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**FILE** A U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's secret death panel

Somewhere deep in the National Security Council, a death panel is operating without known legal basis, without recognized rules, without clear oversight and without public record or knowledge of its actions. Published October 6, 2011

Inside Politics

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is raising questions about a job-creation fund Texas Gov. Rick Perry says has boosted employment and attracted billions in investment capital to his state. Published October 6, 2011

Inside Politics

California's largest gay-rights group has decided against trying to have the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex unions overturned next year. Published October 5, 2011

"The Playboy Club"bunnies (from left) Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton and Leah Renee need to find new jobs. NBC is replacing the Monday night program with Brian Williams' "Rock Center." (Photograph provided by NBC)

Tuning in to TV

NBC said Tuesday that its 1960s period-piece drama, "The Playboy Club," is being canceled, less than 24 hours after the new series drew just 3.5 million people for its third episode. It's the first cancellation of the fall TV season. Published October 5, 2011

President Obama signs an executive order Thursday to create a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - building on iniatives from the Bush administration. Mr. Obama stressed that the office would adhere to his belief in separation of church and state. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Obama's holy war

President Obama's Justice Department is attacking freedom of religion. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Church and School v. EEOC. Cheryl Perich taught elementary school and led chapel devotions at a small Lutheran school near Detroit but was replaced by a substitute after falling ill. She later sought to return to teaching but the church was concerned that she wouldn't be able to fulfill her duties. Negotiations turned sour; Ms. Perich threatened to sue and the church congregation voted to withdraw her "call" to the ministry, which made her ineligible for the job. She then charged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Published October 5, 2011

 In this Nov. 15, 2007, photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife Virginia Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, where he spoke about his new book and took questions from the audience. Virginia Thomas is asking Anita Hill to apologize for accusing the justice of sexually harassing her, 19 years after Justice Thomas' confirmation hearing spawned a national debate about harassment in the workplace. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Politicians in glass houses

House Democrats thought they had caught Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pulling a fast one. Last month, a group of 20 congressmen blasted the conservative jurist for making a simple mistake on his ethics disclosure forms. Summoning the highest possible level of feigned outrage, the members signed a letter demanding an investigation involving "possible criminal or civil legal sanctions." They're going to regret their hyperbole. Published October 5, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Religious freedom losing its ring

Two Tibetan monks immolated themselves in western China on Sept. 26 to protest religious repression, a shocking reminder that attempting to smother the flame of religious freedom only make it burn brighter. Nevertheless, while religious adherents forfeit their lives overseas, Congress is close to snuffing out the organization dedicated to preserving the very same religious impulse that ignited the founding of this nation. That would be a mistake. Published October 5, 2011

Inside Politics

Herman Cain is surging in the polls and on the best-seller charts. Published October 4, 2011

A large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, effectively shutting parts of it down, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in New York. Police arrested dozens while trying to clear the road and reopen for traffic. (AP Photo/Will Stevens)

EDITORIAL: Anarchy in the USA

The Occupy Wall Street protest is reminiscent of the scene in the 1953 film "The Wild One" where a young woman asks a motorcycle gang leader played by Marlon Brando, "Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?" Brando deadpans, "Whaddya got?" Published October 4, 2011

Economy Briefs

Gold fell Tuesday as traders begin to doubt that prices can stay near the high they reached this summer. Published October 4, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (right), greets Lorren Leadmon, an ATF intelligence operations specialist, before the hearing Tuesday about the fallout from "Operation Fast and Furious." At left is Carlos Canino, ATF acting attache to Mexico.

EDITORIAL: Fast and felonious

The "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe is creeping closer to the Obama White House. It appears administration officials were willing to sign off on just about anything to accomplish their ends, and the result of this botched operation has has been over a hundred dead. Someone needs to be held accountable. Published October 3, 2011

**FILE** In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's illegal assassination?

The White House hoped terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki's death last week by CIA drone would give the president a political boost. However, questions about the legality of the airstrike have overshadowed the event and put President Obama in a political bind. Published October 3, 2011

Inside Politics

The Pentagon's No. 2 official says that spending on cyberdefense programs and counterterrorism operations is likely to remain stable or possibly rise, even as the Defense Department looks for more than $450 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. Published October 3, 2011

Economy Briefs

The latest setback in Greece's financial crisis sent the Standard and Poor's 500 index to its lowest level of the year, putting it on the edge of a new bear market. Published October 3, 2011

Economy Briefs

Greece won't meet 2011-12 deficit targets imposed by international lenders as part of the country's bailout, the Finance Ministry said Sunday. Published October 2, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare showdown

Obamacare was supposed to make health care affordable for everyone. It failed. We now have proof that President Obama's signature accomplishment is only making things more expensive. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, health-insurance premiums for a family surged 9 percent this year - the largest jump since 2005. Published September 30, 2011

**FILE** In this image taken from video on Nov. 8, 2010, and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (Associated Press/SITE Intelligence Group)

EDITORIAL: Awlaki, the model moderate Muslim

The reported killing of senior al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in an airstrike in Yemen is a significant event in the war on terrorism. His story, however, raises some questions that the Obama administration would prefer not to address. Published September 30, 2011

Inside Politics

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a radio interview Thursday that the Obama administration, not the Bush administration, has ownership of the weak economy. Published September 29, 2011

Illustration: EPA endangerment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obama jobs plan: More bureaucrats

America's unemployment problem isn't get- ting any better. The Labor Department announced Thursday that jobless claims remained essentially unchanged, meaning 9.1 percent are without work. President Obama's response to the situation has been a call for more government intervention, so soon the only places hiring will be federal and state agencies. Published September 29, 2011