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EDITORIAL: Smart meters are a dumb idea

Homeowners from coast to coast are growing upset over the "smart meter" devices that utilities are foisting on them by the millions, with the full backing of the administration. The meters are being marketed as energy savers enabling consumers to select a level of power usage and cost that best suits their needs. "We can imagine the day when you'll be able to charge the battery on your plug-in hybrid car at night, because your smart meter reminded you that nighttime electricity is cheapest," President Obama said in an October 2009 speech. Mr. Obama has used stimulus funds to push the technology, such as a $20 million grant to Reliant Energy for device deployment in the Houston area. Published March 18, 2011

President Obama makes a statement Friday on Libya in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's illegal war

With Thursday's passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, the United States is set to go to war against Libya. Removing Moammar Gadhafi from power would probably advance the cause of freedom, but the United Nations has no legal authority to take a step of this magnitude. By bowing to the will of the U.N. Security Council, President Obama is diluting the sovereign power of the United States. Published March 18, 2011

EDITORIAL: Obama couldn't care less

If the world is in crisis, you wouldn't know it by watching President Obama's spring break. Between golf, basketball and the president's upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro, the White House is projecting a disinterested aura of business as usual. For this administration, "tuned-out" is the new normal. Published March 17, 2011

**FILE** Former Vice President Al Gore in his 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"

EDITORIAL: Ending the global-warming argument

Leftists are rushing to the judiciary as a refuge against efforts to undermine their global-warming tax schemes. In the current economic environment, the idea of massive hikes in the price of gasoline and other sources of energy has become radioactive. In response, the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are hoping activist judges will enact policies that elected, accountable representatives are increasingly afraid to touch. Published March 17, 2011

LIBERALS' FOE: "I'm on dartboards all over the country," Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare on life support

The Obama administration this week tried to buy time for its legal defense of its health care takeover legislation. This move merely delays the inevitable, as everyone knows the Supreme Court will decide the ultimate fate of Obamacare. Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli simply wants to skip the irrelevant step of waiting for the case to wind its way through the court of appeals. Published March 17, 2011

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Sen. Barack Obama greets Sen. John Kerry yesterday on Capitol Hill. The 2004 presidential candidate acknowledges that he did not respond to personal attacks quickly enough when he ran, but said Mr. Obama, the likely 2008 nominee, is already doing so "effectively."

EDITORIAL: Obama's infrastructure boondoggle

The last thing America needs right now is another government agency. Apparently, Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, doesn't agree. On Tuesday, he announced his intention to establish the American Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA). President Obama has championed the idea as an "innovative" solution to our transportation and energy problems. This bad idea was actually lifted directly out of the New Deal playbook. Published March 16, 2011

Bahraini anti-government protesters wait at barriers they set up for Saudi forces in Manama, Bahrain. A Saudi-led military force crossed into Bahrain to prop up the monarchy against widening Shiite demonstrations. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Gulf in leadership

The Obama administration has denounced the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain. But whether President Obama realizes it or not, stability in that country is a vital U.S. interest. Published March 16, 2011

A fireman, holding the photo of 9/11 victim Lt. John P. Napolitano, FDNY, salutes near Ground Zero during the ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2008.    (UPI Photo/James Estrin/POOL)

EDITORIAL: Fire hires mired

Public safety is non-negotiable. That's the message signaled Tuesday by lawyers defending the Big Apple's fire department from race-based bullying by the U.S. Justice Department. Published March 16, 2011

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a supporter of gun control, and Chicago Police Assistant Deputy Superintendent Matt Tobias examine assault weapons in 2006.

EDITORIAL: Guns for us, not for you

Some of the most far-out anti-gun laws are found on the left coast, but that could change - for privileged politicians. A California state Senate committee will consider a bill next week that grants legislators permission to carry concealed firearms. The measure highlights the growing rift between the bureaucratic class and taxpayers who don't have the luxury of exempting themselves from bad laws. Published March 15, 2011

Tugboats bring the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor to dock in San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

EDITORIAL: Shipwrecked by the EPA

Radical greens are using the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan as an excuse to peddle their wacko, pet theories and push for more stringent environmental regulation. Such efforts literally ship U.S. jobs overseas. Published March 15, 2011

The city center sits devastated by a strong earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, in Japan's Iwate Prefecture, on Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

EDITORIAL: Justifying Japanese Judgment Day

The devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan couldn't have been caused by purported man-made global warming. This reality hasn't stopped environmental alarmists from trying to exploit the tragedy to bolster their sagging cause. Published March 15, 2011

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EDITORIAL: Obama's Latest Torture

President Obama is feeling the heat over the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama took unseemly advantage of the accusation that George W. Bush's administration tortured terrorist detainees. Now even an O Force insider is strongly hinting that the administration's conduct toward the individual thought to have leaked thousands of classified documents amounts to torture. Published March 14, 2011

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, confers Thursday with an aide during a hearing, "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." He said it was the first in a series of such hearings. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Muslim wall of resistance

Opponents of New York Republican Rep. Peter King's hearings on domestic Muslim extremism have tried to make the controversy into a civil rights battle. The more the left obfuscates the issue, the more dangerous the threat becomes. Published March 11, 2011

With a gas mask on his head, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, center, gestures as he runs away from tear gas during a protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits at a police base in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. There were no reports of serious violence against the government, but Correa was hospitalized due to the effects of tear gas after being shouted down and pelted with water as he tried to speak with a group of police protesters. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)

EDITORIAL: Stopping the Chevron shakedown

The State Department has done little to help an American corporation battered by a bogus multibillion dollar lawsuit filed in a foreign country. Fortunately, the Obama administration's leadership void was filled Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who issued an injunction barring any collection efforts against Chevron Corp. by Ecuador. Published March 11, 2011

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff William Daley said, "When people comment on military action, most of them have no idea what they're talking about." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: No air strikes from the O Force

The biggest threat from the civil war in Libya is not rising oil prices but declining U.S. credibility. Since President Obama has publicly taken the rebel side in the struggle, it is important that Moammar Gadhafi lose. Despite that message from the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Thursday that the Obama administration isn't ready to make any decisions on taking action. While America dithers, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in support of air strikes to support the Libyan opposition. It's a sad (but no longer rare) day in world affairs when more spine is shown in Paris than Washington. Published March 10, 2011

Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: End ethanol subsidies

As a new slate of presidential candidates prepare to pander to Iowa voters by forcing the rest of the country to pump corn into their gas tanks, a bipartisan backlash is building. Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, and Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Democrat, teamed up Wednesday to introduce legislation to eliminate the 45-cents-per-gallon ethanol tax credit doled out to blenders of this unnecessary and inefficient gasoline additive that costs taxpayers $5.7 billion a year. Published March 10, 2011

Demonstrators rush into the Wisconsin State Capitol Building after entering the building Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011. The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

EDITORIAL: Us vs. them unions

Republicans in the Wisconsin statehouse had enough of Democratic Party antics designed to insulate its union supporter base from the pains of the economic malaise affecting the rest of us. The state Senate voted Wednesday to ban public-sector employees from entering into collective bargaining arrangements. Union thugs encircling the capitol building made a spectacle of themselves as the Assembly turned to consider the bill yesterday. Meanwhile in Washington, congressional Democrats continue to hold out against the most milquetoast of spending-reduction proposals, despite the dire circumstances of the nation's finances. Published March 10, 2011

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, right, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, center, listen as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaks during a business meeting of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: A road to honest budgets

One thing is certain about any large government building project: It's going to be over budget. No matter how bloated the estimates might look upon first glance, they never end up covering the full and final costs involved. We've already seen this with the $4 billion Dulles Metro Rail project where even at this early stage, costs are approaching $7 billion. Published March 9, 2011

Space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Discovery ended its career as the world's most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

EDITORIAL: Grounding American dreams

The return to Earth of Discovery on Wednesday marked the forthcoming end of NASA's space shuttle era and the beginning of an uncertain future for the agency. The venerable spacecraft will be retired with 148 million miles on the odometer, highlighting how the world's premier space organization will soon be grounded as the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight in the spring. Published March 9, 2011

Illustration: NPR faces budget axe by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: NPR hates you

Are you a white, middle class, gun-owning, church-going conservative? Then NPR hates you. This stark but unsurprising revelation came in an undercover investigative video by conservative activist James O’Keefe targeting NPR senior executive Ron Schiller. Mr. Schiller thought he was chatting up Muslim activists promising a $5 million donation to the embattled publicly funded network, and he sought to appeal to them by disparaging people who disagree with his liberal worldview. Published March 9, 2011