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Illustration Meaning of Christmas by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

BAKER: Holiday tolerance

It's almost Christmas. Lights are up, trees are decked and, where it's still legal, Nativity scenes are on display. This is the time of year when even high school orchestras playing carols to raise money for charity wind up being challenged by atheists who profess to be offended. Published December 20, 2012

Charlie Brown and Linus appear in a scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," a television special based on the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. (AP Photo/ABC, copyright 1965 by United Feature Syndicate Inc.)

EDITORIAL: Do you hear what I hear?

For decades, many Americans have lamented the commercialization of Christmas. It's the theme of countless TV shows and movies that have a well-meant core message against excessive materialism. Published December 20, 2012

In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. Bork's failed Supreme Court nomination made history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

EDITORIAL: Robert Bork, R.I.P.

America has lost one of its greatest legal thinkers. Robert H. Bork, a jurist, a teacher and a father, passed away Wednesday morning, but his ideas will live on. Published December 19, 2012

Illustration Obamacare Hurts Religion by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Religion trumps Obamacare

Win one for the good guys. Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic institution, and Wheaton College, which is Christian, sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over an Obamacare rule mandating the schools to pay for contraception, contrary to their religious beliefs. Published December 19, 2012

Illustration: Climate change

EDITORIAL: Chilling climate-change news

When politicians want evidence to back up their belief that mankind is heating up the planet, they turn to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Published December 18, 2012

Illustration: Enabling Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Democracy's Egyptian peril

Democracy hangs by a thread in Egypt. Violence and charges of ballot irregularities that accompanied Saturday's referendum on President Mohammed Morsi's power grab raise doubt whether Egyptians can find a path to freedom. Published December 17, 2012

Illustration: EPA by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water

The environmentalist movement has gone off the deep end. It's bad enough that the courts have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare carbon dioxide, one of the essential components of life on this planet, to be a pollutant. Published December 17, 2012

Illustration TSA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Unhappy holiday travels

With the holidays fast approaching, many Americans are preparing to take to the skies to visit family. A time that ought to be filled with joy often turns to a time of dread thanks to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) need to pretend it is doing something to thwart terrorism. Published December 14, 2012

Illustration Obama's Depression by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Push Obama over the fiscal cliff

Unless the fiscal cliff dilemma is resolved within the next two weeks, everyone's taxes go skyward. Rich and poor alike will hand over $500 billion more to the Internal Revenue Service. Published December 14, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Drones over America

Big Sis is watching. Aerial surveillance drones designed to protect the nation's borders and fight terrorists overseas are turning their electronic eyes on Americans here at home. Published December 13, 2012

Illustration: Family TV by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Uncle Sam's remote control

Nobody likes overly loud television commercials. Dramatic tension goes out the window when a scene fades to black only to be replaced by the unrestrained blare of a loudmouth hawking used cars or the latest cleaning product. Published December 13, 2012

Illustration: Obama gas sign by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Gas pump shakedown

Backroom dealing will determine the outcome of the fiscal cliff negotiations. By the time a final package is crafted behind closed doors to resolve looming debt, spending and tax issues, rank-and-file lawmakers won't have a chance to alter the contents. Published December 11, 2012

Illustration Free Speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Ham-handed approach to free speech

Freedom of speech is under attack. It's more than just well-known repressors such as China and Cuba openly cracking down on the expressions of their people. Far more insidious is the assault that quietly takes place as the political-correctness police convert criticism of certain groups into grounds for arrest. Published December 10, 2012

** FILE ** Experts call teen risk behavior a canary in the cavern. (Seattle Times via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: America goes to pot

Legal prohibition against marijuana is going up in smoke. Cops in Seattle now look the other way when potheads puff in public because Washington has become the first state in the nation to decriminalize the possession of marijuana. Published December 10, 2012

Illustration EPA Job Killers by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Ethanol's unhappy meal

Efforts of lawmakers to buy votes in midwestern states are hitting taxpayers in the wallet. A report by the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) last month calculated the full impact of the congressional directive pouring ethanol into the gas tanks of Americans. Published December 7, 2012

EDITORIAL: 2016's conservative comeback

Many conservatives are understandably demoralized by last month's election returns. President Obama won despite being saddled with the weak economy, high gas prices and soaring deficits. Published December 7, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Europe's tax hydra

If there's one thing big-spending countries can't stand, it's a neighboring nation with the audacity to entice businesses with reasonable tax rates. Published December 6, 2012

Illustration: 1934 phone by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Texting away your freedom

Modern communications are making the world smaller and, in many ways, better. The electronic devices that bring consumers a constant stream of information are, at the same time, increasingly capable of relaying back a record of their activities, shrinking privacy. Published December 6, 2012

Susan E. Rice (AP photo)

EDITORIAL: Hillary's replacement

Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's deceptive Benghazi spin ought to be enough to sink her bid for promotion. Mrs. Rice's infamous talking points insisted that a YouTube video, rather than preplanned terrorism, prompted the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Published December 4, 2012

Santa Claus

EDITORIAL: Putting Santa on the naughty list

Santa needs to wear a seat belt. That's the new rule the chief elf must obey when he swoops into Hampton, N.H., this Christmas season. So say the cheerless Scrooges of Hampton. In today's regulation nation, even jolly old St. Nick can wind up on the naughty list. Published December 4, 2012