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President Obama speaks at a fundraiser at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

EDITORIAL: Obama's approval freefall

"April is the cruelest month," T.S. Eliot warned, and particularly for Presi- dent Obama. The White House had been enjoying a robust run-up in the polls since the "shellacking" of Democrats in November's midterm elections, but over the last month, Mr. Obama was back in freefall. Published April 29, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, heads that House panel that wants documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the decision to "walk guns to Mexico in order to follow them and capture a bigger fish." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's gunrunning hypocrisy

The Obama administration on Friday renewed its proposal to force gun dealers in four southwest border states to register multiple firearms sales. According to its filing in the Federal Register, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wants to create detailed records of whenever anyone attempts to purchase more than one semi-automatic rifle in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The registry scheme highlights Department of Justice (DOJ) hypocrisy on the gun issue. Published April 29, 2011

Job applicants wait in a long line at a job fair in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

EDITORIAL: Admit it, Obamanomics has failed

The only thing dropping faster than President Obama's poll numbers is America's economic future. Only one in five believe the country is headed in the right direction, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday. More than half of those responding to Gallup's queries believe we are either in a recession or depression. The grim mood reflects growing disenchantment with administration policies that have sucked the life out of the economy. Published April 28, 2011

** FILE ** A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Tornadoes spinning global warming

This year is seeing one of the worst tornado seasons in decades, and speculation is rampant about whether climate change is involved. When the dust settles, it's obvious that the rolling collapse of the case for global warming has forced alarmists to argue that even without scientific evidence, the risk is too great to reach any other conclusion. Published April 28, 2011

ROYAL BASH: Prince William and Catherine Middleton will marry Friday, but many Britons don't care. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Lindsay Lohan is no Kate Middleton

All across America, the curious woke at the crack of dawn Friday to watch live coverage of Prince William marrying Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. U.S. news outlets swarmed around London to fill an insatiable appetite for the royal wedding. From the newly titled Princess Catherine's tiara choice, to William's decision not to wear a wedding ring, to the first-kiss practice sessions, we commoners want to know every tiny detail of the pomp and circumstance the British monarchy does so well. Published April 28, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama shows off his golf form. He took advantage of a canceled trip to Poland to play on In April 2010 at Andrews Air Force Base. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Birth certificate isn't Obama's only secret

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. For over two years, the president has resisted pressure to divulge this simple biographical information, which proves he's a natural-born citizen. The belated White House release of the "long form" birth certificate answers one constitutional issue, but a host of other questions remains about the most mysterious president in modern history. Published April 27, 2011

A Syrian protester holds the national flag in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during a vigil calling for President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

EDITORIAL: The Nobama Doctrine

President Obama's penchant to frame his actions in lofty terms places him in a position of having to explain why his moral compass is so selective. The contrasting U.S. policies toward Libya and Syria expose Mr. Obama's moral conundrum. Published April 27, 2011

** FILE ** Curtis Irwin holds a .50 caliber rifle to show at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is since having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault rifles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Gun grabbers grasp at straws

Gun grabbers love statistics, especially when they're misleading. The latest report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) would have us believe that Americans are lined up at the recycling center ready to toss out their Glocks. The group claims that a firearm protected every other home in 1980 but only one out of three today. It's a not-so-subtle attempt to convey the message that the anti-Second Amendment crowd is winning. Published April 27, 2011

Illustration: EPA Unplugged by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: EPA suburban sprawl brawl

It's no secret that what was once the Land of the Free is becoming the home of red tape and federal control - especially under President Obama. Things are so out of hand that bureaucrats who are paid to hector citizens into conformity find themselves caught between contradictory enviro-principles. It's time to dial back the diktats. Published April 26, 2011

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More than six of every 10 Americans have cut back on other expenses and reduced their driving as a result of the rising gas prices caused by tumult in North Africa and the Middle East. President Obama's approval rating has taken a hit.

EDITORIAL: Obama running on empty

Skyrocketing gasoline prices have sent President Obama's public-approval ratings plummeting. The White House is searching for someone to blame, but the problem rests not with the pumps but with the president. Published April 26, 2011

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announces his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in front of the Statehouse on Thursday in Concord, N.H. Mr. Johnson says he has the resume needed to lead the country. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fight for the Tea Party nod

Republican Party voters are desperately seeking a principled conservative who can win back the White House. The Nov. 6, 2012, election can't come soon enough for those who want to put an end to Obamacare, trillion-dollar spending sprees and regulatory excess. On Thursday, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced he will run for the GOP nod in the currently wide-open contest for the nomination. Mr. Johnson's greatest handicap appears to be that nobody knows who he is. Published April 26, 2011

Mr. Obama jokes around with the Easter Bunny after the balcony microphone stopped working.

EDITORIAL: Obama to Christians: Forget you

President Obama delivered official messages for Passover, Ramadan and Diwali. But for Easter? Not so much. The White House came under fire this week for neglecting to issue official statements for either Easter or Good Friday, though Mr. Obama did take time Friday to address Earth Day, a celebration observed by tens of thousands of pagan worshippers of the earth goddess Gaia. Published April 25, 2011

Illustration: Charter schools by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The charter kickstarter

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the D.C. School Reform Act's passage. This gives public funding to charter schools and a chance at a good education to thousands of children otherwise doomed to attending notoriously poor D.C. public schools. Published April 25, 2011

Apple iPhones and iPads collect data on users' whereabouts; who has access to it is the concern of researchers and privacy watchdogs. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Government tracks your iPhone, too

Apple drew heat last week after security experts revealed that the iPhone secretly tracks the movements of its users. While this revelation is troubling, it's only half as bad as how different government agencies are already keeping tabs on the public. Published April 25, 2011

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Bob Stoltzfus cools down with a fan and cool air escaping from a refrigerator while taking inventory of his egg supply at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson, Miss., on Thursday.

EDITORIAL: Global-warming zealots to ban ice makers

Ice makers are the latest target in the left's ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads. Published April 23, 2011

EDITORIAL: The peacenik hypocrites

American troops are dying in Afghanistan in record numbers, drone-launched mis-siles are killing more people in Pakistan, American aircraft are carrying out missions over Libya, terrorist detainees are facing military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, and WikiLeaker Pfc. Bradley Manning is allegedly being tortured. Despite all this grist, the antiwar movement in 2011 is a shadow of its Bush-era self. The obvious explanation for this is that there is a Democrat in the White House, and according to a new study, this simple answer is largely correct. Published April 23, 2011

"The Three Crosses" by Rembrandt

EDITORIAL: There, they crucified Him

Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on His head, and clothed Him in a purple cloak, and they came to Him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck Him repeatedly. Published April 21, 2011

Copley News Service photographs
C.S. (Jack) Lewis, author of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," was elected a fellow here at Magdalen College in 1925. He taught medieval and Renaissance literature here until 1954.

EDITORIAL: The great battle

I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties; indeed, in your better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime, we must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the Enemy's camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favor. Published April 21, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTIAN FUCHS/THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Protesters march during a rally sponsored by Recreate 68 in Denver on Sunday. The nonviolent crowd couldn't match the size or enthusiasm of the anti-Vietnam war rallies in the 1960s. "It's not as big, but it's just as sincere," one participant said.

EDITORIAL: The hippie holiday

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. More important to many is that it's also Earth Day, the annual gala that's taken on the trappings of a pagan religious holiday. At some level, it's good to celebrate Earth, the source of life and home of humanity. After all, we have to live somewhere. Environmentalists, however, seem divided between those who venerate the planet as a deity and those who think it's so fragile that it must be saved from everyone but themselves. Published April 20, 2011