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ABOVE: Mallory Taul (center) teaches a "mock" class with students Paula Carter and Zackary Ruesler last month during a "difficult dialogues" summer workshop for campus leaders hosted by the University of Missouri at Columbia. RIGHT: Suzanne Burgoyne simulates an unpleasant classroom encounter between an evolution-denying student and an astronomy professor struggling to control her lecture.

EDITORIAL: Ivory-tower failure

Going to college doesn't make you a better citizen. That's the main finding from the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's (ISI) Civics Literacy Report. The study, which will be released Tuesday, concludes that American universities have been doing an inadequate job when it comes to preparing students for their civic responsibilities. The report found that the politically active were more likely to rely on self-education and frequently attended religious services. Published February 18, 2011

** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

EDITORIAL: Don't mess with Tehran

Two American hikers held in Iran for more than 18 months on espionage charges are facing conviction for the "crime" of getting lost. The Islamic republic, however, deserves its own measure of guilt. With tens of thousands of freedom-seeking protesters crowding the streets of the Iranian capital Monday, it is clear the Islamic regime lost its way decades ago. Published February 17, 2011

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has assumed a high profile in leading a legal challenge of the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fast-track Obamacare challenges

While lower courts wrestle over the constitutionality of Obamacare, nearly one-sixth of the economy hangs in the balance. The plans of doctors, medical students, hospitals, clinics and millions of employers will change based on whether the health care law stands or falls. The Supreme Court needs to step in and resolve the doubt. Published February 17, 2011

President Obama looks through a microscope during his tour the Bio-technology program at Forsyth Tech Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Obama's amazing futureworld

The largest hurdle in the way to this techno-future is President Obama himself. He has fostered one of the most hostile business and long-term investment climates in American history. His gut instinct is to create more government, more regulation and more controls, none of which foster innovation. Mr. Obama's repeated invocations of a gee-whiz future in which new discoveries solve America's present-day problems is starting to sound a bit like a belief in magic. Published February 17, 2011

Illustration: Oil drilling by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Oil ban means more debt

The Obama administration's policy against oil drilling kills American jobs, undermines the economy and violates a judge's direct order. The full-court press against the oil industry amounts to what Rep. Stephen J. Scalise, Louisiana Republican, calls a "permitorium" on offshore drilling. Published February 16, 2011

A supporter displays an iPhone during a rally for Sen. Barack Obama in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s very selection as running mate was officially announced to the world through a telephone text message.

EDITORIAL: The cell-phone tax burden

One thing all cell-phone bills have in common is a lengthy, confusing list of government taxes, surcharges and fees imposed at the local, state and federal level. These charges add up quickly. An average $48 monthly bill in Nebraska, for example, includes $11.35 in tithes to the bureaucracy. Published February 16, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks during a radio interview with Michael Smerconish in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Welfare for public radio

National Public Radio’s President and CEO Vivian Schiller simply gushed over President Obama’s proposed budget that preserved the funding for public broadcasting that House Republicans would just as soon cut. In expressing her gratitude to the White House, Ms. Schiller helped Republicans make their case. Published February 16, 2011

Illustration: Credit card regulation by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Debit-card destruction

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to review new rules from the Federal Reserve setting limits on fees charged for debit-card transactions. It's important for the health of the economy that the Fed's regulations be revised. Published February 15, 2011

Illustration: Problem and Solution by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Take one for the Gipper

President Obama took to the airwaves yesterday to defend his 2012 budget plan. Assuming a solemn tone of fiscal responsibility, he explained to the gathered White House press corps, "We're not going to be running up the credit card anymore." Mr. Obama even gave a shout-out to Ronald Reagan, noting his predecessor's skill at working out disagreements with Democrats. Published February 15, 2011

President Obama reaches to shake hands with eighth-graders as he speaks at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Parkville, Md., on Monday, Feb., 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s budget blarney

When the biggest spender in America's history says it's time for government to live within its means, it is reasonable to ask: Who does President Obama think he's kidding? Mr. Obama's new budget is the latest installment in a series of proposals featuring flawed estimates based on unrealistic economic assumptions. It should be considered dead on arrival. Published February 15, 2011

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, Arianna Huffington speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

EDITORIAL: Arianna Nation

Erstwhile dial-up Internet pioneer AOL Inc. last week placed a $315 million bet on the Huffington Post. The firm that made its fortune by mailing unsolicited diskettes and CD-ROMs to millions now hopes to corner the new media marketplace with the left-wing website. Whether this investment will pay off remains an open question, but the deal is unquestionably a sign that the Internet is a thriving forum for news and opinion from all perspectives. Published February 14, 2011

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

EDITORIAL: Military voters get a hearing

Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, is testifying today about military voting problems before the House Administration Committee. He should get hammered for the bureaucracy's laggard attention to making sure those who defend our rights can exercise their own right to vote. Published February 14, 2011

** FILE ** Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's casualties: 800,000 jobs

Repeal of Obamacare ought to be a priority not only on constitutional grounds, but also as a move essential to pulling our economy out of its malaise. The head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) let slip the reason why in testimony Thursday before the House Budget Committee. Published February 11, 2011

Donald Trump waves after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: The Trump card

Donald Trump jetted into the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday to put himself forward as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012. The big-time developer and media star played to the crowd and made a splash. In the months ahead, we'll see if he can make some political headway. Published February 11, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood

EDITORIAL: Peddling Islamic extremism

When America’s top intelligence officer calls the Muslim Brotherhood a “largely secular” organization, it's appropriate to wonder what the intelligence community is doing with its generous budget. The spooks might get a clue get from the organization’s name, if nothing else. Published February 11, 2011

Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Egypt's military announced on national television it had stepped in to secure the country and promised protesters calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster that all their demands would soon be met. Tens of thousands of protesters packed in central Tahrir broke into chants of "We're almost there, we're almost there" and waved V-for-victory signs as thousands more flowed in to join them well after nightfall. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

EDITORIAL: What's next in Egypt?

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision not to step down begs what comes next. The Egyptian Army, a professional pro-Western force, stepped in to "safeguard the interests" of the country, and new powers were delegated to Vice President Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief. The wild card is the mob in the streets. Published February 10, 2011

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announcing the results of "Operation Broken Trust," a three-and-a-half-month operation targeting investment fraud, at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Sometimes the word "scandal" gets thrown around too lightly. But when the Department of Justice (DOJ) blocks the public's right to information, blatantly politicizes its practices and appears to break the law, it qualifies as a legitimate scandal. That appears to be the case after revelations yesterday by whistle-blower J. Christian Adams. His report is of concern to press outlets of all ideological stripes (or none) because basic rights of the public and a free press are under assault. Published February 10, 2011

** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (center), Kentucky Republican, listens to Kentucky Senate President David Williams as state House Speaker Greg Stumbo sits at left before their testimony before a state Senate committee in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. All three spoke in support of a bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medicines because of their use in making methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

EDITORIAL: House spending revolt

The Republican House leadership's realization that it's going to have to keep its pledge to trim $100 billion from the federal budget is proof that elections can matter. The GOP's fiscal hawks, especially those who joined the ranks after November's electoral blowout, balked at attempts to pass off a $40 billion cut as sufficient. Published February 10, 2011

The Dulles Toll Road proved its notoriety for traffic congestion. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority seeks to levy taxes for road improvements that would ease such commuting hassles. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Old Dominion of New Jersey

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell made a strategic retreat from a key element of his vision for Northern Virginia's roads. His transportation chief, Sean T. Connaughton, announced last week that Interstate 395 will no longer be part of the scheme to convert existing freeway car-pool lanes into "high-occupancy toll" (HOT) lanes. The shrewd maneuver has all but assured victory for Mr. McDonnell's broader plan to see the commonwealth's commuters tossing quarters into baskets each and every time they get behind the wheel. Published February 9, 2011

EDITORIAL: Detain this judicial nominee

There are disturbing discrepancies in Senate testimony by D.C. federal appellate-court nominee Caitlin Halligan. If majority Democrats won't allow a full investigation, a Republican senator should put an indefinite hold on the nomination. Published February 9, 2011