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EDITORIAL: Disney cashes in on SEAL Team 6

One day after Osama bin Laden's body was dumped into the North Arabian Sea, Walt Disney Co. executives smelled opportunity. The Hollywood giant filed three applications to trademark the term "SEAL Team 6," the name of the elite special forces team that took down the world's most wanted criminal. Disney wants the exclusive rights to slap the phrase on every product that could possibly make a buck. Published May 19, 2011

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D.C. resident Amy McVey (above) was the first to register a handgun, with "coupon No. 1" (below), in the District after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city's gun ban. Now she and others have formed an advocacy group, Capital Gun Owners, to lobby for even less city control over guns.

EDITORIAL: The right to bear arms

Illinois has the worst gun laws of any state. Only police officers and the taxpayer-funded bodyguards for ex-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley have the right to carry a handgun outside their homes. Everyone else is out of luck - unless a pair of federal lawsuits filed last week succeed in arguing that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear Arms" means that people can actually bear arms in the land of Lincoln. Published May 19, 2011

President Obama delivers a policy address on events in the Middle East at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, May 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Osama ambushes Obama

A dead terrorist outmaneuvered a living president on Thursday. Osama bin Laden’s final taped message was an eerie refutation of President Obama’s major Middle East policy address. Even in death, bin Laden launched a surprise attack with impeccable timing. Published May 19, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

EDITORIAL: Mitch Daniels, where are you?

In the past week, the Republican field for the 2012 election has dramatically contracted. Mike Huckabee bowed out Saturday night, citing personal conviction as the reason for his pass. The Donald quickly followed Monday, under pressure from NBC executives to commit to additional seasons of "Celebrity Apprentice." Now is the time for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to throw his hat into the ring. Published May 18, 2011

An Indonesian Muslim woman holds posters during a protest against the planned visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in front of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Irwin Ferdiansyah)

EDITORIAL: Muslims to Obama: We're not into you

President Obama is attempting to salvage his flagging Middle East strategy. In his scheduled speech today on the events in the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Obama may also try to claim a measure of credit for the changes sweeping the region. This will be a tough sell, especially to the supermajorities of people in that part of the world who simply don't like America. Published May 18, 2011

President Obama is seen here during a meeting Tuesday with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Oval Office of the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Nanny state undermines the Golden Rule

Faith is innate. That's the simple conclusion of a poll conducted by England's Oxford University to discover the dimensions of the human tendency to seek God. The results affirm what most of us already know: Human beings are born to believe. Too bad that here in America, the so-called "progressive" ideology that powers President Obama's Washington actively impedes the flourishing of faith. Published May 17, 2011

Wreath at graveside of Col. William M. Bower, last of the Doolittle Raid pilots, Arlington National Cemetery, May 16, 2011.

EDITORIAL: The gutsiest call

On Monday, the nation honored Col. William M. Bower, the last surviving pilot of the April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid, the risky surprise attack on the Japanese home islands that bolstered American morale in the early, tragic months of World War II. Col. Bower died Jan. 10 at age 93 and was laid to rest Monday at Arlington National Cemetery. Published May 17, 2011

A Palestinian protester adds a tire to a burning barricade blocking the road during clashes with Israeli troops, not seen, following a demonstration to mark the 63rd anniversary of "Nakba", Arabic for "Catastrophe", the term used to mark the events leading to Israel's founding in 1948, in the Shuafa(...)

EDITORIAL: Iran encircles Israel

It was just a matter of time before the disruptions in the Middle East began to have an impact on Israel. Unfortunately, the border violence there over the weekend had more to do with preventing change than promoting it. Published May 16, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich leaves an Hispanic prayer breakfast Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The GOP idea man

Now that Newt Gingrich has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, the knives are out. Many on the right are complaining that the former House speaker spends too much time off the reservation to be seriously considered for the job. They need a history lesson. Published May 16, 2011

Former Godfather's Pizza Chief Executive Herman Cain is among those cultivating the GOP grass roots in Iowa this week. (Herman Cain Presidential  Exploratory Committee)

EDITORIAL: The GOP's new godfather

With the 2012 elections on the horizon, many conservatives are uneasy about the lack of an obvious front-runner for the job of denying President Obama a second term. While the GOP field lacks clarity, it does provide a platform for new talent to stand out and wow the party faithful. According to a Zogby poll released Tuesday, Herman Cain is getting that attention. Though a relative unknown, Mr. Cain jumped to second place among surveyed primary voters. Published May 13, 2011

In this Friday Nov. 2, 2001 file picture, Taliban fighters, one carrying a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, foreground, and one carrying a heavy machine gun, walk through the ruins of a mud house near Kandahar, Afghanistan. (AP Photo, File)

EDITORIAL: Failed Taliban offensive

When it comes to the war in Afghanistan, it's easy for the insurgents to make headlines, even when their attacks meet with total failure. On May 8, the Taliban launched a major attack on Afghan government targets in the insurgent's spiritual capital of Kandahar. Press reports called it a "vengeance attack" for the killing of Osama bin Laden a week earlier. Time magazine forebodingly compared it to the 1968 Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. The general tone of the coverage was thick with knowing dread. Published May 13, 2011

DC Metropolitan Police Honor guard fold the flag draped over the casket of Stephen T. Johns following his funeral service. The funeral for 39-year-old Johns, the security guard who was shot and killed at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, was held at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md., on Friday beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m. and funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2009 ( Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times )

EDITORIAL: Obama missing: National Police Week

Sunday, May 15 is the 30th annual Peace Officers Memorial Service. Law enforcement from all over the country gathered in Washington for National Police Week to honor fallen comrades-in-arms. Too bad President Obama couldn't be there. Published May 13, 2011

** FILE ** Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is shown in a video released by the Department of Defense on Saturday, May 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)

EDITORIAL: An appropriate burial for bin Laden?

A Zogby poll released Wednesday shows that one in five likely voters thinks Osama bin Laden is still alive. Despite this public-perception problem, the Obama administration continues to hide photos and video of bin Laden's demise, instead reiterating that his corpse and burial were "taken care of in the appropriate way." At a Pentagon briefing, a senior Defense official stated vaguely that bin Laden was handled "using the appropriate procedures and rituals." Published May 12, 2011

PRAYERS: Members of the hard-line group Islam Defenders Front gather by portraits of Osama bin Laden and President Obama in Jakarta, Indonesia, during prayers Wednesday for the al Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet Thursday with Sept. 11 families in New York. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama: Freedom or Islam?

President Obama is trying to hit the reset button on his outreach efforts to the world's Muslims. He would do better to focus on aggressively promoting freedom rather than pandering to Islam. Published May 12, 2011

This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama discussing the START treaty, during a phone call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Friday, March 26, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pete Souza, White House )

EDITORIAL: Obama's 300 million new Twitter followers

The government has your cell phone number, and it's going to send you text messages whether you like it or not. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski joined Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate in New York City on Tuesday to announce a multimillion dollar federal program that, in theory, will notify mobile phone users in times of grave emergency. Like so many Washington-centric ideas, this one was obsolete long before it got off the drawing board. Published May 11, 2011

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates Tuesday during an election night gathering hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington. The GOP's victory changes the balance of power in Congress and will likely elevate Boehner to speaker of the House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Use the Constitution to cut spending

Liberals around town are freaked out because House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, told Wall Street leaders Monday that a hike in the debt ceiling would have to be accompanied by government spending cuts that exceed the amount of extra debt. That's not the kind of thing the left, which wants every taxpayer dime to stay in Washington, wants to hear - but big spenders may have no choice but to listen. Published May 11, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Gun rights for D.C.

Too often, it seems city officials in Washington would like to forget they must operate under the Constitution. The District has gone out of its way to deny residents any meaningful ability to protect themselves at home with a firearm, prompting the Second Amendment Foundation to file a lawsuit on Tuesday to allow gun purchases in the nation's capital. Published May 11, 2011

** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

EDITORIAL: Hostage to an Iranian bomb

Until a last-minute postponement, the United States was to go on trial today in a Tehran courtroom. Two American hikers arrested on espionage charges provided the ostensible cause for the proceedings, but Iran's real target remains the longtime nemesis it calls "the Great Satan." This prosecution of innocents underscores the widening gulf between the radical Islamic regime and the civilized world. Published May 10, 2011

**FILE** President Obama speaks May 10, 2011, about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas, during his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Securing the border with semantics

President Obama made a run for the border yesterday to shore up his credentials on the immigration issue. Speaking from Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Mr. Obama defended his strategy as if it were working. "They'll never be satisfied," he said, lashing out at critics. "The truth is, the measures we've put in place are getting results." Published May 10, 2011

Illustration: China 'net by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Great Firewall of China

When it comes to the Internet, the People's Republic of China (PRC) would rather be safe than sorry. Beijing is taking new steps to make certain the social networking-fueled contagion of freedom that is sweeping the Arab world will not penetrate mainland China's great firewall. Published May 10, 2011