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EDITORIAL: The Gay Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) might abandon a century of commitment to the moral development of youth. More than 100 million boys have taken the oath and learned self-reliance, patriotism, service and, most importantly, values through Scouting. Published January 31, 2013

Andy Zarate enjoys his Lego airplane as his sister Katie gets started. Children between 7 and 17 were given 400 pieces to build with at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md, Sunday.
 (Joseph Silverman/ The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: When a toy is just a toy

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria is going after a toymaker. In the same week that al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists took hostages and killed many foreign workers at a natural-gas plant in Algeria, a member of the organization lodged a "hate speech" complaint against the Danish toy manufacturer Lego. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mr. President, follow the law

When the Constitution puts a limitation on executive authority, the president can't just ignore it for the sake of convenience. That message was delivered forcefully on Friday in a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Published January 30, 2013

Illustration Oil Grave by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Keystone XL deja vu

President Obama has a new lease on the Oval Office, but he faces an old conundrum: what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline. This time, he should do the right thing and give the job-creating project a thumbs-up. Published January 29, 2013

Illustration: Google by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Googling you

Lawmen want to know what Americans are up to online. The current rules governing access to Internet-activity records for law enforcement purposes are obsolete, often leaving electronic-communications providers with the dicey task of deciding on which information requests to honor. Published January 29, 2013

**FILE** The skyline of Washington, D.C. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: D.C.'s minimum wage folly

The nation's post-election leftward lurch is gaining momentum. Six states, including New York and California, are agitating for a boost in the minimum wage. Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, wants the federal government to set a nationwide wage floor that will automatically rise each year. Published January 28, 2013

Phil Mickelson has qualified for every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team since 1995. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Golfers' tax avoidance

California boasts some of the world's finest golf courses, but apparently that's not enough to keep the pros happy. Phil Mickelson, winner of multiple championships, hinted at his intention to ditch the formerly Golden State because of its high-tax policies. Published January 28, 2013

No amount of bragging rights about diversity in the ranks is worth failure in a mission or injury to our warriors, says columnist Christy Stutzman. If the standards are lowered for women Marines, what makes the institution elite? (U.S. Marine Corps)

EDITORIAL: Women in combat

When Barack Obama accused the Republicans of conducting a war against women he was speaking of war as metaphor (we think). Now the president wants to send women to war. A real one, not war as metaphor. Published January 25, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Strike versus stumble

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday finally gave an extensive account of what did and did not happen to prevent the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Published January 24, 2013

Illustration: Tyranny and freedom by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Reining in England's busybodies

The Second Amendment isn't meant to protect hunting. Politicians came up with this whopper as an excuse to impose silly restraints on the type of arms that can be kept. Published January 24, 2013

Illustration Obamacare Balance by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: An uncharitable president

Candidate Barack Obama once promised he would fundamentally transform the United States. The words he delivered on the Capitol steps Monday as a second-term president confirmed his intention to reshape society. Published January 23, 2013

Illustration Brave Soldier by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Debt diversion over troop pay

House Republicans announced a short-term fix for the debt ceiling. Brand-new legislation that goes before the Rules Committee on Tuesday would put off the discussion until May 19, allowing the president to borrow unlimited funds until then. Published January 22, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is directed as he arrives at the senate carriage entrance for swearing-in ceremonies at the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

EDITORIAL: Inaugurating Leviathan

As Washington sweeps away the parade confetti left behind from President Obama's second inaugural, those who still honor the Founders' vision of America must hold fast to their conviction that our republic will someday stand once again as a "shining city on a hill." Published January 22, 2013

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (right) and Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announce construction of a hybrid geothermal/solar power plant in Nevada last summer. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Boondoggling in Never-Never Land

Washington engineers waste. After pouring billions into a nuclear waste storage repository, the Obama administration has added its two cents: Start over. Published January 21, 2013

Illustration: State balance by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

GHEI: Growth without taxes

Washington has given up on fundamental tax reform. That leaves it up to the states to experiment with better ways of funding government operations. Published January 21, 2013

Museum: Mars Day
Mars, the planet, is not the selling point it once was. Edgar Rice Burroughs' turn-of-the-twentieth tales about John Carter and the red planet Barsoom" satiated the appetites of young Americans hungry for stories about space. Today, movies about space--like "John Carter," "Prometheus," "Mars Needs Moms," "Apollo 18"--are commercial flops. Perhaps it's the economy; space travel feels downright irresponsible at a time of record deficits. Or maybe the lack of interest in our planetary cousins is due to the fact that no fantasized-about alien technology can compete with what's currently available at the Apple store. Regardless of the root of our disinterest, the Smithsonian is not giving up its quest for our attention. At Mars Day!, visitors young and old can talk to people whose job it is to plot future human missions to the red planet and monitor the travel of Curiosity, the rover being sent to replace Spirit and Opportunity (may they rest in pieces).Friday July 13 at the National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. Phone: 202/633-1000. Web:

EDITORIAL: Spaced out at the Smithsonian

Accustomed to free access to Smithsonian museums, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum's center in Chantilly can be taken aback by the hefty $15 parking fee. Published January 18, 2013

Illustration: U.S. regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The hidden burden of regulation

Americans cashing their first paychecks of the year are starting to feel the pain. Higher taxes in the "fiscal cliff" deal are just the beginning of the extra cash Uncle Sam will be collecting in 2013. Published January 18, 2013

This artwork by Nancy Ohanian relates to Al Gore and global warming.

EDITORIAL: Global warming takes a vacation

Those who dare assert the Earth's temperature isn't on a perilous rise are derided as "deniers." For liberals, the climate debate has ended, and it is an unquestionable article of faith that mankind's carbon-dioxide emanations have set the stage for rising oceans, devastating hurricanes and disasters on a scale never before seen. Published January 17, 2013

An Eastern diamond back rattlesnake coils itself to strike during the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo. Reptile researchers say populations of the snake species are declining to dangerously low levels. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Snakes in the grass

Not every snake lives in the grass. Washington is proof of that. But many do. So many Burmese pythons have taken over the Florida Everglades that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has opened a month-long open season to kill the beasts before there won't be any wildlife to conserve. Published January 17, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama smiles in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Obama double standard

Throughout his presidency, George W. Bush was castigated by congressional Democrats for his willingness to enlarge the executive power. Then-Sen. Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin, for example, called him "King George Bush." Published January 16, 2013