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Soldiers prepare to participate in a Veteran's Day wreath-laying ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama, wife Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and wife Jill Biden, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, November 11, 2009.    (Allison Shelley/  The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: General Orders No. 11

Memorial Day has many roots. There are numerous competing claims for the first "Decoration Day," as the holiday was known in the years after the Civil War. But the first large-scale observance took place on May 30, 1868, at the behest of Illinois congressman and former Union Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. Published May 28, 2010

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A statue of President Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Capitol's Rotunda.

EDITORIAL: Maintain peace by staying strong

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember. Published May 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: The glory of war

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Published May 28, 2010

Correction

Due to an editing error, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Kansas Republican, was mistakenly listed in a May 28 story as a focus of a federal grand jury investigation into the award of earmarks involving The PMA Group, a now-defunct lobbying firm, and its clients. In February, the House Ethics Committee cleared House Appropriations defense subcommittee members, including Mr. Tiahrt, of any wrongdoing in the matter. Published May 28, 2010

Political Scene

CONGRESS: Democrats focus on jobless aid Published May 27, 2010

Porsche 911 ranked number one in vehicle satisfaction

Atlanta, GA | In a survey of 42,000 owners rating their new 2010 model year cars and trucks, Porsche owners have ranked the 911 as the best sports car in satisfying customers, according to the 14th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) by AutoPacific Published May 27, 2010

Ford aims to help reduce the carbon footprint

Ford Motor Company, building on its success in measuring and reducing its own carbon footprint, today announced plans to survey 35 top global suppliers on their energy use and estimated greenhouse gas emissions. Published May 27, 2010

Sex and the City 2 features Mercedes-Benz and Maybach

Sex and the City style icons Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are back and the four friends remain true to their exclusive lifestyle as they escape from the city and find themselves embarking on adventures in the ultra-luxurious Maybach and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV. Published May 27, 2010

** FILE ** Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican

EDITORIAL: Obama's financial Frankenstein

The oil spill in the Gulf isn't the only calamity the administration is ignoring. As a result of the BP accident, anywhere from $400,000 to $7 million worth of crude oil is leaking into the ocean each day, threatening widespread environmental damage. A much larger leak - $232 million per day - has come from taxpayer vaults since Sept. 7, 2008, when mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came seeking the first billion-dollar patch for their fiscal mismanagement. And there's no plug in sight for that gusher. Published May 27, 2010

** FILE ** A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter with the Charlie Company, Task Force Talon, takes off at a forward operating base south of Marjah, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EDITORIAL: The U.N. gun grabber

American gun owners might not feel besieged, but they should. This week, the Obama administration announced its support for the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. This international agreement poses real risks for freedom both in the United States and around the world by making it more difficult - if not outright illegal - for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Published May 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: The 9/11 mosque

The area around the former World Trade Center is a sacred space. It is a place where thousands of Americans' lives were taken by the purveyors of a hostile ideology based on Islam. The Cordoba House, a 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center planned for a site near Ground Zero, is at best inappropriate, and at worst an attempt to hijack the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Published May 27, 2010

Political Scene

HOUSE: Bill to help sick 9/11 responders advances Published May 26, 2010

Culture briefs

[Ayaan] Hirsi Ali writes beautifully and with an unerring critical precision. Contrasting the Western nuclear family with the suffocating family structure in Somalia. Published May 26, 2010

Sen. Jeff Sessions (left), Alabama Republican, and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat

EDITORIAL: Sexual sadism, unleaded

At least two controversial judicial nominations are scheduled for votes tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Published May 26, 2010

Gerald Walpin

EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate reopens

Republican senators ought to place an open and immediate hold upon the nomination of Jon A. Hatfield as inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The legislative hold is necessary not to question Mr. Hatfield's fitness for the job, but to insist that the job itself should not yet be deemed open. The former inspector general (IG), the improperly dismissed Gerald Walpin, filed a motion in court May 20 to force a judge to stop ignoring his lawsuit for reinstatement. Until he receives his day in court, no replacement should be confirmed. Published May 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's oily Katrina

Back in 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama critiqued the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina. "There is not a sense of urgency out of this White House and this administration," he declared, two years after the disaster struck. Now, more than a month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, with a massive oil spill making landfall on the Gulf coast, Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal is the one calling for "more urgency." The only rush in Washington is over where to shift the blame. Published May 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama to Okinawa: Abandon hope and change

Anti-military activists overseas are learning what American peaceniks have found out over the course of the past 18 months: Despite President Obama's feel-good rhetoric, strategic realities sometimes do win out over peace-movement platitudes. Published May 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's 'blame others' approach

For those who ask "What would Barack do?" the answer is: Blame private enterprise. President Obama continues to vent anger at BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, for the Gulf oil spill. All the while, he has been sitting on his own hands for over a month. Published May 25, 2010

** FILE ** Carol M. Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been President Obama's adviser for energy and climate change. White House officials on Monday confirmed she will leave that post. (AP Photo, File)

EDITORIAL: Tax dollars perpetuate global-warming fiction

With public faith in the global-warming myth on the wane, leftist zealots are desperate to spin a new tale - and they're spending your tax money to do it. Three years ago, Congress appropriated $5,856,600 for the National Academy of Sciences to complete a climate-change study. This bureaucratic attempt to cook the books, which was completed last week, may be too late to save this dying religion. Published May 25, 2010