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Homes in the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, Colo., go up in flames from the Waldo Canyon fire on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

EDITORIAL: Government fiddles while the West burns

A U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft outfitted with a modular airborne firefighting system crashed in South Dakota on Sunday, killing four. Meanwhile, a supertanker with a much larger capacity than any aircraft flying is sitting idle as fires continue to rage in the West. That's how government doesn't work. Published July 4, 2012

Illustration: Declaration of Independence.

EDITORIAL: Happy Dependence Day

Forget about those fireworks (too dangerous) and their ostentatious display of anachronistic values. Forget also about mom (sexist gender-role stereotype) and apple pie (too fattening). Wednesday has become Dependence Day, a time to reflect on all the good that the federal government does for us. Published July 3, 2012

A museum visitor walks by the new Star-Spangled Banner exhibit, showcasing the nearly 200-year-old flag that inspired the writing of the song that became America's national anthem.

EDITORIAL: When free men shall stand

Two hundred years ago, the United States was mobilizing for conflict. The country had formally declared war for the first time in its history, against Great Britain. Hostilities would last for three years and claim around 20,000 lives on both sides. Published July 2, 2012

Illustration: Fracking by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on guns and oil

The Obama administration is using more than just the Environmental Protection Agency to "crucify" businesses it doesn't like. Congress won't enact any gun-control measures, and the American people aren't interested in paying more at the pump. Published June 29, 2012

Illustration: Obama bubble by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: The pension bubble

As if the housing market collapse and European debt crisis weren't bad enough, another fiscal disaster looms on the horizon. New rules adopted last week by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) clarify the depth of mismanagement of state and local government pension programs. Published June 29, 2012

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Chief Justice Roberts: Genius or traitor?

Conservative opinion on Chief Justice John Roberts in the wake of Thursday's Obamacare decision is as divided as the high court itself. To some, he is a traitor to the right who passed up an opportunity to nullify the "signature achievement" of the Obama administration. Published June 29, 2012

Illustration: Obamacare's debt by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare tax

The Supreme Court affirmed on Thursday what the White House never wanted to hear: Obamacare constitutes the largest and most regressive tax in American history. Published June 28, 2012

Illustration: Obamacare in court by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: We respectfully disagree

Congress has set out to remedy the problem that the best health care is beyond the reach of many Americans who cannot afford it. It can assuredly do that, by exercising the powers accorded to it under the Constitution. Published June 28, 2012

Illustration: Fast and Furious by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Holder: The case for contempt

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. This unprecedented action has been made necessary by the Obama administration's consistent refusal to reveal the whole truth about the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation and the cover-up that followed. Published June 27, 2012

Illustration: Crumbling Euro

GHEI: Bank downgrades with a twist

News from Europe continues to be bleak. Moody's downgraded 28 Spanish banks on Monday, not long after major financial institutions, including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, suffered the same fate. Published June 27, 2012

** FILE ** In this April 25, 2012, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Secret Service prostitution scandal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama to shoot down armed pilots

The Obama administration's hatred for the Second Amendment has reached new heights. After nearly a decade of safe operation, the White House is looking to reduce the number of pilots who provide an extra layer of security against airborne terror by packing a pistol in the cockpit. This plan shouldn't fly. Published June 26, 2012

Illustration: Arizona immigration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Arizona fights 'intrusion of obnoxious aliens'

The Supreme Court ruled that the state of Arizona checking the citizenship status of people detained or arrested for other offenses is not racial profiling. The court, however, refused to address the core issue: What can states do to protect their borders when the federal government refuses to enforce the law? Published June 25, 2012

President Nixon waves goodbye to staff members outside the White House after resigning on Aug. 9, 1974, following revelations of the Watergate and other scandals.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Watergate flashback

They could not understand the essential balance there must always be in large affairs between cynicism and suspicion on the one hand and faith and trust on the other. A successful politician must, inescapably, be something of a hypocrite, promising all to all, knowing that, if elected, he must inevitably sacrifice the interests of some for others. Published June 22, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama wants your wedding presents

Liberals are trying to pound home the idea that Mitt Romney is out of touch with regular Americans. At least he's not trying to take away their wedding presents. Published June 22, 2012

Illustration: Drug shortage by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A regulatory drug shortage

The last thing a sick person wants to hear is that ample supplies of a life-saving medicine have been replaced by a surplus of red tape. That's precisely what's happening nationwide, with 82 percent of hospitals reporting shortages so severe that treatment must be put on hold, according to the American Hospital Association. Published June 22, 2012

Illustration: Soda tax by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Legislating self-control

If there's one thing lawmakers around the world lack, it's self-control. Greece, Spain and France have spent themselves into bankruptcy. California is struggling with a $15.7 billion deficit and our nation with $15.7 trillion in debt. Published June 21, 2012

Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's dishonest jobs math

President Obama announced two weeks ago that "the private sector is doing fine." Though he later backpedaled from this remark, he stood by his fundamental contention that the private sector was creating large numbers of jobs, and that more money needed to be spent by the government to keep up the public-sector pace. Published June 21, 2012

Illustration: Constitution and trials by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Holder's contempt and Obama's privilege

President Obama's attempt to invoke executive privilege to forestall contempt-of-Congress proceedings against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. failed. Instead, the claim elevates the dispute between the administration and Capitol Hill to a new and troubling level. Published June 20, 2012

Illustration: Egypt's army by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Egypt's coup: It's about time

The soft coup in Egypt over the past week shouldn't have surprised anyone. The only reason it wasn't harder and faster was because the secularist generals know the Muslim Brotherhood has a friend in the White House. Published June 19, 2012