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Sen. Barack Obama signs a copy of his book "The Audacity of Hope" following a Democratic rally in November 2006 at Bowie State University. The title is derived from his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. At left, Sen. John McCain talks about his book "Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir," in 1999.

EDITORIAL: Obama is better than you

The administration is downplaying the revelation that the State Department blew $70,000 in taxpayer cash buying copies of President Obama's books. As first reported in The Washington Times, the purchase was meant to "engage key audiences in discussions of foreign policy." It's another uncomfortable reminder of the degree to which those who surround Mr. Obama feel it necessary to bathe him in adulation. Published October 27, 2011

Illustration: Gun lock by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Democrats cling to their guns

Gun ownership is on the rise in some surprising places. As much as President Obama would have us believe that only small-town yokels "cling to guns or religion," a Gallup poll released Wednesday suggests many of the firearms that have been flying off the shelves in the past two years were purchased by Democrats and women. The Second Amendment has truly gone mainstream. Published October 27, 2011

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Oct. 24, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Out-of-control college tuition

On Wednesday, President Obama announced a plan to use his executive powers to allow students to reduce their student-loan debt payments and seek outstanding loan forgiveness at 20 instead of 25 years after graduation. The White House claims the scheme won't carry additional costs to taxpayers, but voters are well past the point where they believe in Mr. Obama's free lunches. Published October 26, 2011

In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2010, Transportation Security Administration employee Anthony Brock, left, demonstrates a new full-body scanner at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, with TSA employee Andres Lozano in San Diego.  (AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune, Eduardo Contreras)

EDITORIAL: TSA's power grope

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has always intended to expand beyond the confines of airport terminals. Its agents have been conducting more and more surprise groping sessions for women, children and the elderly in locations that have nothing to do with aviation. It's all part of TSA's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program, which drew additional scrutiny following an Oct. 18 blitz in Tennessee. Published October 26, 2011

Illustration: Arab Spring

EDITORIAL: From Arab Spring to Islamist Winter

When the Arab Spring uprisings broke out earlier this year, many foreign-policy experts were alarmed that the revolts took the White House by surprise and concerned by the Obama administration's lackadaisical response. Washington adopted a hands-off policy toward the sweeping political changes, arguing that the people of the region should be free to chart their own destiny. "There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity," President Obama said in May. In his typically weak manner, he also cautioned that, "we must proceed with a sense of humility." Published October 25, 2011

Illustration: Occupy Wall Street by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Uncorking occupiers' unrest

Lefty agitators aren't succeeding in their efforts to inspire middle America. A solid majority remains ambivalent about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, according to a Gallup poll published Oct. 18. The survey found 22 percent of Americans approve of this anti-capitalist outburst, 15 percent disapprove, and 63 percent admit they don't know enough about it to say. Published October 24, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, where he declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Obama's pyrrhic Iraq victory

The White House announced the pullout from Iraq by the end of the year on a note of triumph. Obama adviser James Kvaal claimed that was "an example of what happens when a leader sets a plan and sees it through." West Wing machismo was on full display, trumpeting, "President Obama has ended the war in Iraq." Mr. Obama said the withdrawal was taking place "as promised," but the pullout timeline evolved as did the president's responsibility for the aftermath. Published October 24, 2011

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Occupying your mortgage

Politicians and realtors want to maintain a permanent government occupation of the housing market. If the hippies clogging the streets of major cities had any integrity for their cause, they'd speak out against mortgage lending practices that stick taxpayers with the bills when banks make bad loans. On Thursday night, the Senate voted 60-38 to do more of the same. Published October 21, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, to discuss the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Infallible Obama

As the country enters the 2012 campaign season, the press and prospective Republican nominees are drawing increasing attention to President Obama's record. An NBC News poll released last week showed that 74 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, the highest number since before the 2008 election. According to the Gallup Presidential Job Approval website, Mr. Obama has the second-lowest approval rating at this point in his presidency of any holder of the high office since 1945. Only Jimmy Carter's numbers were worse. Published October 20, 2011

Inside Politics

The Senate defeated a bid by Sen. John McCain on Wednesday to stop funneling federal funds to transportation museums, highway beautification and preservation of historic bridges, rejecting his argument that money needed to repair rundown roads was being diverted to projects like squirrel sanctuaries and car museums. Published October 19, 2011

Sports Briefs

There is still no sign of Theo Epstein in Chicago. It has been more than a week since word leaked that Epstein was headed to Chicago to join the Cubs after nine years with the Boston Red Sox. Published October 18, 2011

** FILE ** A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration listens to a drum circle in Zuccotti Park in New York on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

EDITORIAL: The Wall Street whiners

Judging by their list of complaints, most members of the "Occupy" movement are simply disaffected graduate students. These products of the most left-wing institutions in America have discovered that expensive degrees in useless fields don't deliver instant wealth. What a surprise. Published October 18, 2011

President Obama announces the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray (right) as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday, July 18, 2011, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: Reject the trial-lawyer czar

The legacy of President Obama's time in office has been an unprecedented expansion of the federal government. A perfect example of this is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. Even though this brand-new bureaucracy opened for business in July, most Americans have never heard of it - and they won't so long as it remains leaderless. Published October 18, 2011

Carson Palmer's best season was in 2005, when he passed for 3,836 yards anbd 32 touchdowns in leading Cincinnati to the AFC North title. (Associated Press)

Raiders land Palmer for pair of draft picks

The Oakland Raiders made a bold move to replace injured quarterback Jason Campbell on Tuesday, trading two high draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for Carson Palmer. Published October 18, 2011

Inside Politics

The House Ethics Committee has extended its investigation of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Published October 18, 2011

American Scene

Arizona police looking for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing six days said Monday they now think she was most likely kidnapped, because otherwise they would have found her. Published October 17, 2011

** FILE ** Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

EDITORIAL: Will Obama attack Iran?

Revelations of Iran's plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks on U.S. soil have some talking about a case for war with Iran. America has had plenty of justification for decades. Published October 17, 2011

**FILE** Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Playing favorites with Solyndra bet

Gambling is a risky proposition - but not when playing with loaded dice. That's what Solyndra's private investors were handed when the Energy Department guaranteed they'd have first dibs on compensation if the firm went belly up. This unfairly shifted the peril of investing in an uneconomical solar-panel scheme onto the backs of taxpayers. We're the ones stuck with the $535 million bill. Published October 17, 2011

Economy Briefs

Oil prices fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis fueled concerns about future energy demand. Published October 17, 2011

Economy Briefs

Kinder Morgan agreed to buy El Paso Corp. for about $20.7 billion in cash and stock in a deal expected to create the largest natural-gas pipeline in the U.S. Published October 16, 2011