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**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Pork for perks

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is a scourge against congressional pork, but too few pay attention to one of his central arguments against government waste: In addition to being expensive and corrupting, earmarks distract attention from other abuses of taxpayer dollars. Published November 26, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

EDITORIAL: Forcing Holder out

The calls have begun for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s resignation. Potential Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty both took that position last weekend in response to last week's embarrassing result in the trial of Guantanamo terrorist detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailiani. Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Pawlenty won't be the only prominent politicos reaching the conclusion that Mr. Holder is unfit for the office he holds. Published November 26, 2010

President Barack Obama stands with National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia as he pets "Apple," the National Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony to pardon the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: A very Obama Thanksgiving

November 1621: Governor Obama of Plymouth Colony prepares for the first Thanksgiving with his scribe, the boy Robert. Published November 24, 2010

EDITORIAL: Congress: Thank and praise Almighty God

The committee appointed to prepare a recommendation to the several states, to set apart a day of public thanksgiving, brought in a report; which was taken into consideration, and agreed to as follows: Published November 24, 2010

Thousands of protesting students gather outside the headquarters of Britain's Conservative Party in London, Wednesday Nav. 10, 2010, in a demonstration against plans to increase tuition fees and cut university funding. Organizers claimed that 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters were demonstrating against plans to raise the cost of studying to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year - three times the current rate.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

EDITORIAL: Left behind on the left coast

What a difference a generation makes. While their 1960s-era parents rallied for free love at home and against the Vietnam War half a world away, California students pitched a fit last week over a pocketbook issue - college tuition increases. This is the consequence of the irresponsible overspending of former flower children that has tarnished opportunities for achieving the American dream. Published November 23, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, walks over to greet Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, right, seated, during the start of the Afghanistan Opening Session at NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Also, sitting at left is United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Obama's pornographer pal

President Obama rallied to the defense of the Transportation Security Administration's X-rated airport x-ray scanners Saturday with the insistence that the intrusive machines were needed in response to last year's attack by failed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. "Since the explosive device that was on Mr. Abdulmutallab was not detected by ordinary metal detectors, it has meant that TSA has tried to adapt to make sure that passengers on planes are safe," Mr. Obama said. Unfortunately, the administration's policies appear to be motivated more by business as usual in Washington than true security concerns. Published November 23, 2010

South Korean villagers watch smoke from South Korea's Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. North Korea fired artillery barrages onto the South Korean island near their disputed border Tuesday, setting buildings alight and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

EDITORIAL: Rogue-state vogue

North Korea reminded the international community why it is one of the world's premier rogue states by launching an unprovoked artillery barrage on a South Korean town. The main difference between this attack and previous inexplicable acts of violence from Pyongyang is that this time the world faces a nuclear power. Published November 23, 2010

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont joins fellow Senate Democrats (from left) Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Charles E. Schumer of New York, and Dianne Feinstein of California after Elena Kagan's confirmation vote.

EDITORIAL: Democratic Internet censorship

Al Gore's most famous claimed invention, the Internet, has become a thorn in the side of the left. Online shopping protects consumers from having their pockets picked by the tax man. News and discussion forums have debunked various frauds from global warming to red-light cameras. Now congressional Democrats are leading the charge to give Washington a say in which websites ought to exist. Published November 22, 2010

Illustration: Abortion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Abortion is no minor matter

It's monstrous to suggest abortions should be easier for minors to procure than other surgical procedures. Enter the American Civil Liberties Union. After losing in federal court, the ACLU has found new ways to delay a 1995 Illinois law requiring parental (or legal guardian) notification before subjecting minors to abortion. Americans United for Life has come to the rescue with a new "friend of the court" brief. Published November 22, 2010

A page from the first edition of Inspire, an online recruitment tool for jihadists that touts itself as the first magazine to be issued by al Qaeda in English. Al Qaeda in Yemen published a second edition of the magazine on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

EDITORIAL: TSA is a joke to al Qaeda, too

While the Transportation Security Administration is groping for an answer to air safety, al Qaeda is laughing. This week, the terror group publicly detailed its plans to circumvent the latest government security measures and bleed America to death. Published November 22, 2010

U.S.-born radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen is on a U.S. list of militants to kill or capture. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's assassination list

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights have brought suit against the Obama administration for ordering the targeted killing of American-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to be holed up in Yemen. These groups argue that the president doesn't have the legal authority to order the assassination of American citizens. That's right, so in order for the kill order to stand, Awlaki should be stripped of his citizenship. Published November 20, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Chevron executive Silvia M. Garrigo (left) and others are renewing calls to have Ecuador's trade status with the U.S. revoked. "The only remedy [in Chevron's legal battle with Ecuador] is for the preferences to be suspended," said Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson (right).

EDITORIAL: Assassination threat by Chevron accusers

Courts continue to expose the skulduggery of an Ecuadorean lawsuit against American oil giant Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down the plaintiffs and backed District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's order allowing Chevron to continue discovery efforts to prove the lawsuit is fraudulent. Judge Kaplan's Nov. 4 decision in the case uses particularly scathing terms to describe the conduct of the plaintiffs' American lawyer, Steven R. Donziger. Published November 20, 2010

An airline passenger is patted down by a TSA agent at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

EDITORIAL: TSA's security charade

In the past few days, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies have been probed almost as thoroughly as the elderly men and teenage girls subjected to one of the agency's indecent "enhanced" pat-downs. They've come up short. TSA's top man, John S. Pistole, testified Wednesday that he had no choice but to implement the security measures based on the intelligence he has on potential threats. Not that he is willing to share this information. It's all classified, of course. Published November 20, 2010

Illustration: Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The battle in the heartland

The hard work of safeguarding freedom has just begun. This month's elections were only a beginning. To become ever more effective, conservative power must remain focused on devolving authority to the grass roots rather than accruing it in the corridors of Washington. Published November 18, 2010

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

EDITORIAL: Osama bin Laden: Not guilty

What if Osama bin Laden was captured, brought to trial and walked? This question comes to mind after the Justice Department only managed to convict al Qaeda embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani on one of 285 counts against him before a federal court in Manhattan. Published November 18, 2010

Illustration: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

EDITORIAL: Barack's Brokeback barracks

President Obama and his friends in the media want the public to think Americans serving in uniform are just fine and dandy with homosexual conduct in the military. This view is being spread through a series of selective leaks from the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group, which is putting the finishing touches on a report regarding the future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Published November 18, 2010

Egyptian students wearing the face-covering veil known as the niqab walk with another wearing a khemar-style hijab last week in Cairo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Terrorists hiding in hijabs

Note to terrorists: Next time, wear a hijab. The Department of Homeland Security reportedly is giving special exemptions to their "enhanced pat-down" policy to Muslim women wearing the hijab or other form-concealing garments. Published November 17, 2010

Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican

EDITORIAL: Why START now?

Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, dropped a nuke on Tuesday when he said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) should not be ratified during the lame-duck session of Congress. Democrats swiftly returned fire; it's curious what their rush is. Published November 17, 2010

A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS is on display above a row of 2010 Corvettes at Kendall Chevrolet in Miami on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Muscle car wars

All the propaganda about General Motors' initial public offering ignores why the troubled automaker is turning the corner. Aside from taking $50 billion from taxpayers in a humiliating bailout, the key move to cut operating expenses was killing off or dumping half of its unloved brands. Pontiac hit the end of the road two weeks ago and nobody cared because its models were nothing more than rebadged Chevys with extra gaudy plastic cladding tacked on. That's a reminder of how far Government Motors has to go before people will want to buy their cars over better products from other companies. Published November 17, 2010