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Illustration: Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The battle in the heartland

The hard work of safeguarding freedom has just begun. This month's elections were only a beginning. To become ever more effective, conservative power must remain focused on devolving authority to the grass roots rather than accruing it in the corridors of Washington. Published November 18, 2010

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

EDITORIAL: Osama bin Laden: Not guilty

What if Osama bin Laden was captured, brought to trial and walked? This question comes to mind after the Justice Department only managed to convict al Qaeda embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani on one of 285 counts against him before a federal court in Manhattan. Published November 18, 2010

Illustration: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

EDITORIAL: Barack's Brokeback barracks

President Obama and his friends in the media want the public to think Americans serving in uniform are just fine and dandy with homosexual conduct in the military. This view is being spread through a series of selective leaks from the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group, which is putting the finishing touches on a report regarding the future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Published November 18, 2010

Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican


Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, dropped a nuke on Tuesday when he said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) should not be ratified during the lame-duck session of Congress. Democrats swiftly returned fire; it's curious what their rush is. Published November 17, 2010

Egyptian students wearing the face-covering veil known as the niqab walk with another wearing a khemar-style hijab last week in Cairo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Terrorists hiding in hijabs

Note to terrorists: Next time, wear a hijab. The Department of Homeland Security reportedly is giving special exemptions to their "enhanced pat-down" policy to Muslim women wearing the hijab or other form-concealing garments. Published November 17, 2010

A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS is on display above a row of 2010 Corvettes at Kendall Chevrolet in Miami on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Muscle car wars

All the propaganda about General Motors' initial public offering ignores why the troubled automaker is turning the corner. Aside from taking $50 billion from taxpayers in a humiliating bailout, the key move to cut operating expenses was killing off or dumping half of its unloved brands. Pontiac hit the end of the road two weeks ago and nobody cared because its models were nothing more than rebadged Chevys with extra gaudy plastic cladding tacked on. That's a reminder of how far Government Motors has to go before people will want to buy their cars over better products from other companies. Published November 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Big Sister's police state

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has crossed the line. As if subjecting millions of Americans to X-rated x-ray scans and public groping sessions weren't bad enough, the agency now threatens $11,000 in fines against anyone refusing to submit to humiliation at the airport. Published November 16, 2010

Illustration: Shariah by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Sooner state Shariah

Oklahomans showcased their independent streak on Election Day by launching a pre-emptive strike against the creeping influence of Shariah in their state. Voters gave the Oklahoma International Law Amendment an overwhelming 70 percent approval, denying judges the ability to consult the laws of foreign cultures when settling U.S. legal questions. While proponents of Islamic law have responded with a court challenge that has temporarily blocked the measure, the Sooner State - which sets an example for the rest of the nation - should not waver in its efforts to maintain the rule of law under the U.S. Constitution. Published November 16, 2010

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

EDITORIAL: Black Ops on Black Panther case

The Justice Department still hasn't explained its decision to drop most of its voter-intimidation case against violent Black Panthers 18 months ago. If the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finally adopts its report on the controversy, the great lengths Justice officials have taken to avoid scrutiny will be exposed. Published November 16, 2010

** File ** This is a  Nov. 12, 2009 file photo of a member of staff from Manchester Airport demonstrating a security scanner. Airline passengers bound for the United States faced a hodgepodge of security measures across Europe on Monday Jan. 4, 2010 and airports did not appear to be following a U.S. request for increased screening of passengers from 14 countries. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson/PA, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's hand in your crotch

The Transportation Security Administration's demeaning new "enhanced pat-down" procedures are a direct result of the Obama administration's willful blindness to the threat from Islamic radicals. While better tools are available to keep air travelers safe, they would involve recognizing the threat for what it is, which is something the White House will never do. Published November 15, 2010

President Obama meets with members of his Cabinet to discuss the response to BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 7, 2010, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House Adviser on climate and energy Carol Browner, and the president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: O Force politicizes science

Gulf Coast residents have plenty of reasons to be furious at the Obama administration's ham-handed, job-killing responses to last spring's BP oil spill. A new report by the Interior Department's inspector general further roils the waters. Published November 15, 2010

Rep. Joe Barton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: The GOP's term-limits test

Over the next few weeks, ownership of the House will transition from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. That change can't happen soon enough, but it won't be easy. One of the first challenges for the presumptive speaker's team will be selecting committee chairmen for the 112th Congress. The heads of those panels will influence the direction of the body for years to come. Published November 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's international strikeout

Margaret Thatcher once said that being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, President Obama asserted that the results of the midterm elections have not diminished his power internationally and that in some ways, he is even stronger, thanks to the friendships he allegedly has developed with world leaders. Published November 12, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has been dismissive of efforts to curb earmarks. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Senate GOP's earmark death panel

The Tea Party's influence on the direction of Senate Republicans in the 112th Congress is about to be put to the test. Grass-roots activism helped swell the ranks of the chamber's fiscal hawks with several newly elected members who are fired up about banning earmarks. When the Republican conference meets next week to consider South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's resolution that would end the practice for its members, the outcome will demonstrate whether Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky or Mr. DeMint and the Tea Party have captured the heart and soul of the Senate GOP. Published November 12, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EDITORIAL: The U.N.'s global tax scheme

The world's leftists dream of the day when they might erect an international taxation system. Such would be the bottomless well from which they could exploit the world's productive energies to bankroll utopian schemes and build bigger, better and, most important, higher-paying global bureaucracies. Steps were taken last week to make this dream a reality. Published November 12, 2010

NO MANEUVERING: The presumed House Speaker-to-be John A. Boehner says lawmakers will freely debate raising the debt ceiling. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A bright idea for Boehner

Ohio Republican Rep. John A. Boehner, presumptive speaker for the 112th Congress, ought to thank the Tea Party for handing him an electoral win larger than any other in recent memory. The best way to do so would be to engineer a few short-term public-policy victories that quickly would showcase the difference new House management can make. Published November 11, 2010

Illustration: Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.


There is no bigger threat to America's aviation industry than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In less than a decade, the bureaucratic agency has heightened the hassle involved in taking to the skies. One can only imagine how much longer it will be before the majority of Americans decide they'd be better off hitting the highways. Published November 11, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses while talking to campaign workers at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

EDITORIAL: Reid's $10 billion tunnel to nowhere

The re-election of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a blow to America's quest for cleaner energy. That's because the Nevada senator, in league with President Obama, can proceed with his campaign to short-circuit nuclear power. Published November 11, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question from a journalist during a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on Tuesday November 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Bay ISMOYO, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Muslim wars: A new beginning

Speaking from his boyhood home of Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday, President Obama said, "America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam." His talking point misses the point because Islam is at war with America. Published November 10, 2010