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Illustration: Obama's economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Another 'recovery summer'

A year ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden proclaimed the administration's $830 billion stimulus spending spree would kick off "Recovery Summer." It never came. For those hoping the dog days of 2011 might bring a change in the economic climate, the latest figures suggest this won't be a summer of recovery, either. Published June 28, 2011

This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is the Mavi Marmara ship, part of the aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead. (AP Photo/Israel Defence Force)  AP HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE

EDITORIAL: The floating Gaza Strip show

Anti-Israel activists are launching a fresh high-seas publicity stunt. The ships of Freedom Flotilla II will set sail sometime this week to commemorate the May 2010 Gaza blockade run, which ended in violence. Nine passengers on the Turkish-flagged ship Mavi Marmara were killed resisting a boarding by Israeli naval commandos. Israeli officials don't expect violence this year, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his Cabinet that no ships will be permitted to breach the Gaza security perimeter. This type of confrontation is exactly what flotilla organizers want. Published June 27, 2011

Illustration: Climate change

EDITORIAL: An inconvenient cooling

Reports of imminent climatic catastrophes are turning out to be rather anticlimactic. That's because rather than heating up to life-threatening levels, new scientific findings indicate it's more likely the Earth will cool in coming years. That's bad news for a global-warming industry heavily invested in a sultry forecast. Published June 27, 2011

PETITIONED: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been petitioned by 20 Arkansas lawmakers to run for president in 2012, citing his state's jobs success.

EDITORIAL: Perry takes on the feds

Rick Perry is having a good month. With all eyes on his possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the Texas governor is showing that his anti-Washington rhetoric is more than just talk. By vetoing feel-good, nanny-state regulations and thwarting of federal intervention in his state, he's demonstrating the kind of leadership America needs. Published June 24, 2011

Illustration: Iran by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Justice for the Khobar Towers victims

Everyone remembers the Twin Towers, but fewer recall the first towers targeted by violent extremists. Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombing in which 19 American servicemen and one Saudi national were killed and 372 wounded. For the families of those who died, justice has been long in coming, but a new court ruling gives hope that closure may be near. Published June 24, 2011

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's failed state

The White House plan to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is more political than military strategy. Whether it improves President Obama's chances of being re-elected depends largely on whether the Taliban think he should have a second term. Published June 23, 2011

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell used a line-item veto Tuesday  to cut 25 percent of the state's  funding to public broadcasting. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Virginia beats Maryland

When it comes to encouraging prosperity, the Old Dominion is trouncing the Old Line State. The American Legislative Exchange Council this week released a "Rich States, Poor States" report that modeled the 50 states and ranked the economic outlook in each. Virginia secured a third-place slot while neighboring Maryland lagged midpack at 21. That's no accident. Published June 23, 2011

Illustration: Greek flag

EDITORIAL: The Grecian formula

Greece will find out soon whether another $157 billion gift is headed its way to cover the government's obligations for next year. While the European Union would be on the hook for most of this second bailout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also would contribute - and that means American taxpayers would foot some part of the bill. Published June 22, 2011

RETAIL POLITICS: Eva Yung, of Alexandria, joins other protesters at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices heard arguments as to whether a group of female plaintiffs can bring a class-action discrimination suit against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Wal-Mart justice

The Supreme Court on Monday handed down its decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a nearly decade-old class-action lawsuit involving more than 1.5 million women who worked at the retail giant since 1998. The plaintiffs argued that the company showed favoritism to men in decisions regarding pay and promotions, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Two lower courts gave the suit a green light, but the Supreme Court stopped it in its tracks. Published June 22, 2011

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Taliban waits out Obama

President Obama is expected to announce tonight the first phase of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, making good on his self-imposed July 2011 deadline. The White House will contend that this is being done from a position of strength, but the Taliban will spin it as an ignominious U.S. retreat. Published June 21, 2011

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office building in Alexandria, Va., has a contemporary look, but Senators trying to update the patent system say it's stuck in the 1950s and needs to catch up with 21st-century technology. A bipartisan bill to reform the system is headed for Senate debate. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: An inventive bank bailout

Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, quipped in a 2009 radio interview that the banks "own" Congress. Congress does its best to prove Mr. Durbin right. This week, the House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed "America Invents Act," a patent-reform bill that includes a provision essentially providing another multibillion-dollar bailout to big banks. Published June 21, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday held out the possibility of a temporary debt limit increase while budget talks continue.

MILLER: Short-term debt fix

Debt-limit negotiations are heading in a direction that raises questions about the prospect of a long-term deal. The bipartisan, bicameral talks led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. seem unlikely to produce a broad agreement on the GOP demand for spending cuts and entitlement reform by the self-imposed July 1 deadline. Democrats are running out the clock to push tax hikes while avoiding spending cuts and any meaningful change to the Medicare system. Published June 21, 2011

Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Retire the kernel, release the gas

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have finally begun to feel queasy from their nearly-decade- long corn-alcohol bender. The Senate's first step toward swearing off ethanol came in the form of a 73-27 vote last week on an amendment that would kill the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol tax credit. Now that they've started to recover their senses, legislators shouldn't repeat their past mistakes by overindulging in natural gas. Published June 20, 2011

** FILE ** A smoke and dust cloud from an explosion rises into the sky after a NATO airstrike in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of daytime airstrikes on Tripoli. (AP Photo/Abdel Meguid al-Fergany)

EDITORIAL: Defund the war in Libya

The absurd argument that there is no war in Libya should not stop Congress from defunding it. Moving against this unnecessary "limited kinetic action" using the power of the purse will return Congress to first principles that have been obscured by the arcane debate over the meaning of the War Powers Resolution. Published June 20, 2011

Illustration by Moir, Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia

EDITORIAL: Obama's weak war memo

The White House sent a 38-page report to Congress on Wednesday attempting to explain why the president had the authority to continue military operations against Libya without congressional approval as mandated under the War Powers Resolution. The Obama administration's argument is both legally suspect and politically unfathomable. Published June 17, 2011

Illustration: Global warming by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: U.N. climate propaganda exposed

The entire world will soon depend on renewable energy so governments ought to start subsidizing these industries immediately. So said the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report released Tuesday. The study's conclusion was such a blockbuster that the panel issued a press release last month previewing the finding. "Close to 80 percent of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows," it proclaimed. Published June 17, 2011

Illustration: Medicare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Democrats in a Medicare box

Democrats are boxing themselves in politically by going after cheap political points on the Medicare issue. As details of a deal to raise the debt ceiling are hammered out behind closed doors, it looks increasingly likely that the Dems are going to regret painting any reform to health care for the elderly as an attempt to kill the program. Published June 16, 2011

In this file image provided by Intel Center, Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, speaks during a new 106-minute long video released Sept. 22, 2009 predicting President Barack Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world. Officials also said they believe the death of Osama bin Laden puts al-Qaida on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse, but there was no word on the whereabouts of al-Zawahri, bin Laden's second-in-command. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

EDITORIAL: Meet al Qaeda's new boss

After weeks of waiting and speculation, Ayman al Zawahri has officially taken over the leadership of al Qaeda. Whether the new chairman of terror will be able to resurrect the organization after the death of its charismatic, visionary leader - or simply watch as internal and external forces tear it apart - remains to be seen. Published June 16, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from May 31, 2011, President Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House. Republicans and Democrats scolded Obama on June 3, 2011, for dispatching U.S. forces against Libya without getting congressional approval. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama, warmonger

A bipartisan group of congressmen is filing a lawsuit against the president for pursuing an illegal war. The speaker of the House warned the Obama administration it would soon run up against a 90-day deadline, after which it will be "in violation of the War Powers Resolution unless it asks for and receives authorization from Congress or withdraws all U.S. troops and resources from the mission." Who ever would have thought this would be happening to Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama? Published June 15, 2011

Illustration: Guns and the 14th Amendment by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: States challenge feds on guns

Eight states have thrown down the gauntlet and denied the federal government's authority to regulate firearms that never cross state lines. In 2009, Montana became the first to enact a law declaring any gun manufactured and kept within the state's borders was subject only to state rules. It's now up to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether Montana - and by extension Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming - must yield to the whims of Uncle Sam. Published June 15, 2011