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Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, right, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, center, listen as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaks during a business meeting of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: A road to honest budgets

One thing is certain about any large government building project: It's going to be over budget. No matter how bloated the estimates might look upon first glance, they never end up covering the full and final costs involved. We've already seen this with the $4 billion Dulles Metro Rail project where even at this early stage, costs are approaching $7 billion. Published March 9, 2011

Space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Discovery ended its career as the world's most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

EDITORIAL: Grounding American dreams

The return to Earth of Discovery on Wednesday marked the forthcoming end of NASA's space shuttle era and the beginning of an uncertain future for the agency. The venerable spacecraft will be retired with 148 million miles on the odometer, highlighting how the world's premier space organization will soon be grounded as the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight in the spring. Published March 9, 2011

Illustration: NPR faces budget axe by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: NPR hates you

Are you a white, middle class, gun-owning, church-going conservative? Then NPR hates you. This stark but unsurprising revelation came in an undercover investigative video by conservative activist James O’Keefe targeting NPR senior executive Ron Schiller. Mr. Schiller thought he was chatting up Muslim activists promising a $5 million donation to the embattled publicly funded network, and he sought to appeal to them by disparaging people who disagree with his liberal worldview. Published March 9, 2011

** FILE ** Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

EDITORIAL: Georgia backs voter ID

Once again, a major court has ruled that states have every right to fight voter fraud by requiring voters to show identification. The Obama Justice Department, however, is on the wrong side of the argument. Fortunately, the sanctity of the vote is being upheld against those undermining it. Published March 8, 2011

Illustration: Debt by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama spending hits new records

Big government doesn't come cheaply. According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) figures released Monday, the budget deficit for February hit a staggering $223 billion - meaning the Obama administration added more in debt last month than was borrowed in all of 2007. It's no secret that these mounting bills must eventually come due in the form of higher taxes or a deflated currency. Either alternative would hit consumers hard. Published March 8, 2011

EDITORIAL: Is Obama a war criminal yet?

President Obama quietly signed an executive order on Monday instituting a system for indefinitely holding terrorist detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), Cuba. The administration also announced that terrorist trials by military commission would recommence. This is a win for U.S. security, but the country has paid a heavy price for Mr. Obama's on-the-job training in counterterrorism. Published March 8, 2011

A fireman, holding the photo of 9/11 victim Lt. John P. Napolitano, FDNY, salutes near Ground Zero during the ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2008.    (UPI Photo/James Estrin/POOL)

EDITORIAL: Firehouse flunkies

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s obsession with racial grievance-mongering could get Americans burnt to a Published March 7, 2011

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, speaks Tuesday at a news conference on the release of a report on northern border security. The panel's ranking member, Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, looks on. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Internet kill switch rebooted

Dumb ideas never die in Washington; they're just re-invented. One chestnut that simply refuses to expire would grant the president Mubarak-like power over the handful of private companies whose services provide the backbone of the Internet. Last month, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Independent, reintroduced legislation that had been widely panned last session as the "Internet kill switch." Now the scheme has been re-imagined with a warm-and-fuzzy title meant to allay concerns. Published March 7, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, who is House Homeland Security Committee chairman, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

EDITORIAL: King charges the Saracens

The White House and left-wing activists are vigorously opposing congressional hearings on homegrown Islamic radicalism. Apparently they don't think there's a threat, or that if the government ignores it, danger will go away. Published March 7, 2011

Illustration: Truman defeated by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

BLANKLEY: Obama's incumbent advantage

The media tend to be filled with many items that are either untrue or obvious. Last week - from Politico to cable television, from Karl Rove to Mike Huckabee - was a moment for the obvious to be stated and restated: "The GOP should not underestimate how hard it will be to defeat President Obama next November; indeed, he has to be considered the favorite to win the next presidential election." True. Published March 7, 2011

President Obama takes part in an Internet town hall meeting. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Obama to the Internet: No ICANN

Freedom of information and communication on the Internet is playing a key role in supporting pro-democracy demonstrators in the Middle East and developing norms for civil society elsewhere around the world. But just when freedom is beginning to flicker, the Obama administration is seeking to give authoritarian regimes more power to impose censorship on the Web. Published March 4, 2011

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry. (AP Photo/Office of U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman)

EDITORIAL: Obama's energy transformation

President Obama has intentionally hamstrung domestic energy production under the delusional theory that the U.S. economy can thrive on so-called green power. As Mideast turmoil threatens the oil supply, the price of domestic crude has jumped above $100 a barrel and gas at the pump now exceeds $3.46 a gallon. This shows just how dangerous the Obama administration's economic and energy policies can be to our wallets. Published March 4, 2011

Illustration: Rail pork by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: High-speed derailed

Florida's Supreme Court on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Obama's $53 billion high-speed rail pet project. The seven jurists sided unanimously with Republican Gov. Rick Scott's right to forgo $2.4 billion in federal taxpayer-backed grants the Obama administration wanted to blow on an 84-mile train track linking Tampa and Orlando. More and more, Republican governors are rejecting this type of federal bribe in the name of fiscal responsibility. Published March 4, 2011

Illustration: EPA Unplugged by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times


As Congress looks for ways to trim the budget, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) represents an opportunity for up to $9 billion in savings. This outfit has become little more than an advocacy group for trendy leftist causes operating on the public's dime. Many liberal policies being promoted are so unpopular that congressional Democrats can't muster the votes to get them through the proper legislative process. So they go to the EPA instead. Published March 3, 2011

Illustration: Regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Department of Redundancy Department

Every time a member of Congress sees a news story or is annoyed by something, he thinks, "There ought to be a law." Such laws go on to become programs that continue indefinitely, even after they have outlived whatever usefulness they might have once had. Given the limited creativity of politicians, these eternal programs frequently overlap one another, resulting in a duplication of effort that costs us at least $100 billion a year, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued Tuesday. Published March 3, 2011

WIGGLE ROOM: President Obama is willing to give states the opportunity to opt out of parts of the health care law. (Bloomberg)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s state of Islamic denial

U.S. troops are gunned down by a shooter who screams “Allahu akbar!” before opening fire. Official statements are rushed out: The perpetrator was a lone wolf; his motive was unclear; there are no links to terrorism. Sound familiar? It should, because when Islam is the cause of American tragedy, President Obama hides his head in the sand. Published March 3, 2011

EDITORIAL: Holder ill serves his 'people'

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. played the race card in congressional testimony on Tuesday, referring to blacks as his "people" while neglecting the rest of Americans. That race-based lens pervades his Justice Department, causing consistently skewed enforcement of the law. Published March 2, 2011

MOVERS: Republican leaders in the House leave a luncheon with President Obama on Wednesday. From left are: Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They discussed spending and the national debt. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Republicans squander historic opportunity

If there's one thing politicians are good it, it's avoiding hard choices. The new Republican majority in the House appears - at least for the moment - not to be an exception. Despite having a clear mandate to make deep cuts in the current budget, the House proposed a mere $4 billion in pain-free reductions while putting off the question of a government shutdown for another two weeks. The timid approach met with overwhelming 91-9 approval in the Senate yesterday and a 335-91 vote in the House on Tuesday. Published March 2, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates listens as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen speaks Tuesday at the Pentagon about the Libya turmoil. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama is enabling jihad

Al Qaeda and Iran are cheering on the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, so why does the Obama administration think the Islamic extremists are losing? Published March 2, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: No hope for gun grabbers

The left has permanently lost the argument on gun control. Despite their best efforts to take advantage of the tragic shooting in Arizona to promote pointless restrictions on things like the size of handgun magazines, the propaganda campaign is unlikely to go anywhere. Instead, the right to keep and bear arms continues to gain steam as state lawmakers around the country are enacting measures that would have been unthinkable not so long ago. Published March 1, 2011