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EDITORIAL: Keep the change

Members of Congress love to play the role of U.S. Mint director. During Banking Committee nomination hearings, senators will often ignore candidates for important jobs in other financial roles if there's someone else at the table who can talk about dollar coins. This utterly wasteful program is costing us a billion, and it's a perfect example of why this country is going bankrupt. Published September 23, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann

EDITORIAL: Bachmann is right

Rep. Michele Bachmann has caught a lot of heat for her criticism of Gov. Rick Perry's forced vaccination policy in Texas. She was given a chance in last night's debate to clarify her comments on HPV vaccines, specifically that it could be a "potentially dangerous drug" because of side effects. The Minnesota Republican, on defense, replied that the major issue was Mr. Perry ceding parental rights to a drug company that made donations to his campaign. Published September 23, 2011

Inside Politics

Two days after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military, the Obama administration is opposing a lawsuit seeking full severance pay for those dismissed under the law. Published September 22, 2011

Briefly: Asia

China on Thursday strongly condemned a $5.85 billion U.S. deal to upgrade Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighter jets, summoning the American ambassador and warning the move will undermine warming military relations. Published September 22, 2011

Inside Politics

The Democratic-led Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to provide $100 million to build high-speed rail lines, a small portion of what President Obama has proposed for one of his economic priorities. Published September 21, 2011

** FILE ** Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu automobiles are shown at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich., on April 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

EDITORIAL: Honk if you love cars

Today is World Car-Free Day. Organizers say the purpose of the celebration is "to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society." No one cares whether these hippies drive or not, but the danger is they don't want anyone else to have a car either. Published September 21, 2011

Illustration: Underwater housing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Housing market follies

If there's ever been a poster child for the folly of government intervention, it's the housing market. Decades of political manipulation set the stage for the collapse that sunk the entire economy. It's going to be a long time before the country gets back on its feet, unless we embrace reform. Published September 21, 2011

The Dulles Toll Road proved its notoriety for traffic congestion. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority seeks to levy taxes for road improvements that would ease such commuting hassles. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Taking Virginia taxpayers for a ride

The freedom of the open road could soon be a thing of the past for Virginia motorists. Big-government bureaucrats of all political stripes yearn to return to the days when toll barriers were used to shake down anyone using main thoroughfares. They've been upset ever since President Eisenhower's system of gas-tax-funded freeways spurred commerce, industry and travel across the country. On Friday, the Obama administration gave the green light to turn back the clock. Published September 21, 2011

"Two and a Half Men" stars Jon Cryer (left) and Ashton Kutcher didn't feel any adverse effects of Charlie Sheen's departure Monday, as a series-high 28.7 million people tuned in to watch the season premiere. (CBS via Associated Press)

Tuning in to TV

"Dancing With the Stars" viewers didn't give Metta World Peace a chance. Published September 21, 2011

Briefly: Africa

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya appeared Wednesday before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a hearing to determine whether he will be tried for crimes against humanity. Published September 21, 2011

Illustration: Palestine

EDITORIAL: Obama's Palestine

U.S. diplomats are in a state of panic over the upcoming United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood. According to the Palestinians, they are simply doing what the White House suggested. Published September 20, 2011

Inside Politics

Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday that he will step down from the ranks of the Senate GOP leadership, leaving the No. 3 job in January. He also decided against seeking the No. 2 job of GOP whip. Published September 20, 2011

Economy Briefs

Google Inc. has opened up its Google Plus social network to everyone after testing it with a limited audience for 12 weeks. Published September 20, 2011

Sports Briefs

Novak Djokovic said the back muscle injury that forced him to quit his Davis Cup match is not serious but requires rest. Published September 19, 2011

President Obama walks away from the podium after making a statement at the White House on Sept. 19, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's phony debt plan

Without any trace of irony, the White House's new 10-year deficit-reduction plan is titled "Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future." It achieves neither of these objectives, but you would never know that by looking at the deceptively rosy future it promises. Published September 19, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Nuclear Iran confronts the U.N.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returns Thursday for his annual New York gala performance. The Iranian president is renowned for anti-Western antics at the opening session of the United Nations, but this time will be different. Concrete advances in Tehran's nuclear program over the past year move the threat level from theoretical to immediate. Absent tangible evidence of the will to check an overt menace within its midst, the world body purportedly devoted to peace faces its own existential danger: irrelevance. Published September 19, 2011

Inside Politics

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is criticizing presidential rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry's support for public benefits for the children of illegal immigrants. Published September 19, 2011

Briefly: Americas

After leading minority governments since 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally got to flex his conservative political will Monday at the helm of his first majority in parliament. Published September 19, 2011

American Scene

Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend and using his ATM card to withdraw $400 at a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation. Published September 18, 2011

World Scene

Dozens of Syrian opposition members on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad to end his deadly six-month crackdown or face an escalation in peaceful protests, as security forces fired warning shots to disperse high school students calling for the regime's downfall. Published September 18, 2011