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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

A man admires the 19-foot-tall, 10,000-pound bronze statue of our third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Thanks for the memory

Today's the day Americans groove on a diet of hot dogs and belly wash, marvel at the fireworks lighting the night sky and reflect, if only a little, on all America has achieved. Published July 4, 2013

Illustration Crushing Obamacare Taxes by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's fatal flaw

For good reason the Internal Revenue Service is one of the most despised government agencies, and it's more unpopular than ever. Published July 3, 2013

President Obama gestures during a news conference with South African President Jacob Zuma, not pictured, at the Union Building on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Obama's cruel advice

President Obama thinks Africans are better off in shanties and mud huts instead of houses and apartments loaded with the conveniences of modern life. He as much as said so the other day in Johannesburg. Published July 3, 2013

Illustration: Religion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A line in the sand

A Presbyterian pastor on the Delaware coast is drawing a line in the sand on the beach this week in the vacation community of Lewes (pronounced "Lewis") to celebrate freedom, which was the original point of the Fourth of July. Published July 3, 2013

In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. A month after being widely criticized for revealing she has diabetes, as well as a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat it, Paula Deen says she's ready to show a lighter side to her famously fatty Southern-style cooking. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

EDITORIAL: No room for redemption

Paula Deen's career continues to suffer death by a thousand cuts of the carving knife. She testified under oath that she repeated a racial slur many decades ago. Published July 2, 2013

The Grand wildfire burns into the Los Padres National Forest near Gorman, Calif., where the blaze charred more than 3,000 acres on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Luis Sinco)

EDITORIAL: No taming the Western wildfires

The West is on fire again. A hot, dry early summer has transformed the region into a tinderbox. Scores of wildfires have charred 1.3 million acres across seven states, and 19 firefighters died in a single day battling a mountain blaze north of Phoenix. Published July 2, 2013

Illustration: Pork by D. Grethen.

EDITORIAL: Immigration pork

Congress is in recess for its annual Fourth of July vacation, so the republic is safe for another week. Members of the House have ample time to reflect on the disastrous amnesty sent over by the Senate. Published July 2, 2013

**FILE** Silvio Berlusconi (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Down, but not out

The "bunga bunga" parties are over, but former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for having sexual relations several times with an underage prostitute, is not about to go quietly into the bad night. Published July 1, 2013

Illustration: Tax burden by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What austerity?

"Woe is me" is the cry of every bureaucrat in official Washington, suffering under the heavy hand of budgetary belt-tightening that goes by the name of sequestration. But there's actually no sign of cutbacks in the job market in Washington, D.C. The business of government is booming. Published July 1, 2013

Illustration Voter IDs by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's 'evolution' on voter-ID

President Obama has finally "evolved" to support voter-ID laws. That's the good news. The bad news is, he's talking about voter-ID in his father's native Kenya. Published July 1, 2013

Courts and marriage illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Wedding bells in Virginia

The Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is sending shock waves across the Potomac. Published June 28, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A ship of fools

The federal government was meant to be understated in the way it does business: Civil servants give up opportunities in the private sector to selflessly toil in the public interest. In return, they're all but fireproof. Published June 28, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: An unholy coalition

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to return from the dark side during its next term. The court on Monday agreed to hear a union-organizing case that casts a fresh spotlight on campaigns to force workers into labor unions. Published June 28, 2013

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EDITORIAL: The hook for Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York is running out of ammunition in his campaign for gun control. The public has moved on. Published June 27, 2013

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EDITORIAL: Affirmative action for terrorists

A Democratic congressman from Seattle is looking for a few white men willing to join the jihad. In the bizarre fever swamps of political correctness, Rep. Jim McDermott thinks it's "offensive" for the FBI to post a list of the 16 most wanted for terrorism since all but one are Islamists. Published June 27, 2013

**FILE** Grant Olan (center), of Washington, D.C., joins crowds gathering in front of the Supreme Court building on June 26, 2013, for the California Proposition 8 case as a decision is expected to be announced on the last day of the court's term. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A supreme bungle

It only took five votes Wednesday to demolish the traditional understanding of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to nullify the wishes of the 7 million Californians who voted to keep that definition in place. Published June 27, 2013