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Illustration: Trickle up poverty by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's poverty problem

America is a poorer country under President Obama. Since last year, the ranks of America's least well off grew by 2.5 million, according to the government definition of poverty, which includes a family with income of less than $22,314 a year or an individual making less than $11,139. One-sixth of the country, 46.2 million, met this standard, according to figures released Tuesday. That's the highest total since the Census Bureau began keeping track a half-century ago. Published September 14, 2011

Illustration: Big Brother

EDITORIAL: Big Brother Obama is watching

Be careful, if you dare to criticize Citizen Obama, comrade. The Web is watching. This week, President Obama's re-election team launched "Attack Watch," an interactive website that allows the president's registered supporters to report instances of "attacks" against the commander in chief or his record. Citizen snitches are asked to detail who the attacker is, the type of attack, and whether the offending words were actually heard or passed along as second-hand rumors. The "Attack Files" section provides summary responses to some common smears. For example, the site explains that, "President Obama is a friend to Israel, despite unfounded claims to the contrary." For critics, it represents a handy list of the issues that most infuriate the White House. Published September 14, 2011

Congress chose Yucca Mountain as the leading candidate for nuclear waste disposal. But opponents are concerned about contamination, and the Obama administration said it would not consider the site and would look for alternatives. It won a legal battle when a federal appeals court ruled last week against three states seeking to ship spent fuel to the Nevada site. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Reid goes nuclear on waste storage

A Friday vote has left the fate of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository hang ing in the balance. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is deadlocked 2-2 over whether the Energy Department could withdraw the license application for Yucca Mountain. Published September 14, 2011

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Tuning in to TV

Jack Black, Conan O'Brien and Larry King will honor Will Ferrell with the nation's top humor prize, along with Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon from his "Saturday Night Live" days, the Associated Press reports. Published September 14, 2011

A worker leaves with a moving box Wednesday at Solyndra in Fremont, Calif. The solar-panel manufacturer, which received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government, has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. A weak economy and strong overseas competition have proved insurmountable. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's shady solar subsidies

President Obama is selling a repackaged "jobs" spending spree to the nation. Americans need assurance that blowing another half-trillion dollars on stimulus - the American Jobs Act - isn't a recipe for more crony capitalism. Published September 13, 2011

Illustration: Obama jobs by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's latest tax proposal

The White House introduced a massive tax program on Monday that's supposed to create jobs. The big-government push ought to be called the American Higher Taxes Act. Published September 13, 2011

Inside Politics

Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano says the government will be rolling out a different airport pat-down policy for children under 12 in the coming months. Published September 13, 2011

Economy Briefs

Daily deal site LivingSocial hit a record-selling pace Tuesday with an offer at Whole Foods Market Inc., its first nationwide grocery deal. Published September 13, 2011

Inside Politics

Vanquished Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney on Monday, calling the former Massachusetts governor the candidate who "possesses the unique qualifications to confront our severe economic predicament." Published September 12, 2011

U.S Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy walk in the Elysee Palace in Paris, during a crisis summit on Libya Saturday, March, 19, 2011. Britain and France took the lead in plans to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya on Friday, sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and announcing a crisis summit in Paris with the U.N. and Arab allies.(AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Fraying Mideast peace

President Obama's Mideast policy has been marked by his typical rhetorical excess. "There will be perils that accompany this moment of promise," he said in a major speech in May about the Arab Spring. "But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be." Recent events have shown that the "world as it should be" is rapidly transforming into the world we never wanted. Published September 12, 2011

Economy Briefs

Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers in October will get a break from lower fuel costs, with average residential bills expected to drop by as much as $3.50. Published September 12, 2011

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EDITORIAL: Toying with gun control

Nerf guns and water pistols are the latest target for the gun grabbers. Community activists in Buffalo, N.Y., started a toy-buyback program on Monday designed to instill a fear of firearms in the city's youth. It's also a way to accustom children to the real restrictions they're likely to encounter in adulthood. Published September 8, 2011

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First responders stand to attention during ceremony to dedicate the memorial at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2008. President Obama will attend a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday.

EDITORIAL: Ten years ago

The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is a watershed event. It will be the first commemoration since U.S. special operations forces took out Osama bin Laden four months ago. It will mark the conclusion of an era that has not really closed. Published September 8, 2011

President Barack Obama is applauded on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, prior to delivering his State of the Union address in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Football tonight! Also, Obama.

Democrats cried foul when Republicans chose not to hold a televised response directly after President Obama's joint-session speech. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Democrat, said, "The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people." This is a strange claim; it clearly would be more disrespectful to Joe Six-pack to hold up the Saints-Packers game, which is certain to attract more viewers. Published September 7, 2011

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Stimulus Jr.

President Obama can't shake his stimulus addiction. In his Thursday joint-session speech, he's expected to announce $300 billion in additional spending, adding to the $4 trillion he's already borrowed from future generations since taking office. Published September 7, 2011

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What would America do without its government-run postal monopoly? The U.S. Postal Service is set to go bust within a few weeks absent yet another multibillion-dollar bailout. If it doesn't get one, the postman threatens to cancel Christmas deliveries. This threat could safely be ignored if only we'd permit companies like DHL, FedEx and UPS to handle regular mail in addition to packages. The only thing we'd miss without USPS would be long lines and a careless postman losing our mail. Published September 7, 2011

Illustration: EPA regulations by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What Obama should tell Congress - but won't

President Obama has finally acknowledged what most Americans already know: Big government carries a price. That's the take-away from the not-so-coincidental White House decision Friday to delay imposing yet more "environmental" red tape on business. That same day, the Labor Department announced there was no net growth in jobs for the first time since World War II. Published September 6, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from Aug. 31, 2011, President Obama speaks at White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Give 'em hell, Barry

"Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs," President Obama said at a Labor Day rally in Detroit. "Now is the time for them to worry about your jobs." In all honesty, the real job Mr. Obama will be speaking about this week is his own. Published September 6, 2011

Illustration: Napolitano's TSA by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Big Sis and freedom's demise

At a Politico breakfast at the Newseum on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took her critics to task. Published September 6, 2011