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 In this Oct. 4, 2013 photo shows a view of the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune, who will be rebranded as the International New York Times on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the International Herald Tribune headquarters in Paris. The International Herald Tribune, a celebrated newspaper that long gave U.S. expatriates a cherished lifeline to events back home and a dose of Americana for foreign readers, published its last edition on Monday Oct. 14, 2013. It was 126 years old. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

EDITORIAL: The New York Times v. Obama

The New York Times intends to take its case against the Obama administration to the Supreme Court. In July, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with administration lawyers in ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen must reveal the confidential sources he used for a series of articles and a 2006 book, "State of War," about the CIA's bungled efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. On Tuesday, the 4th Circuit refused to change its mind, leaving the Supreme Court with the final say in the matter. Published October 17, 2013

EDITORIAL: What now for the Republicans?

No supernatural powers of clairvoyance were needed to predict the outcome of the latest Washington drama. In approving a deal to reopen the federal bureaucracy and restore the administration's ability to borrow from our grandchildren's future, Congress and the president did on Wednesday what they always do: Put off difficult choices until a future date. Rinse, repeat. Published October 17, 2013

The Supreme Court, shown Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington, has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants.  The justices said Tuesday they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the government's unprecedented regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Restoring due process

The legal principle that a man is innocent until proved guilty is a relic among some lawyers and even certain judges, and this is how respect for the courts erodes. Through tortured abuse of plain language, the judiciary has enhanced the government's power to punish those who have never had a trial or have never been found guilty of wrongdoing. The Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a case that gives justices the opportunity to make things right. Published October 16, 2013

Then-Sen. Barack Obama signs a copy of his book "The Audacity of Hope" at Bowie State University in November 2006. Key members of the president-elect's team have also authored books. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: 'Raising debt limit is a sign of failure'

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is 'trillion' with a 'T.' That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next five years, between now and 2011, the president's budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion. Published October 16, 2013

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacts,  during the Chatham House Prize award ceremony in central London, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Clinton was presented with the institute’s annual award in recognition of her contribution to the significant improvement of international relations, according to the institution. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

EDITORIAL: Hillary noise in London

Hillary Clinton is a private citizen now, but she still packs a lot of weight. She went to London the other day to pick up an award for her diplomatic accomplishments, arriving in an impressive five-car motorcade with nearly a dozen bodyguards. One of them eased her car, a big Mercedes "people carrier," into a parking bay where parking costs about $5.25 an hour. That's steep but barely painful for someone estimated to be worth $50 million in her own right. Published October 16, 2013

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, walks from House Speaker John Boehner’s office with reporters in pursuit, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Looking for the deal

Never pick a fight you don't intend to win. That's wisdom from the schoolyard, but it's the lesson many Republicans never learned. It's more important than ever when you're going toe-to-toe with a president and the stakes include a catastrophic health care scheme and funding for the national debt. Unprepared to deal with a man refusing to negotiate, congressional Republicans are eager to give Mr. Obama everything he wants if he'll just stand clear of the exits. Published October 15, 2013

EDITORIAL: Destroying the dream

Only lawyers could invent the legal contortions to call a colorblind admissions policy discriminatory. That's how a majority of the judges of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, lawyers all, concluded that Michigan voters violated the Constitution when they declared in a popularly enacted state constitutional amendment that students should be admitted to universities based only on legitimate qualifications, and never on the color of their skin. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a challenge to the policy. The high court has the opportunity to restore sanity. Published October 15, 2013

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, an Electronic benefit Transfer card, food stamp recipients use to purchase food, is seen at the Sacramento County Economic Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. Shoppers in Illinois and other states have been unable to use their food stamp debit cards because of an outage at the vendor that processes the payments. Xerox Corp. spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed Saturday that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

EDITORIAL: Food-stamp looting

A computer-software glitch over the weekend briefly removed spending limits from certain food-stamp debit cards, setting off a run on supermarkets in several states. The incident provides a glimpse at what society looks like when it becomes dependent on the government just to eat. Published October 15, 2013

Geoff Robbins, 24, center, sits on the floor with other activists in support of immigration reform during a protest at the office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Friday, Oct.11, 2013, in Miami. They want Diaz-Balart to show results on immigration reform. He is one of the few Republicans still involved in bi-partisan talks. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Rout of the cave men

President Obama says that he wants to end the government shutdown on his own terms because he's got other things to do. "We've got to create more jobs," he says, "and [we've got] kids to educate, and an immigration system to fix." While veterans were told on one side of the national Mall they couldn't visit the World War II Memorial during the temporary slimdown of the government's nonessential functions, the administration invited an amnesty rally featuring Democratic members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to campaign on the other side of the Mall. Published October 14, 2013

A protestor shows his black painted hand as he carries an Ecuador flag to protest against Chevron and the oil contamination in Ecuador's Amazon region during a joined global demonstration in Madrid, Spain Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Earlier this year, Ecuador awarded a $19 billion judgment to the residents of this area for Texaco's contamination of this rainforest between 1972 and 1990. But Chevron Corp., which bought Texaco in 2001, said it won't pay because it says Texaco dealt with the problem before it was bought. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

EDITORIAL: Bringing lawyers to justice

Nothing is quite so unremarkable as seeing a class-action trial lawyer in a Manhattan courtroom, but it's rare to see one seated at the defendant's table. A team of lawyers will be in that hot seat Tuesday, defending themselves in a civil racketeering lawsuit brought when they were accused of trying to drill Chevron for $18 billion in Ecuador. Published October 14, 2013

EDITORIAL: Kids in the bubble

The English writer E.V. Lucas once called the postage stamp "a tiny, flimsy thing, no thicker than a beetle's wing. And yet it will roam the world for you, exactly where you tell it to." Published October 14, 2013

Jim Yong Kim, left, president, World Bank Group, and Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director talk before a meeting of the Development Committee during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings at IMF headquarters Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Rearranging the World Bank

The World Bank concluded its annual meeting Saturday with the organization's president, Jim Yong Kim, vowing to turn the organization into a "solutions bank." We agree that change is needed, but we have a better solution. Dissolve the World Bank. Published October 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: Jackpot justice afoot

Syria has been reduced to a small blip in the corner of the radar screen, if only for a moment, but the screen of the neighborhood is as busy as always. Bashar Assad still clings to power in the Syrian civil war, with the Russians standing by to "help," as usual. Iraq continues to be a tinderbox. Egypt, an old ally, is fighting the Muslim Brotherhood without U.S. political support or military aid. Now Jordan, a steadfast American ally, faces a threat to economic stability in the form of an unusual lawsuit our own Supreme Court has been asked to consider. Published October 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: No spoilers in Virginia

The Libertarian Party candidate for governor in Virginia is upset because he won't be invited to participate in a debate at Virginia Tech later this month. Fans of smaller government can feel relieved, because all that Robert Sarvis can accomplish by his futile run is to take enough votes away from Ken Cuccinelli, the conservative, to lose to Terry McAuliffe, a big-government liberal. Published October 13, 2013

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CARDENAS: The return of Manuel Zelaya to a wary Honduras

When the world last heard from Honduras in 2009, the country had sparked a regional crisis after deposing its president, Manuel Zelaya, for his repeated illegal attempts to rewrite the Honduran Constitution as his amigo, the now-deceased autocrat Hugo Chavez, had done in Venezuela. Despite the fact that the Law Library of the U.S. Congress later found the process to be constitutional, the Obama administration joined Chavez and other radical regimes in branding Mr. Zelaya's removal a "military coup" and unleashed punitive sanctions on one of the region's poorest countries. Published October 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: Embarrassing Obama

President Obama drew a red line, you might say, to protect Obamacare. Now the red ink, blood or whatever, has spread to his face. HealthCare.gov, the website designed to deliver on his promise to simplify health care, is a disaster, and the administration insists the disaster must continue. "The government is now shut down," Mr. Obama boasted early last week, "but the Affordable Care Act is still open for business." But it's not, and no one knows this better than the president himself. Published October 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: The churches of anything goes

Flip Wilson, a popular television comedian from the '70s, created a worldly preacher called Rev. LeRoy, pastor of the "Church of What's Happening Now." Any resemblance to any actual church was not at all coincidental. Rev. Leroy once told the congregation that he was "going to Las Vegas because there's sin there and I'm going to put a stop to it. If I can't stop it, at least I'm going to slow it down." Published October 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: Lap dogs on the growl

Lap dogs will snap at an ankle, but they rarely bite. Nevertheless, President Obama is running out of friends. His steamrolling and "no negotiations" negotiating style offended Republicans first, but now some of his most ardent supporters are entertaining second thoughts. The Committee to Protect Journalists, which works to protect reporters from harm in distant places such as Colombia and Egypt, released a report Thursday suggesting the Obama administration has adopted speech-chilling tactics more appropriate to a Third World nation. Published October 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: MPs plot revenge against powerful tabloid

Freedom of the press, the late, great press critic A.J. Liebling once remarked, "is guaranteed only to those who own one." We take his point. Mr. Liebling, who died more than a half-century ago, said some other colorful things about the press that still resonate with newspaper readers today. "I take a grave view of the press," he said. "It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy." But better a weak slat than no slat at all. Published October 9, 2013