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Pope Benedict XVI during the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings to the Curia, in the Regia Hall, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Benedict XVI said Monday the Catholic Church must reflect on what is wrong with its message and Christian life in general that allowed for the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

EDITORIAL: Crucifying Christians on Christmas

On Saturday, the world's Christians will join in prayer and celebration of the birth of Jesus. For too many of them, this worshipful act will take place under the threat of imprisonment, torture or execution. Published December 22, 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: Return of the red-light bandits

The blinding roadside flashes familiar to motorists in Maryland and the District will return to Northern Virginia in the new year. A private company completed the installation of red-light cameras last week at two Falls Church intersections: Broad and Cherry streets and Broad Street and Annandale Road. The Arizona-based firm American Traffic Solutions (ATS) will use the devices to issue warning notices until Jan. 18, when it will begin mailing out actual citations. Falls Church officials say this program is about safety; don't believe the propaganda. Published December 21, 2010

A demonstrator holds up a poster that reads in Spanish "We don't want a dictatorship" during a demonstration outside the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked congress Tuesday to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

EDITORIAL: Chavez copies the Pelosi-Reid playbook

The United States isn't the only country suffering a lame-duck power grab. On Friday, Venezuela's outgoing socialist-dominated parliament granted President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months. If democracy is not already dead in Venezuela, it's about to breathe its last breath. Published December 21, 2010

Workers work in a part of the electricity generating plant of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that the U.S. once hoped to stop over fears of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour)

EDITORIAL: EPA's power grab

The federal government is ushering in 2011 with new powers that will jack up energy costs for consumers. In the name of fighting unproven climate-change theories, bureaucrats are pushing through tough new business restrictions on emissions from energy plants that light and heat homes across the country. As a result, Americans in the near future may be forced to pay a hidden tax in their electric bills or, worse, find themselves in the dark and cold. Published December 21, 2010

** FILE ** President Obama (left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the New START nuclear pact at the Prague Castle in Prague on April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's START secrets

The Obama administration is frantically trying to deliver a ratification win on the New START (or START II) nuclear arms treaty. The harder Democrats push the agreement, the more troubling questions arise. Published December 20, 2010

This picture provided by Christie's shows a  1970 oil painting by Herb Davidson of Hugh Hefner.  It is one of 125 items of original art from the Playboy Enterprises archive up for sale at a Dec. 8 auction at Christie's in New York dubbed "The Year of the Rabbit." Nearly all the items in the sale have appeared in Playboy magazine, a cultural icon that helped liberate American sexual mores.(AP Photo/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD.)

EDITORIAL: Barely legal — TV peddles teen sex to girls

Christmas is a time for stories about the virgin birth and an innocent babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. On network TV, however, the babes are anything but innocent as programming pushes sex to America's youth, especially girls. Published December 20, 2010

A passenger at Palm Beach International Airport is patted down by a TSA worker on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Security lines moved quickly the day before Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: TSA comes to your bus stop

The security theater once exclusive to America's airports is now playing at a local Metro station. Washington's Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) on Thursday announced new search policies developed in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "It is important to know that implementation of random bag inspection is not a reaction to any specific threats toward the Metro system," MTPD Chief Michael A. Taborn said in his announcement. Published December 17, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Overcriminalizing everyday life

Two former U.S. attorneys general are urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule in the new Congress to rein in federal criminal charges. It's an important step to protect innocent Americans from the net of an overzealous government leviathan. Published December 17, 2010

This image made available by IntelCenter and taken from a Web site frequently used by militants to disseminate their messages purports to show Mr. Abdulmutallab. In a statement posted on the Web site dated Saturday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the statement, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said Mr. Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group, an alliance of militants based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

EDITORIAL: So now it's terrorism?

First the government said underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not a terrorist. Now bureaucrats say he is. Abdulmutallab's shifting status says a lot about the politics of terrorism in the Obama administration. Published December 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's double bubble

Americans have lost more than $4 trillion in assets since the housing market collapsed in 2006. Risky government mortgage lending regulations helped inflate prices beyond reason, but those policies have not gone away. Instead, they've just moved into a new home, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Unless Congress acts to renovate eligibility requirements for borrowers, we could see an even worse financial disaster unfold. Published December 16, 2010

** FILE ** Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas Republican (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A death panel for government

Ronald Reagan observed that a federal program is the nearest thing to eternal life on this Earth. With President Obama's budget forecasting nearly doubled expenditures by the year 2020, governmental red ink appears equally immortal. Next year, Congress should pilfer an idea from the Texas state legislature that would give wasteful departments the dignified burial they have long deserved. Published December 16, 2010

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should "unfetter his conscience in real time" and resign if Afghanistan troops are increased, Arianna Huffington says.

EDITORIAL: Reality in Afghanistan

The Obama administration yesterday released the unclassified portions of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review, produced by the National Security Staff. The upshot of the report is that things are getting better, but there's a long way to go. Published December 16, 2010

Illustration: Koran

EDITORIAL: The Islamic tsunami

Is an Islamic tidal wave coming? "There is a plan to take over Western civilization," warns David Rubin, "and we need to recognize it for what it is." Mr. Rubin is a native New Yorker who served as mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh. He spoke to The Washington Times about his new book, "The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama" (2010, Shiloh Israel Press). Published December 15, 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, flanked by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to the media in front of the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday, April 14, 2010, following a meeting between President Obama and Congressional leaders. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Lame duck on steroids

When the 20th Amendment was ratified in 1933, it was hailed as a means of doing away with the excesses of lame-duck sessions and making Congress more responsible to voters. Its authors hadn't counted on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published December 15, 2010

Illustration: Obamacare and the states by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Florida whacks Obamacare

Virginia put a whammy on Obamacare this week by winning a federal court ruling saying the "individual mandate" is unconstitutional. Today's oral arguments in a separate case in a Florida federal court promise to make it a double-whammy. Published December 15, 2010

On loan from the National Archives, Delaware's Copy of the Bill of Rights is now on exhibition in the JewelBox Gallery at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover, Del.. Delaware's copy was kept as a Federal record and safely housed for over two hundred years. As a result, the First State's copy of the Bill of Rights is arguably the best preserved copy still in existence. Wednesday, June 20, 2007. (Michael Connor / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Celebrate the Bill of Rights

Today is the national Bill of Rights Day. This commemoration is necessary to help renew appreciation for liberties threatened by Big Government. Published December 14, 2010

HIS POINT: Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says the Obamacare case isn't about health insurance, "it's about liberty." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare oblivion

The U.S. Supreme Court should take the unusual step of bypassing various federal courts of appeal to consider whether the "individual mandate" in Obamacare is unconstitutional. It's important that this action be taken soon because implementation deadlines are looming for major parts of the law. Some provisions, once in place, would be difficult to reverse. Published December 14, 2010

The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama (left) serves food to U.S. airmen and their relatives at Ramstein Airbase in Ramstein, Germany, on Nov. 11, 2010. Michelle Obama makes a series of stops within the Kaiserslautern Military Community on Veterans Day to thank U.S. servicemen and women for their work. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: It takes a vittle

The Obama administration is committed to bringing more government into the lives of Americans. First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the spotlight Monday at the District's Harriet Tubman Elementary School to promote an anti-obesity initiative in service of this goal. She seeks to shift responsibility for feeding America's children away from parents and into the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Published December 14, 2010

Snow falls into the field from a hole in the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.  The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed Sunday after a snowstorm that dumped 17 inches (43 cms) on Minneapolis. No one was hurt, but the roof failure sent the NFL scrambling to find a new venue for the Vikings' game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

EDITORIAL: A cold day in Cancun

The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome came apart Sunday after a blizzard dumped 17 inches of snow on top of the Minneapolis stadium. In the arena of public opinion, global-warming hucksters are seeing an even greater collapse under the weight of winter reality. Published December 13, 2010