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Illustration: Obamacare and the states by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's unlimited power

The White House defense of Obamacare hinges on the claim that Congress essentially has unlimited power to force Americans to spend their personal money on a cause of the government's choosing. Oral arguments before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday made this all the more clear. Published June 2, 2011

Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty

EDITORIAL: Federal speed traps

Millions hit the road to be with family and friends for barbecues and other outdoor activities on Memorial Day weekend. It's no coincidence that police around the country were staked out on the side of the road in anticipation. That's because the federal government encourages states to shake down travelers who pose no threat to others. Published June 1, 2011

President Obama meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in Deauville, France, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Red Button or Reset Button?

The strategic rationale for missile defense is growing stronger as rogue states like Iran and North Korea work on developing new and more threatening weapons. However, adequately defending the United States from these emerging threats will require taking steps that Russia threatens could reignite the Cold War. Published June 1, 2011

An image made from NASA Television shows the space shuttle Endeavour as it does its fly-around of the International Space Station on Monday, May 30, 2011, before returning home from NASA's penultimate shuttle mission. The shuttle is viewed from the space station as it passes over Australia. (AP Photo/National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

EDITORIAL: Exploring frontiers of science

Given the past few years of economic hardship, it's easy to think the era of boundless opportunity that has characterized the American story is coming to an end. In times such as these, it's comforting to remember that as long as we retain our inquisitive nature, our discoveries could yield possibilities for better days ahead. Published May 31, 2011

Illustration: Iranian bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Wishing away Iranian nukes

The Iranian nuclear threat is much ado about nothing, says reporter Seymour Hersh. Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, the professional left-wing cynic ignores numerous signs that the Islamic Republic is dead set on achieving nuclear-weapons capability and claims there is "a large body of evidence ... suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein's Iraq eight years ago - allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state's military capacities and intentions." For Mr. Hersh, it's the "WMD issue" all over again. Published May 31, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of a plan to overhaul government health care programs, would make a good presidential candidate. Mr. Ryan said he is not planning to run for president.

EDITORIAL: The Democrats' debt crisis

Democrats have yet to put forth any plan to deal with America's fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $14.3 trillion and growing daily; this year's budget deficit alone is projected to be $1.5 trillion. The nation is in danger of defaulting on its loans, and yet all President Obama has done is produce a speech, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has wasted his majority by voting against every budget that has come to the floor. Apparently, the only thing more bankrupt than the Treasury is the party in power. Published May 30, 2011

Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, heretofore outspoken on the Tucson shootings, said Wednesday he would have no further comment on the incident. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Murder with a badge

Public confidence in law enforcement is essential to maintaining a free and orderly society. The thin blue line frequently finds itself under attack from the left, so it's natural for conservatives to come readily to its defense. This instinct should be resisted when police make serious mistakes and engage in a cover-up instead of asking forgiveness from the public. Published May 30, 2011

**FILE** Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Unemployment reform

One of the things Democrats like most about high unemployment is the ability to dole out up to 99 weeks' worth of "free" money to those without jobs. Instead of seeing an opportunity to deliver political favors, Republicans want to take a chance at reforming a system that desperately needs an overhaul. So the House is expected to vote this week on a proposal that would return a bit of flexibility to the states. Published May 30, 2011

EDITORIAL: Cherishing the memory of our dead

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. Published May 27, 2011

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Friday, May 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Mideast bombshell

The dust is starting to settle a week after President Obama's major policy speech on the Middle East, and the White House must still be wondering what happened. The address was supposed to show a president firmly in command of the situation in the region, but now the administration probably would wish it would all go away. Published May 26, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, waits to be arraigned on Monday, May 16, 2011, in Manhattan Criminal Court for an alleged attack on a maid at a New York hotel near Times Square on Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Strauss-Kahn prompts panic

Disgraced International Monetary Fund President Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly assaulting a hotel maid. Already, one New York assemblyman has proposed requiring hotels to provide panic devices for housekeepers. This is an example of a "nanny state first" response that usually doesn't work. Published May 26, 2011

The major-party candidates for New York's 26th Congressional District, Republican Jane Corwin (left) and Democrat Kathy Hochul, participate in a debate May 12. They and an independent are vying in a special election Tuesday.

EDITORIAL: Obama's best hope: Divide and conquer

The New York 26th Congressional District race is an important cautionary tale for Republicans. Party divisions helped throw a normally safe seat to the Democrats, and you can be sure the White House is taking notes. Published May 25, 2011

Tim Scott celebrates his victory on Tuesday. He will become the first black Republican congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama versus Boeing

House Republicans are fighting back against President Obama's misuse of administrative power to punish right-to-work states. On Tuesday, Rep. Tim Scott introduced legislation to protect a Boeing 787 Dreamliner production plant in his South Carolina district from the outrageous complaint filed by pro-union thugs at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency wants to force the airline manufacturer to close up operations in Charleston and move the jobs to Puget Sound, where the labor bosses reign, because setting up in South Carolina was allegedly an example of "unfair labor practices." Published May 25, 2011

Inmates pass the time in cramped conditions at California State Prison in Los Angeles. The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates to improve overall health care. (California Department of Corrections via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Deport California's illegal-alien convicts

If the U.S. Supreme Court says California has to create room in its prisons by releasing convicts, the least the federal government can do is send those who are illegal aliens back over the border. The message is simple: If you come to our country and don't follow the rules, you're outta here. Published May 24, 2011

From left: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks on May 18, 2011, with judicial nominee Goodwin Liu and Sens. Diane Feinstein, California Democrat, and Daniel Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Reid's budget strategy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has no interest in resolving the looming debt and entitlement crisis. The Nevada Democrat would rather use the Senate chamber this week to kick off the 2012 campaign season, starting with a scheme to use the reform proposal crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as a tool to scare seniors. Mr. Reid calls the House budget a "plan to end Medicare." Published May 24, 2011

President Barack Obama's image is displayed as he tells delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention that the bonds between the US and Israel are "unbreakable", Washington, Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Jerusalem secret

President Obama was mending fences on Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual meeting. He reasserted America's steadfast support for the Jewish state, and claimed that his comments on Israel in Thursday's Middle East policy address had been misunderstood. He quoted the Talmud and alluded to the Holocaust. When it came to the status of Jerusalem, however, the great orator had nothing to say. Published May 23, 2011

T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday that he's looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines because his plans for a giant wind farm in Texas was scrapped by multiple problems.

EDITORIAL: Natural gas pains

America's energy woes show what's wrong when politicians intervene in the market. When government tilts the playing field to favor an industry, rivals want their own slice of the pie. As gasoline prices skyrocket, natural-gas backers sense an opportunity to grab a larger share of the fuel market and want lawmakers to climb aboard the "green" fuel express. Published May 23, 2011

** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: The Obama slowdown

The experts at the National Bureau of Economic Research say the Great Recession ended in June 2009. After that, it looked for a brief period as if there might be a surge of economic growth as an oppressed private sector fought to break free of the malaise. It hasn't happened, and the latest numbers are far from encouraging. Published May 23, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office at the White House on May 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's faithless pledges to Israel

The White House was caught by surprise by the furor over President Obama's statements on Israel in his major foreign-policy speech on Thursday. Mr. Obama's defenders pointed out his position is consistent with long-standing administration policy, which explains why the peace process has been a raging failure. Published May 20, 2011