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Technician Charles Riggings in March services traffic cameras designed to catch speeders and motorists who run red lights in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Freedom 15, Big Brother 0

Midterm election coverage has largely focused on the historic shift of power in Washington, for obvious reasons. This partisan story line has overshadowed one of last week's most significant bipartisan wins as Democrats, Republicans and independents banded together across all demographic lines in five cities to banish Big Brother. Published November 8, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: Run, Nancy, run

After last week's midterm meltdown for Democrats, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would seek the position of House minority leader in the new Congress. The Washington Times enthusiastically endorses her candidacy. Published November 8, 2010

Three men cast their ballots on election day in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

EDITORIAL: The regularity of voting irregularities

Voting irregularities marred elections last week. This recurring problem will get worse so long as laws governing how Americans register and cast ballots are liberalized instead of tightened. Published November 8, 2010

Tim Eyman holds his daughter Riley, 1, in July 2009 while updating a board tallying petition signatures for getting an initiative on the Washington state ballot. Mike Fagan holds the board. Mr. Eyman co-sponsored Initiative 1053 which passed with 66 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Overturning Obama

The aftershocks of last week's electoral earthquake continue to be felt. Yet the shake-up at the national level tells only half the story. Voters showed their displeasure with the country's direction with their votes on ballot-box battles centered far outside the Beltway. Published November 5, 2010

FILE- This is a  file photo of John Travolta and Karen Gorney dance in a nightclub scene to disco music in Paramount Pictures 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever", which explores the restless generation growing up in the 70's.  John Travolta was onto something. Women are most attracted to male dancers who have big, flamboyant moves similar to the actor's trademark style, British scientists say in a new study. (AP Photo/HO, File)

EDITORIAL: Reviving '70s stagflation

As President Obama restores the Jimmy Carter-era solar panels to the executive mansion, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is bringing back Mr. Carter's monetary policy, running the printing presses faster than they've run since lava lamps and disco were in style. Published November 5, 2010

President Obama is seen reflected in a teleprompter screen.

EDITORIAL: Obama: Send more teleprompters

President Obama continues to live in a state of denial regarding the message of the midterm elections. He stubbornly clings to the belief that his policies had nothing to do with the historic "shellacking" the voters gave his party and instead blames the red tide on his lack of communications skills. What a change from the 2008 campaign, when Mr. Obama was being heralded as the great orator of the 21st century. Apparently, the 2010 election was lost because Mr. Obama didn't have enough teleprompters. Published November 5, 2010

Illustration: Obamacare and the states by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Pull the plug on Obamacare

Obamacare quickly emerged as the first major issue of the congressional transition. The president says tweak it. We say scrap it. Published November 4, 2010

Election worker Laurnel Hoffman (upper right) helps voters to use the voting machines at an early voting polling place Saturday in Las Vegas.

EDITORIAL: A blow to judicial tyranny

This week's elections weren't just about the economy. Concerned about judicial tyranny, Iowans booted all three of the state Supreme Court justices who appeared on Tuesday's ballot - the first high court justices to be defeated since 1962, when Iowans created a system of voting on whether or not judges should be retained. Published November 4, 2010

President Obama listens to a question during a news conference Wednesday in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Memo to Obama: Don't lawyer up

One of the most important lessons of political history is that the cover-up is usually worse than the crime. President Obama ought to take note of this as he heads into the next two years of divided government and before he finds his administration mired in unnecessary legal battles. Published November 4, 2010

Sen.-elect Rand Paul. R-Ky., and his wife Kelley arrive at his victory celebration in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.  (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)


The world's most exclusive country club, the U.S. Senate, is in for a shock come January. Five Republicans handed their membership cards Tuesday have promised to shake up the chamber famous for its accommodation - otherwise known as caving to liberal ideas. Because individual senators have a greater ability to shape national policy than individual members of the House of Representatives, sending a handful of fiscal conservatives to the upper chamber will make it difficult for President Obama and congressional Democrats to get away with spending as usual. Published November 3, 2010

A bicyclist and jogger pass a group of zombies posing for pictures on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.  The stunt was part of a campaign in 26 cities worldwide promoting the Halloween premiere of the AMC television series "The Walking Dead." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

EDITORIAL: Obama's zombie agenda

A much subdued President Obama admitted yesterday that he took a "shellacking" in the midterm elections. Despite that meek concession, he doesn't appear to have gotten the order voters sent: Cease and desist. The Obama agenda has become a zombie, dead but continuing to walk among us. Published November 3, 2010

President Barack Obama gestures as he moves off stage at the conclusion of his news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: An oblivious president

President Obama still doesn't get it. He continues to think the American electorate is merely impatient with the economy rather than scared by his policies, that the economy must be managed by government rather than freed from bureaucratic shackles. He's wrong on all counts. Published November 3, 2010

A woman waits to get into the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco, in this Sept. 22, 2003 file photo. A sharply divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, threw out a lawsuit that challenged Boeing Co.'s role flying terrorism suspects to secret prisons and raised questions about the government's ability to quash lawsuits when state secrets are involved. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

EDITORIAL: A vote against judicial radicalism

Yesterday's election will help put the brakes on the Democrats' leftist social experimentation. Resistance was already underway in the courts. In two key cases regarding homosexuality, the pendulum is swinging back in a traditional direction. Published November 2, 2010

President Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates in Ohio on Sunday. He is scheduled to give a news conference early Wednesday afternoon. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A vote against Democrats

Republicans celebrating yesterday's ballot-box drubbing of Democrats should not be lulled into thinking their virtues carried the day. The election was first and foremost a referendum on the policies of President Obama and congressional Democrats. That verdict was clear: The American people want change. Published November 2, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS House speaker Nancy Pelosi  answers questions during her visit to Portland, Ore. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.. The California Democrat toured the home of Heather and Pete Ficht - one of 500 homes in a pilot program called Clean Energy Works Portland that aims to improve energy efficiency.

EDITORIAL: A vote against the left-wing agenda

Conventional wisdom suggests the 2010 midterm election was a referendum on the economy. That's not all it was. The public's distaste of Democrat-controlled government is much more profound. Published November 2, 2010

The pending merger of electronic voting machine companies has triggered concerns that voter fraud will increase if one company has too much control. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Beware of epidemic voter fraud

Double-check that your ballot reads correctly before leaving the polling booth. Insist on your rights and on fair election procedures if polling officials try to bully you. Report suspicious activity to authorities before leaving the polls. Vote fraud is a legitimate and serious threat, and voters should be on guard to stop it. Published November 1, 2010

People in the crowd hold up homemade signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The "sanity" rally, blending laughs and political activism, drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDITORIAL: Keeping fear of the left alive

There's a time and a place for everything, and Saturday's lampooning of the great American tradition of gathering on the Mall for a transcendent cause was neither. The pep rally led by left-wing cheerleaders Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert proved once again that liberals don't understand that the American majority has rejected the big-government philosophy. Published November 1, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton, right, holds onto Allegheny County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato as he addresses a campaign rally for Onorato during a stop in McKeesport, Pa. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

EDITORIAL: The Democrats' self-mutilation

Congressional Democrats are poised to lose the largest governing majority in a generation. The House certainly will return to Republican control after only four years, and the Democrats' 60-seat Senate supermajority effectively will be reduced to a tie. Published November 1, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obamacare R.I.P.

Nov. 2 is the nation's referendum on Obamacare. No other issue has so polarized the public and shed light on the policy failings of the left. The midterm elections represent the last, best hope for millions of Americans who don't want to see the health care law's most onerous provisions ever take effect. Published October 29, 2010

Maryland gubernatorial candidates, Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, shakes hands with Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley right, after a debate in Baltimore, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

EDITORIAL: Ehrlich for Maryland governor

Maryland is on a path to become the Shakedown State. The current administration stands for tax increases, big spending and speed cameras on every street corner. Tomorrow, voters should insist on returning to a path of limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty. They can do that with a vote for Bob Ehrlich, the former Republican governor seeking to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat. Published October 29, 2010