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President Obama in crisis response mode/AP.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Gulf war

Five weeks into the Hurricane Katrina crisis, President George W. Bush's Gallup weekly public approval rating stood at 45 percent. Five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, the same survey pegged President Obama's approval rating at 46 percent. That is bad news for the White House. The worse news is that Mr. Bush's approval rating had increased five points since the Katrina crisis had started; Mr. Obama's has dropped four points. Published June 15, 2010

Rep. Bob Etherridge, North Carolina Democrat

EDITORIAL: Congressional brutality

Congressional Democrats went on a rampage three months ago to paint Tea Party activists as violent extremists, despite zero evidence that the movement's rallies have been anything but peaceful. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, took a media tour, somberly informing viewers of CBS' "The Early Show" that, "We've had a lot of serious disagreements on tax bills, on war and peace and other matters, and I haven't seen the level of, frankly, threats or anger or threatening of violent acts that I've seen recently." Published June 15, 2010

Goodwin Liu, 39, is President Obama's nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The worst judiciary ever

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday forwarded to the full Senate the appellate judicial nomination of U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny, whose self-proclaimed sympathy for "sexual sadists" knows few bounds. Thus proceeds President Obama's attempt to remake the federal judiciary into a den of criminal-coddling left wingers completely alien to most Americans' sense of equal justice under law. Together, these nominees are dangerous to the American legal system. Published June 15, 2010

Culture briefs

"We have asked incoming first-year students to read two texts in the summer before they arrive at Bard - Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' and the fourth chapter of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species,' 'Natural Selection.' Published June 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Pro-Black Panther prejudice

The foundation is crumbling from the Justice Department's stonewall on the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. What's becoming visible is a serious corrosion in the whole edifice of the Civil Rights Division in the Obama-Holder Justice Department. Published June 14, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Paraguay's Enrique Vera, top, fights for the ball with Italy's Domenico Criscito during the World Cup group F soccer match between Italy and Paraguay in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, June 14, 2010.

EDITORIAL: It's called soccer. Deal with it.

Islamist militants in Mogadishu last weekend killed two people and arrested 10 others for watching World Cup soccer, which is banned in Somalia. Islamist leader Sheik Abu Yahya Al-Iraqi said that soccer "descended from the old Christian cultures, and our Islamic administration will never allow" watching the World Cup. Published June 14, 2010

** FILE ** Helen Thomas (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EDITORIAL: The Brady Campaign's anti-Semitic honoree

Disgraced reporter Helen Thomas' May 27 rant that Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany or Poland brought justifiable condemnation in some circles. The Society of Professional Journalists is considering renaming its Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Bethesda's Walt Whitman High School withdrew its invitation for Ms. Thomas to be its commencement speaker this week. Even President Obama belatedly admitted, "Her comments were offensive." Too bad the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence doesn't agree. Published June 14, 2010

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke speaks during a House Budget Committee hearing on the state of the economy in Washington on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Mr. Bernanke said the U.S. central bank will act as needed to aid financial stability and economic growth after restarting emergency currency-swaps to help contain Europe's debt crisis. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: Fast track to the poorhouse

Each American's share of the total U.S. debt will grow to $60,000 in the next five years unless Congress and the Obama administration reverse their reckless spending habits. Treasury budget projections released last week show that red ink will swell to $19.6 trillion by 2015. If President Obama wins re-election in 2012, he could easily be responsible for doubling the national debt on his watch. It stood at $10.6 trillion when he took office, which is starting to sound quaint. Published June 11, 2010

Al Gore

EDITORIAL: Pacific islands not sinking from global warming

Of all the apocalyptic imagery summoned by global warming's proponents, the most compelling has been the threat of coastal devastation from rising sea levels. In his best-selling work "Earth in the Balance," Al Gore argued that the selfishness of Western industrialization would obliterate small, impoverished countries. Published June 11, 2010

1983 Chrysler Cordoba achieves antique status

Like anyone else in the market for a Chrysler Cordoba in 1983, Norman and Lillian Lee of Oxnard, Calif., could have purchased a plain model that had a base price of about $9,500. Instead, with the assistance of Harbor Chrysler-Plymouth salesman Gordie Williams, they opted for a crimson red beauty loaded with most of the available bells and whistles. Published June 10, 2010

Ford expands alternative-fuel conversion capability

Ford has just informed nearly 500 North American fleet customers that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab. Published June 10, 2010

Triumph introduces the 2011 Sprint GT

Five years after Triumph introduced the popular 1050cc Sprint ST sports touring bike, the British classic has introduced a new model with greater practicality and more emphasis on the touring aspect of "sports touring" and the Triumph Sprint GT. Published June 10, 2010

OnStar, Google partner to expand turn-by-turn navigation

OnStar and Google have reached an agreement that will let OnStar users search for and identify destinations using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service in their vehicles. Published June 10, 2010

Political Scene

SEC imposes new 'circuit-breaker' rules Published June 10, 2010

Culture Briefs

"I'm listening to what I reckon is the saddest piece of classical music ever composed: Schumann's neglected Violin Concerto." Published June 10, 2010

American Scene

ALABAMA: Van der Sloot admitted lying Published June 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's diplomatic flop

During the campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama made light of what he saw as his predecessor-to-be's lack of diplomatic skill. As Wednesday's U.N. Security Council vote on sanctions over Iran's nuclear program showed, Mr. Obama's team could learn a few things about diplomacy from George W. Bush. Published June 10, 2010

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to provide Congress with "all information" on the New Black Panther Party case. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Holder runs from Wolf

The indefatigable Rep. Frank R. Wolf provided plenty of fodder for today's meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The eight-member panel is scheduled to discuss a number of matters, including the ongoing investigation into the New Black Panther voter-intimidation incident. On Tuesday, the Northern Virginia Republican fired off 24 questions about the case to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The congressman, and the commission, deserve answers. Published June 10, 2010