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EDITORIAL: Obama's racial appeal

President Obama is transforming from being the "post-racial" to the most racial president. In a videotaped appeal made on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Obama says he wants to "reconnect" with "young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again." This attempt to reconnect reveals a substantial disconnect. Published April 29, 2010

Mahr makes area hall of fame

Mike Mahr, director of advertising for The Washington Times since 1992, has been inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame, honoring a career that has spanned five decades in Washington journalism. Published April 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: A not very stimulating stimulus

Talk about overstating a weak case. President Obama has asserted incessantly that "virtually all" or "all" economists agree that the $862 billion in government stimulus spending was necessary to fix the sputtering economy and that the largesse has spurred a recovery. Hold your horses, Mr. President. If the views of experts in the "dismal science" really matter, a new poll of economists should give pause to White House propagandists. Published April 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's European-style revenue raiser

President Obama kicked off the first meeting of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Tuesday by emphasizing - with a straight face - his purported commitment to solving what he called a fiscal crisis. "We've been scouring the budget, line by line, identifying more than $20 billion in savings this year alone," the president boasted. Don't be fooled by the fairy tale of "Obama the budget-cutter." Published April 29, 2010

Times official inducted into Hall of Fame

Mike Mahr, director of advertising for The Washington Times since 1992, has been inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame, honoring a careers that has spanned five decades in Washington journalism. Published April 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Puerto Rico deserves better

The Democratic House leadership has announced plans to ram through a bill to stack the deck in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico. Amazingly enough, several ordinarily sensible conservatives, including House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, are poised to help them. The collaborators ought to reconsider. Arguments in favor of political self-determination may seem reasonable, but the bill in question actually tramples self-determination in favor of an underhanded political power grab. Published April 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's regulatory disaster

President Obama rails against Wall Street to score populist political points. But when the smoke clears from all the demagoguery, the financial regulations he is pushing will result in fewer loans, more costly credit and individuals facing more risk. Published April 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Angry, hateful, violent, extremist liberals

Imagine a group of angry demonstrators toting swastika-festooned protest signs calling politicians Nazis, shouting obscenities and racial remarks and throwing rocks and bottles at police officers sent to keep order. No, these are not Tea Partiers. They are the mob that turned out last week to protest Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law. This group of liberal rowdies has been dubbed the Tequila Party. Published April 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: We don't like Ike's memorial

It's hard to imagine there are people in Washington who think the capital city suffers from a shortage of monuments. It's even harder to imagine there are people who still don't realize this country faces a serious shortage of money. Published April 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Arizona to Obama: Do your job

To hear liberal critics talk, it would be easy to think the state of Arizona unleashed anti-Latino posses to detain all brown-skinned people, demand their proof of citizenship and toss them in jail if the answers aren't satisfactory. The real story is more sober. Published April 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Meltdown of the climate-change bill

Supporters of climate-change legislation veered into the path of another liberal Senate priority during the weekend. The collision has left the strategy of the global-warming theocracy in pieces, at least for the moment. Published April 27, 2010

EDITORIAL: Comedy Central caves to terrorism

If the war against Islamic extremism were left to Comedy Central, it would have been lost by now. The network's decision to censor last week's episode of "South Park" depicting Muhammad was an act of unilateral surrender in the face of violent jihadist threats. Published April 26, 2010

EDITORIAL: Discrimination is necessary

First-graders should not be forced into the classrooms of teachers undergoing sex changes. Religious broadcasters and faith-based summer camps should not be forced to hire cross-dressers. Women should not be forced to share bathrooms with people with male body parts who say they want to be females. Yet those are some of the likely results if Congress passes H.R. 3017, the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which is due for a vote this week by the House Education and Labor Committee. Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Government Motors repayment fraud

General Motors lost $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is still struggling to reorganize so the company can try to eke out a profit. This grim reality didn't stop GM from making hay last week for supposedly paying back a $6.7 billion government loan five years ahead of schedule. What was left unsaid was that the automaker used another kitty of taxpayer cash to pay off the earlier government loan. This is an accounting shell game, not progress. Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Public-sector unions bankrupting America

Usually it takes a national government to spend itself into a debt measured in the trillions. Yet it comes as little surprise that the same profligacy that pervades the corridors of federal power infects this country's 87,000 state, county and municipal governments and school districts. By 2013, the amount of retirement money promised to employees of these public entities will exceed cash on hand by more than a trillion dollars. Published April 23, 2010

Political Scene

Pay raises? Not in election year Published April 23, 2010

Culture briefs

"Welcome to the simplicity movement, the ethos whose mantras are 'cutting back,' 'focusing on the essentials,' 'reconnecting to the land'." Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Big-government extremism

The rising wave of popular activism in the United States is ritually derided by liberal commentators, politicians and academics as fringe-movement politics. But recent polling reveals that skepticism about government is broad and deep. Discontent with Washington has become the mainstream position; those who defend big government are the real extremists. Published April 23, 2010