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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

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck

EDITORIAL: Beijing's space odyssey

China is pressing forward with plans to land a man on the moon. The United States, meanwhile, cannot even get an astronaut into space without hitching a ride. Published January 2, 2012

Airplanes taxi at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in September 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Europe's airline tax bomb

The skies over Europe just became less friendly. Statists and environmentalists on the Continent have linked up to impose a new carbon-dioxide-emissions tax on flights to and from Europe. This heightens prospects for a trade war that could prolong economic stagnation the world over. Published January 2, 2012

Illustration: Red tape by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A New Year's resolution for Capitol Hill

Uncle Sam ended the year having saddled Americans with another 81,836 pages of regulations. No issue was too small or insignificant to escape attention in the federal government's final week of pronouncements. Published December 30, 2011

In this photo provided by Paris-based Binoche Et Giquello auction house gallery on Wednesday March 23, 2011 is seen a Mayan-style statue. The Mexican government on Wednesday said a Mayan-style statue that brought a record $4 million (2.9 million euros) at auction this week is a fake. Auctioneers vow it is genuine and claim Mexico wants to quash legal sales of pre-Hispanic artifacts. (AP Photo/Binoche Et Giquello) NO SALES

EDITORIAL: Fear and hope in 2012

The year 2012 is shaping up to be one to remember. Though there are many reasons for apprehension over what lies ahead, there's less to fear than the doomsayers would have us believe. President Obama and Congress have been racking up debt like there's no tomorrow, but that's no reason to credit particular prophecies of the end times. Published December 30, 2011

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Inside Politics

The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for suspected laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. Published December 29, 2011

Dick Clark

Tuning in to TV

If you need proof that Dick Clark still rules New Year's Eve, here it is. Published December 29, 2011

** FILE ** Ben Nelson (Associated Press)

Inside Politics

Newt Gingrich says a luxury cruise he took through the Greek Isles earlier this year that prompted top aides to quit his campaign was designed to show he's "a different kind of candidate." Published December 28, 2011

Illustration: Ahmadinejad by Jennifer Kohnke

EDITORIAL: Tehran's moment of truth

The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to rattle their scimitars, threatening a crisis in the Strait of Hormuz. Bring it on. Published December 28, 2011

Illustration: Bernanke's twist by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The 2012 economy

Consumer confidence is at the highest level it's been since the recession officially ended in February. Many financial analysts share the optimistic outlook. An Associated Press poll of economists projected higher growth for the U.S. economy in 2012. The bad news is that the positive growth figure is contingent on Europe's economic situation remaining relatively stable - and that's not likely. Published December 28, 2011

**FILE** The Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Hands off the Internet

Congress once again is about to expand the ability of federal bureaucrats to censor the Internet. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee began marking up the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill designed to force domain registrars and search engines such as Google to erase any mention of websites the attorney general declares "rogue." Published December 28, 2011

** FILE ** A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller (right) as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee in a scene from the 1932 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man." A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah died Saturday of kidney failure at age 80. (AP Photo/File)

Taking Names: Did 'Cheetah' die?

A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at age 80. But other accounts call that claim into question. Published December 28, 2011

AMC's "Hell on Wheels," a Western starring Anson Mount and Common, has been renewed for another season. (Courtesy AMC)

Tuning in to TV

It's official: AMC has renewed "Hell on Wheels" for a second season. Published December 28, 2011

Sports Briefs

Bucks forward Drew Gooden will miss Milwaukee's first home game for his flagrant foul in the season opener. Published December 27, 2011

Vice-President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch as President Barack Obama delivers a speech about health care reform to a joint session of Congress. 
(Katie Falkenberg / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Pez-dispenser presidency

It was just over three years ago that Barack Obama echoed the words of great men in his much-ballyhooed speech on race: "We the people, in order to form a more perfect Union ... ." That occasion was guaranteed to chart a new course for the country, all to no avail. Despite being promoted as a "landmark" occasion, not even the most ardent liberal can recite a poignant line or concrete result from the event. That's because Mr. Obama dispenses supposedly momentous addresses like a Pez dispenser. Published December 27, 2011

Illustration: Obama and Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama: Entangled by Islam

It's no longer news that President Obama's vaunted outreach to Islam has been a bust. Numerous polls over the past three years have shown that after a brief flurry of enthusiasm, regard for the United States among the world's Muslims has declined precipitously. In some key countries, dislike for America is even lower than it was at the end of the administration of George W. Bush, whom liberal critics deemed culturally illiterate. Published December 27, 2011

World Scene

A ballistic missile that is to be a cornerstone of Russia's nuclear arsenal has completed its rocky test program and will be commissioned by the military, President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday during a meeting with military officers. Published December 27, 2011