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Tim Eyman holds his daughter Riley, 1, in July 2009 while updating a board tallying petition signatures for getting an initiative on the Washington state ballot. Mike Fagan holds the board. Mr. Eyman co-sponsored Initiative 1053 which passed with 66 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A scarlet tax letter

Not everything that comes out of the deep-blue left coast is bad. A state that gave Barack Obama a 15-point margin should expect taxes to go up because Big Government liberalism is all about "soaking the rich" and redistributing the result. Published May 7, 2013

Illustration Benghazi by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Benghazi spin

Americans may finally learn the facts about the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. These facts arrive eight months late because the Obama administration devoted its full attention to re-weaving the narrative of the killing of an American ambassador and three other diplomats on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 catastrophe at the World Trade Center. Published May 7, 2013

FILE- This Feb. 11, 2009 file photo shows an owner beginning to write a text message on his cell phone in Los Angeles. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project said in October that 75 percent of teens have a cell phone and that a typical teen sends about 50 texts a day.     (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, FILE)

EDITORIAL: The Obamaphone explosion

Nobody likes paying a telephone bill, landline, cell or otherwise. The long-term contracts, early termination fees and the bewildering array of fees and limits make comparison shopping a drudge. This isn't so, however, for nearly 1 every 10 Maryland residents who get their telephone free from the Lifeline subsidy program. Published May 7, 2013

Gov. Jay Inslee, seated, signs a measure to make state statutes gender-neutral, joined by bill sponsor Sen. Jeannie Kohl-Welles, left, on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. The measure is the final installment of a multiyear project to replace thousands of references to male-centric words in state law with gender-neutral terms. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

EDITORIAL: Another assault on the language

Politicians often have too much time on their hands. In the state of Washington, state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a Democrat, spent many hours poring through the law books searching for words and phrases that offend currently fashionable feminist sensibilities. Published May 6, 2013

Illustration: Scouts honor by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: This Eagle Scout is no felon

It's May, and for most seniors in high school, thoughts turn to final exams, getting a date for the prom and graduation. For David Cole Withrow, an 18-year-old senior at Princeton High School in Princeton, N.C., his final days will be spent dealing with a suspension, an arrest record and a felony charge in criminal court. Published May 6, 2013

Illustration Obama's Jobs by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: No relief in the numbers

Friday's official jobs numbers were better than expected. The Labor Department says 165,000 private-sector positions were created in April, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent, a decline of only a tenth of a percentage point from March. Published May 6, 2013

Illustration Seashore by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A Stasi for Palm Beach

In the bad old days when Germany was riven in two parts, Germans in the East lived in terror of the state security ministry known as the Stasi, which enlisted neighbors and colleagues as secret informants. Stasi created a spirit of distrust to be exploited by the party. Published May 3, 2013

**FILE** Teva Women's Health packaging for Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the "morning-after pill" (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Shelving Plan B

The Justice Department decided Wednesday to appeal a federal judge's order authorizing over-the-counter sales of the Plan B morning-after abortion pill without any age restrictions. It's a right decision, if for the wrong reason. Published May 3, 2013

Illustration: The Internet

EDITORIAL: Silencing Internet radio

Washington, D.C., is a coin-operated world where lobbyists insert their nickels and politicians sing their song. Nobody is more in tune with the game than the music industry. Published May 3, 2013

Illustration Obama's anti-Christianity by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Pentagon prejudice

The administration continues to tie itself in knots to avoid offending Muslims, but offers no such courtesy to Christians. The latest example of official intolerance is the blocking of access on military bases to the Southern Baptists' website because it contains "hostile content." Published May 2, 2013

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EDITORIAL: Hail to the Redtails?

We should put aside concerns about crime, decrepit schools, perpetual parking and traffic chaos and an unending series of corruption scandals in the District of Columbia government. The D.C. Council is poised to decide what a private business should call itself. Published May 2, 2013

President Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The perils of duckhood

Presidents never call a news conference unless they have something to say, or, in certain circumstances have to say something, like it or not. President Obama called an unexpected news conference Tuesday, with lots of things he had rather not talk about. Published May 2, 2013

The shelves at Havana Connections cigar shop in Richmond show the many varieties of premium cigars, which aficionados liken to fine wine or craft beer. They say the range of cigar sizes and shapes makes across-the-board standards almost impossible. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Snuff that cigar

The U.S. economy may not be growing, but the government sure is. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had explicit legal authority to regulate cigarettes and chewing tobacco only since 2009, and now the agency wants to go beyond the congressional mandate to shape up the American cigar industry. Published May 1, 2013

Illustration: Leftist attack on David and Charles Koch

EDITORIAL: Read all about it!

Newspapers that fail to adapt to the 21st century won’t be around for the 22nd. Some newspaper publishers want to abandon printed newspapers to survive in the digital free-for-all. Published May 1, 2013

EDITORIAL: Bugged about bees

Beware an environmental activist bearing a solution. Not so long ago, the government ordered Big Oil to pump methyl tert-butyl ether, or MTBE, into gasoline tanks because the stuff would make the air sparkle. Then someone remembered that MTBE seeps into groundwater and causes cancer. Published May 1, 2013

Illustration Big Government by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Cutting federal strings

Like a deal with the devil, accepting money from the federal government comes with strings. Whether it be the National Collegiate Athletic Association or the National Endowment for the Arts or organizations in between, accepting taxpayer dollars necessarily means abiding by terms and conditions set by Congress. Published April 30, 2013

Illustration by William Brown

EDITORIAL: Dodging drones

The emotions raised by the Boston Marathon bombing are clouding the judgment of policymakers, tempting them to expand domestic surveillance to thwart future attacks. Constitutional rights once surrendered are likely to be impossible to regain. Published April 30, 2013

** FILE ** This Jan. 10, 2012, file photo shows Hostess Twinkies in New York. Twinkies first came onto the scene in 1930 and contained real fruit until rationing during World War II led to the vanilla cream Twinkie. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

EDITORIAL: Twinkies' revenge

The ding dongs at Big Labor who refused to make concessions when Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Drake's Cakes and Wonder Bread, faced imminent bankruptcy, now find themselves frozen out of the newly constituted company. Published April 30, 2013

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EDITORIAL: Terrorist welfare

The Boston Marathon bombers hated America, but they loved the American dole. The suspects in the scheme to murder and maim innocent men, women and children were living off the generosity of the American taxpayers they hated. Published April 29, 2013