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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he doesn't know whether a terrorist can face the death penalty if he or she were to plead guilty to a military commission. (CBS via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Racialist Justice

By now, the default judgment about the Barack Obama-Eric H. Holder Jr. Justice Department is that it discriminates intentionally on the basis of race. By the precise definition used in the American Heritage dictionary, the department is racialist. Published July 15, 2010

Culture Briefs

Michael Moore is an artistic and intellectual thief. Published July 14, 2010

** FILE ** In this May 21, 2010, photo, Rep. Barney Frank (left), Massachusetts Democrat, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, who is Senate Banking Committee chairman, speak to reporters outside the White House after meeting with President Obama on banking-overhaul legislation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EDITORIAL: Quotas by proxy in Dodd-Frank bill

Senators who appear poised today to pass the lumbering, intrusive new financial-institution regulation bill should ask themselves, and be asked by their constituents, if they really want to be on record supporting discrimination imposed by rampaging bureaucrats. Published July 14, 2010

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EDITORIAL: The supercar recession

President Obama broke ground in Columbus, Ohio, last month on the 10,000th road project funded by the Democrats' massive $787 billion stimulus bill. The carefully choreographed event helped kick off the so-called "recovery summer," during which we are expected to believe that the administration's spending binge is curing our economic woes. It would have been more accurate to call this the double-dip summer. Published July 14, 2010

A fan of the Swedish team carries beverages in the second period of a preliminary round men's ice hockey game between Sweden and Finland at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

EDITORIAL: Beware: Swedes jumping the border

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hinted last weekend that even if Arizona's statute on cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws survived a court challenge, his department would find other ways to stop it. "Six months from now, a year from now," he said, the Justice Department might "look at the impact the law has had ... and see whether or not there has been [a] racial-profiling impact. If that was the case, we would have the tools and we would bring suit on that basis." Published July 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Kill the crackers

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People put forward a resolution yesterday formally accusing the Tea Party movement of racism. That's ironic coming from an organization whose mission is to promote the fortunes of one particular racial group. Published July 13, 2010

First lady Michelle Obama jumps rope Wednesday with students in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative aims to increase awareness and decrease the rate of obesity. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Congress to fatten the school lunch program

The House Education and Labor Committee today will consider legislation extending Uncle Sam's reach into what our children eat. Although the $19.2 billion federal child nutrition program already hands out free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and snacks to 32 million kids, the bill under review would open up the freebies to millions more. The Obama administration has pledged another $10 billion in spending over 10 years. Published July 13, 2010

Illustration: Shovel ready trolley (after the style of Fontaine Fox) by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Fenty's death train

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday announced $293 million in federal funding for six transit projects - primarily streetcars - in Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was snubbed in his request for a share of this handout, but the setback is likely to be only temporary. White House nostalgia for obsolete transportation modes is so great that the $1,548,000,000 price tag on Mr. Fenty's trolley scheme will be seen as economically sensible. Published July 12, 2010

** FILE ** Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama threatened by Tea Party

Reality won a rare victory against the White House on Sunday when President Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, admitted that the November 2010 congressional elections will be a tough time for Democrats. "There's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control," he said. "There's no doubt about that." Published July 12, 2010

A boat skims oil in Mobile Bay near workboats and barges that sought refuge in the bay from Hurricane Alex near Dauphin Island, Ala., on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore along the Alabama and Florida coasts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

EDITORIAL: Obama's ban on skimmers

While millions of gallons of oil flow into the Gulf, oil skimmers from many countries are sitting on the sidelines. This includes the world's largest, known as A Whale. The enormous Taiwanese skimmer is as long as three-and-a-half football fields and can collect 500,000 barrels of oily water a day. Such equipment could make a big difference, considering the highest estimates are that 100,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the Gulf each day. Published July 12, 2010

Benigno Aquino, Philippine president, delivers his inaugural speech at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Aquino, who rose from political outsider to Philippine president in less than a year, takes office today pledging to fight poverty, narrow the budget deficit and refrain from raising taxes in a nation trailing its neighbors in economic growth and international investment. Photographer: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: The Philippine moment

Basket-case countries rarely get unambiguous opportunities for real reform. That's what the Philippines has now with the presidency of Benigno Aquino III, who was sworn in on June 30. The stakes are high for Asia's oldest democracy, which long has been mired in civil war, debt, poverty and corruption. Published July 9, 2010

Dr. Donald Berwick, nominated as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been called "a one-man death panel."

EDITORIAL: Obama appointee's prescription for socialism

Barack Obama promised the most open and transparent administration in history. His vow didn't convince him to extend senators the courtesy of listening to their advice and consent on the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Published July 9, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Iran first, Palestinians later

Diplomacy is the art of thinking twice before saying nothing, so the saying goes. Thus, blunt comments from United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba about the desirability of attacking Iran were unusual, especially because he hails from a part of the world where foreign policy is conducted mostly behind the scenes. Published July 9, 2010

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announces on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, that he intends to retire at the end of his term this yea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Unions first, troops last

Funding for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq could be held up by the war brewing on Capitol Hill among congressional Democrats and the White House. When the Senate returns to take up the $45.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill that passed the House on July 1, the central issue to resolve will be how best to appease Big Labor. Published July 8, 2010

Former Taliban fighters stand in line as they surrender their weapons to Afghan authorities in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi)

EDITORIAL: Divide and be conquered

Ambassador Robert Blackwill has proposed an intriguing strategy to split up Afghanistan. The United States would recognize a de-facto partition of the country that would grant the Taliban control of areas in their tribal heartland and concentrate Western development efforts in the rest of the country. Published July 8, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, testifies 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: Kagan's kiss of death

Senators who vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court will need to answer this fall for ignoring legal ethics while contributing to the Obama administration's culture of death. Solicitor General Kagan acted unethically - while an aide to President Clinton and in testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee - to promote the monstrosity known as partial-birth abortion. Published July 8, 2010

Parade goers wave flagsd during the Independence Day parade July 4, 2008 in Wimberley, Texas.  (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

EDITORIAL: The patriotism gap

A new survey shows that Americans, on average, are growing more patriotic. Among some predominantly liberal groups, however, patriotism is on the decline, and the gap between the left and the American public is widening. The two sides of the chasm reflect two distinct views of the United States. Published July 7, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Kagan: for fruits but not for liberty

Liberty as Americans always have understood it appears an alien concept to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings made clear that Solicitor General Kagan views the federal government's power as almost unlimited. Published July 7, 2010

** FILE ** Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures as he discusses this revised state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 14, 2009.

EDITORIAL: California puts the squeeze on bureaucrats

Thousands of California bureaucrats face the prospect of having their lavish paychecks slashed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Full payment will be withheld until lawmakers come to an agreement with the larger-than-life executive on how they're going to pay the state's overdue bills. With Mr. Schwarzenegger's fellow Republicans holding just 42 of the legislature's 120 seats, the Democratic majority has had little motivation to budge from their position. Until now. Published July 7, 2010