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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Elizabeth Warren, announces that Warren will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Consumer finance czarina's double conflict

Wealthy class-action lawyers can count on another friend in the Obama administration. The president recently tapped Elizabeth Warren as an end-run appointee to establish the new federal agency known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The choice is raising eyebrows because, as Bloomberg News reported, Ms. Warren took $90,000 from a Miami plaintiffs' firm to serve as an expert witness in a lawsuit against major American banks, including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase for alleged antitrust violations related to credit-card processing rates. Published September 30, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton appears at a rally in support of first-term Rep. Michael E. McMahon, New York Democrat, on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, on Staten Island in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's health hazard

Bill Clinton predicted a year ago that Obamacare's passage would yield electoral gold for congressional Democrats. "The minute the president signs the health care reform bill," the former president told the Netroots Nation convention in August 2009, "approval will go up, because Americans are inherently optimistic." Last weekend, he admitted the prognostication had been a bit off. "First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years," Mr. Clinton explained to NBC's "Meet the Press." "And secondly, there has been an enormous and highly effective attack on it." Published September 30, 2010

President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on wealth

President Obama effectively has declared war on America's wealth creators. By refusing to extend fully the George W. Bush tax cuts, Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats are hoping their "tax the rich" rhetoric will carry the day. This sends an unmistakable message to investors and entrepreneurs: If you risk your capital and succeed, your government will punish you. It should come as no surprise, then, that this policy has led to a dramatic destruction of wealth. Published September 29, 2010

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law in May that authorizes cities and counties to begin deploying speed cameras on Oct. 1. The law specifies that fines cannot exceed $40.

EDITORIAL: O'Malley's blackmail cameras

Gov. Martin O'Malley last year signed legislation allowing Maryland localities to set up speed cameras in school zones because, he claimed, that would make the streets safer. Now that several of these municipal photo-enforcement systems are up and running, it's hard to argue with a straight face that they are anything other than a naked grab for cash. Published September 29, 2010

Some groups have taken offense at a costume depicting an illegal alien as a space alien.

EDITORIAL: The spaced-out U.N.

News spread at light speed this week that the United Nations appointed an official greeter for aliens visiting Earth. Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, head of the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs, was given the task of shaking the hands, claws, tentacles, antennae or other appendages (if any) of extraterrestrials who decide to drop in. With world peace and the global economy limping along on vapors, this appointment of an ambassador to aliens proves once again that the international body's priorities are lost in space. Then again, perhaps this outreach to the final frontier isn't all bad if it distracts U.N. space cadets from some of their misguided missions on this planet. Published September 29, 2010

BUCKING THE SYSTEM: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint seeks some new allies in the Senate.

EDITORIAL: Hot-lining on the hot seat

The anti-Washington fervor sweeping the country involves more than the backlash against exorbitant federal spending. The arrogance of power is manifest in the passage of laws opposed by vast majorities of Americans. Most of these bills aren't even read by those in Congress who vote for them and impose the dictates on the rest of us. The message to lawmakers is simple: Read the legislation. Published September 28, 2010

A GE washing machine (left) stands among the varied appliances at Howard's Appliance and Big-Screen Superstore, but it is a slow-growth business for General Electric and the conglomerate may shed its $7 billion appliance division that employs about 13,000 people worldwide.

EDITORIAL: Obamachine pulls the plug on appliances

Regulation-weary Americans had better brace themselves for another load of government-knows-best activism as President Obama's green czarina claims she has a mandate to pick what household appliances we can use in the future. Cathy Zoi, assistant energy secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently outlined the administration's so-called clean-energy strategy. Published September 28, 2010

In this image taken from undated video made available from Taliban sources on Saturday Jan. 9, 2010, purportedly showing Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, right, reading a statement to camera vowing revenge for the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, while sitting next to the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. The authenticity of this video is unconfirmed. (AP Photo/Taliban video via APTN)

EDITORIAL: The secret war in Pakistan

Lyndon Johnson's "secret war in Laos" long has been a touchstone for liberal indignation over America's history of covert conflicts. Leftist critics, however, have been remarkably silent over the growing secret war in Pakistan. This war should escalate. Published September 28, 2010


EDITORIAL: 9/11 cover-up

In an attempt to censor a book about the war on terrorism, the government has handed terrorists a road map to information they should never see. The case also raises political questions regarding intelligence community efforts to keep critical information regarding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from the American people. Published September 27, 2010

**FILE** An enormous crowd takes part in the Sept. 12 march on Washington to protest government spending and health care reform proposals. The field plan for a series of grassroots demonstrations Tuesday to push President Obama's health care agenda show the events will be tightly scripted with plans for "escalation," but organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy town hall meetings and "tea party" protests challenging White House policies that they say conservatives staged. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A bus against a bust

The theme of this year's election season is simple: Stop the spending now. The federal government needs to stop adding to its budget and stop funding new programs. Current expenditures should be rolled back. That's the message sweeping America's heartland. Published September 27, 2010

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine speaks during the DNC's summer meeting, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

EDITORIAL: Kaine's legacy of mismanagement

An audit released Thursday suggests former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine left the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in a state of financial disarray. Current Gov. Robert F. McDonnell had long sought a review of the agency's finances, but even he and Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton were stunned to find that the department that once claimed it was out of money actually has enough cash on hand to fund $1.4 billion in new projects by 2011. Published September 27, 2010

Rep. Mike Coffman

EDITORIAL: Furlough the feds

An 18-month recession came to an official end in June 2009, according to a study released last week by the National Bureau of Economic Research. For good reason, few in the public believe it's over. With the economy stuck in neutral and unemployment locked at 9.6 percent, most see no choice but to keep cutting back because the future looks no brighter. Published September 24, 2010

Illustration: Black Panther justice by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Black Panther case: Red hot

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez has an obligation to clean house at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. That's clear after explosive new whistle-blower testimony under oath Friday in the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case, which triggers a pledge Mr. Perez made under oath on May 14. Failure to fire some officials and to radically revamp practices in the Civil Rights Division would represent clear dereliction of duty by Mr. Perez. Published September 24, 2010

Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report," prepares Friday to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law subcommittee hearing on Protecting America's Harvest. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Colbert's corny report

Comedian Stephen Colbert's appearance before a House panel on farm jobs and illegal immigrants made a mockery of one of the most contentious issues of the election season. In playing host to this display, Democrats proved their self-destructive instincts are alive and well. Published September 24, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, holds up a copies of the Quran, left, and Bible, right, as he addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EDITORIAL: Iran talks tough, Obama just talks

When it comes to war fighting, the United States is second-rate and always has been, according to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "The United States has never entered a serious war, and has never been victorious," Iran's president said on Tuesday. Threatened strikes against Iran's outlaw nuclear program do not impress him, and if President Obama's speech Thursday at the United Nations is any indication, the mullahs have nothing to worry about. Published September 23, 2010

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick

EDITORIAL: Outing the new gay Army

Democrats are in strategic retreat after falling short of the votes needed Tuesday to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces. That's good news for the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who signed up to defend their country, not to participate in social experimentation. Many of these brave individuals were taken aback by the comments of high-ranking military brass at an August meeting of U.S. troops stationed in Germany discussing President Obama's proposed changes to military life. Published September 23, 2010

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDITORIAL: Time to curb red tape

The American people are desperate for a Congress that reins in the federal bureaucracy. Yesterday, 13 senators and a House member introduced legislation called the REINS Act to do just that. It is legislation that desperately needs to be passed. Published September 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Criminal Black Panthers

The White House is trying to dodge the issue, but the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case is a growing scandal about political interference by the Obama administration into law-enforcement matters. The latest outrages to come to light are the brutal criminal histories of the Black Panthers who threatened Philadelphia voters on Election Day, 2008. Published September 22, 2010

This image provided by Simon & Schuster shows the cover of Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars". Woodward's latest investigative work will run 441 pages and show Obama "making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism," Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday Sept. 7, 2010. The book is scheduled to go on sale Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster) NO SALES

EDITORIAL: Obama's victory-less war

Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars," is days away from release and already causing a stir. As the title implies, it's not only about the U.S. "overseas contingency operations" President Obama is overseeing but also the personality clashes and policy conflicts the White House has shielded from public view. Since the Obama team invited Mr. Woodward into its midst and thus legitimized his enterprise, whatever fallout comes from the book will be a self-inflicted wound. Published September 22, 2010

** FILE ** The reverse side of a $5 gold coin struck at the New Orleans Mint in 1844 is shown.

EDITORIAL: Panning gold dealers

When President Obama was sworn into office, an ounce of gold was worth about $850. Its value has since grown 50 percent, to $1,275 - a sterling performance in these bleak economic times. Companies like Goldline International Inc. have taken advantage of the modern gold rush to market precious-metal coins as an investment, but Rep. Anthony Weiner is crying foul. Tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection will consider the New York Democrat's legislation cracking down on what he calls Goldline's "massive overcharges." It is no coincidence that this firm advertises heavily on television and radio outlets critical of the administration. Published September 21, 2010