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A Syrian protester holds the national flag in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during a vigil calling for President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

EDITORIAL: The Nobama Doctrine

President Obama's penchant to frame his actions in lofty terms places him in a position of having to explain why his moral compass is so selective. The contrasting U.S. policies toward Libya and Syria expose Mr. Obama's moral conundrum. Published April 27, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama shows off his golf form. He took advantage of a canceled trip to Poland to play on In April 2010 at Andrews Air Force Base. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Birth certificate isn't Obama's only secret

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. For over two years, the president has resisted pressure to divulge this simple biographical information, which proves he's a natural-born citizen. The belated White House release of the "long form" birth certificate answers one constitutional issue, but a host of other questions remains about the most mysterious president in modern history. Published April 27, 2011

** FILE ** Curtis Irwin holds a .50 caliber rifle to show at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is since having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault rifles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gun grabbers grasp at straws

Gun grabbers love statistics, especially when they're misleading. The latest report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) would have us believe that Americans are lined up at the recycling center ready to toss out their Glocks. The group claims that a firearm protected every other home in 1980 but only one out of three today. It's a not-so-subtle attempt to convey the message that the anti-Second Amendment crowd is winning. Published April 27, 2011

Illustration: EPA Unplugged by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: EPA suburban sprawl brawl

It's no secret that what was once the Land of the Free is becoming the home of red tape and federal control - especially under President Obama. Things are so out of hand that bureaucrats who are paid to hector citizens into conformity find themselves caught between contradictory enviro-principles. It's time to dial back the diktats. Published April 26, 2011

More than six of every 10 Americans have cut back on other expenses and reduced their driving as a result of the rising gas prices caused by tumult in North Africa and the Middle East. President Obama's approval rating has taken a hit.

EDITORIAL: Obama running on empty

Skyrocketing gasoline prices have sent President Obama's public-approval ratings plummeting. The White House is searching for someone to blame, but the problem rests not with the pumps but with the president. Published April 26, 2011

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in front of the Statehouse on Thursday in Concord, N.H. Mr. Johnson says he has the resume needed to lead the country. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fight for the Tea Party nod

Republican Party voters are desperately seeking a principled conservative who can win back the White House. The Nov. 6, 2012, election can't come soon enough for those who want to put an end to Obamacare, trillion-dollar spending sprees and regulatory excess. On Thursday, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced he will run for the GOP nod in the currently wide-open contest for the nomination. Mr. Johnson's greatest handicap appears to be that nobody knows who he is. Published April 26, 2011

Mr. Obama jokes around with the Easter Bunny after the balcony microphone stopped working.

EDITORIAL: Obama to Christians: Forget you

President Obama delivered official messages for Passover, Ramadan and Diwali. But for Easter? Not so much. The White House came under fire this week for neglecting to issue official statements for either Easter or Good Friday, though Mr. Obama did take time Friday to address Earth Day, a celebration observed by tens of thousands of pagan worshippers of the earth goddess Gaia. Published April 25, 2011

Illustration: Charter schools by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The charter kickstarter

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the D.C. School Reform Act's passage. This gives public funding to charter schools and a chance at a good education to thousands of children otherwise doomed to attending notoriously poor D.C. public schools. Published April 25, 2011

Apple iPhones and iPads collect data on users' whereabouts; who has access to it is the concern of researchers and privacy watchdogs. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Government tracks your iPhone, too

Apple drew heat last week after security experts revealed that the iPhone secretly tracks the movements of its users. While this revelation is troubling, it's only half as bad as how different government agencies are already keeping tabs on the public. Published April 25, 2011

Bob Stoltzfus cools down with a fan and cool air escaping from a refrigerator while taking inventory of his egg supply at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Thursday.

EDITORIAL: Global-warming zealots to ban ice makers

Ice makers are the latest target in the left's ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads. Published April 23, 2011

EDITORIAL: The peacenik hypocrites

American troops are dying in Afghanistan in record numbers, drone-launched mis-siles are killing more people in Pakistan, American aircraft are carrying out missions over Libya, terrorist detainees are facing military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, and WikiLeaker Pfc. Bradley Manning is allegedly being tortured. Despite all this grist, the antiwar movement in 2011 is a shadow of its Bush-era self. The obvious explanation for this is that there is a Democrat in the White House, and according to a new study, this simple answer is largely correct. Published April 23, 2011

"The Three Crosses" by Rembrandt

EDITORIAL: There, they crucified Him

Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on His head, and clothed Him in a purple cloak, and they came to Him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck Him repeatedly. Published April 21, 2011

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C.S. (Jack) Lewis, author of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," was elected a fellow here at Magdalen College in 1925. He taught medieval and Renaissance literature here until 1954.

EDITORIAL: The great battle

I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties; indeed, in your better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime, we must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the Enemy's camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favor. Published April 21, 2011

Protesters march during a rally sponsored by Recreate 68 in Denver on Sunday. The nonviolent crowd couldn't match the size or enthusiasm of the anti-Vietnam war rallies in the 1960s. "It's not as big, but it's just as sincere," one participant said.

EDITORIAL: The hippie holiday

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. More important to many is that it's also Earth Day, the annual gala that's taken on the trappings of a pagan religious holiday. At some level, it's good to celebrate Earth, the source of life and home of humanity. After all, we have to live somewhere. Environmentalists, however, seem divided between those who venerate the planet as a deity and those who think it's so fragile that it must be saved from everyone but themselves. Published April 20, 2011

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. has gained notoriety for comments about the U.S. government.

EDITORIAL: EPA's faith-based agitprop

The Obama administration is re-embracing faith-based initiatives - with a twist. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced the formation of a Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative that will reinvigorate the agency's outreach efforts. Instead of supporting abstinence programs or charitable efforts, the idea is to ensure mosques are illuminated by mercury-filled light bulbs and evacuated by low-flow toilets. Published April 20, 2011

**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The end for Assad

Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is caving in to demands to reform his dictatorship. In that dark and oppressed part of the world, compromise can only mean that the end is near. Published April 20, 2011

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EDITORIAL: Red tape recession

The millions of Americans who struggled over the weekend to complete their tax forms were reminded just how out of control the system has become. In the past decade, there have been more than 3,500 changes that make the tax code more complex and onerous. "One of my favorite statistics is that the tax code is four times as long as 'War and Peace' and only getting longer," IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman told the National Press Club on April 6. Published April 19, 2011

More than six of every 10 Americans have cut back on other expenses and reduced their driving as a result of the rising gas prices caused by tumult in North Africa and the Middle East. President Obama's approval rating has taken a hit.

EDITORIAL: Gas prices and the Gulf oil spill

Today, on the one-year anniversary, Americans don't have to travel to the Gulf to witness the lingering effect of the the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It's right there in the numbers on their gas receipts every time they fill up at the pump. As hurtful as the disaster has been to the economic fortunes of the Gulf region, the impact of the Obama administration's response to the spill has been far worse on the nation's economy. Published April 19, 2011

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (right) and Justice Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court's newest member, walk down the steps of the Supreme Court Building in Washington on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, to stand for photographs after Justice Kagan's formal investiture ceremony. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Supremes open to greenwashing

Global-warming alarmists have failed to make their case in the court of public opinion, so they're taking their propaganda to the Supreme Court instead. Like many ideological movements that lack political traction, the left is hoping that what politicians have disposed of the judiciary will impose. Published April 18, 2011