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1983 Chrysler Cordoba achieves antique status

Like anyone else in the market for a Chrysler Cordoba in 1983, Norman and Lillian Lee of Oxnard, Calif., could have purchased a plain model that had a base price of about $9,500. Instead, with the assistance of Harbor Chrysler-Plymouth salesman Gordie Williams, they opted for a crimson red beauty loaded with most of the available bells and whistles. Published June 10, 2010

Ford expands alternative-fuel conversion capability

Ford has just informed nearly 500 North American fleet customers that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab. Published June 10, 2010

OnStar, Google partner to expand turn-by-turn navigation

OnStar and Google have reached an agreement that will let OnStar users search for and identify destinations using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service in their vehicles. Published June 10, 2010

Triumph introduces the 2011 Sprint GT

Five years after Triumph introduced the popular 1050cc Sprint ST sports touring bike, the British classic has introduced a new model with greater practicality and more emphasis on the touring aspect of "sports touring" and the Triumph Sprint GT. Published June 10, 2010

Political Scene

SEC imposes new 'circuit-breaker' rules Published June 10, 2010

Culture Briefs

"I'm listening to what I reckon is the saddest piece of classical music ever composed: Schumann's neglected Violin Concerto." Published June 10, 2010

American Scene

ALABAMA: Van der Sloot admitted lying Published June 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's diplomatic flop

During the campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama made light of what he saw as his predecessor-to-be's lack of diplomatic skill. As Wednesday's U.N. Security Council vote on sanctions over Iran's nuclear program showed, Mr. Obama's team could learn a few things about diplomacy from George W. Bush. Published June 10, 2010

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to provide Congress with "all information" on the New Black Panther Party case. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Holder runs from Wolf

The indefatigable Rep. Frank R. Wolf provided plenty of fodder for today's meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The eight-member panel is scheduled to discuss a number of matters, including the ongoing investigation into the New Black Panther voter-intimidation incident. On Tuesday, the Northern Virginia Republican fired off 24 questions about the case to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The congressman, and the commission, deserve answers. Published June 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: FTC dodges Drudge Tax questions

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leaders are attempting to distance themselves from controversial proposals published in a May 24 working paper on "reinventing" the media. The report presents a suite of options through which government could step in and supposedly rescue journalism, most notably by imposing taxes. Published June 10, 2010

Political Scene

WHITE HOUSE: Picnic for Congress features state 'tastes' Published June 9, 2010

President Obama introduces Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his choice for Supreme Court justice in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, May 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's threat to gun owners

President Obama poses a real and present danger to the Second Amendment, and he's working to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will undermine Americans' gun rights. Published June 9, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS
PROBE: Michelle A. Rhee and fiance Kevin M. Johnson are mentioned in a congressional report on the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

EDITORIAL: Obama team honors Walpin-gate transgressor

Only in the Obama administration would a public official sanctioned for a form of malfeasance be honored as a speaker by the same organization that sanctioned him. It helps, of course, when he is a self-proclaimed Friend of the First Couple. It also doesn't hurt that the administration already found it politically convenient to fire the inspector general, Gerald Walpin, who blew the whistle on his misdeeds. Published June 9, 2010

EDITORIAL: Abortion on base

U.S. military hospitals may soon become abortion mills. On May 27, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act that would overturn a long-standing ban on abortions performed in military medical facilities at home and abroad. The amendment was passed by a vote of 15-12 in a closed session. This is another example of a stealth measure that has become a commonplace tactic in a Democratic Congress bent on sneaking through unpopular legislation. Published June 9, 2010

A letter to the White House from Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and a Republican colleague from Indiana, calling for a moratorium on deportation proceedings against illegal-immigrant students, has heartened proponents of comprehensive immigration reform. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Congress takes a swipe at debit card fees

Congressional leaders this week continue to hammer out differences between House and Senate versions of the financial regulatory bill, with aprovision introduced by Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, causing particular heartburn. Members privately express anger at being forced to choose sides between major retailers and the bankers, who are in up arms over "interchange rates" - the fees that make the credit- and debit-card system work. Consumers are left in the crossfire. Published June 8, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

EDITORIAL: Angry Man Obama

HBO's Bill Maher recently voiced his disappointment in President Obama's handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig disaster. "This is where I want a real black president," the not-so-funny comic said. "I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants." Filmmaker Spike Lee also voiced his frustration with our unflappable president last week when he said, "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster." Published June 8, 2010

Solicitor General Elena Kagan speaks during the annual meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association & Judicial Conference of the 7th Circuit on Monday, May 3, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's 'full faith' in same-sex marriage

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has a dubious history when it comes to forcing states to accept marriages that contradict their own laws. As senators prepare for her confirmation hearings, one fundamental question that needs to be asked is: Would Ms. Kagan as a high court justice try to resurrect the same discredited legal theory she embraced in 1988 as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? Published June 8, 2010

President Barack Obama makes a statement after he is briefed on the BP oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region, Friday, June 4, 2010, at Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Double, double, oil and trouble

The Deepwater Horizon explosion that triggered leakage of millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf waters since April 20 has provided President Obama with a timely excuse for advancing the objectives of rent-seeking environmentalists. Instead of focusing on ways to assist the effort to plug the leak, Mr. Obama is taking advantage of the crisis to turn down the oil spigot on projects that are not leaking. This misguided policy is going to cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. Published June 7, 2010

Thomas

EDITORIAL: Hag gagged

Play the end of the movie "Schindler's List" backward - the compelling scene in which refugees emerge from the hell of the Holocaust to freedom in Israel - and you will get a glimpse into the tortured mind of Helen Thomas. Published June 7, 2010