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Illustration: Bernanke's twist by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The 2012 economy

Consumer confidence is at the highest level it's been since the recession officially ended in February. Many financial analysts share the optimistic outlook. An Associated Press poll of economists projected higher growth for the U.S. economy in 2012. The bad news is that the positive growth figure is contingent on Europe's economic situation remaining relatively stable - and that's not likely. Published December 28, 2011

** FILE ** A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller (right) as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee in a scene from the 1932 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man." A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah died Saturday of kidney failure at age 80. (AP Photo/File)

Taking Names: Did 'Cheetah' die?

A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at age 80. But other accounts call that claim into question. Published December 28, 2011

AMC's "Hell on Wheels," a Western starring Anson Mount and Common, has been renewed for another season. (Courtesy AMC)

Tuning in to TV

It's official: AMC has renewed "Hell on Wheels" for a second season. Published December 28, 2011

Sports Briefs

Bucks forward Drew Gooden will miss Milwaukee's first home game for his flagrant foul in the season opener. Published December 27, 2011

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: The Pez-dispenser presidency

It was just over three years ago that Barack Obama echoed the words of great men in his much-ballyhooed speech on race: "We the people, in order to form a more perfect Union ... ." That occasion was guaranteed to chart a new course for the country, all to no avail. Despite being promoted as a "landmark" occasion, not even the most ardent liberal can recite a poignant line or concrete result from the event. That's because Mr. Obama dispenses supposedly momentous addresses like a Pez dispenser. Published December 27, 2011

Illustration: Obama and Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama: Entangled by Islam

It's no longer news that President Obama's vaunted outreach to Islam has been a bust. Numerous polls over the past three years have shown that after a brief flurry of enthusiasm, regard for the United States among the world's Muslims has declined precipitously. In some key countries, dislike for America is even lower than it was at the end of the administration of George W. Bush, whom liberal critics deemed culturally illiterate. Published December 27, 2011

World Scene

A ballistic missile that is to be a cornerstone of Russia's nuclear arsenal has completed its rocky test program and will be commissioned by the military, President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday during a meeting with military officers. Published December 27, 2011

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, delivers remarks on the energy bill, Monday, June 29, 2009, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: The dirty politics of clean energy

Disturbing revelations continue to emerge about how more than half a billion dollars of taxpayer dollars were shoveled into the Solyndra solar-panel boondoggle. It is becoming increasingly clear that the only "green" involved in this scandal is money. Published December 26, 2011

World Scene

Japan's response to the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 tsunami was confused and riddled with problems, including an erroneous assumption an emergency cooling system was working and a delay in disclosing dangerous radiation leaks, a report revealed Monday. Published December 26, 2011

Inside Politics

Vice President Joseph R. Biden reached out to Iraq's leaders to discuss recent violence there and the country's tenuous political climate. Published December 25, 2011

Briefly: Europe

Queen Elizabeth II has stressed the importance of family and friendship in her annual, pre-recorded Christmas message to the nation. Published December 25, 2011

World Scene

Authorities in Iran said Sunday they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead. Published December 25, 2011

Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo against the country's military ruling council on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

EDITORIAL: Being Christian is a death sentence

Persecuted Christians are fleeing from the Middle East in increasing numbers. The United States should open its doors to them as a guaranteed safe haven. Published December 22, 2011

Inside Politics

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it difficult for him to attend his approaching criminal trial over misuse of campaign finances and is asking for it to be delayed. Published December 22, 2011

In this photo released by CBS, host David Letterman, right, and comic Jay Thomas get ready to throw footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree during the annual Late Show Holiday Quarterback Challenge on the set of "Late Show with David Letterman," airing Thursday, Dec. 23, 2011 on the CBS Television Network. Thomas and Letterman each take turns tossing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock off the giant meatball perched at its top. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

Tuning in to TV

Think holiday traditions and mistletoe, eggnog and caroling come to mind. David Letterman's Christmas includes target practice at a giant meatball, the Lone Ranger and singer Darlene Love. Published December 22, 2011

American Scene

A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule on Wednesday when two female sailors became the first to share the coveted "first kiss" on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea. Published December 21, 2011

** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI visits the Nativity scene after a New Year's Eve Vespers service at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2008.

EDITORIAL: Of God and Grinches

Along with the Christmas season comes the annual uprising of atheistic Grinches determined to spoil it. They might get some satisfaction out of wrecking a few nativity scenes, but their long-range goal of expunging religion from American society isn't going to happen: The search for God is innate. Published December 21, 2011

** FILE** (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Hatey holidays

The holiday season brings out the best in people: kindness, generosity and hope for the new year. Unfortunately, for a small but strident group of malcontents, it is the season to engage in public displays of anti-religious bigotry that borders on hate speech. Published December 21, 2011

Quarterback Tim Tebow has led Denver to five wins in his six starts, putting the Broncos in the thick of the AFC West race. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gen. Washington's Christmas Hail Mary

Long before there was Tim Tebow, there was George Washington. It is well documented that the act of Te-bowing (i.e., kneeling in prayer) was done by our nation's first president. Painter Arnold Friberg's "Prayer at Valley Forge" immortalized Gen. Washington in the snow-covered woods, bent down on one knee and praying for God's assistance. In the grim days of America's War for Independence, with weary soldiers up against long odds, the nation needed a come-from-behind fourth-quarter victory. Published December 21, 2011

American Scene

A Massachusetts man was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to help al Qaeda and plotting to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. Published December 20, 2011