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Illustration: Oil by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The left's drive toward $8 gas

With oil prices surging above $100 a barrel yesterday, consumers are realizing they will be paying a heavy price at the pump for the unrest in the Middle East. A perfect storm of foreign and domestic policy choices by the Obama administration has paved the way for European-style energy prices to arrive on these shores. Far from being alarmed, President Obama sees the prospect of $8 a gallon gas as an opportunity. Published February 23, 2011

US President Barack Obama leaves after speaking at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington on October 10, 2009. Obama vowed to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy which prevents US servicemen from revealing their homosexuality. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

EDITORIAL: President abandons marriage

The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This is the next step of President Obama's strategy to force the radical homosexual agenda on America against the will of the people and Congress. Published February 23, 2011

A chicken hangs out under the playset in the backyard of the Silver Spring, Md., home that she shares with two other hens and a human family of five.

EDITORIAL: Democrats: Cowards of the Country

Democrats have fled state legislatures rather than face up to doing the people’s business. They should change the symbol of their party from the grey donkey to the yellow chicken. Published February 23, 2011

ROTC battalion commander Alex Woody (back right) ranks No. 8 out of 4,702 cadets. He is one of America's top 10 Army ROTC recruits.

EDITORIAL: Blind hatred of the ROTC ban

Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Maschek last week received an unfitting welcome at a town-hall meeting at Columbia University. The Iraq-War-veteran-turned-college-freshman was heckled, mocked and inexplicably called a "racist" during a forum convened to discuss reinstatement of ROTC on campus 43 years after the program's expulsion. The university gave Iran's Islamic strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a warmer welcome than this young man who shed his blood to serve his country. Published February 22, 2011

Illustration: Obama windmills by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obama's deprivation nation

As President Obama hurries to catch up to Europe in the conversion to so-called green energy, our trans-Atlantic neighbors are finding that they can no longer afford to support their "sustainable" power schemes. Mr. Obama's fiscal 2012 budget, released Feb. 14, takes a page from the global-warming believer's hymn book. It calls for a 4.2 percent boost in the Department of Energy's budget to $29.5 billion. It also pours $8 billion into solar panels, windmills and batteries, blowing the country in the wrong direction. Published February 22, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's race against the cures

Misguided health care policy has serious side effects. As regulators refuse to approve new medical devices and medicines, venture capital for health care has dried up, and hospitals are running out of some important drugs. It has caused what one analyst has called a serious medicine crash. Published February 22, 2011

Ginny Fleck attends a rally at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. (AP Photo/Green Bay Press-Gazette,  H. Marc Larson)

EDITORIAL: Big Labor's theater of the absurd

Wisconsin's labor protests have been likened to the Middle East uprisings, but they have more the flavor of a spoiled brat's temper tantrum. It is as if labor activists have adopted the motto, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." Published February 21, 2011


EDITORIAL: Science for hire

Making creative use of scientific reports to promote a political or commercial agenda is nothing new. The famous hockey-stick graph found in the United Nations report on global warming turned out to be based on manipulated data, as exposed in the Climategate e-mails. Just last month, the British Medical Journal published "How the vaccine crisis was meant to make money," a report ripping apart the supposedly definitive 1998 study linking autism to vaccine use. Published February 21, 2011

Residents stand on a tank holding a pre-Gadhafi-era national flag inside a security forces compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday, claiming control of the country's second-largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital, with clashes in Tripoli's main square for the first time. (AP Photo/Alaguri)

EDITORIAL: Al Qaeda's Sputnik Moment

Al Qaeda fighters have declared an Islamic emirate in northeast Libya as the leader of that North African nation, Muammar Gadhafi, is reportedly on the run. It might soon be time for the Marines to revisit the shores of Tripoli. Published February 21, 2011

Protesters against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers demonstrate in the Rotunda at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on democracy

Message to Wisconsin taxpayers: President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have declared war on you. Message to other states: You're next. Published February 18, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to his supporters during a rally organized by Hezbollah in the southern border town of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, on Thursday Oct. 14, 2010. Thousands of Hezbollah supporters jammed a stadium in southern Lebanon Thursday ahead of a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that will take him to within a couple miles of the Israeli border, a trip that the U.S. and Israel have called intentionally provocative. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Double standard for Iran

The people flooding into the streets of Iran to seek regime change find no support from the U.S. government. President Obama, who hectored Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to transfer power "right now," suddenly doesn't want to get involved when it comes to the dictators running the Islamic republic. Published February 18, 2011

ABOVE: Mallory Taul (center) teaches a "mock" class with students Paula Carter and Zackary Ruesler last month during a "difficult dialogues" summer workshop for campus leaders hosted by the University of Missouri at Columbia. RIGHT: Suzanne Burgoyne simulates an unpleasant classroom encounter between an evolution-denying student and an astronomy professor struggling to control her lecture.

EDITORIAL: Ivory-tower failure

Going to college doesn't make you a better citizen. That's the main finding from the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's (ISI) Civics Literacy Report. The study, which will be released Tuesday, concludes that American universities have been doing an inadequate job when it comes to preparing students for their civic responsibilities. The report found that the politically active were more likely to rely on self-education and frequently attended religious services. Published February 18, 2011

** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

EDITORIAL: Don't mess with Tehran

Two American hikers held in Iran for more than 18 months on espionage charges are facing conviction for the "crime" of getting lost. The Islamic republic, however, deserves its own measure of guilt. With tens of thousands of freedom-seeking protesters crowding the streets of the Iranian capital Monday, it is clear the Islamic regime lost its way decades ago. Published February 17, 2011

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has assumed a high profile in leading a legal challenge of the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fast-track Obamacare challenges

While lower courts wrestle over the constitutionality of Obamacare, nearly one-sixth of the economy hangs in the balance. The plans of doctors, medical students, hospitals, clinics and millions of employers will change based on whether the health care law stands or falls. The Supreme Court needs to step in and resolve the doubt. Published February 17, 2011

President Obama looks through a microscope during his tour the Bio-technology program at Forsyth Tech Community College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Obama's amazing futureworld

The largest hurdle in the way to this techno-future is President Obama himself. He has fostered one of the most hostile business and long-term investment climates in American history. His gut instinct is to create more government, more regulation and more controls, none of which foster innovation. Mr. Obama's repeated invocations of a gee-whiz future in which new discoveries solve America's present-day problems is starting to sound a bit like a belief in magic. Published February 17, 2011

Illustration: Oil drilling by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Oil ban means more debt

The Obama administration's policy against oil drilling kills American jobs, undermines the economy and violates a judge's direct order. The full-court press against the oil industry amounts to what Rep. Stephen J. Scalise, Louisiana Republican, calls a "permitorium" on offshore drilling. Published February 16, 2011

A supporter displays an iPhone during a rally for Sen. Barack Obama in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 29, 2008. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s very selection as running mate was officially announced to the world through a telephone text message. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: The cell-phone tax burden

One thing all cell-phone bills have in common is a lengthy, confusing list of government taxes, surcharges and fees imposed at the local, state and federal level. These charges add up quickly. An average $48 monthly bill in Nebraska, for example, includes $11.35 in tithes to the bureaucracy. Published February 16, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks during a radio interview with Michael Smerconish in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Welfare for public radio

National Public Radio’s President and CEO Vivian Schiller simply gushed over President Obama’s proposed budget that preserved the funding for public broadcasting that House Republicans would just as soon cut. In expressing her gratitude to the White House, Ms. Schiller helped Republicans make their case. Published February 16, 2011

Illustration: Credit card regulation by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Debit-card destruction

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to review new rules from the Federal Reserve setting limits on fees charged for debit-card transactions. It's important for the health of the economy that the Fed's regulations be revised. Published February 15, 2011

Illustration: Problem and Solution by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Take one for the Gipper

President Obama took to the airwaves yesterday to defend his 2012 budget plan. Assuming a solemn tone of fiscal responsibility, he explained to the gathered White House press corps, "We're not going to be running up the credit card anymore." Mr. Obama even gave a shout-out to Ronald Reagan, noting his predecessor's skill at working out disagreements with Democrats. Published February 15, 2011