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** FILE ** Then-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood briefs reporters regarding the sequester on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The relentless pursuit of cash

The National Security Agency's conniving with Verizon to reveal the whereabouts of Americans going about their daily business is the cheap stuff. Published June 17, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The high price of Obamacare

The "hope and change" of the 2008 presidential campaign is living on borrowed time. President Obama's greatest legislative accomplishment, Obamacare, is about to become the nation's nightmare, and for none more so than his most faithful backers. Published June 17, 2013

Illustration by M. Ryder

EDITORIAL: Amnesty and English

Backers of the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate say the legislation encourages illegal aliens to learn English, but that's apparently not so. They've been running ads on conservative talk radio programs insisting that the illegals "must learn English" as a condition of legalization. Published June 17, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 6, 2013, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee as lawmakers examine the budget for the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: The felonious fibbers

Thousands of Americans are languishing in federal prisons for lying to federal officials. Federal officials themselves often get a pass when they tell a whopper to Congress. It's a double standard that must end. Published June 14, 2013

Illustration: DNA locked away by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times


Nothing is more personal than the blueprint of life itself, encoded in the DNA that comes with the gift of birth. Advances in medical technology have given scientists the power to read what's written in those genes, and there's the problem. Published June 14, 2013

Illustration: Race and Justice by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Discrimination by another name

The Supreme Court has a new opportunity to set aside a government program that long ago passed its "sell by" date. In Fisher v. University of Texas, the court can strike a blow for good racial relations as well. Published June 14, 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: The good father

When they thought nobody was looking, the Obama administration abandoned a lawsuit Monday night that would have halted over-the-counter sale of the "Plan B" abortion pill to girls of any age, no matter how young. Published June 13, 2013

**FILE** James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, listens March 12, 2013, to testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he testified about worldwide threats. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Fearless Fosdick at work

Fearless Fosdick, the ace gumshoe in the old Li'l Abner comic strip who was assigned to prevent an unwitting shopper from buying the can of poisoned beans crafty evildoers had slipped into the food supply, is obviously the inspiration of the men who set out to collect the telephone records of every American. Published June 13, 2013

Illustration: Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Banking on Obamacare

Obamacare was supposed to be a boon for everyone who couldn't afford health care. Now we know that's not true. Published June 13, 2013

Some of the grapes from Gray Ghost Vineyards have started to rot on the vine. (Steve Hay/Special to The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Avenging the raisins

Since the grim days of the Great Depression, raisin farmers in California’s fabled San Joaquin Valley have raised their grapes under a food-regulatory regime that forces them to hand over a portion of their crop to the government, often without getting anything for it. Published June 12, 2013

Illustration Radical Feminism by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The baloney merchant

So many scandals, so little time. Who can blame President Obama for trying to flee from reality? He ducked out of a Monday photo-op before reporters could ask a question. Published June 12, 2013

Illustration Assault on free speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Trampling free speech

In a surveillance society, it’s wise to watch your words. A careless, offhand remark on Facebook can be grounds for a sacking or even probable cause for arrest, just for speaking your piece. Published June 12, 2013

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

EDITORIAL: The Whistleblower

Many Americans think Edward J. Snowden is a criminal, or worse, for revealing government secrets, however pernicious. Others, who put their faith in limited government, think blowing the whistle on this surveillance does the country a service. Published June 11, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What's the rush?

Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform tell us, over and over, that the immigration system is "broken," and they're in a hurry to fix it. Published June 11, 2013

** FILE ** Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.N. Ambassador, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, where he made the announcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: The Power nomination

A leopard can't change its spots, but can an interventionist resist the urge to intervene? That's the question senators must pose to Samantha Power, President Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, at her confirmation hearing, coming up soon. Published June 11, 2013

Illustration by M. Ryder

EDITORIAL: $30 trillion in red ink

The federal government owes $16.7 trillion to its creditors around the world, definitely including China. Each year, that number grows by $1 trillion, the amount President Obama has been borrowing to keep his bureaucracy expanding at a rapid pace. Published June 10, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: E pluribus Reagan

The Treasury Department loves redesigning our money. A new $20 bill began circulating a decade ago, the $10 was changed in 2006, and the $5 was modified in 2008. In October, Ben Franklin will grace a new $100 that includes features that are supposed to make the work of counterfeiters harder. Published June 10, 2013

Illustration Big brother's all-seeing eye by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Total surveillance society

We knew this administration didn't like the Second Amendment. We knew it has reservations about the First Amendment, and now we learn that it has dispensed with the Fourth Amendment. Published June 10, 2013

**FILE** Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Government in the shadows

Richard Windsor was a model employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. He was so beloved by his colleagues that the agency awarded him the title "scholar of ethical behavior," and bestowed several cybersecurity certifications on him. Published June 7, 2013

A bid by state Sen. Ralph Northam (right), Norfolk Democrat, to make pre-abortion ultrasounds optional was turned back by state Sen. Stephen H. Martin during a Privileges and Elections Committee special meeting on Monday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Racing to the left

With no contest at the top of the Virginia Democratic ballot in next Tuesday's primary, the party turns, perhaps in sorrow, to the lieutenant governor's race. Published June 7, 2013