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**FILE** Attorneys Don West (front left) and Mark O'Mara (right) stand with George Zimmerman as the selected jurors enter the courtroom during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla., on June 20, 2013. (Associated Press/Orlando Sentinel)

EDITORIAL: Standing up to the mob

From the time George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in a scuffle on a cool, rainy night in Florida, the search began for a white villain. When the media mob couldn't find one they invented one. Published July 15, 2013

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Oppressing the farmers

Every time Congress takes up a farm bill, as the House did Thursday, the politicians tell us it's all about saving the family farm. Published July 12, 2013

Illustration Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The white Afghan elephant

Many people treat themselves now and then to things they don't need. It might be a marginally useful high-tech gadget, a set of steak knives with handles of genuine plastic or a useless lawn flamingo in shocking pink with rhinestone toes. Published July 12, 2013

Illustration Obamacare Vitals by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare blues

A debater running out of good arguments is always tempted to get mean and personal. The remaining liberal defenders of Obamacare are demonstrating this truism once more with frantic agitation over a new anti-Obamacare television commercial by Americans for Prosperity. Published July 12, 2013

Illustration: Religion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Evangelical atheism

There are no atheists in foxholes, but there are plenty of friends of atheism at the Pentagon. The Obama administration has encouraged a mighty revival of nothing where the generals plot strategy at the temple of death and destruction. Published July 11, 2013

Smoke rises from burning railroad cars carrying crude oil after they derailed in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, on Saturday, July 6, 2013. A large swath of the town was destroyed, and up to 1,000 people were forced to evacuate. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

EDITORIAL: Keystone safety

The rail explosion over the weekend in Quebec piles tragedy upon tragedy. Fifteen persons died, and dozens more are missing or unaccounted for in the small town of Lac-Megantic, where a train of 72 oil tankers derailed, setting off explosions and fires that leveled 30 homes and businesses. Published July 11, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Phil Gingrey (center), Georgia Republican and obstetrician, speaks June 28, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington by the GOP Doctors Caucus in response to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care plan. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Union pickpockets

The Obama administration and its allies have no shame. Devout Christians are forced to pay for abortions that violate their conscience. The public treasury is regularly raided to pay for Democratic voter-registration projects. Published July 11, 2013

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a new gig on CNN. ASSOCIATED PRESS

EDITORIAL: Restoring a reputation

Eliot Spitzer just won't leave us alone. Five years after the Manhattan tabloids went into a frenzy when a call-girl ring identified the man who was the governor as "Client No. 9," he wants to get back into politics. Published July 10, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Friday, June 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Blindsided in Egypt

Nothing confuses liberals more than discovering that the tide of progress has gone out, leaving them high, dry and naked. President Obama has been beached by his backing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Published July 10, 2013

**FILE** A worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif., on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Go away, jobs

The elites - and those pretending to be elite - love to sneer at the "big box" retail stores as much as the public loves to shop at them. Published July 10, 2013

EDITORIAL: Sorrow in a vacuum

Egypt is what happens when a nation falls into a vacuum. When Mohammed Morsi was thrown out by the generals, chaos took over, as it often does. The violence there accelerates with unfathomable horror. Published July 9, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Monday he will bring his chamber's latest version of the farm bill to the floor this month. He declined to do so last year to avoid intraparty fighting during an election year. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A trap by the Senate

Fresh from their Fourth of July recess, House Republicans will huddle to figure out what to do with the immigration turkey the senators dropped off as they were leaving town. Published July 9, 2013

A senior producer for "CBS This Morning" tweeted this photo Wednesday of the yacht of Secretary of State John Kerry, who the producer says was aboard the yacht as Egypt's military overthrew the nation's president.

EDITORIAL: Sailing to Whopperland

When the Egyptians took to the streets to depose the Obama administration's favored despot, their Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, Secretary of State John F. Kerry went curiously missing. Published July 9, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Left turn at the IRS

Don't confuse us with the facts. The congressional Democrats insist that left-wing groups suffered just as much IRS abuse as Tea Party groups did, but this attempt to deflect blame for the political corruption at the tax agency away from the Obama administration is hard work. Published July 8, 2013

Illustration: Constitution by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: The castle under siege

The First, Second and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution aren't much admired by liberals, or "progressives," or whatever they're calling themselves this month. Published July 8, 2013

Illustration Obamacare Paperwork by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The great train wreck

The delay of the employer mandate in Obamacare is designed to improve Democrats' prospects in next year's congressional elections, but it's difficult to see how and it's not promising news for everyone else. Published July 8, 2013

A Metropolitan Police Department camera sits high above home in the Berry Farms Neighborhood in Southeast. Police say they track criminal activity in areas to determine where the cameras are most useful. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Shuttering the revenue cameras

The District of Columbia won't rest until a government mugger is posted on every street corner. The city's revenue cameras are shaking down drivers for nearly $100 million a year, but the District wants to expand the network until it extracts every penny in the motorists' pockets. Published July 5, 2013

President Obama pauses during a town hall meeting with young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg Soweto on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Not so gay times in Africa

President Obama isn't a big fan of free trade, but there's one thing he's striving mightily to export — homosexual rights (and sometimes homosexuals). It's not a big seller in the developing world. Published July 5, 2013

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EDITORIAL: The pocketbook spies

Our emails are read, our telephones are tapped and satellites keep track of where we go. This total information awareness should satisfy the nosiest of busybodies, but the federal busybodies want more. Published July 5, 2013

** FILE ** In this Nov. 10, 2011, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett makes remarks during a news conference after a Penn State Board of Trustees meeting in State College, Pa. Corbett said Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania's booze monopoly

Healthy libations are a traditional part of many Independence Day celebrations. A cold beer goes well with a barbecue, but Pennsylvanians can't head to their local convenience store or gas station to pick up a six-pack. Published July 4, 2013