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Illustration: Shovel ready trolley (after the style of Fontaine Fox) by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Fenty's death train

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday announced $293 million in federal funding for six transit projects - primarily streetcars - in Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was snubbed in his request for a share of this handout, but the setback is likely to be only temporary. White House nostalgia for obsolete transportation modes is so great that the $1,548,000,000 price tag on Mr. Fenty's trolley scheme will be seen as economically sensible. Published July 12, 2010

** FILE ** Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama threatened by Tea Party

Reality won a rare victory against the White House on Sunday when President Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, admitted that the November 2010 congressional elections will be a tough time for Democrats. "There's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control," he said. "There's no doubt about that." Published July 12, 2010

A boat skims oil in Mobile Bay near workboats and barges that sought refuge in the bay from Hurricane Alex near Dauphin Island, Ala., on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore along the Alabama and Florida coasts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

EDITORIAL: Obama's ban on skimmers

While millions of gallons of oil flow into the Gulf, oil skimmers from many countries are sitting on the sidelines. This includes the world's largest, known as A Whale. The enormous Taiwanese skimmer is as long as three-and-a-half football fields and can collect 500,000 barrels of oily water a day. Such equipment could make a big difference, considering the highest estimates are that 100,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the Gulf each day. Published July 12, 2010

Benigno Aquino, Philippine president, delivers his inaugural speech at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Philippines, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Aquino, who rose from political outsider to Philippine president in less than a year, takes office today pledging to fight poverty, narrow the budget deficit and refrain from raising taxes in a nation trailing its neighbors in economic growth and international investment. Photographer: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: The Philippine moment

Basket-case countries rarely get unambiguous opportunities for real reform. That's what the Philippines has now with the presidency of Benigno Aquino III, who was sworn in on June 30. The stakes are high for Asia's oldest democracy, which long has been mired in civil war, debt, poverty and corruption. Published July 9, 2010

Dr. Donald Berwick, nominated as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been called "a one-man death panel."

EDITORIAL: Obama appointee's prescription for socialism

Barack Obama promised the most open and transparent administration in history. His vow didn't convince him to extend senators the courtesy of listening to their advice and consent on the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Published July 9, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Iran first, Palestinians later

Diplomacy is the art of thinking twice before saying nothing, so the saying goes. Thus, blunt comments from United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba about the desirability of attacking Iran were unusual, especially because he hails from a part of the world where foreign policy is conducted mostly behind the scenes. Published July 9, 2010

Former Taliban fighters stand in line as they surrender their weapons to Afghan authorities in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi)

EDITORIAL: Divide and be conquered

Ambassador Robert Blackwill has proposed an intriguing strategy to split up Afghanistan. The United States would recognize a de-facto partition of the country that would grant the Taliban control of areas in their tribal heartland and concentrate Western development efforts in the rest of the country. Published July 8, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, testifies on the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 30, 2010.    UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

EDITORIAL: Kagan's kiss of death

Senators who vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court will need to answer this fall for ignoring legal ethics while contributing to the Obama administration's culture of death. Solicitor General Kagan acted unethically - while an aide to President Clinton and in testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee - to promote the monstrosity known as partial-birth abortion. Published July 8, 2010

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announces on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, that he intends to retire at the end of his term this yea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Unions first, troops last

Funding for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq could be held up by the war brewing on Capitol Hill among congressional Democrats and the White House. When the Senate returns to take up the $45.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill that passed the House on July 1, the central issue to resolve will be how best to appease Big Labor. Published July 8, 2010

Parade goers wave flagsd during the Independence Day parade July 4, 2008 in Wimberley, Texas.  (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

EDITORIAL: The patriotism gap

A new survey shows that Americans, on average, are growing more patriotic. Among some predominantly liberal groups, however, patriotism is on the decline, and the gap between the left and the American public is widening. The two sides of the chasm reflect two distinct views of the United States. Published July 7, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Kagan: for fruits but not for liberty

Liberty as Americans always have understood it appears an alien concept to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings made clear that Solicitor General Kagan views the federal government's power as almost unlimited. Published July 7, 2010

** FILE ** Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures as he discusses this revised state budget proposal for the coming fiscal year during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 14, 2009.

EDITORIAL: California puts the squeeze on bureaucrats

Thousands of California bureaucrats face the prospect of having their lavish paychecks slashed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Full payment will be withheld until lawmakers come to an agreement with the larger-than-life executive on how they're going to pay the state's overdue bills. With Mr. Schwarzenegger's fellow Republicans holding just 42 of the legislature's 120 seats, the Democratic majority has had little motivation to budge from their position. Until now. Published July 7, 2010

President Obama arrives to speak about immigration, Thursday, July 1, 2010, at American University in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obammigration

It's President Obama's policy not to secure America's southern border. Yesterday, his administration filed suit against Arizona for its new law to try to enforce immigration statutes already on the books. This comes after the administration brought legal action against the Grand Canyon State for a 2007 law that strips business licenses away from companies that violate immigration laws. It's clear the White House is working to make states defenseless against an illegal invasion. Published July 6, 2010

EDITORIAL: Black Panther case: Racism rules

Former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams made explosive allegations yesterday in testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, saying that a particular Justice Department official openly announced that civil rights laws would not be enforced to protect white voters. He also said he saw race-based harassment within the department itself. Published July 6, 2010

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Charles F. Bolden Jr., a former astronaut and retired Marine Corps major general appointed to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says the job won't be easy because "the nation still has to decide where it wants to go" in space exploration.

EDITORIAL: Allah's final frontier

In a June 30 interview with al Jazeera, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that his "perhaps foremost mission" is to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science." Mr. Bolden denied that his feel-good mission was purely diplomatic, claiming, "there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim nations." Published July 6, 2010

President Obama gestures while speaking about immigration reform, Thursday,July 1, 2010, at American University in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: At liberty with the truth

Give me your tired, your poor, your hackneyed cliches. That's what President Obama did when addressing immigration policy at the American University on Thursday. Published July 2, 2010

**FILE** Lab technicians work with chicken eggs that are being used to develop an H1N1 flu vaccine at the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products in Shanghai on Aug. 28, 2009. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Europe's scrambled-egg policy

The British press lampooned a particularly absurd European Union proposal that would have prohibited the sale of eggs by the dozen. The ridicule was so extreme that the plan, never officially introduced, was quietly withdrawn last week. Yet the incident still serves as a warning of just how fine a control bureaucratic officials seek to exert over our lives. Published July 2, 2010

EDITORIAL: The prison jihad

A former Watergate felon has the key to fighting terrorist recruitment in America's prisons: Bring in more Christians. Published July 2, 2010

Members of the New Black Panther Party walk toward the U.S. Capitol for the Million More Movement rally to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 15, 2005. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Media blackout for Black Panthers

Where is the New York Times? Where is The Washington Post? Where are CBS and NBC? A whistleblower makes explosive allegations about the Department of Justice; his story is backed by at least two other witnesses; and the allegations involve the two hot-button issues of race and of blatant politicization of the justice system. A potential constitutional confrontation stemming from the scandal brews between the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A congressman highly respected for thoughtfulness and bipartisanship has all but accused the department of serious impropriety. By every standard of objective journalism, this adds up to real news. Published July 2, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear at the "Defend the Constitution" rally planned for June 25 in Manassas.

EDITORIAL: Cuccinelli fights the feds

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continued his valiant fight in federal court Thursday to keep alive his lawsuit against the new Obamacare law. It is a fight that not just Virginians, but all Americans, should hope he wins. Published July 2, 2010