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"The emotions triggered by fiction are very real. ..." Published June 2, 2010

Coburn

EDITORIAL: Government spokes-men

There's nothing like a heavy dose of government largess to get people moving. Courtesy of "The Pork Report" compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, we see that bike riders, speed racers and airplane-related programs that never take flight are indeed fueled by federal red ink. Thousands upon thousands of federal projects, like the ones Mr. Coburn describes, certainly do add up to what the now-deceased Sen. Everett Dirksen famously described as "real money." Published June 2, 2010

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President-elect Barack Obama's victory is headline news in papers Abdul Raheem is selling Nov. 5 in Islamabad.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Islamic poll dance

President Obama took office with a mission to transform America's image around the world. In particular, he was determined to extend the hand of friendship to Muslims whom he felt had been slighted during the George W. Bush administration. Some of his efforts were substantive, such as his attempt to close down the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay. Others were symbolic, such as removing all references to Islamic extremism from U.S. national security strategies and refusing to use the word "terrorism" when referring to jihadist attacks on the homeland. Published June 2, 2010

State Senator Jeff Dunham, R- Merced, lifts up a stack of paperwork concerning the stalled state budget that has grown on his desk over the past few days at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. Associated Press.

EDITORIAL: We need a red-tape recession

New layers of centralized directives are the last thing needed in a time of deep economic uncertainty. However, the Obama administration continues to pile on new regulations, unwilling to let go of any opportunity to expand the government's reach into our lives. Published June 1, 2010

From left, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ignacia Moreno, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division Tony West and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Don Burkhalter announce that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

EDITORIAL: Eric Holder's oily mission

As with terrorism, so with an unprecedented ecological disaster: The Obama administration's most definitive response is to send in the lawyers. Published June 1, 2010

This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is the Mavi Marmara ship, part of the aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead. (AP Photo/Israel Defence Force)  AP HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE

EDITORIAL: The Freedom Flotilla fraud

What was supposed to be a routine Israeli maritime boarding and inspection operation is turning into a propaganda victory for the Islamist terror group Hamas. The main lesson learned from the incident on the ship Mavi Marmara is: Don't bring a paintball gun to a knife fight. Published June 1, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, shoots around Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Phoenix.

EDITORIAL: A full-court press on free speech

In the heat of the moment, emotions can break out on the field of play. This is a fact of life in competitive athletics. But at a recent Phoenix Suns game, an altercation erupted not on the court, but in the seats, and the trigger wasn't basketball, but Arizona's new immigration law. The incident is likely a portent of things to come with the Grand Canyon State as the front line in the struggle to secure America's borders. As the battle develops, the constitutional right of free speech must not become a casualty. Published May 31, 2010

Former Vice President Al Gore testifies on climate change before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday. He threw his support behind the pending climate-change-prevention bill. (ALLISON SHELLEY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Climate alarmists on the run

Former Vice President Al Gore was at his peak when the film "An Inconvenient Truth" made its initial Hollywood splash. Faith in man-made global warming had never been more widespread, with liberal academics and media subjecting to ridicule any who dared question the "settled science." Only a fool could deny that elevated carbon-dioxide levels had melted ice caps and stranded polar bears on rapidly diminishing ice floes. Published May 31, 2010

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Rep. Joe Sestak talks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Mr. Sestak, a former Navy admiral, made the assertion about a "high-ranking" job offer at least twice - once to a local cable television interviewer Feb. 18 and again after his primary win on Sunday. He has steadfastly declined to say who approached him and which job was discussed.

EDITORIAL: Sestak offer was no 'one-off'

For the Obama administration and illicit job offers, apparently once was not enough. The Justice Department not only should appoint a special counsel to investigate a purported White House job-offer bribe to Rep. Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, but also should broaden the probe to include remarkably similar allegations about the Senate race in Colorado. Published May 31, 2010

Soldiers prepare to participate in a Veteran's Day wreath-laying ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama, wife Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and wife Jill Biden, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, November 11, 2009.    (Allison Shelley/  The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: General Orders No. 11

Memorial Day has many roots. There are numerous competing claims for the first "Decoration Day," as the holiday was known in the years after the Civil War. But the first large-scale observance took place on May 30, 1868, at the behest of Illinois congressman and former Union Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. Published May 28, 2010

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A statue of President Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Capitol's Rotunda.

EDITORIAL: Maintain peace by staying strong

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember. Published May 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: The glory of war

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Published May 28, 2010

Correction

Due to an editing error, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Kansas Republican, was mistakenly listed in a May 28 story as a focus of a federal grand jury investigation into the award of earmarks involving The PMA Group, a now-defunct lobbying firm, and its clients. In February, the House Ethics Committee cleared House Appropriations defense subcommittee members, including Mr. Tiahrt, of any wrongdoing in the matter. Published May 28, 2010

Political Scene

CONGRESS: Democrats focus on jobless aid Published May 27, 2010

Porsche 911 ranked number one in vehicle satisfaction

Atlanta, GA | In a survey of 42,000 owners rating their new 2010 model year cars and trucks, Porsche owners have ranked the 911 as the best sports car in satisfying customers, according to the 14th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) by AutoPacific Published May 27, 2010

Ford aims to help reduce the carbon footprint

Ford Motor Company, building on its success in measuring and reducing its own carbon footprint, today announced plans to survey 35 top global suppliers on their energy use and estimated greenhouse gas emissions. Published May 27, 2010

Sex and the City 2 features Mercedes-Benz and Maybach

Sex and the City style icons Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are back and the four friends remain true to their exclusive lifestyle as they escape from the city and find themselves embarking on adventures in the ultra-luxurious Maybach and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV. Published May 27, 2010

** FILE ** Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican

EDITORIAL: Obama's financial Frankenstein

The oil spill in the Gulf isn't the only calamity the administration is ignoring. As a result of the BP accident, anywhere from $400,000 to $7 million worth of crude oil is leaking into the ocean each day, threatening widespread environmental damage. A much larger leak - $232 million per day - has come from taxpayer vaults since Sept. 7, 2008, when mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came seeking the first billion-dollar patch for their fiscal mismanagement. And there's no plug in sight for that gusher. Published May 27, 2010

** FILE ** A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter with the Charlie Company, Task Force Talon, takes off at a forward operating base south of Marjah, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EDITORIAL: The U.N. gun grabber

American gun owners might not feel besieged, but they should. This week, the Obama administration announced its support for the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. This international agreement poses real risks for freedom both in the United States and around the world by making it more difficult - if not outright illegal - for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Published May 27, 2010