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The Republican National Committee raised more than $9 million in September as the party prepares to challenge President Obama next year. Published October 12, 2011

Singer Chynna Phillips and her professional partner, Tony Dovolani, perform Monday on "Dancing With the Stars." Miss Phillips "blanked" on part of the routine, and the pair were eliminated. "I messed up," Miss Phillips said. (ABC via Associated Press)

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Chynna Phillips forgot her routine on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," and on Tuesday she was dismissed from the show. Published October 12, 2011

Protesters affiliated with "Occupy Wall Street" wave signs and banners outside 1185 Park Avenue, where Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, lives, during a march in New York on Tuesday. The crowd marched throughout the Upper East Side neighborhood, protesting outside the homes of various billionaires and bank owners. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue

The "Occupy Wall Street" protesters think the source of their angst is the "greedy" heart of New York's financial district. If these malcontents truly believed in economic justice, their hordes would mass at the gates of the White House. That's where policies have been set in motion that assure Americans a future of deprivation. Published October 11, 2011

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta says the Pentagon will need to make difficult budget cuts to find more than $450 billion in savings, and the cuts may include lawmakers' pet projects or weapons programs in their regions. Published October 11, 2011

Economy Briefs

A third Nevada jury has found pharmaceutical companies liable and awarded $14 million to a couple in a lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak. Published October 11, 2011

American Scene

A copy of Steve Jobs' death certificate indicates the Apple co-founder died of respiratory arrest that resulted from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. Published October 10, 2011

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The District's backdoor gun ban

Washington is doing everything it can to prevent residents from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. On Oct. 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the city's ban on high-capacity magazines and firearms that happen to have a scary appearance. The judges left open the possibility that some of the other absurd rules - including the testing of a purchaser's knowledge of local gun laws, vision tests, ballistics tests and fingerprinting - might go too far. Published October 10, 2011

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Ten years in Afghanistan

When the United States sent forces to Afghanistan a decade ago, few would have thought boots would still be on the ground by now. Early fears of a protracted ground war were swept away by a stunning, unconventional campaign that drove the Taliban from power in a few months. By the summer of 2002, an interim government had been set up; in 2003, a new constitution was written; and in 2004, the first election was held. In 2005, an ABC News poll showed that the Afghan approval rating for Americans was around 70 percent, and 80 percent of Afghans thought their country was moving in the right direction. In June 2005, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Democrat, declared, "The war in Afghanistan is over." Published October 10, 2011

Economy Briefs

Oil prices jumped 3 percent Monday as fears of another recession retreated. Published October 10, 2011

American Scene

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he had signed into law a bill that prevents children under 18 from using tanning beds. Published October 9, 2011

Economy Briefs

The jobs crisis isn't getting worse. But it isn't getting much better, either. Published October 9, 2011

Christopher Columbus (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

EDITORIAL: Celebrate America on Columbus Day

Over 100 years ago, Columbus Day was known as Discovery Day. President Benjamin Harrison's Discovery Day proclamation in October 1892 asked the people of the country to "cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer, and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life." The holiday honored the spirit of the occasion more than the man who made it happen. The holiday did not glorify Christopher Columbus, but all he made possible and what generations of free Americans had made of it. Published October 7, 2011

Illustration: Durbin fees by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Durbin does it to consumers

The Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill was supposed to protect consumers. Not surprisingly, this "protection" means consumers are going to be nickel-and-dimed to death with brand-new banking fees. Published October 7, 2011

**FILE** A U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's secret death panel

Somewhere deep in the National Security Council, a death panel is operating without known legal basis, without recognized rules, without clear oversight and without public record or knowledge of its actions. Published October 6, 2011

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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is raising questions about a job-creation fund Texas Gov. Rick Perry says has boosted employment and attracted billions in investment capital to his state. Published October 6, 2011

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California's largest gay-rights group has decided against trying to have the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex unions overturned next year. Published October 5, 2011

"The Playboy Club"bunnies (from left) Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton and Leah Renee need to find new jobs. NBC is replacing the Monday night program with Brian Williams' "Rock Center." (Photograph provided by NBC)

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NBC said Tuesday that its 1960s period-piece drama, "The Playboy Club," is being canceled, less than 24 hours after the new series drew just 3.5 million people for its third episode. It's the first cancellation of the fall TV season. Published October 5, 2011

President Obama signs an executive order Thursday to create a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - building on iniatives from the Bush administration. Mr. Obama stressed that the office would adhere to his belief in separation of church and state. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Obama's holy war

President Obama's Justice Department is attacking freedom of religion. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Church and School v. EEOC. Cheryl Perich taught elementary school and led chapel devotions at a small Lutheran school near Detroit but was replaced by a substitute after falling ill. She later sought to return to teaching but the church was concerned that she wouldn't be able to fulfill her duties. Negotiations turned sour; Ms. Perich threatened to sue and the church congregation voted to withdraw her "call" to the ministry, which made her ineligible for the job. She then charged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Published October 5, 2011

 In this Nov. 15, 2007, photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife Virginia Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, where he spoke about his new book and took questions from the audience. Virginia Thomas is asking Anita Hill to apologize for accusing the justice of sexually harassing her, 19 years after Justice Thomas' confirmation hearing spawned a national debate about harassment in the workplace. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Politicians in glass houses

House Democrats thought they had caught Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pulling a fast one. Last month, a group of 20 congressmen blasted the conservative jurist for making a simple mistake on his ethics disclosure forms. Summoning the highest possible level of feigned outrage, the members signed a letter demanding an investigation involving "possible criminal or civil legal sanctions." They're going to regret their hyperbole. Published October 5, 2011