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EDITORIAL: Still waiting for that middle-class tax cut

Almost 1 1/2 years into Barack Obama's pres- idency, we're still waiting for that mid-dle-class tax cut that he promised during the campaign. "Here's what I can tell the American people: 95 percent of you will get a tax cut," Mr. Obama said in the first presidential debate. "And if you make less than $250,000, less than a quarter-million dollars a year, then you will not see one dime's worth of tax increase." Published June 29, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's kabuki theater

The most important question members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is, "Who do you think you are kidding?" Published June 29, 2010

President Obama speaks during his closing press conference Sunday at the G20 summit in Toronto. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Calling the president's bluff on deficits

Sunday's close to the Group of 20 summit in Toronto opened a new window into President Obama's thinking on the deficit. In a response to a press question about what concrete steps the U.S. would take to reduce its growing debt burden, Mr. Obama promised future cuts - while at the same time preaching the benefits of massive short-term "stimulus" spending to the troubled European nations. The message may have been muddled, but the president's words were forceful. Published June 29, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the resignation of Army General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, while Army General David Petraeus listens at right, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Obama said McChrystal will be replaced by Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia and the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy the U.S. is pursuing in Afghanistan. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: Obama's muddled Afghan obsession

Confusion reigns over the administration's Afghanistan policy, particularly regarding the timetable for withdrawal of American forces. "There has been a lot of obsession" about the issue, President Obama explained over the weekend. If people are preoccupied with the topic, the president only has himself to blame. Published June 28, 2010

Senator Robert and Erma Byrd on May 28, 1987. ( Shayna Brennan / The Washington Times )

EDITORIAL: Bye, Bye Byrd

It is customary to avoid speaking ill of the newly deceased, so perhaps the less admirable elements of the life and career of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd are better left to be examined at a later date. The West Virginia Democrat died yesterday at age 92. Set aside, for now, his background as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his outrageous pork-barreling and his general liberal-blowhard tendencies. Instead, Americans today can respect Mr. Byrd's devotion to Senate traditions, even when they ran contrary to his own political desires. Published June 28, 2010

** FILE ** In this Sept. 29, 2009, file photo, the Supreme Court poses for a portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated, from left are: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak. File )

EDITORIAL: The new battleground for gun rights

The Supreme Court yesterday gunned down the Windy City's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment rights of its residents. In the closely divided McDonald v. Chicago decision, the justices expanded on 2008's District of Columbia v. Heller ruling by making it clear that the right of the people to keep and bear arms applies in all 50 states, not just federal enclaves like the District. Law-abiding gun owners can find a lot to celebrate in this decision. Published June 28, 2010

Associated Press
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points to some oil as he talks to reporters while touring the site where workers are building barriers to keep oil from entering wetlands near Grand Isle, La.

EDITORIAL: Obama bureaucracy soils the Gulf

The Obama administration's red tape continues to tie the hands of individuals seeking to mitigate the effects of the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a sign of how out-of-touch the O Force's priorities have become. Published June 25, 2010

This is a high efficiency compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb grabbers at it again

In the midst of an economic crisis, troubles in Afghanistan and various terrorist threats around the globe, the last thing on the minds of Americans is the light bulb. That didn't stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month from releasing 91 pages of regulations that will force manufacturers to revise their packaging and make costly compact fluorescent bulbs appear more appealing to consumers. Published June 25, 2010

In this undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, hand guns that prosecutors say belonged to Washington Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arena are shown. Prosecutors say Arenas tried to pressure teammate Javaris Crittenton into covering up their locker-room confrontation in December. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh has advocated for a three-month jail sentence for Arenas. Arenas' lawyer is arguing for probation and community service. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, March 26. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia)

EDITORIAL: Gun grabbers treat criminals as victims

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Violence Policy Center (VPC) are peddling the notion that concealed-handgun permit holders are a danger to society. Last month, the center released a report claiming that in the past three years, 166 people were killed by holders of concealed-weapon permits. A closer look at the evidence suggests that many of the so-called victims of gun violence were criminals. Because more than 6 million Americans hold permits, it is important to set the record straight. Published June 25, 2010

The 'New Car' experience

Nissan Motors has just entertained nearly 500 potential customers to preview the world's first mass-production, 100% electric, zero-emission car - Nissan LEAF - at the company's Oppama test track in Japan. Published June 24, 2010

VW debuts 2011 sophisticated Jetta

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced the world debut of itsall-new 2011 Jetta, delivering style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance, all at an extremely accessible price. Published June 24, 2010

New breed of Mustang spotlighted in 2011 campaign

A new breed of Mustang takes center stage in a Ford ad campaign designed to attract even more sports car fans to the iconic brand. As part of the campaign, the TV ad also includes an appearance by the new DUB Edition Ford Mustang V-6, which is available this fall. Published June 24, 2010

Foreign Korean War veterans and their family members look at a map of the two Koreas' borderland on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War at an observation post in Paju near the border village of Panmunjom, the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, June 24, 2010. During the war, the United States and 15 other countries fought alongside South Korea under the U.N. flag against North Korean and Chinese troops. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

EDITORIAL: Our ongoing war in Korea

The North Korean government yesterday threatened to exact more severe punishment against captive American Christian human rights activist Aijalon Gomes if the United States keeps pressing to censure Pyongyang for sinking a South Korean warship. North Korea's government news agency said, "if the U.S. persists in its hostile approach toward the DPRK," it will "naturally be compelled to consider the issue of applying a wartime law to him," which could include the death penalty. Published June 24, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico Democrat, on Capitol Hill. Newly released e-mails from Elena Kagan's time as an aide to President Clinton portray the Supreme Court nominee as a driven and highly opinionated person with a flair for political tactics and little tolerance for high-flying rhetoric.

EDITORIAL: The case against Kagan

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is too political, too leftist, too inexperienced and too disrespectful towards existing law to be confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. As Ms. Kagan's nomination hearings begin on Monday, what we now know about her should disturb fair-minded Americans, and should embolden moderate senators of both parties to avoid rubber-stamping her for a lifetime appointment. Published June 24, 2010

** FILE ** President Obama, followed by, from second from left, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: McChrystal's final agony

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ended his military career with a self-inflicted wound. He's the victim of a needless crisis in which President Obama seems more defensive than decisive. Published June 23, 2010

Job seekers line up to register at a City of Miami Job Fair in Miami on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. The Obama administration is predicting little improvement in the nation's unemployment rate by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

EDITORIAL: Revisionist history on unemployment

The Obama administration claims it bears no responsibility for America's persistently high unemployment rate. At least that's what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in a press briefing last week. President Obama went further in his Saturday morning radio address, accusing Republicans of making life difficult for the jobless millions. Don't believe the hooey. Published June 23, 2010

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his inaugural address during a ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

EDITORIAL: New Jersey tax revolt

It's crunch time for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican newcomer won a surprise victory last year over incumbent Democrat Jon S. Corzine in a state where President Obama enjoyed a 15-point edge. It was Mr. Christie's signature campaign issue, tax reform, that brought him to the statehouse. Now the former U.S. Attorney has less than a month left to get his proposed constitutional amendment limiting property taxes onto the November ballot. Published June 23, 2010

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

EDITORIAL: Pelosi needs to diet

Fat Albert could pretend he wasn't breaking his diet if he refused to count the calories he ate - but that wouldn't make him any less dangerously bloated. By analogy, that's what the House Democratic leadership did by announcing yesterday that it won't pass any federal budget resolution this year. It's a stunningly irresponsible decision. Published June 22, 2010