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

EDITORIAL: Not so high-speed rail

Trainmakers interested in getting a big slice of taxpayer cash have until May 11 to notify federal officials that they want to build America's next-generation high-speed rail cars. Over $550 million is being made available for these next-generation purchases through a program meant to fulfill the White House vision of "trains zipping along at up to 220 miles per hour in our most densely populated corridors." Published April 24, 2012

Illustration: O Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The imperial city

Times are great. Unemployment is down, income is up and economic growth continues - only if you live in the national capital region. For the rest of America, tough luck. Published April 23, 2012

Illustration: Fracking by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

Newton's law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama's law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama's assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation's energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. Published April 23, 2012

Illustration: Superman

EDITORIAL: Waiting for the centrist Superman

Every four years around the time the presidential primaries begin to wrap up, the drumbeat from pundits begins: If only a centrist superhero would swoop in and save the day, espousing bold self-control and a issuing a resounding call to pragmatism. Sorry to ruin the fantasy for you, but Superman doesn't exist. Published April 20, 2012

Illustration: Economic recovery by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Where's the recovery?

April remains a cruel month. New jobless claims are the highest they've been since late January, with the four-week average stubbornly hovering around the 375,000 mark. Though we're technically in a recovery, nobody believes it. A Rasmussen Reports survey earlier this week shows a majority is under the impression America is still in recession. That's for good reason. Published April 20, 2012

Illustration: Terrorist by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Giving terrorists a leg up

The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday published 2-year-old photos of American soldiers in Afghanistan smiling while holding body parts of dead suicide bombers. Editor Davan Maharaj justified publication saying the paper has "a particular duty to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan." Published April 19, 2012

Those who want to "Party Like the GSA in Vegas" should get a glittering entrance for guests suggests Shindigz, an events company that has already rolled out a General Services Adminstration-inspired party theme. (Image from Shindigz)

EDITORIAL: End the government's partying

If there were ever any doubt that the federal government is out of control, the recent revelations of taxpayer-fueled parties at the General Services Administration (GSA) should put it to rest. Both House and Senate committees this week began digging deeper into the $822,751 shindig the agency hosted at a Las Vegas luxury hotel. Published April 19, 2012

This June 19, 2009, file photo provided by the White House shows the official portrait of the Obama family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House. The Obama White House, known for embracing the newest digital trends, invited Internet users to download and print out the baseball card for Bo. The card said you can call him the "first dog of the United States." (AP Photo/Official White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's dog days

The 2012 presidential campaign has become a dog-eat-dog contest. For months, Obama campaign operatives sought to make an issue of Mitt Romney carrying his Irish setter Seamus in a rooftop dog carrier during a family vacation in 1983. Published April 18, 2012

Illustration: Voter ID by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: 'Fair' elections, Obama-style

The November presidential election is shaping up as a clear choice between a vision of a smaller federal role and President Obama's view that there's no limit to what the government can do. One thing the administration won't do is ensure the choices Americans make at the ballot box are properly counted. Published April 17, 2012

The space shuttle Discovery arrives by 747 carrier aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. After completing 39 missions and spending 365 days in space, the historic spacecraft will make its final destination at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a Smithsonian museum, located in Chantilly, Va. on Thursday, April 19th. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: America, we have a problem

Traffic stopped Tuesday morning, and people watched the Space Shuttle Discovery make a low flyby of the nation's capital. The veteran spacecraft was ferried atop a Boeing 747 to its final assignment as a museum exhibit. It was a fitting farewell to another symbol of America's former glory. Published April 17, 2012

Illustration: Regulations by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Sticky regulatory throttle

The Obama administration is so committed to redesigning the automobile that it's taking over the way the gas and brake pedals are made to protect Americans from a nonexistent threat. Published April 16, 2012

Illustration: Iranian bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama gives Iran a freebie

When the doors opened after Saturday's meeting of the permanent members of the United Nations' Security Council plus Germany and Iran, the Iranian delegation seemed to hold the upper hand. Lead negotiator Saeed Jalili said the talks were productive but maintained, "Enrichment of uranium is one of these rights that every individual member state [of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] should benefit from and enjoy for peaceful purposes." Published April 16, 2012

Illustration: Tax burden by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Making Tax Day worse

Americans who thought Tax Day was bad this year could find it far worse next year. Tuesday happens to be Tax Freedom Day, the date by which taxpayers have earned enough to pay off Uncle Sam and start earning for themselves. This occasion will fall even later next year if President Obama succeeds in making the tax code more complicated and expensive. Published April 16, 2012

Tim Eyman holds his daughter Riley, 1, in July 2009 while updating a board tallying petition signatures for getting an initiative on the Washington state ballot. Mike Fagan holds the board. Mr. Eyman co-sponsored Initiative 1053 which passed with 66 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Washington's tax revolt

The other Washington - the state on the left coast - is fed up with taxes. That's a bit surprising considering the liberal outpost happily cast its 11 electoral votes for Barack Obama and hasn't sided with a Republican in nearly three decades. Published April 13, 2012

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