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Illustration: Obama green by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Unsustainable investments

Spending other people's money is what the left does best, so it's no surprise congressional Democrats would come up with a scheme to bankroll pet causes with cash from retirees. In 2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a law encouraging the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to come up with new investment options. Published July 31, 2012

Illustration: Voter ID by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Knock the vote

The Obama administration is suppressing efforts to ensure the Nov. 6 vote tally will be fair and accurate. Several states have passed voter-identification laws so the principle of "one man, one vote" is upheld. The Justice Department is playing a legalistic version of Whack-a-Mole in trying to knock down these statutes wherever they pop up. Published July 30, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses July 29, 2012, next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Romney’s pilgrimage to Israel

Mitt Romney's trip to Israel was spun by most commentators as an attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. More importantly, though, it sent a message that under Mr. Romney's leadership, the United States would no longer be ashamed to seek peace through strength. Published July 30, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a Democratic fundraiser in New York. He later told CNBC he favors keeping tax cuts for all income levels. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s economic crisis

The Commerce Department on Friday delivered very bad news to President Obama. Economic growth in the second quarter of 2012 plummeted to 1.5 percent -- a critically poor showing going into an election. Twenty years ago, then-candidate Bill Clinton sounded the alarm after receiving similar information. His words then are prophetic today. Published July 27, 2012

Illustration: Fracking by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Fracking flop

The anti-affordable energy crowd has suffered another setback. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released the results of extensive testing that found nothing toxic in the water in Dimock, Pa. That's the town where the anti-drilling documentary "Gasland" filmed dramatic images of a homeowner lighting his tap water on fire. Published July 27, 2012

Illustration: Obama Mouse by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama’s reality avoidance

President Obama has a problem when it comes to acknowledging the seriousness of America's economic situation. The White House has been putting off release of its mid-session budgetary review for the last two weeks, finally getting around to dropping it off late on Friday. Given what's inside the report, it's no wonder the administration hasn't been enthusiastic about detailing its plans for the future. Published July 27, 2012

De Angelis Rome Italy

EDITORIAL: Mediterranean madness stops short

Markets plunged in Europe this week. The response in Spain and Italy has been an attempt to halt the collapse by cracking down on short sales. This is the equivalent of shooting the messenger. Published July 26, 2012

A Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant in Atlanta is seen here on July 19, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: Chicago values and the Fruit of Islam

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel waltzed into the Chick-fil-A controversy Wednesday when he declared, "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. And if you're gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values." Published July 26, 2012

Illustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: U.N. gun grab flops

The United Nations' drive to gain control of the international arms trade is a mixed bag. The bad news is that it has the potential to infringe on the legitimate rights of American gun owners. The good news is that the treaty drafting process has been so dysfunctional that whatever emerges has little chance of getting through the U.S. Senate. Published July 25, 2012

Illustration: Poverty by John Camejo for The Washington Times

GHEI: Poverty games

America is set to sweep a number of events at the Olympic Games, which open Friday. The hard work and determination of these athletes will pay off in a stack of gold medals, but the country is on track to shatter a different kind of record by year's end: Poverty will reach an all-time high. Published July 25, 2012

President Obama addresses the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev. Monday, July 23, 2012. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s feats of weakness

At the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., on Monday, President Obama heaped praise on his foreign policy record. "Because we're leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America," he said. "There's more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go." This raises the question: Where exactly has he been going? Published July 24, 2012

Illustration: Spending addiction by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The incurable spending bug

Potomac fever has no remedy. Its primary symptom is an irresistible attraction to Washington's corridors of power. Those who fall prey to the malady, whether liberal or conservative, will do anything to stay in office. That usually means spending more of the public's money, which is why the budgetary thermometer is rising so fast it's about to burst. Published July 24, 2012

St. Paul's Cathedral is seen in the distance as the Olympic rings hang from the Tower Bridge, Thursday, July 19, 2012 in London. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday, July 27. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

EDITORIAL: Olympic silence

A moment of silence is currently creating a clamor. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is resisting a proposal for Friday's opening ceremonies in London to remember the 11 Israeli athletes killed in Munich 40 years ago by Palestinian terrorists. The committee should reconsider. Published July 23, 2012

Illustration: Biofuels

EDITORIAL: Biofuel mandate worsens drought’s effect

Washington's ethanol mandate is hitting Americans in the breadbasket. The worst drought in a half-century is withering cornfields across the heartland while Uncle Sam stubbornly insists American corn be turned into billions of gallons of this unnecessary fuel additive. The result is higher food prices in an already struggling economy. Published July 23, 2012

The Caped Crusader has never looked better in Eidos' third person action video game Batman: Arkham Asylum built for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

EDITORIAL: Batman won’t save you

The midnight massacre at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., has put the issue of gun control back at center stage. Leftist lawmakers and TV anchors jumped the gun with the usual calls to restrict the Second Amendment. Propaganda aside, preventing tragedies like this in the future involves giving citizens the ability to fight back, not just be sitting ducks. Published July 20, 2012

Illustration: Obama's economy by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: More malaise ahead

The economy continues to be stuck in neutral, with no sign of relief ahead. The natural question is: How many more months and years of gloomy news reports must be endured until we admit the Obama administration's borrow-and-spend policies have failed? Published July 20, 2012

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Big Bird's image will be in the hands of toy maker Hasbro, starting in 2011, under a new licensing agreement.

EDITORIAL: Kill Public Broadcasting

House Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday to defund National Public Radio and public television. Democrats denounced the measure as excessively partisan, but their real gripe is that the targeted programs are centerpiece liberal institutions. Published July 19, 2012

Illustration: Farm subsidy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

GHEI: Crop cronyism

Combine a Midwestern drought with pointless ethanol mandates, and the supplies of corn inevitably dwindle, driving prices sky high. Politicians like Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, are citing the crop crisis as an excuse to ram through a near-$1 trillion farm bill. Published July 19, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: TSA defies the courts

The days of secrecy at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be coming to an end. It’s a widely held belief that the agency’s hasty embrace of expensive, X-rated x-ray machines has more to do with closed-door lobbying efforts of manufacturers than a deliberate consideration of the devices’ merits. Published July 18, 2012