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** FILE ** California Gov. Jerry Brown. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Austerity on rails

Washington is gripped by sequestration fever. Or sequestration chills, depending on the point of view. The White House complains that it's suffering severe spending withdrawal, and Congress, or at least half of Congress, says it's suffering the pangs of hunger for more and deeper spending cuts. Published March 21, 2013

Sophia Hendrick, Lt. Damon Baird, Augustus Cole and Garron Paduk star in the video game Gears of War: Judgment.

EDITORIAL: Gaming bad taste

It's over a quarter-century now since Al Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, held congressional hearings to determine whether there was a link between heavy-metal music and cheap sex and violence. At a session Al probably doesn't want to remember, classic hard-rock anthems like Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" were blamed as "contributing factors" to the ills of society. Published March 21, 2013

Illustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Gun control by the U.N.

Bureaucrats from 150 nations are ramping up efforts to impose gun control through international pact. Here in the United States, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has become the vehicle to drive an agenda that is deeply controversial because once a treaty is ratified by the Senate, it becomes the supreme law of the land. Published March 20, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Not dead yet

Reports of the death of the Republican Party are greatly exaggerated, notwithstanding the release Monday of the details of an "autopsy" figuring out what went wrong in the 2012 elections. Published March 20, 2013

Illustration: Hugo Chavez

EDITORIAL: Rotting dictators

In death, Hugo Chavez won't get the immortal perch he hoped for. Tardy embalmers ruined any plans to put the body of the late Venezuelan president on permanent display, like those of Lenin, Mao and Ho Chi Minh. To add insult to injury, the hug his pal Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave Chavez's mother at his funeral has turned grief into an occasion for a new outburst of extremist rants. Published March 20, 2013

Dachshund Molly, right, cuts in front of last year's winner Longfellow to take one of the top three spots in a run off during the Annual Savannah Weiner Dawg Race on historic River Street, Saturday Oct. 4, 2008 in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

EDITORIAL: And now even the dogs

The president's health care reform was supposed to make medical treatment more affordable, especially for the uninsured. The closer we come to implementation, we can count the ways it won't. Visits to the doctor will be very expensive, not just for humans, but for dogs, cats and even goldfish. Published March 19, 2013

Illustration by M. Ryder

EDITORIAL: Unlocking the Keystone pipeline

Weary of waiting for President Obama to provide leadership and relief for fuel prices, Democrats and Republicans in Washington are boarding the bandwagon for the Keystone XL pipeline. Partisan politics stop at the gas pump. Published March 19, 2013

Illustration: Big Brother's Eye (Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Setback for the snoopers

In the wake of Sept. 11, many Americans cheerfully gave law enforcement the benefit of almost any doubt. It was "anything goes" if it meant stopping enemies from ever having an upper hand again. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy has been cheerfully willing to bypass judicial oversight on the way to obtaining unprecedented access to personal information of good Americans. Published March 19, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare application

The Internal Revenue Service must now defer to the Department of Health and Human Services as the chief goblin of the American taxpayer. The task of signing up for mandatory health insurance will soon rival the notorious Form 1040 for complexity and anxiety. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** A sign is shown inside of electric car maker Tesla Motors showroom in San Jose, Calif., on May 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Unplug the electric subsidies

President Obama stopped by Argonne National Laboratory in his Chicago hometown on Friday to demand Americans hand over another $2 billion in subsidies for electric cars. Liberals love trading in sensible sedans for these trendy "green" golf carts. Published March 18, 2013

EDITORIAL: Smoke over the Falklands

Sometimes smoke gets in the eyes not only of lovers, but of priests and politicians as well. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Pope Francis are engaged in a long-distance disagreement over the pontiff's assertion two years ago, when he was a mere archbishop, that Britain had "usurped" the Falklands by winning a war with Argentina 30 years ago. Published March 18, 2013

After wining and dining some Senate Republicans, President Obama is heading to Capitol Hill this week to try to make more friends in the GOP. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Walking Dead

If it's true that art imitates life (and sometimes it seems so), the National Labor Relations Board has become the bureaucratic equivalent of the television hit "The Walking Dead." Published March 15, 2013

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The plea bargain danger

When someone from the government says he's just trying to help, watch out -- especially if he's offering a plea bargain. The deals often aren't worth taking -- or worse. Published March 15, 2013

Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The ethanol bubble

When the price of a commodity rises to stratospheric heights for no apparent reason, it's likely hysterical speculation. Only the government could come up with a bubble in a commodity that's merely speculative. This week, the going price for a "renewable identification number" hit a high of $1.10, which is up 3,500 percent from the 3 cents it would have fetched just a few months ago. Published March 15, 2013

** FILE ** Israeli police walk through the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday, March 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

EDITORIAL: A line in the sand

If gestures of good will are greeted with streams of invective, a visitor will conclude that "this must be the Middle East." When President Obama arrives in Israel next week, he will say encouraging things about the plight of the Palestinian people and their quest for a state of their own. Published March 14, 2013

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling listens to staff before the start of the legislative session at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Richmond. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Goodbye, Bill Bolling

Virginians elect a new governor Nov. 5, and they'll get a rare choice between a constitutional conservative and an abortion liberal. No Tweedle Dee vs. Tweedle Dum this time. Published March 14, 2013

EDITORIAL: Another European nation falls

Europeans have so many nations in financial trouble that they came up with an acronym, PIIGS, to keep track of the worst: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Now a sixth nation, Cyprus, is about to join this less-than-illustrious group. Published March 14, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg could have some union-related trouble involving the Teamsters.


EDITORIAL: Glug, glug, hooray

The regulation that threatened to snuff out Slurpees and Big Gulps in New York City is itself dead, at least for now. A state judge, Milton A. Tingling, praise and honor be on him, ruled that the regulation conceived by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the galloping vanquisher of trans fats, was "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." Published March 13, 2013

EDITORIAL: Good riddance to a medal

This administration certainly loves drones, but even that ardent passion has limits. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday put a stop to production of a medal that was to be awarded to drone operators, and not a moment too soon. Published March 13, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, before the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Behind the Bernanke curtain

The spooks don't preside over the most secretive agency of the government. It's no place for spies or their spymasters, so it isn't the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency or even the Office of National Intelligence. The place where the deepest secrets are kept is where the gnomes of the central banks work. Published March 13, 2013