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EDITORIAL: Obama's Spanish lesson

President Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last week to express his support for Spain's effort "to strengthen its economy and build market confidence." For once, Mr. Obama is exactly right. Published May 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's Spanish lesson

President Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last week to express his support for Spain's effort "to strengthen its economy and build market confidence." For once, Mr. Obama is exactly right. Published May 15, 2010

Kia Soul named one of "Best Family Cars for 2010" by and Parents Magazine

Proven consumer and media favorite, the 2010 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle recently was named to the "Best Family Cars for 2010" list in the "budget" category by leading automotive research site and family-favorite Parents magazine, adding to an already extensive list of prestigious honors and recognitions for the funky hatchback. Published May 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Burnout in the HOT lane

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is eager to hand a significant chunk of Interstate 95/395 over to an Australian company for the next 80 years. That firm, Transurban, would charge solo drivers a fee for using the same lanes that currently may be used without charge during off-peak hours. Despite the lavish promises and hype, high-occupancy-toll (HOT) lane schemes have fizzled more often than they have succeeded. Published May 14, 2010

Memories surface through Rambler

"My dad had one of these," Gary Himelfarb says while seated behind the steering wheel of his 1961 Rambler. Published May 14, 2010

GMC adds more Denali models to the 2011 Sierra Heavy Duty lineup

GMC pushes forward with some exciting news with their new 2011 Sierra Denali HD, the first offering of the exclusive Denali line on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, will now be available in both 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 series (1-ton) configurations. The new Sierra Denali HDs lead a comprehensively redesigned lineup of 2011 Sierra heavy duty trucks that go on sale this summer - including the most powerful diesel engine in the segment. Published May 14, 2010

Political Scene

Chief scolded for not following hiring law Published May 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Black Panthers but no white rights

Let's avoid all the mealy-mouthed euphemisms: In the now-infamous New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Justice Department stands accused of being dishonest, racist, political hacks. The department's responses to those charges have been so weak that they may as well have pleaded nolo contendere. A hearing today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides the department one more chance to adequately explain itself. Right now, no adequate explanation seems to exist. Published May 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: The siren song of a would-be judge

Cheap ambulance chasers are bad enough, but far worse are those high-powered plaintiffs attorneys who chase big bucks by manufacturing the impression that a catastrophe has occurred. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the judicial nomination of one of those sleazy profiteers. John J. "Jack" McConnell Jr. has no business getting within hailing distance of a federal judgeship, and the committee should dismiss him. Published May 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: One million votes against Obamacare

Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration are still feeling the euphoria after establishing a federal role in dictating health care coverage. Enacting an unpopular new law in the face of solid Republican opposition may have demonstrated broad legislative power, but the administration's deafness to public opinion may prove to be Obamacare's undoing. Published May 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Senate secrecy breeds corruption

Secrecy that hides public business from the public itself should be anathema in a constitutional republic. This is true whether the secrecy is a ploy to speed things up unnaturally or to slow things down unfairly. In different ways, Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Ron Wyden of Oregon are working to end the secrecy that abets corruption and fiscal incontinence. Their proposed amendments, perhaps with a tweak or two, ought to be approved. Published May 12, 2010

EDITORIAL: Concerns about Kagan

When President George H.W. Bush nominated New Hampshire Judge David Souter for the U.S. Supreme Court, columnist George F. Will famously quipped that the nominee's thin, inscrutable record made him "an empty Souter." President Obama's high-court nominee, Elena Kagan, boasts an equally meager paper trail, but there are enough signs of extreme ideological leftism to suggest that the Senate should move cautiously in considering her confirmation. Published May 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: Iran hangs a little fish

A year ago, The Washington Times helped bring the world's attention to the plight of Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish school-teacher wrongly accused of being a terrorist by the Islamic regime in Tehran. He spent almost four years of physical and mental torture in Iran's prison system. Mr. Kamangar's suffering ceased Sunday at the end of a hangman's noose. He was 34 years old. Published May 11, 2010

EDITORIAL: In bed with Fannie and Freddie

America's greatest economic liability is also the greatest political liability for the Democratic congressional leadership. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have exposed taxpayers to $5.4 trillion in risk from loan guarantees, with taxpayers already having covered $126 billion in losses. So far, Democrats have been reluctant to include tough reforms on the profligate government-sponsored enterprises in the financial regulation package currently making its way through the legislative process. Published May 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's good luck terrorism strategy

Responding to Republican charges that Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad's plot failed only because of luck, Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat, said, "What's wrong with being lucky?" Published May 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: My big fat Greek deficit

The titanic 772-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since Tuesday should serve as a wake-up call to Washington's big spenders. The domestic unease facing Greece sent economic shock waves felt around the globe, and, unless we change our current ways, what happened there will happen here. Published May 10, 2010