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NO MANEUVERING: The presumed House Speaker-to-be John A. Boehner says lawmakers will freely debate raising the debt ceiling. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A bright idea for Boehner

Ohio Republican Rep. John A. Boehner, presumptive speaker for the 112th Congress, ought to thank the Tea Party for handing him an electoral win larger than any other in recent memory. The best way to do so would be to engineer a few short-term public-policy victories that quickly would showcase the difference new House management can make. Published November 11, 2010

Illustration: Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.


There is no bigger threat to America's aviation industry than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In less than a decade, the bureaucratic agency has heightened the hassle involved in taking to the skies. One can only imagine how much longer it will be before the majority of Americans decide they'd be better off hitting the highways. Published November 11, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses while talking to campaign workers at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

EDITORIAL: Reid's $10 billion tunnel to nowhere

The re-election of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a blow to America's quest for cleaner energy. That's because the Nevada senator, in league with President Obama, can proceed with his campaign to short-circuit nuclear power. Published November 11, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question from a journalist during a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on Tuesday November 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Bay ISMOYO, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Muslim wars: A new beginning

Speaking from his boyhood home of Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday, President Obama said, "America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam." His talking point misses the point because Islam is at war with America. Published November 10, 2010

** FILE ** In a Dec. 3, 2009, file photo, Frank Buckles, from West Virginia, 108, appears on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate National Parks subcommittee. Buckles, now 109, America's last surviving World War I veteran and the honorary chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation, said Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, that Congress should pass legislation to create a memorial in the nation's capital honoring veterans of that conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

EDITORIAL: Serving those who served

Frank W. Buckles, age 109, still gives interviews about World War I, of which he is the last living American veteran. By contrast, about 2.08 million American veterans of World War II remain among us, but nearly 1,000 die each day. More than 2.5 million Korean War veterans are still alive, and more than 7.5 million Vietnam vets. Gulf War vets number more than 2.25 million. In all, living veterans from war and peacetime service amount to nearly 24 million, including 1.4 million Americans currently on active duty. This amounts to less than 8 percent of the U.S. population. The other 92 percent of us owe them a debt of gratitude very difficult to repay. Published November 10, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama, greets the Indian delegation present at the airport to see him off in the traditional Indian way of namaste as he leaves for Indonesia at the end of their tour of India, at the airport in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

EDITORIAL: Obama and America's decline

In India on Sunday, President Obama announced the decline of the United States as an economic power. "For most of my lifetime ... the U.S. was such an enormously dominant economic power ... that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms," he lamented. "And now, because of the incredible rise of India and China and Brazil and other countries, the U.S. remains the largest economy and the largest market, but there is real competition." Always ready to underreckon our country abroad, the president concluded that the upside to this relative decline in U.S. fortunes is that "this will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete." Published November 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Unfair blame

When Hollywood decides a former White House aide is fair game for attack, facts don't come into play. History, however, cannot be so cavalier about the truth. The new movie "Fair Game" - based on the outing of CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson during political battles concerning the war in Iraq - is anything but fair or honest. In depicting former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as a sinister point man in a broad effort to destroy Mrs. Wilson's career while concocting a fraudulent case for the war, the movie perpetuates myths that improperly damage U.S. credibility. Published November 9, 2010

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