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Illustration: High-speed rail by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: On the tracks to bankruptcy

California's fanciful bullet train project embodies everything that is wrong with government today. The state's High-Speed Rail Authority on Tuesday released details of a revised business plan that claims laying down tracks from Los Angeles to San Francisco will now cost a mere $68 billion instead of $98 billion - as if that were a bargain. Published April 13, 2012

Illustration: Milking taxpayers by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's tax hike patriotism

Vice President Joe Biden says paying higher taxes is patriotic. He must have forgotten that America was founded on a tax revolt. Published April 13, 2012

The National Rifle Association is offering a "concealed carry hoodie," billed as "ideal for carrying your favorite compact to mid-size pistol."

EDITORIAL: Gun-free campuses are safety-free zones

Five years ago Monday, 32 students and teachers lost their lives in a shooting at Virginia Tech. Earlier this month, seven students were killed and three wounded at a small California Christian university. These tragedies exemplify the failure of "gun-free" school zones and are evidence for the need to overturn concealed carry bans on campuses so law-abiding citizens can defend themselves against maniacs. Published April 12, 2012

This artwork by Mark Weber relates to Mother's Day.

EDITORIAL: The left's war on moms

Sometimes a rare flash of honesty makes all the difference in politics. Democratic operative Hilary Rosen single-handedly changed the course of the 2012 election with her dig at Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Published April 12, 2012

Ronald Reagan (AP)

EDITORIAL: Obama's man crush on Reagan

President Obama has developed a serious case of man love for Ronald Reagan. He just can't stop talking about him. As longtime friends of Dutch, we have to tell the president: He's just not that into you. Published April 11, 2012

Illustration: Shovel ready trolley (after the style of Fontaine Fox) by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: A streetcar named debt

The District on Friday completed the first phase of testing for its $1.5 billion streetcar project. The nation's capital joins big cities like Los Angeles in advancing the revival of a transportation option that has been obsolete for more than half a century. The Obama administration is spearheading the effort to turn back the clock. Published April 10, 2012

EDITORIAL: Holder's Black Panther blind spot

What is it about the Justice Department and the Black Panthers? On March 24, Mikhail Muhammad, leader of the New Black Panther Party, offered a $10,000 bounty for the "capture" of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The Panthers distributed wanted posters, calling him a "child killer" and offering the bounty "dead or alive." Published April 10, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Obama's cooked jobs books

In March, 120,000 jobs were created, while more than 330,000 people dropped out of the workforce. For self-serving reasons, the Obama administration spins this as good news. Published April 9, 2012

President Obama issued a warning to the Supreme Court on health care reform during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on the courts

Word seems to have gone out in liberal circles that Obamacare is in trouble with the Supreme Court. A systematic and unprecedented assault is undermining the integrity of the system in an attempt to defend this highly unpopular law. Published April 6, 2012

Catholic priests hold palm fronds at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, April 1, 2012. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

EDITORIAL: And they crucified Him

Jesus stood before the governor: And the governor asked him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him, "Thou sayest." And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, "Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?" He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Published April 5, 2012

A nun holds a rosary as she waits of the beginning of a mass with Pope Benedict XVI  in Freiburg, southwestern Germany, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

EDITORIAL: Forsaken and still obedient

MY DEAR WORMWOOD: So you "have great hopes that the patient's religious phase is dying away," have you? I always thought the Training College had gone to pieces since they put old Slubgob at the head of it, and now I am sure. Has no one ever told you about the law of Undulation? Published April 5, 2012

Jim Yong Kim, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next World Bank President, stands in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. Kim is currently the president of Dartmouth College. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

EDITORIAL: A better World Bank pick

The World Bank will be interviewing candidates for its next president in a process meant to be open, transparent and merit-based. President Obama's nominee, Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, has the inside track, though developing-country aspirants, such as Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, are better qualified. There are also many Americans who would make a better choice. Published April 4, 2012

President Ronald Reagan (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mr. Obama, you're no Ronald Reagan

Well, there they go again. While criticizing the new Republican budget plan on Tuesday, President Obama invoked the Gipper. "Ronald Reagan," he said, "who, as I recall, was not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control - that for him to make a deal - he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases." Published April 4, 2012

The Euro sculpture is reflected in a puddle on the lid of a bin that stands in the Frankfurt Occupy camp at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov.30, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

EDITORIAL: A rising protectionist threat

India last week hosted a forum of the most powerful developing nations to discuss various trade and political issues. The BRICS summit - so named after its members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - closed with the usual self-congratulatory remarks about global cooperation, but Brazil's comments stood out as a significant step in the wrong direction. Published April 3, 2012

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, sit with the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) during a community forum on in the aftermath of his killing by George Zimmerman.

EDITORIAL: Obama fails the race test

The death of Trayvon Martin has renewed the debate about race and identity in America. It also has raised the question why President Obama has not opened the national dialogue on race he promised four years ago. Published April 2, 2012

President Obama speaks April 2, 2012, during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Abrupt climate-change reversal

The injection of politics into the global-warming hypothesis has made it difficult to know where facts end and falsehoods begin. While alarmists have been blaming their fellow man for every hurricane, tornado and other ill wind whipped up by Mother Nature, science is now concluding that the cause of these damaging storms has nothing to do with human activity. Published April 2, 2012

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's lotto ticket

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that President Obama wasn't going to buy a lottery ticket. That's a shame. By Friday, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot had reached $640 million. The biggest spender in the history of the world could have had a fair shot at the world's biggest cash prize by matching the six numbers drawn. Published March 30, 2012

Illustration by William Brown

EDITORIAL: The housing market's nonrecovery

Freddie Mac issued a report Wednesday claiming the housing market may be emerging from a long slump. The government-backed mortgage giant happily cited the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo confidence index, which is up for the fifth month in a row. The home builders forecast increased home sales for the coming year, based on an expectation of higher economic growth. Unfortunately for Freddie Mac, the real data provide little reason for such optimism. Published March 30, 2012

** FILE ** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Gray's gratuity

A mayor rocked by charges of pay-for-play politics, a House investigation and a federal probe into his 2010 campaign is losing friends fast. To stem the tide, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's strategists are employing politicians' usual method for regaining allies: using tax dollars to enrich special interests. Published March 29, 2012