporting our veterans doesn't have to mean yet another expensive government program and unwieldy, impersonal bureaucracy. In the best of cases it comes down to the public-spirited efforts of citizens who care enough to make a difference. Published January 13, 2012

Illustration: Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street by John Camejo for The Washington Times

GHEI: The class warfare toxin

Wall Street might no longer be "occupied," but the toxin of class warfare that fueled the movement continues to spread. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, about two-thirds of Americans believe strong conflicts exist between the rich and the poor. The number of those most emphatic on this point has doubled in just the past 18 months. Published January 13, 2012

Illustration: Washington spending cuts by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Each cut counts

Federal spending continues to increase, despite Washington's talk of "trillion-dollar cuts." That's because politicians refuse to kick their expensive habit. Perhaps the best way to change the culture of spending is to dismantle one piece of our $3.6 trillion federal budget at a time. Published January 13, 2012

Katy Perry (AP)

Tuning in to TV

Singer-actress Katy Perry won the most People's Choice Awards at Wednesday's 38th annual fan-favorite extravaganza, but viewers wouldn't have known it from watching the ceremony. Published January 12, 2012

Illustration: Obama jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Employment advice for Obama

President Obama brainstormed at the White House Wednesday at a forum on "insourcing American jobs." The administration's greatest political vulnerability is sky-high unemployment. The basic idea that trickled out of the session was America must "bring back" jobs from overseas by raising taxes on companies that invest abroad. That's a bad idea. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: Shariah in the U.S.

EDITORIAL: Shariah in America's courts

A panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: Iranian bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's foreign policy bombs

Is the Islamic regime in Tehran building a nuclear weapon or not? A recent statement from the Secretary of Defense suggests that it definitely is not, yet at the same time probably might be. This is the latest indication of Obama administration Iran policy in disarray. Published January 10, 2012

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It has been five years since SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned spacecraft, captured the $10 million Ansari X Prize after its successful 2004 flight into space and landing at Mojave, Calif. The sequel to the story has yet to take flight.

EDITORIAL: The free market's new frontier

America's adventuresome spirit is not dead yet. President Obama, the naysayer in chief, may have grounded NASA's government-issued astronauts, but space entrepreneurs are making plans to tank up and take off on their own. Published January 10, 2012

Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama cooks the unemployment books

The White House has trumpeted recent rosy employment figures, but in their guts Americans know things aren't getting better. They should trust their instincts. Published January 9, 2012

Tony Blankley (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Tony Blankley, R.I.P.

Tony Blankley died this weekend after a long battle with cancer. His passing is a sad loss for America, the nation's capital and The Washington Times, all of which he served with great honor and decency. He was editorial page editor of this newspaper for five years. His example, wisdom and political perspective will continue as guiding lights for the work we do here. Published January 8, 2012

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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: Justice Department's political action

The Justice Department has been empowered to use millions of dollars intended to go to victims of racial discrimination to enrich pressure groups with close White House ties. It's another revelation of the means the Obama administration is using to divert funds to political cronies. Published January 6, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Obama's strategic retreat

President Obama's new defense strategic-guidance document sends a clear message to America's adversaries: Go for it. Published January 5, 2012

Illustration: Europe by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Moving America toward Europe's excess

By spring, anyone caught driving the streets of Paris without a breathalyzer in the car will face a stiff fine. President Nicolas Sarkozy added this device to the list of gadgets every Frenchman must carry under penalty of law - equipment that already includes a high-visibility fluorescent jacket and warning triangle. Europe is bankrupt precisely because its governments insist on coming up with ever-crazier regulations. Published January 5, 2012

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Vietnam flashback in Afghanistan

You know the Taliban is feeling pretty good about life when it opens up a branch office. On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced that the insurgent group would be establishing a presence in Qatar's capital city of Doha to facilitate negotiations with the United States. Published January 4, 2012

Illustration: Taxes by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Tax-haven wars

It's bad enough that U.S. citizens have to deal with the Internal Revenue Service and its incomprehensible rules, but Congress is about to export much of this bureaucracy overseas. In the name of taxing away a bit of profit made by Americans living overseas, much more costly harm will be done to the U.S. economy. Published January 4, 2012

Illustration: Obama's war by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama and dictatorship

Can a mundane defense authorization law create an Obama dictatorship? Many people on the political right and left have been alarmed by language in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that they argue authorizes the president to use military force to capture, detain, torture and kill Americans at home and abroad. The furor centers on Sections 1021 and 1022 of the law, which deal with detaining terrorist suspects. Specifically at issue is to what extent the law allows the government to treat American citizens like enemies of the state. Published January 3, 2012

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GHEI: What happened to spending cuts?

President Obama sent a request last week to raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion. That would push the limit on federal borrowing to an eye-popping $16.4 trillion, a move regarded as business as usual in Washington. Published January 3, 2012

Occupy DC protestors are arrested as they block the intersection of 14th St. NW and K St. NW in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Occupy D.C. crime wave

Walking by dirty neo-hippies in McPherson Square isn't the biggest problem with the Occupy movement. The ongoing protest is making Washington streets less safe. Published January 3, 2012

Tonya Crenshaw, left, and Kendrick Haraalson fill out applications at a job fair Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Brookpark, Ohio. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

EDITORIAL: EEOC undermines job creation

The Obama administration is floating the idea that requiring a high-school diploma for a job can be an illegal act of discrimination. No wonder employers are refusing to hire. Published January 2, 2012