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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

Illustration: Obama's economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Gloomy prospects

Barack Obama has been president for 51 months, and America is still waiting for that change he told us to hope for. The latest economic indicators continue to point in the wrong direction: Durable-goods orders are falling, growth in factory output is sluggish and optimism is dissolving. Published April 29, 2013

** FILE ** A Fisker plug-in hybrid car is exhibited at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany in 2009. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Driving toward bankruptcy

There aren't many winners in the current economic climate. Most companies are struggling against the burdens of higher taxes, red tape and uncertainty, and there's no opportunity to expand and prosper. Some companies, however, have found a shortcut through deep political connections to the Obama administration. Published April 29, 2013

Illustration Vote out Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Retreat on Obamacare

One of the Republican promises in the 1994 congressional campaign, included in the "Contract With America," was to force Congress to live under the laws it imposes on everyone else. The Congressional Accountability Act followed, eliminating a number of major exemptions in the hope that lawmakers would be less likely to enact burdensome laws if they were personally affronted by them. Published April 26, 2013

A moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing is observed at 2:50 p.m. Monday on Boylston Street near the race finish line, exactly one week after the tragedy. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Sludge from Turtle Bay

Memo to President Obama, Congress, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Boston Police Department and any others looking into the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line: Don't bother. America did it. Published April 26, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: An addiction Democrats can't kick

The backrooms of American politics are not so smoke-filled now, but hypocrisy hangs as thick as ever over Washington. President Obama, who has been a three-pack-a-day man for most of his life, declares smokers Public Enemy No. 1 in his latest budget. Published April 26, 2013