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EDITORIAL: Socialism by any other name...

Time is ticking for Democrats to claim some kind of victory on health care legislation, as polls show a public increasingly disillusioned with what is being passed off as "reform." So now Democrats are trying to rename the public option in the hope no one will notice. Published December 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama secrecy

You can't have a closed-door meeting about the need for fewer closed-door meetings and expect anyone to take you seriously. That's like writing a memo to order fewer memos. Such folly is business as usual in the Obama White House. Published December 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Pelosi's hide-and-seek accounting

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's directive for lawmakers to disclose individual office spending online for the first time was billed as a victory for transparency. Well, not really. Earlier this month, the House clerk posted 3,400 pages of expense reports detailing about $300 million in spending on everything from staff salaries to mail, but the effort was a sham. The new disclosure system hides more than it reveals. Published December 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Government tackles football

Unemployment is over 10 percent, the national debt is bigger than ever, the dollar is sinking, Iran is getting nukes, and we have troops in combat without a plan for victory. Amid all this tumult, Congress has focused its attention on regulating college football. It's offensive that the political class has decided to fiddle while America burns. Published December 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Federal fuel fiasco

The idea of farming our way to energy independence by turning corn into ethanol hasn't worked as advertised. A complex tangle of environmental regulations, ill-targeted federal subsidies and interference with the farm economy hasn't helped farmers, improved air quality or weaned the United States off foreign oil. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is poised to expand the effort. Published December 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Cruising gay bars with the 'safe schools czar'

Teenagers shouldn't drink alcohol. That's the policy of the United States government, which spends billions to enforce laws backing the policy, and it also is the position of pretty much every respectable organization in the nation, including the Department of Education. So naturally, when looking to fill the post of the nation's top school-safety official at the Education Department, President Obama chose a guy who founded and led an organization that allowed bar guides to be handed out to high school students. Published December 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: The tip of the Climategate iceberg

A skeptical public repeatedly has been told that questions about purported global warming are closed. "I think everybody is clear on the science. I think scientists are clear on the science ... I think that this notion that there's some debate ... on the science is kind of silly," said President Obama's Press Secretary Robert Gibbs when asked Monday about the president's response to the controversy. The flack was talking smack. Published December 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: A Black Panther sings

The heat is rising against the Justice Department's mishandling of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members. The last thing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. needed was for the party's national chieftain to resurface in Mr. Holder's defense, but that's exactly what Malik Zulu Shabazz, the party chairman, did on Dec. 4. It says a lot about the Obama Justice Department that it is being promoted by a Black Panther. Published December 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama, the empty-suit Nobel laureate

In Oslo today, President Obama will accept the least-merited Nobel Peace Prize since former Vice President Al Gore picked up the award in 2007 for spreading alarmist propaganda about climate change. Bestowal of the prize, which purportedly recognizes substantial achievement of some kind, actually calls attention to the fact that Mr. Obama has done precious little for international peace. It's ironic that this major international honor actually diminishes this president. Published December 10, 2009

EDITORIAL: Leave our fish ponds alone

Not content to have the government control the very air we exhale, some liberal members of Congress want to regulate every drop of water in the country and the land on which it sits. If they get their wish, the government would exercise dominion over land, air and sea to an extent never before seen. Published December 10, 2009

EDITORIAL: No climate-change transparency

There's plenty of cause to be skeptical of climate-change theology because global-warming advocates are secretive about their data. If climate-change research were all on the up-and-up, there would be no reason to hide it. Published December 10, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's risky-sex czar

WARNING: This editorial includes discussion of topics that are sexually graphic. Under usual circumstances, we would never entertain these subjects or the rancid language involved. In this case, however, a very unusual exception must be made because the issues are central to the background of a senior presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Education who is in a position to influence how and what our children are taught in our nation's schools. Thus far, out of fear or squeamishness, there has been public hesitance to examine closely the beliefs of this individual because many are afraid even to touch the risky content. Our scruples cannot be used against us when traditional moral precepts need to be defended. Simply, the deep level of depravity involved in this subject cannot be portrayed without providing a couple of examples to illustrate the inappropriate content. Please do not read any further if you will be offended by sexually graphic language. Published December 9, 2009


Two elite Navy SEALs were arraigned on Monday on charges related to punching a terrorist leader once in the gut, with a third SEAL to face arraignment later. Special Operations Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe is charged with unlawfully striking a terrorist suspect "in the midsection with his fist" and for purportedly lying to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service officer about the incident. Petty Officers Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe are charged with impeding the investigation and dereliction of duty in failing to safeguard a detainee. Published December 9, 2009

RANDOM ACTS: Holiday cheer for charity

The Choral Arts Society of Washington will hold its annual holiday concert and benefit at the Kennedy Center on Monday. A highlight of the holiday social season, the black-tie concert and gala has been a Kennedy Center tradition for 29 years. Published December 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Killing jobs, Obama-style

The Obama administration used last week's jobs summit to promote policies the president admits will kill jobs. Published December 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's buggery czar

The media is trying to keep this story in the closet, but it's important not to wink at all the serious problems surrounding President Obama's controversial "safe schools czar," Kevin Jennings. Published December 8, 2009

America's Morning News

In case you didn't tune into The Washington Times' nationally syndicated radio show "America's Morning News" - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast to coast via the Talk Radio Network - find out what four of Monday's guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin. Published December 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Faux lobbyist reform, part deux

Just when we thought President Obama's phony effort to root out lobbyist influence in government couldn't get any more obvious, the White House has fallen to a new low level of fakery. Published December 7, 2009

EDITORIAL: Leadership in war

Today is the anniversary of a day that will live in infamy. On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched surprise attacks that brought America into the Second World War. The United States and our allies were blessed with leaders who were dedicated to doing whatever it took to defeat the enemy, no matter how long that took. As General Douglas MacArthur put it so succinctly, "In war, there is no substitute for victory." That's a lesson our current president still needs to learn. Published December 7, 2009