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Latin America leaders include (from left) Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva of Brazil and Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

EDITORIAL: Drilling Chevron in Ecuador

Chevron Corp. dropped a bombshell last week in defending against a gold-digging lawsuit from Ecuador. The U.S. government should stand up for the California-based company and its millions of American stakeholders. Published August 6, 2010

Gov. Martin O'Malley's furlough plan, imposing unpaid leave on thousands of state employees to reduce a budget shortfall, began Friday. Mr. O'Malley has returned five days of his salary. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: O'Malley's spy cameras

With great fanfare, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday announced his use of your tax dollars to track every move made by Maryland motorists. The Democratic chief executive will spend $2 million in federal grants to double the number of roadside and mobile spy cameras, with the data centrally collected at a "fusion center" accessible to government bureaucrats. Published August 6, 2010

First lady Michelle Obama smiles while she visits Marbella, southern Spain on Aug. 4, 2010, during a private vacation with daughter Sasha. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Let them eat tapas

The Obama family has been working hard to show their indifference to the plight of middle America. Whether it's the president's golfing fetish, private air transportation for family dog Bo to a Maine vacation, or Michelle Obama's taxpayer subsidized trip to the Spanish Riviera, the gulf between the White House leisure class and the American middle class has grown to unprecedented proportions. Published August 6, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, to discuss the jobs bill.

EDITORIAL: Democrats: Voters are dumb

Missouri's overwhelming rejection of Obamacare made it clear Americans will resist the federal government's power grab, but Democrats aren't getting the message. Despite being a middle-of-the-road swing state, an overwhelming 71 percent of Missourians voted against federal mandates over their personal health care choices. Ignoring the clarity of this protest, top Democrats maintain that the problem lies with American voters, who aren't smart enough to know what's good for them. Published August 5, 2010

People carry an injured person from the spot of bombing in Yakaghund in Pakistani tribal area of Mohmand on Friday, July 9, 2010. Two suicide bombers, at least one of them on a motorcycle, struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing scores of people and left many injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

EDITORIAL: A kinder, gentler Taliban

The Taliban can't stop killing the people they supposedly are trying to help. A new directive from leader Mullah Omar instructs Taliban fighters to go easy on Afghan civilians. On Monday, however, five Afghan children fell victim to Taliban suicide bombs. Apparently, Islamist guerrillas believe they have to destroy kids in order to save them. Published August 5, 2010

Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters march through San Francisco celebrating a federal judge's decision overturning California's same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

EDITORIAL: The arrogance of judicial power

A homosexual judge branded 7,001,084 California voters as hateful people on Wednesday. In so doing, Vaughn R. Walker, a man never elected to his lifetime position, decided he would reshape the state to better suit his personal lifestyle preference. In striking down Proposition 8's simple statement that, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," Judge Vaughn undermined not just the political process, but society itself. Published August 5, 2010

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

EDITORIAL: It's now fact: The public hates Obamacare

Just under a million Missouri voters braved 102-degree heat Tuesday to cast ballots exempting the state's residents from Obamacare mandates. The verdict on the nationalized health care scheme could not have been more clear: More than 71 percent chose to tell the federal government to stop meddling with their personal health care choices. Published August 4, 2010

Jeff Miller

EDITORIAL: Sacking Shuler

Jeff Miller is the Republican challenger for Congress in North Carolina's 11th district. The incumbent, Rep. Heath Shuler, was elected on the 2006 wave that swept Democrats into power on Capitol Hill. Most Washingtonians loathe Mr. Shuler as one of the Redskins' worst draft picks of all time, who in his previous career bilked the team for millions and was traded away as a total flop. It's time to send Mr. Shuler packing again. Published August 4, 2010

** FILE ** Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (foreground) listens to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions (pictured on a video screen), Alabama Republican, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, during Ms. Kagan's confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Go to the mat against Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is being rammed through Senate confirmation before important questions about her background have been answered. Opponents should use every parliamentary tool available to delay a final confirmation vote until after the August recess. One available tool is the old-fashioned, one-man filibuster that lasts as long as the filibustering senator can keep his feet. Published August 4, 2010

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, assessing the risk of damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The two-day fact-finding trip also took him to Alabama and Mississippi.

EDITORIAL: Obama to Gulf: Drop dead

The Gulf oil spill should not recede from the headlines without further attention to how President Obama continues to punish the victims. His moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is unreasonable and unconscionable. Published August 3, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner talks on his cell phone as he walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Our sputtering economic engine

As the nation's economic engine continues to sputter, Americans are wondering when the administration's promised "recovery summer" is going to start. From a peak annual growth rate of 5 percent last autumn, the measure of gross domestic product slid to 3.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and was down to 2.4 percent by the end of June. Published August 3, 2010

In this Jan. 18, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Air Force, an Air Force plane airdrops humanitarian aid into Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

EDITORIAL: America, everybody's friend

The world hurts, America responds. Recent floods in Pakistan have killed at least 1,500 people and affected millions more. The United States is rushing aid to the scene, and hopefully this time the people of Pakistan will remember who their friends are. Published August 3, 2010

A man talks on the phone as he stands next to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Arizona's new immigration law SB1070 takes effect Thursday, July 29. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

EDITORIAL: Obama's immigration back door

The Obama administration's way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration is to declare it legal. This is the upshot of an 11-page memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about "Administrative alternatives to comprehensive immigration reform." As the title suggests, it is a compendium of backdoor measures the executive branch claims it can take without having to deal with pesky things like congressional authorization. Published August 2, 2010

Joe Scott says his Global Positioning System software helps warn drivers of about speed traps and red-light cameras, such as the one at Michigan Avenue at Trinity, or the Third Street tunnel to Interstate 395. Mr. Scott says his software will "help GPS owners to legally avoid unjust traffic tickets." (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Stop for green week

Whenever government tries to scare you with statistics, it's a good idea to hold on to your wallet. Through Aug. 8, local governments will bandy about threatening numbers as part of the "National Stop on Red Week," an event that purportedly encourages better driving habits at intersections. In reality, the idea is to pick your pocket by promoting red-light cameras. Published August 2, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear at the "Defend the Constitution" rally planned for June 25 in Manassas.

EDITORIAL: Virginia wins a round vs. Obamacare

On one side lies federal tyranny. On the other side is freedom. Yesterday, federal district Judge Henry E. Hudson favored freedom by keeping alive Virginia's suit to invalidate the law that created Obamacare. Published August 2, 2010

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson on Tuesday in Warren, Mich., previews the new Chevy Volt, which promises to get 230 miles per gallon in city driving. While the fuel economy is enticing, analysts say the $40,000 price tag would be daunting.

EDITORIAL: No jolt from Chevy Volt

President Obama was in Detroit on Friday to promote the Chevy Volt electric car, which is fantastically overpriced and offers underwhelming performance. This is the latest example of government burning billions on green ideas that don't pay off. Published July 30, 2010

Gregory D. Kutz

EDITORIAL: State Department flunks passport test

Big-government solutions rarely fix serious problems. Instead, they create bigger ones. Since 2006, U.S. passports have been issued with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking chip ostensibly intended to reduce unauthorized entry into the country. In testimony Thursday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that despite the high-tech efforts, passport fraud is still "easy." Published July 30, 2010

Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, wants China to explain its intentions for its military buildup.

EDITORIAL: High seas segregation

The Navy wants to judge sailors by the color of their skin, not the content of their seamanship. Published July 30, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan laughs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. The committee approved her nomination on Tuesday, July 20. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's abortive ethics

The U.S. Senate is derelict in its duty if it votes to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court without further investigating her legal ethics. Published July 29, 2010

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Reps. Bart Stupak (right), Michigan Democrat, seen here with Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat, said he won't "bypass" his pro-life "principles" by voting for the current version of the health care bill.

EDITORIAL: Another government-run insurance scheme

Some congressional Democrats might actually be having second thoughts about creating new spending programs. Last week, the House demonstrated unusual restraint in declining to put taxpayers on the hook for yet another government-backed insurance scheme. Unfortunately, the reluctance may turn out to be only a temporary delay. Published July 29, 2010