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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

Inside Politics

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

Inside Politics

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)

Tuning in to TV

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

** FILE ** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Religious freedom losing its ring

Two Tibetan monks immolated themselves in western China on Sept. 26 to protest religious repression, a shocking reminder that attempting to smother the flame of religious freedom only make it burn brighter. Nevertheless, while religious adherents forfeit their lives overseas, Congress is close to snuffing out the organization dedicated to preserving the very same religious impulse that ignited the founding of this nation. That would be a mistake. Published October 5, 2011

Inside Politics

Herman Cain is surging in the polls and on the best-seller charts. Published October 4, 2011

A large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, effectively shutting parts of it down, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in New York. Police arrested dozens while trying to clear the road and reopen for traffic. (AP Photo/Will Stevens)

EDITORIAL: Anarchy in the USA

The Occupy Wall Street protest is reminiscent of the scene in the 1953 film "The Wild One" where a young woman asks a motorcycle gang leader played by Marlon Brando, "Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?" Brando deadpans, "Whaddya got?" Published October 4, 2011

Economy Briefs

Gold fell Tuesday as traders begin to doubt that prices can stay near the high they reached this summer. Published October 4, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (right), greets Lorren Leadmon, an ATF intelligence operations specialist, before the hearing Tuesday about the fallout from "Operation Fast and Furious." At left is Carlos Canino, ATF acting attache to Mexico.

EDITORIAL: Fast and felonious

The "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe is creeping closer to the Obama White House. It appears administration officials were willing to sign off on just about anything to accomplish their ends, and the result of this botched operation has has been over a hundred dead. Someone needs to be held accountable. Published October 3, 2011

**FILE** In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's illegal assassination?

The White House hoped terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki's death last week by CIA drone would give the president a political boost. However, questions about the legality of the airstrike have overshadowed the event and put President Obama in a political bind. Published October 3, 2011

Inside Politics

The Pentagon's No. 2 official says that spending on cyberdefense programs and counterterrorism operations is likely to remain stable or possibly rise, even as the Defense Department looks for more than $450 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. Published October 3, 2011