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When a Republican lawmaker took issue Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's assessment of proposed funding levels, she noted the "strong difference of opinion." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The administration's honesty deficit

Barack Obama is a president who won a peace prize and took the nation into a new war. It ought not to be a surprise, then, that he would accept an award for his administration's transparency last week as his third-largest agency was raked over the coals by Congress for obstructionism. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee alleged in a report released Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has politicized the way it responds to requests for information from the public and the press. Published April 1, 2011

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson on Tuesday in Warren, Mich., previews the new Chevy Volt, which promises to get 230 miles per gallon in city driving. While the fuel economy is enticing, analysts say the $40,000 price tag would be daunting.

EDITORIAL: Free-market Ford laps Government Motors

Ford Motor Co. beat General Motors in March sales, another small but significant victory of private enterprise over government micromanagement. Since the 2009 government takeover of GM, competition between the two leading domestic auto manufacturers has taken on strong ideological overtones. It serves as an ideal test case, a microcosm of the competition between two worldviews, the automotive equivalent of North vs. South Korea. Right now, the good guys are winning. Published April 1, 2011

Illustration: CFL bulb by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb rights showdown

State lawmakers are fed up with the federal government micromanaging their lives. The South Carolina Senate is scheduled to strike back Tuesday with a bill that asserts the 10th Amendment right of the state to tell Washington to take a hike when it comes to the sale of incandescent light bulbs manufactured within state borders. Published April 1, 2011

"The United States of America cannot afford to bet our long-term prosperity, our long-term security on a resource that will eventually run out, and even before it runs out will get more and more expensive to extract from the ground," President Obama said of oil in an address on energy policy at Georgetown University on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama the Neocon

It's nice to have a neocon back in the White House. With reports of CIA covert action in Libya, emissaries being sent to talk to the rebel government and ongoing air support for the anti-Gadhafi forces, regime change is definitely in the air. All we need to make it official at this point is for the White House to come up with a clunky new euphemism, like "nonpermissive humanitarian governmental transformation," or some such thing. Published March 31, 2011

Illustration: Black Panthers and YouTube by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Lack of Black Panther transparency

The Justice Department continues to do its best to whitewash its involvement in the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case. The department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) wrote Tuesday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar S. Smith to say it found no "misconduct" in Obama administration political appointees overruling career attorneys in dropping most charges and penalties against the individuals who stood menacingly outside a polling place in military-style uniforms, holding nightsticks. Published March 31, 2011

Gas prices are posted Monday in Santa Cruz, Calif. Pump prices have jumped an average of 39 cents per gallon since the Libyan uprising began in mid-February, forcing motorists to pay an additional $146 million per day for the same amount of fuel. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: President pumps politics

President Obama's promise Wednesday to do something about rising gas prices was drowned out by the giant sucking sound of American dollars being funneled into OPEC pockets. Not that many expected his plan to make much difference anyway. A president who, as a candidate, said he didn't mind high fuel prices is not likely to be the one leading the nation toward energy policy sanity. Published March 30, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Schumer the extremist

If only there were an app for Sen. Charles E. Schumer's smartphone that would tell him when there's a reporter on the line waiting to trap him. The New York Democrat was caught unaware that others were listening during a conference call he held with colleagues. Mr. Schumer spoke a bit too liberally about his party's strategy to win the budget battle set to heat up next week. Published March 30, 2011

Committee Chair Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, takes a photo as ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, smiles as they wait for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, to testify on the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 30, 2010.    UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

EDITORIAL: Lead balloon

Rhode Island federal district court nominee John J. "Jack" McConnell Jr. is due for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee today. His nomination should be rejected due to ethical questions about his record. Published March 30, 2011

This image made from video broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, shows Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location. The al Qaeda leader, in a new audio tape posted on Al Jazeera's website Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, threatened to kill French citizens to avenge their country's support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera, File)

EDITORIAL: Al Qaeda to Obama: Thanks

President Obama's advisers give him credit for energizing the Arab revolts and saving the Libyan rebels. For al Qaeda's leadership, this is all a gift from Allah. Published March 30, 2011

When a Republican lawmaker took issue Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's assessment of proposed funding levels, she noted the "strong difference of opinion." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Napolitano: Border better than ever

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano touted her supposed accomplishments in border security on Thursday. Her photo-op on the Mexican border was overshadowed by the one-year anniversary of the violent murder of an Arizona rancher. Published March 29, 2011

President Obama shakes hands with military officers after he spoke about Libya at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Team Obama, world police

President Obama's Monday night speech on the "kinetic military activity" in Libya revealed that he has fully accepted the faddish "responsibility to protect" (R2P) rationale for military intervention abroad. Unfortunately, this action is not just a direct attack on Libya's state sovereignty, but also on America's. Published March 29, 2011

New faces around MLB not all rookies

With four aces, the Philadelphia Phillies are all in. Because if this is the Year of the Pitcher yet again, then Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and their pals should breeze into the World Series bracket and wind up in a parade down Broad Street. Published March 29, 2011

Tim Scott celebrates his victory on Tuesday. He will become the first black Republican congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: It's time to talk growth

Republicans may have the right message when it comes to the urgent need to slash federal outlays, but it's not enough. With so much of the treasury being swallowed by ever-expanding entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, there is no way slimming the discretionary budget alone can get us to the point of solvency. That's why the lack of attention to pro-growth policies in Washington's current budgetary scuffle has been disappointing. Published March 29, 2011

ASSOCIATED PRESS This Nov. 24, 2009 photo, shows the entrance to the DeVry University in Miramar, Fla. Students aren't the only ones benefiting from the billions of new dollars Washington is spending on college aid for the poor. An Associated Press analysis shows surging proportions of both low-income students and the recently boosted government money that follows them are ending up at for-profit schools, from local career colleges to giant publicly traded chains such as the University of Phoenix, Kaplan and Devry.

EDITORIAL: Feds vs. higher ed

The Obama administration's default position always happens to amass more power for big government. An example is the White House's proposed set of new regulations for higher education. Published March 28, 2011

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Former Vice President Al Gore wanted Live Earth to be staged on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, but Senate Republicans blocked a resolution authorizing the show, calling it a "partisan political event."

EDITORIAL: Al Gore's seawater swindle

Eighteen years ago, Al Gore warned that Florida's coastal regions would one day be wiped off the map. "Because of the rising sea level, due to global warming, in the next few decades ... up to 60 percent of the present population of Florida may have to be relocated," Mr. Gore wrote in his book, "Earth in the Balance." A peer-reviewed study published last month by the Journal of Coastal Research suggests the Sunshine State might last a while. Published March 28, 2011

President Obama delivers an address on Libya at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: The president's speech

When King George VI gave his Sept. 3, 1939, war message to the people of the British Empire, it was a time of great moment. It was a "grave hour," he began, "perhaps the most fateful in our history." The king said that "for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war." That, however, was back when war was war. Now it is just kinetic military activity. Published March 28, 2011

**FILE** Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: CBO's toll-road fib

While officially nonpartisan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) occasionally lends its credibility to the most fashionable theories emanating from the left. The agency's green eyeshades issued a report Wednesday that perpetuates one of Washington's biggest lies: that drivers don't pay enough in taxes. Bureaucrats and rent-seeking corporate allies have teamed up to advocate a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. They want continuous tracking of everyone's driving so that every mile can be taxed. Published March 25, 2011

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EDITORIAL: The Keynesian president

Consumers are more depressed about the economy than they have ever been in the past three decades, according to a Reuters-University of Michigan consumer-confidence survey released Friday. The nosedive in the national mood is most striking in the fact that only 21 percent think better times are coming in the year ahead. A rudderless administration presiding over the expansion of counterproductive leftist public policies has suffocated hope. Published March 25, 2011

French air force pilots exit from a Rafale jet fighter at Solenzara 126 Air Base on Corsica island in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday after coming back from a mission to Libya. NATO announced an agreement to take over the command of the U.S.-led air war over Libya, which saved the ragtag resistance that was nearly defeated last week.

EDITORIAL: Obama’s war on 'war'

What if they gave a war and nobody was allowed to say it? The debate over military action in Libya has lately taken an absurd twist, driven by the Obama administration’s bizarre unwillingness to call a war a war. Published March 25, 2011

Illustration: Oil drums by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's overseas oil

It's no surprise that gas prices are on the rise as President Obama returns from his truncated excursion to Rio. The commander in chief has shown more interest in helping Brazilians develop their energy resources than he has in helping ease the pain of Americans stung by spiraling prices at the pump. Published March 24, 2011