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** FILE ** Catholic University President John Garvey (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Frightened by debate

Liberals can't stand competition. From their comfortable lofts in ivy-covered towers, left-wing professors sneer at free-market philanthropists eager for a role in the support of higher education. Several disgruntled professors are hectoring the administrators of the Catholic University of America to send back generous donations of $1 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and $500,000 from the Busch Family Foundation. So far, the school is standing firm. Published December 26, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Science and Education Council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Putin on Friday signed a decree pardoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky,  and he was released from prison immediately. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

EDITORIAL: Diplomatic welfare

Ambassadors get many perks. Diplomatic immunity is a convenient way to avoid traffic tickets. They often live in grand houses and pay neither rent nor American taxes. Some embassies throw great parties, and motorcades can cut through rush-hour traffic. Certain diplomats get another gift from American taxpayers: They're on welfare right here. Published December 26, 2013

Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin reads a statement to the House of Commons in London in this image taken from TV Monday May 18, 2009. Martin said Monday he was "profoundly sorry" for the handling of Members of Parliament expenses, saying the public had been let down "very badly indeed. (AP Photo/PA

EDITORIAL: When other words fail

Civility is a lot like the weather. Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Just now there's lots of talk about proper language in the British Parliament, where they're fussy about words. Well, why not? Published December 26, 2013

**FILE** People look at electric car Tesla Motors vehicle at a showroom in San Jose, Calif., on May 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Electric dreaming

Many children woke up on Christmas Day to find to their delight an electric car under the tree. Whether a slot car on a figure-eight track or a remote-controlled racer that can do jumps off the driveway, these classic toys are always an appreciated gift for boys and young men. Published December 25, 2013

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2013, file image shows part of the website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

EDITORIAL: Another failing Obamacare gimmick continues to be the public face of the failure of Obamacare even as the legal foundations of the health care scheme continue to shatter. Earlier this week, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the District of Columbia appealed a federal court ruling that a certain Catholic college is entitled to protection against the health care law's abortion and contraceptive mandates, and others aren't. The archbishop's appeal is likely to be the strongest challenge to Obamacare yet. Published December 25, 2013

President Eisenhower delivered a State of the Union speech that was written on a 12th-grade level. (Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum)

A prayer to the Prince of Peace

My Fellow Americans - here in Washington, in your homes across the nation and abroad - and in our country's service around the world: Published December 23, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Christmas effect

Christmas continues to cheer our increasingly secularized and benighted world, and this sets on edge the teeth of its relentless detractors. Consider the length to which the Grinches go to persuade us that Christmas is nothing special. Proving a negative is always a challenge, but arguing there's no original cause for the Christmas effect is a hopeless exercise. Despite the war on the celebration of the birth of the Christ, the spirit of the season endures. Published December 23, 2013

Gene Levine speaks to a crowd as he takes part in a protest on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn., to draw attention to concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

EDITORIAL: The inequality playbook

The Democratic playbook for 2014 is out, and to nobody's surprise Obamacare has been relegated to the back pages. The year's hottest topic will be income inequality, which the left hopes to use to create a wedge between go-along-to-get-along Republicans and limited-government Tea Party types. President Obama calls it the "defining issue." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says "there's no greater challenge this country has than income inequality, and we must do something about it." Published December 22, 2013

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Down and still dirty

Monday is the last day to enroll in Obamacare, and the website remains a disaster of catastrophic proportions. Many of those who were unceremoniously deprived of insurance they were promised they could keep scrambled to get a replacement at lunchtime on Friday. They were greeted with the unfriendly message: "We're currently performing scheduled maintenance. Please try again later." Another message asked those still trying to sign up for an Obamacare email list. Delay seized the site for hours. Published December 22, 2013

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, introduces President Bill Clinton and Virginia gubernatorial candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe, right, at Herndon Middle School, Herdon, Va., Monday, October 28, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A Republican winner for '14

Sometimes today's loser is tomorrow's winner. Virginia state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain conceded last week that a conveniently discovered ballot box had given his Democratic opponent a slim edge in the recount for attorney general. As a conservative Republican who performed better than the rest of his party on Election Day, Mr. Obenshain might give serious thought to filing against Sen. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat, who must defend his U.S. Senate seat next November. Published December 22, 2013

Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, holding the 1 millionth duck call assembled for 2013 at his company's warehouse in West Monroe, La. (AP Photo, The News-Star/Margaret Croft)

EDITORIAL: Ducking tolerance

The left is all in favor of free speech — until someone offers a contrary opinion. Phil Robertson of TV's wildly popular "Duck Dynasty" offended the homosexual lobby this week with remarks about his religious faith. Published December 19, 2013

FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. A presidential advisory panel has recommended dozens of changes to the government's surveillance programs, including stripping the NSA of its ability to store Americans' telephone records and requiring a court to sign off on the individual searches of phone and Internet data. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

EDITORIAL: Red faces at the White House

When a president comes face to face with something painful and difficult, demanding his leadership, his first instinct is to toss it to a committee, usually called "a task force," which suggests urgency and no nonsense. Presidents like this solution because it carries no risk that he will actually have to do anything. Imagine the surprise this week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when the president's handpicked "review group" of government insiders produced a 300-page report that concluded the government's snooping is out of hand. Published December 19, 2013

"It's a complete failure for me. It won't let you progress. It freezes up," Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says of his attempts to sign up for Obamacare using the website. (associated press)

EDITORIAL: Doc Coburn's government diet

Washington's in no mood for cutting spending. The Senate on Wednesday voted 64-36 to abandon restraint and boost spending by $65 billion. Supportive senators argued that the federal government has been on a starvation diet over the past year, and it urgently needs to gorge one more time. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, we know that's not the case. Published December 19, 2013

** FILE ** California Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

EDITORIAL: A man for 2016

Jerry Brown is tanned, rested and ready. The leader of the nation's most populous state is mulling another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. We need not concern ourselves with the particulars of an election campaign three years hence, but we observe that while comparisons are odious, Mr. Brown might be a breath of fresh air in an atmosphere reeking of dinosaur breath. Published December 18, 2013

Judge Richard Leon (AP Photo/File)

EDITORIAL: Spies unlike us

There's a new national hero among us. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia last week punched out the National Security Agency, a bully grown far too big for its britches. He called the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records "almost Orwellian" and possibly "unconstitutional." Published December 18, 2013

From left: Students David Buenrostro, Adrian James, and Jahel Ramos protest June 14, 2012, outside the Obama campaign offices in Culver City, Calif. The students demand that President Obama issue an executive order to stop deportations of illegal immigrant students in favor of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). In July 2011, California Gov. Brown enacted the California DREAM Act, giving illegal immigrant students access to private college scholarships for state schools. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Amnesty by another name

The culture of lawlessness is alive and well in Washington. President Obama sets the tone with his health care law revisions, rewriting the legislation without bothering Congress. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House, urges the president to ignore inconvenient provisions of the immigration law. She tells Telemundo, the Spanish-language TV network, that just being in the country illegally isn't a sufficient reason to deport illegal aliens, the law be hanged. Published December 18, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act. Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Navigating the swindle

When a cousin so distant that nobody in the family has ever heard of him sends an email to ask for your bank information so he can transfer a big inheritance, nearly everyone knows by now that he's not actually a relative, and there is no inheritance. The FBI and other police agencies try to put such thieves behind bars. The Obama administration hands them a check and calls them "navigators." Published December 17, 2013

** FILE ** Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Payback time in Wisconsin

Some liberals think it's payback time in Wisconsin. Conservatives have made substantial inroads in traditionally blue states, notably with the election and retention of Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in Wisconsin. Democrats think this is unacceptable, and they're using a prosecutor and his power and authority to deliver the message. Published December 17, 2013

Kody Brown and his wives, (from the left) Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle, are suing to overturn part of Utah's bigamy law as an invasion of privacy. The five star in TLC's reality-TV show "Sister Wives" and have 17 children. (TLC via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Marriage by reality TV

Those who warned that legalizing same-sex marriage would put us on a slippery slope toward bigamy, polygamy, polyandry and worse got it exactly right. A federal court on Friday decreed that everyone has the right to live like they do on reality television. A man can have four wives, four husbands, or four wives and four husbands or another combination if he can figure out one. Published December 17, 2013