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Illustration: Bailout

EDITORIAL: Government recalls GM stock

General Motors will no longer be "Government Motors." The Treasury Department on Wednesday announced its intention to liquidate federal holdings in the automobile company over the next 15 months. The final tally will show this policy has been a disaster for taxpayers. Published December 26, 2012

Scott Brown (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Another Massachusetts miracle?

Sen. John Kerry is on track to become the next secretary of state. Already, Massachusetts Democrats are scrambling for a candidate to fill the Senate vacancy he would leave behind. Published December 26, 2012

Girls portraying angels play on the balcony during a rehearsal of the Nativity scene of the Christ Church Christmas pageant in Alexandria on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A Christmas message

Christmas is a time for giving, and as we reach out to family and friends, I hope we'll also open our hearts to those who are lonely and in need, citizens less fortunate than ourselves, brave soldiers working to preserve peace from the tip of Alaska to the shores of Lebanon, to the DMZ in Korea, families maintaining a constant vigil for their missing in action, and millions forbidden the freedom to worship a God who so loved the world that He gave us the birth of the Christ Child so that we might learn to love each other. Published December 22, 2012

On Sept. 21, 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon became a Christmas celebrity when the New York Sun published her letter inquiring into the authenticity of Santa Claus. In what would become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history, Francis Pharcellus Church wrote, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." On Saturday at the Newseum, Santa Claus lives as Church predicted.

EDITORIAL: A Christmas wish for peace

I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home. Published December 22, 2012

Illustration: Holiday Money by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Happy Doomsday

The world didn't end today. Those who had feared an ancient Mayan prophecy meant the apocalypse can breathe a sigh of relief. Pessimists, though, can feel free to continue holding their breath until the stroke of midnight, just to be sure. Published December 21, 2012

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