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Illustration: Obama's Medicare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Mugged by Medicare

The Obama administration is trying to shove Medicare coverage down the throats of senior citizens who don't want it, but it's efforts are falling flat. Five plaintiffs are suing, arguing that no statute or regulation allows government to implement this requirement. Published January 14, 2011

National Public Radio has been transformed its Studio 4A into a war room for election night coverage. About 60 to 80 people will be answering phones, updating the Web site,, and broadcasting live from about 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on election night. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Cut public broadcasting now

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress is to defund public broadcasting. Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, introduced legislation to do just that. He immediately came under fire from National Public Radio (NPR) for his "intrusion into the programming decision-making of America's public radio stations." To hear the taxpayer-subsidized broadcast suits talk, it's as though Mr. Lamborn was attacking the First Amendment itself. Published January 14, 2011

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Service office, which will study and report on global warming, will help federal agencies and businesses prepare for and cope with global changes. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Internet passport

Federalized security screening at airports has been such a success that President Obama wants to apply the same government "expertise" to the realm of online commerce and commentary. The White House cybersecurity adviser joined Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Jan. 7 to announce what amounts to a national ID card for the Internet. Published January 13, 2011

Incumbent RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele faces some rivals for the job Monday at the National Press Club. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Time for change at the RNC

Members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) will cast ballots today naming the individual they believe should lead the party organization into the pivotal 2012 presidential election cycle. Five candidates are vying for the post. Irrespective of their individual virtues, it's become painfully clear over the past two years that the right choice is anyone but Michael S. Steele. Published January 13, 2011

** FILE ** South Sudanese men wait to casts their vote at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Thousands of people began casting ballots day before during a weeklong vote to choose the destiny of this war-ravaged and desperately poor but oil-rich region. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

EDITORIAL: Rhino Nation

Imagine if Washington, D.C. had been built in the shape of a Chesapeake Bay crab. The provisional government of South Sudan plans to celebrate independence by rebuilding its future national capital of Juba in the shape of a rhinoceros. Other plans include reshaping two provincial capitals into a giraffe and a pineapple. This wouldn't be the first such odd experiment in urban planning; Brazil's capital Brasilia was meant to evoke the shape of an airplane, and the outline of the Argentine city of Cuidad Evita was based on the silhouette of Evita Peron. Published January 13, 2011

This undated photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner. (Associated Press/Pima County Sheriff's Department via the Arizona Republic)

EDITORIAL: Avoiding the next Tucson

Last weekend's tragedy in Tucson is helping focus needed attention on the intersec-tion between serious mental illness and crime. Modern society prides itself on being open-minded, but there's still much room for progress in how we look at the mentally ill. Published January 12, 2011

Political Cartoons - Global Warming Hearings - H. Payne

EDITORIAL: Chicken Little eats crow

Doomsayers who make a living warning that the sky is falling victim to human-induced pollution need to take a deep breath. It turns out Mother Nature has her own resources for cleaning up the air. Published January 12, 2011


EDITORIAL: Virginia's taxing Republicans

The government apparatus in Virginia will extract $38.6 billion in taxes, fees and charges from the public this year. As the General Assembly convenes the 2011 regular session today, some lawmakers are suggesting this considerable sum isn't enough. They want more wealth transferred from consumers' pockets into Richmond's coffers. Published January 11, 2011

President Barack Obama is greeted by National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial before delivering remarks at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: For-profit schools serve the poor

The Education Department is expected to issue a final rule this month against for-profit colleges such as Phoenix University and Strayer University. The move would reject loans for programs whose previous students have shown, via a rather arbitrary formula, a propensity to accrue debts higher than they can repay. The theory is that these pre-professional programs demonstrate their ineffectiveness by their students' subsequent failures. Published January 11, 2011

** FILE ** In this May 13, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a U.S. trooper walks near an entrance to the Guantanamo detention facility at dawn, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EDITORIAL: Gitmo belongs to Obama now

What began with a bang ended with a whimper. The new Defense Authorization bill contains provisions barring the president from spending any money to bring terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States, or to release them to foreign countries unless they meet a rigorous security threshold. President Obama reluctantly signed the bill this week, saying he will "work with the Congress to seek repeal of these restrictions." Given the shift in power in the new Congress, it's likely his vision for closing the Guantanamo terrorist detention facility is in ashes. Published January 11, 2011

**FILE** Keith Olbermann (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Taking advantage of tragedy

True to Rahm's Rule of never letting a good crisis go to waste, liberal pundits and Democratic politicians are consciously exploiting Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson for political gain. At a time when the country should be coming together calmly to make sense of something awful, the left has exploded in a shameful display of divisive grandstanding. Published January 10, 2011

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a large gavel Sunday on Capitol Hill as she emerges from a Democratic Caucus meeting with (from left) Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Lewis and Jim Clyburn. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Free-speech scapegoat

Many politicians can be counted on to to do the wrong thing in response to tragedy. The weekend's Arizona shooting was no exception. For Exhibit A, consider Rep. Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania Democrat, who wants to outlaw any language or symbols that could be perceived to threaten violence against congressmen or other federal officials. Published January 10, 2011

A man is shown holding a U.S. passport in this undated file photo. ** FILE ** (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

EDITORIAL: Heather has two passports

The Obama administration's war on traditional values is picking up steam. Just three days before Christmas, the State Department buried an announcement that "mother" and "father" were being banished from the bureaucratic lexicon. In their place, politically correct terms intended to appeal to the vanity of homosexual activists will be inserted. Published January 10, 2011

Russian soldiers march in the annual Victory Day parade in Moscow in May. The resurgent military's deployment to Georgia gives Russia a credible threat of force.


Some bad national security ideas refuse to go away. One of the worst of them floating around the last 20 years is the notion that Russia should be offered membership in the NATO alliance. This is an idea whose time will never come. Published January 7, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Another setback for gun grabbers

Fourteen years after being forced to plead guilty to the "crime" of owning a gun in Washington, the blot against the record of Dave Magnus may be cleared. On Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recognized that one should not bear a stigma for the past possession of a firearm in the nation's capital for the purpose of self-defense. "A conviction for conduct that is not criminal, but is instead constitutionally-protected, is the ultimate miscarriage of justice," Judge Stephen H. Glickman wrote in the 12-page decision. Published January 7, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EDITORIAL: Senate misrule

Republican House leaders passed a package of sensible reforms to chamber rules last week, and now Senate Democrats have offered their own rule changes. Unfortunately, Democrats trample on the explicit language of Senate rules even when professing reformist intent. Published January 7, 2011

SPILL SALVO: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announces a lawsuit against BP PLC on Wednesday. The Justice Department accuses the company of failing to take proper safety precautions.

EDITORIAL: Holder corrupts Black Panther probe

Justice Department whistle-blower J. Christian Adams says Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. "tampered" with two ongoing investigations into voter-intimidation by members of the New Black Panther Party. Tampering or not, Mr. Holder clearly prejudiced the case by publicly misrepresenting it. Published January 6, 2011

Illustration: Obama's Constitution by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Liberal distaste for the Constitution

The Constitution was read at the opening of the new session of the House of Representatives yesterday. What was most remarkable about this was the almost hysterical opposition from congressional Democrats and left-wing commentators. In what should have been a united celebration of the nation's foundation document in a period of partisan rancor, liberals instead reinforced the view that they are profoundly uncomfortable with the essential truths underlying American freedom. Published January 6, 2011

** FILE ** Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner listens to questions at a press conference during a meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Gyeongju, South Korea, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

EDITORIAL: Only $279,950,956,705.59 left to spend

Within the next few months, America will reach its credit limit. After blowing through $2.6 trillion in tax dollars, the government will only be able to charge a mere $280 billion extra to future generations - a horrifying prospect that has sent the White House into a panic. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner yesterday urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to restore the president's ability to spend beyond the nation's means. If the new Republican House majority concedes on this point, it will have lost the only hope of restoring fiscal sanity. Published January 6, 2011

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are displayed at Ritters True Value Hardware in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb banning begins

The cost of illuminating your home is about to go up significantly. Most Americans take for granted that when they flip a switch, darkness immediately gives way to a warm, natural light. That's no longer possible in California, where a regulation that took effect Jan. 1 only allows the sale of harsh, cold compact fluorescents above a certain wattage. Unless the new Congress takes action, the same rules will apply to the rest of the country, beginning next year. Published January 5, 2011