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Iran, headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is one of the world's leading oil exporters but is lacking in refining capacity. Sanctions being developed in Congress are aimed at companies that sell Iran gasoline or refining equipment, but President Obama wants some exclusions. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Hitting Tehran in the tank

Three years ago, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asserted that Iran must be compelled to negotiate seriously regarding its nuclear-weapons program. He described this approach as "the only one that would prevent a catastrophic alternative: the Iranian bomb, or bombing Iran." Today, the Islamic regime is closer than ever to nuclear capability, and the international community still lacks a coherent plan to force Iran to the table. Published July 22, 2010

Editorial cartoon, December 2

EDITORIAL: Global warming's unscientific attitude

What separates a scientific claim from mere opinion is its ability to be tested by experiment. No true scientist objects to having his theories verified; the charlatan is the one with something to hide. Not surprisingly, purveyors of global warming have proved anything but open. Published July 21, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo taken June 28, 2010, job seekers wait in line to register and attend a National Career Fair in San Francisco. Initial claims for unemployment  benefits rose for the second time in three weeks last week, a sign that layoffs are rising.

EDITORIAL: Unemployment benefits to extend malaise

As long as President Obama is committed to treating the symptoms - not the causes - of the economic malaise, recovery will remain elusive. No better example of this can be found than his regular insistence on extending unemployment benefits. Published July 21, 2010

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi holds his prisoner release papers Thursday as he walks up stairs to board an airplane bound for Tripoli at Glasgow International Airport in Glasgow, Scotland. He was released on compassionate grounds Thursday by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: BP's terrorist

Mercy for terrorists is a mistake. Almost a year ago, 57-year-old former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland where he was serving a 27-year minimum term for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. The convicted terrorist was said to be suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had three months to live. He was set free on compassionate grounds so he could die with dignity in his homeland, among his family. The tragedy is that al-Megrahi's health miraculously improved when he returned to Libya, and he is still alive months after his projected expiration date. Published July 21, 2010

A Marine holds up posthumous medals of honor to be presented to the family of a fallen soldier during the Remembering the Brave Ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Friday, October 23, 2009. (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Medals of Dishonor

Attention, phony war heroes: Dust off those surplus uniforms and shine up those medals awarded by eBay. Published July 20, 2010

Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman speaks at the National Press Club Tuesday. It was "a big day" as the Bush administration submitted a formal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build a waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nev., Mr. Bodman said.

EDITORIAL: Obama appeals to a higher power

President Obama is looking for help in collaring American nuclear power. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reconsider its refusal to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project. In doing so, Mr. Obama continues his relentless quest to throttle this politically incorrect form of clean energy while pretending to sustain it. Published July 20, 2010

A lawyer reviews his notes during a lunch break in a trial. Maya Alleruzzo/ The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Lawyers, goons and money

The autocratic nature of the Obama administration becomes ever more clear with each end run around Congress and each attempt to bully state legislatures and private companies into submission. Published July 20, 2010

Vice-President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch as President Barack Obama delivers a speech about health care reform to a joint session of Congress. 
(Katie Falkenberg / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Winning in Afghanistan

In June 2005, before becoming speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "The war in Afghanistan is over," making the case that Guantanamo detainees should therefore be released. It was a political ploy unconnected to the reality of Afghanistan. Five years later, U.S. combat fatalities in Afghanistan are five times higher. Published July 19, 2010

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, met with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill last week. Not since 1972 has a president chosen someone for the high court who hasn't been a judge.

EDITORIAL: Strange Graham-Kagan dance

It's troubling that Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is openly considering a favorable vote on the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The nominee has acted contrary to several matters particularly close to the senator's core values. Published July 19, 2010

Veteran Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania discusses his switch to the Democratic Party at the White House with President Barack Obama, left, in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Specter said "I think that I can be of assistance to you, Mr. President. ... There are a lot of big issues we're tackling now that I've been deeply involved in." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Specter's vote for an Obama job?

It appears lame-duck Sen. Arlen Specter, sometime-Democrat from Pennsylvania, hasn't had enough of the Obama administration's job-for-politics merry-go-round. Not one to go gentle into that good night, Mr. Specter is angling to be a special envoy to Syria. At the same time, he is abandoning his own standards in order to support the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, all while giving the cold shoulder to Sept. 11 victim families even though those victims are trying to help his own legislation. Published July 19, 2010

Culture Briefs

"When you say to people in New York: 'I think were going to go do our show in Vegas,'" Published July 19, 2010

Culture Briefs

"Queen Rania of Jordan has turned down several offers to publish a Hebrew version of a children's book she recently wrote. The book, which was published in the United States by Hyperion under the title 'The Sandwich Swap' for children between 4 and 8 years old, was co-written with Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Published July 18, 2010

Black tape covers the badge of a United States Border Patrol Agent in the wake of the murder of agent Robert Rosas Friday, July 24, 2009, in Chula Vista., Calif. Agent Rosas was shot and killed late Thursday night in a confrontation on the border. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

EDITORIAL: Where the fear and the antelope play

The battle to stem the flow of humanity across our southern border is hung up by concern for an endangered species. When the dust settles, curbing illegal immigration would be best for the two- and four-legged residents of America's Southwest. Published July 16, 2010

NEGOTIATING? Afghan President Hamid Karzai, here with U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus in April, reportedly has met with al Qaeda-affiliated groups, perhaps about a government in Kabul. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: How about a war on terrorism

Shouldn't terrorist groups be called terrorist groups? This question is at the center of a new dispute over the future course of the effort in Afghanistan. Pakistan has been promoting dialogue between the Afghan government and some of the most militant extremist groups; the United States would rather see the terrorists defeated. Published July 16, 2010


EDITORIAL: The Kenya connection

The Kenyan president wants a new constitution, one that opens the door to abortion on demand. President Obama is willing to use U.S. taxpayer dollars to persuade voters to approve the updated governing document, which would loosen regulations designed to protect the unborn, establish Muslim family courts and create a right to homosexual marriage. It's not unusual that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki would see enactment of the provisions as a "government project," but Mr. Obama is on shaky legal ground when he commits U.S. government resources to it. Published July 16, 2010

2011 Shelby GT500 reaches new levels

Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineers are taking high performance to a new level with the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, resulting in a car that has an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever. Published July 15, 2010

** FILE ** Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., outside the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Enabling unemployment

The debt Democrats are piling up hasn't fixed the economy. Obama administration policies have only delayed recovery and increased unemployment. Published July 15, 2010