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**FILE** Hundreds of people attend the National Rally for Citizenship on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 10, 2013, to call for immigration reform. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Why the rush on immigration reform?

"Behind Closed Doors" was a Grammy-winning country hit for Charlie Rich in the 1970s, describing a good time where no one could see, but it's a terrible way to write laws, particularly laws as complex and controversial as immigration reform. Published April 19, 2013

Illustration: Republican direction by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Keeping Republicans dry

A poll this week in The Washington Post reveals that 70 percent to 75 percent of Americans, including independent voters, think the Republican Party is not "in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today." Published April 19, 2013

** FILE ** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at Lucky's Cafe in New York, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

EDITORIAL: A good day for the Second Amendment

The president raged. The mayor of New York frothed. Joe Biden cried. But at the end of the day, common sense prevailed. The Senate killed the effort to unreasonably expand background checks for buyers of guns. Published April 18, 2013

A card is left on a floral tribute outside former British Prime Minister the Baroness Thatcher's home in London on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

EDITORIAL: Slighting the Iron Lady

Slighting an old friend when there's a death in his family, sending a bouquet of wilted petunias by the chauffeur, is trashy behavior no matter who orders it. Published April 18, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Grand theft Cyprus

Butch Cassidy became a household name in 1889 after he galloped off with a $20,000 unauthorized withdrawal from the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride, Colo. In today's dollars, that's around $500,000. Modern thieves rely on stolen passwords and wire transfers to make bigger scores, such as the trio who were close to pilfering $300 million from Sumitomo Bank in London before they were caught. Published April 18, 2013

People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions went off near the finish line, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan)

EDITORIAL: Exploiting the Boston massacre

Bipartisanship is honored mostly in the breach, but nowhere is there more agreement among partisans in Washington than in celebration of Rahm Emanuel's admonition that "you never want a crisis to go to waste." Published April 17, 2013

Illustration: Women in combat by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What warriors know

The military services now have only a month until May 15 to submit plans for integrating women into all ranks, including in ground combat. The go-along-to-get-along generals and admirals essentially are trying to find a way to fit the women into places they don't belong. Published April 17, 2013

Rep. Charles Boustany, Lousiana Republican (Associated Press)


Privacy is more precious than ever, and getting scarcer. Government agencies continue to push legal boundaries with surveillance cameras, drones, GPS tracking devices, x-ray scanners, stop-and-frisk searches without a warrant, sometimes without a suspicion of wrongdoing. Published April 16, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican

EDITORIAL: The immigration gang

The status quo on immigration is "horrible for America," Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." On that much, all sides of the debate are pretty much in agreement. Published April 16, 2013

** FILE ** Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fooling the people

Venezuela offers a classic study of how socialist regimes impose misery and mayhem but manage to fool or intimidate enough voters to keep the regime in power. Published April 16, 2013

Nine Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies from a litter of 17,  look out of their box in Nauen, 50 kilometers  outside  Berlin on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. On Sept 28, and 29, 4 years old Ridgeback Etana  had 17 puppies. All of them survived.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

EDITORIAL: A dog's best friend bites back

Ron Hines, a Texas-licensed veterinarian, loves animals. He didn't want to stop helping dogs, cats and other pets after he suffered a debilitating injury in 2002 that limited his ability to conduct a regular practice. So he turned to the Internet to put his skills to the use of pet owners around the world with no access to traditional pet care. Published April 15, 2013

D.C. City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson, calls to order the 42nd legislative meeting of City Council period 19 after summer recess. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Playing the ugly race card

Martin Luther King dreamed of the day his children would live in a nation "where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." It remains a noble goal. It's a shame Dr. King's goal has been abandoned by certain members of the District of Columbia city council. Published April 15, 2013

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Our greedy uncle

Americans rightly dread Tax Day. Millions scramble to make it to the post office by midnight with reams of paperwork for the Internal Revenue Service. It's an annual ritual that grows more complex each year. The worst part about it is that every hour of every day spent at work is devoted to paying Uncle Sam until April 18, this year's Tax Freedom Day. Published April 15, 2013

Rick Santorum

EDITORIAL: The intolerant left

You can hear a lot of big talk about tolerance and diversity from people who hang out in the ivory tower, but they rarely want to set an example. In the halls of academe, the only acceptable ideology is stunted liberalism. Published April 12, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Budget busted, nation broken

The White House was supposed to have submitted its budget two months ago. Now that it finally got around to outlining the federal government's plans for the fiscal year, we can see that it wasn't worth the wait. Published April 12, 2013

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Who bugged the senator?

Some Democrats with time on their hands are attempting to convert garden-variety political opposition research, the kind of research that all politicians pay big bucks for, into the "anatomy of a smear." Almost nobody is watching or listening. Published April 12, 2013

Illustration Abortion Numbers by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A chamber of horrors

By his own lawyer’s count, Kermit Gosnell, a 72-year-old doctor in West Philadelphia, Pa., performed more than 16,000 abortions over the course of 31 years. Published April 11, 2013

Illustration by Mark Weber

EDITORIAL: A lack of style

In politics, language controls the debate. Overturning centuries-old definitions of traditional marriage becomes “marriage equality” and banning guns becomes “gun safety.” Distorting the language is intended to persuade the public to accept radical change as something ordinary and natural. Published April 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: The master robbers

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell could give lessons in economics to Willie Sutton, the famous bank robber who, when a psychologist asked him why he robbed banks, famously replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” Published April 11, 2013