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EDITORIAL: Canada cools to global warming

Canada has flat-out rejected the proposals pushed at the United Nations' annual global-warming summit in South Africa. This could be the start of a trend of countries dumping environmentalist fashion statements and returning to rational energy policies. If only the United States would do the same. Published December 6, 2011

Veterans Committee votes Santo into Hall

Ron Santo always kept rooting for the causes dearest to him for his Chicago Cubs to win the World Series, for doctors to find a cure for diabetes and for him to reach the Hall of Fame. Published December 5, 2011

Texans' Johnson has 'mild' hamstring injury

Andre Johnson has a "mild" left hamstring injury, though Houston coach Gary Kubiak couldn't say if his star receiver would play at Cincinnati this weekend. Published December 5, 2011

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a United Russia party congress in Moscow on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at which he formally was nominated as the party's candidate for president in next March's election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

EDITORIAL: The czar who bleeds

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suffered a setback last weekend on his march to resume the Russian presidency. The weak showing for his United Russia party in Sunday's parliamentary elections raised questions whether his return to high executive office will be as smooth as expected. Published December 5, 2011

Illustration: Jobs by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The 8.6 percent illusion

The Obama administration received a welcome gift from the Bureau of Labor of Statistics (BLS) on Friday. The government's official unemployment figure dipped to 8.6 percent in November, a rather surprising turn given that the economy added a paltry 120,000 new jobs that month. That's the first tip-off that the scenario isn't rosy. President Obama shouldn't break out the Cristal champagne quite yet. Published December 5, 2011

American Scene

The iced-in city of Nome on Alaska's western coast may be in luck: A Russian tanker that can plow through thick ice will try to deliver 1.5 million gallons of home heating fuel, gasoline and diesel fuel after a massive storm kept a barge from getting in before winter. Published December 5, 2011

Economy Briefs

The unemployment rate, which has refused to budge from the 9 percent neighborhood for 2 1/2 frustrating years, suddenly dropped in November, driven in part by small businesses that finally see reason to hope and hire. Published December 4, 2011

American Scene

Megachurch leader Bishop Eddie Long announced Sunday that he is taking time off to focus on his family after his wife filed for divorce. Published December 4, 2011

Rep. Nathan Deal, Georgia Republican (AP Photo/Gainsville Times, Tom Reed)

EDITORIAL: Nobody wants toll lanes

It takes a certain kind of genius to come up with the most unpopular idea in all of politics. A few years ago, Virginia's then-Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, developed a scheme to lease part of Interstate 95 to an Australian company so it could impose a tax on the commonwealth's drivers for the next 75 years. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican, is prepared to give final approval to this misguided high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane proposal. Before he does so, he ought to talk to his Georgia counterpart. Published December 2, 2011

An Egyptian election official waits for the opening of ballot boxes at a vote-counting center in Cairo on Tuesday. "These elections are completely different from anything we've had before," said taxi driver Mohammed Farouk. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Egyptian women, stock up on scarves

It was a strange scene in Cairo Thursday as the head of the country's election commission convened a press conference to announce the results of this week's first round of parliamentary elections. Abdul Moiz Ibrahim hailed the 62 percent turnout in the compulsory poll as the best showing "since the time of the pharaohs" - rulers not known for their belief in participatory government. Mr. Ibrahim alluded vaguely to problems in counting the ballots. Just as Mr. Ibrahim was expected to deliver the results, he abruptly left the room. "I have no more energy," he said, "I've run out of gas." Published December 2, 2011

John Walsh will return to the air Friday when "America's Most Wanted" makes its Lifetime premiere after spending 23 years on Fox. (Associated Press)

Tuning in to TV

John Walsh is rallying America against the nation's bad guys again. Published December 1, 2011

Inside Politics

House Speaker John A. Boehner has pressed President Obama to review the automatic spending cuts set to be triggered by last week's failure of the defunct debt-reduction supercommittee and to work with Congress to develop a Plan B. Published December 1, 2011

Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. comments Wednesday about his recent trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Pakistan. He is known as a talkative politician, but as a child, he needed to overcome a terrible stutter. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Yes, Mr. Biden, victory in Iraq

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the Obama administration is "not claiming victory" in Iraq. That's good, because the administration had nothing to do with it. Published December 1, 2011

Illustration: Canada and freedom

EDITORIAL: Canada or eurozone?

Fitch Ratings thinks the United States is still a AAA country, but its optimism disappeared this week. The credit evaluator downgraded the outlook for the U.S. economy to negative despite the recent bump in consumer spending and a slight improvement in employment numbers for November. It's hard to look at the inability of Congress to come up with credible spending cuts without a feeling of impending doom. Published December 1, 2011

Illustration: Iran nukes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The shadow war against Iran

Force is being used to attempt to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. On Monday, an explosion rocked the city of Isfahan in western Iran, site of a conversion facility that prepares uranium for enrichment at other sites. Conflicting reports attributed the explosion to either an accident at a gas station or a military training incident, or they denied it even happened. Published November 30, 2011

Economy Briefs

The economy expanded at a slow-to-moderate pace in most areas of the country during the past two months, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. A modest pickup in consumer spending, tourism and manufacturing drove the growth. Published November 30, 2011

Briefly: Africa

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday charged former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo with murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts, crimes allegedly committed as his backers fought brutal battles to keep him in power after last year's elections. Published November 30, 2011

World Scene

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' government narrowly dodged a full-blown cash crisis after Israel agreed Wednesday — under intense international pressure — to resume the transfer of $100 million a month in frozen tax funds. Published November 30, 2011

Sports Briefs

D.C. United bolstered their beleaguered defensive corps Tuesday, acquiring veteran right back Robbie Russell from Real Salt Lake for a third-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft. Published November 29, 2011