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EDITORIAL: McDonnell for governor

The only way to support Creigh Deeds for governor of Virginia is to believe in a fairy tale - call it Three Little Governors. Once upon a time, the voters of Virginia elected a moderate Democratic problem solver to fix the state's transportation problems, but the first little governor, Mark Warner, didn't solve the problem. The voters decided to try again, but the next little governor, moderate Democratic problem solver Tim Kaine, didn't solve the problem, either. Published October 21, 2009

EDITORIAL: Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli of Fairfax is the right candidate for attorney general of Virginia. He doesn't speak in poll-tested sound bites or generalities, he doesn't float with the political wind, and he takes on substantive issues even if they promise him no personal, political benefit. More important still, the actual substance of his record and positions is excellent. We enthusiastically endorse his candidacy. Published October 21, 2009

EDITORIAL: What would Mao do?

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told a group of high school students last June that former Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong was one of her two favorite political philosophers, and you could tell she was speaking from the heart. Her earnest appeal to the teenagers to fight their own wars, as Mao had counseled when challenged within his own party, was clearly meant as a call to activism. "You fight your war and I'll fight mine," she quoted Mao as saying, because apparently Mao was all about personal choice. Published October 20, 2009

EDITORIAL: With military duty, government responsibility

After eight years of war in Afghanistan and six in Iraq, members of the military are feeling the strain of third, fourth and even fifth tours. It's no surprise, then, that their children and spouses are turning to counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists more than ever before. So nearly a decade into unprecedented deployments, the Democratic Congress suggests the Pentagon launch a new study and experiment with a pilot program. Such bold leadership must be a comfort to those who carry the heaviest burden of our national defense. Published October 20, 2009

EDITORIAL: Alabama clips trial lawyers

Sometimes paying to sue just doesn't pay. In a case with major national implications, the Alabama state Supreme Court gave a huge and well-deserved spanking Friday to Alabama Attorney General Troy King and the wealthy trial lawyers he is figuratively in bed with. Published October 20, 2009

EDITORIAL: The U.N. sides with terrorists

Suppose a United Nations investigation team found that the United States had committed war crimes in its response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The report finds that while al Qaeda may have been culpable for the attacks and the carnage they wreaked, America was equally to blame - if not more so - for the civilian deaths caused during Operation Enduring Freedom. The U.N. instructs the United States to conduct an internal investigation and punish the perpetrators, or face action from the International Criminal Court. Published October 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: Rushing to revile Rush

CNN, MSNBC, the Atlantic and other media outlets may have unintentionally taught reporters and Web surfers a valuable lesson - Wikipedia isn't a reliable source. Yet, these media could also teach people another lesson. When you report a malicious lie that you didn't double check, common decency demands that you apologize. Published October 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: More wasteful pandering

In yet another cynical ploy for elderly votes that defies good economic thinking, President Obama and lawmakers from both parties want to provide additional $250 payments to 57 million Social Security recipients next year. This $14.3 billion attempt to buy votes with taxpayer dollars is not only unnecessary and fiscally unsound, it shows why Democrats' health care plans will cost much more than claimed. Published October 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: In one ear and out the other

House Democrats want to turn down the volume on your television set by ramping up the intrusiveness of government. It's not a good trade-off, and in this case it's not even necessary. The private sector is already regulating itself. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Roanoke's eminent-domain shame

If only we could abolish corporate greed and replace it with caring government programs and public-spirited non-profit service providers, our health care problems will be solved. That's the plan anyway, but those who are depending on it might need to remember one thing: Corporations aren't greedy. People are. And unfortunately people are a necessary ingredient in all the intricate plans being hatched in Congress and shaped by the White House. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Occupational corner-cutting

For an administration and Congress that promised to be the most transparent and ethical in history, it turns out that failing historical standards is an occupational hazard. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: So much for new job growth

The $787 billion stimulus package isn't working as promised. Despite what some Obama administration officials are daring to claim, job creation continues to decline. Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Queering our schools

Fifty-three Republican congressmen yesterday demanded that President Obama fire his embattled "safe schools czar," Kevin Jennings. Mr. Jennings' bizarre sexual agenda for American grade schools is one reason the president should dump this dangerous radical. Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Abracadabra war strategy

President Obama on Wednesday held the fifth in a series of high-level meetings on Afghanistan strategy. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the meeting was part of a continuing process and did not produce the "one magic sentence or one magic phrase" that would lead to a decision. This raises the question, is the administration waiting for magic to strike before taking action? Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Fox hunting

Let's face it. Fox News runs stories that the Obama administration would rather ignore - from the sleaziness and corruption in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to the bizarre views and actions of senior presidential appointees such as Van Jones and Kevin Jennings. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Tort reform savings

Sen. Max Baucus' health care bill consists of a dog's breakfast of taxes after taxes after more taxes. With so much new pressure being put on taxpayers, you might think senators would jump at the chance to find some savings that could eliminate the need for some of the tax increases. Think again. Too many senators are in the hip pocket of the wealthy plaintiffs' lawyers for them to consider any savings that would diminish the lawyers' jackpots. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: The upside to flu shots

Last week, like many of you, The Washington Times' employees lined up for annual seasonal flu shots. Getting the vaccination is quick, safe for the vast majority of healthy people and - after decades of use - is proven to limit flu-related deaths. The odds are much greater that it will prevent harm than do any. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Incorrigible Iran

The Obama administration has adopted Russia's "go slow" approach to imposing sanctions on Tehran for its illegal nuclear program. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced their meeting of the minds yesterday, stating that sanctions should only be a last resort when all diplomatic means are exhausted. This posture hands a blank check to Iran. Published October 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Deeds dwindles

Memo to Creigh Deeds - If an admirer compares you to a tested wartime president, that's gratifying. When you compare yourself to Harry Truman, you look small and desperate. Truman faced millions of Japanese soldiers and the choice to use nuclear weapons. You face some transportation problems and a state government that spends more than it takes in. Published October 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Undermining Honduras

When Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh was chosen as chief legal counsel to the State Department, we editorialized that it was an "offensive nomination." We explained that "Mr. Koh's repeatedly stated agenda is contrary to the American tradition of law originating in the 'consent of the governed.' " Little did we know that Mr. Koh would trample on the consent of the governed in other countries, too. Published October 14, 2009