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Illustration: Obama jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Note to Obama: Unemployment is up

The Obama administration keeps reporting supposed good news on the employment front. Americans sense that something is not quite right about the rosy official numbers, and a series of independent reports confirms their skepticism. Published February 22, 2012

Traffic begins to back up at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis over the Labor Day weekend in this June, 27, 2011 file photo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Signs of hypocrisy

Over the past several years, the federal government has poured millions of tax dollars into digital signs that inform drivers of highway traffic conditions. These multimillion-dollar efforts are styled as "intelligent transportation systems," which is a fancy term jurisdictions use to claim they're relieving congestion when, in reality, they just tell you that you're stuck. Businesses that want to use the same technology to get the local economy moving are often told to take a hike. Published February 21, 2012

Sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court are (clockwise from upper left) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.; and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Don't mess with Texas quotas?

Defenders of racially-based preferential treatment argue that affirmative action was part of the original intent of the framers of the 14th Amendment. They should study more history. Published February 21, 2012

A service station attendant pumps gas in Portland, Ore., in February 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EDITORIAL: Obama's gas-price spike

Here we go again. Gasoline prices are rising rapidly and already have shattered the $4-a-gallon mark in California. Industry analysts say the all-time national average record of $4.11 could be shattered this summer. Some stations in Los Angeles are charging $4.93. Americans hired Barack Obama in 2008 partly in hope of finding relief from that summer's pain at the pump. As the agony returns, voters could be primed by November to pull the lever for anybody but Barack. Published February 20, 2012

King Abdullah, center, of Saudi Arabia arrives at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The Saudi Press Agency said Abdullah entered a hospital on Friday due to complications in the back pain suffered by them and the doctors advised him to rest. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

EDITORIAL: A fatal tweet

In America, sending the wrong tweet can mean embarrassment, ostracism or losing your seat in Congress. In Saudi Arabia, it can cost you your head. Published February 17, 2012

Illustration: Jobless by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A sand-castle recovery

The Obama administration has been claiming the economy is back on track ever since it declared the "Recovery Summer" of 2010. That 348,000 more people found themselves jobless in the last 30 days is being hailed as good news, but only because that number could have been worse. Published February 16, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama speaks at the Old Executive Office Building on Tuesday to urge Congress to extend the payroll-tax cut and unemployment insurance through the end of the year. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's unilateral disarmament

President Obama is working to realize the leftist dream of unilateral nuclear disarmament. This will leave the United States pitifully weak and create conditions for catastrophic deterrence failure. Published February 16, 2012

Illustration: Mullahs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Iran bombs

The covert war between Israel and Iran is heating up. Over the course of 48 hours, three bombings took place targeting Israeli diplomatic staff. They were similar to the attacks that have taken place over the past few years against Iranian nuclear scientists. The rest of the world may be hoping this conflict will go away somehow, but it shows every sign of escalating. Published February 15, 2012

Traffic slows for the York tolls on the Maine Turnpike in York, Maine, on Saturday. Tolls went up this week for motorists using the turnpike, a year earlier than the Maine Turnpike Authority had anticipated.

EDITORIAL: Tolling America's future

Congress turns its attention this week to the five-year, $260 billion reauthorization of the Department of Transportation. Most of the attention has fallen on the House version of the legislation, which also would green-light the Keystone XL pipeline project and open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Democrats are steamed that Republicans would try to revive these job-creating deals. Published February 15, 2012

Republican presidential candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

EDITORIAL: The Romney-Santorum footrace

Former Gov. Mitt Romney won The Washington Times/CPAC 2012 Presidential Straw Poll Saturday, with 38 percent of 3,408 voters saying he's their first choice to be the Republican nominee. Former Sen. Rick Santorum wasn't far behind at 31 percent. That's a close call, but a win is a win. Taking home the crown from the Conservative Political Action Conference shows Mr. Romney is making inroads with the skeptical conservative base of the Republican Party. Published February 14, 2012

**FILE** Pepsi products are for sale at a grocery store in Danvers, Mass. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Sugar police on the prowl

Mary Poppins, call your office. That spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down, but it also makes the weight go up and should be kept away from kids - or so say sugar nannies sprinkled across the country. While some simply frown upon consumption of the sweet stuff, the more ambitious want it outlawed entirely. Americans ought to tell these busybodies to keep their sticky fingers off our fridges before the land of the free dissolves into the land of the sugar-free. Published February 13, 2012

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate)

EDITORIAL: Obama hijacks the Navy

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is back again using a U.S. Navy warship as a vessel of political pandering. At a hurriedly convened Pentagon ceremony Friday, Mr. Mabus announced that the next littoral combat ship, LCS-10, would be named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. Published February 13, 2012

Illustration: Federal Reserve by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Twisting long-term bond markets

The Federal Reserve is keeping short-term interest rates absurdly low through late 2014, and that choice is going to cause long-term damage to our economy. Now there are signs that the Fed's policy of driving down long-term interest rates, known as Operation Twist, is wreaking havoc with the long-term bond market as well. Such market distortions are the inevitable result of attempting to achieve the impossible. Published February 10, 2012

President Obama is turning his campaign focus to the struggling middle class and the widening gap between rich and poor. Mr. Obama is expected to run for re-election with higher unemployment than any recent president. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's free abortion pills

Someone should tell President Obama there's no such thing as a free abortion pill. The White House is trying to douse a political wildfire sparked by an Obamacare mandate forcing religiously affiliated institutions to provide a full range of contraception measures for employees - including pills that induce abortions. Published February 10, 2012

Technician Charles Riggings in March services traffic cameras designed to catch speeders and motorists who run red lights in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Speed camera unrest

The District is finally feeling some pushback over its increasingly obnoxious speed camera enterprise. Dozens of the freshly installed robotic revenue raisers have been popping up all over town, and residents are starting to realize their positioning has more to do with "gotcha" than safety. Published February 9, 2012

A Syrian flag flies in front of a large banner of President Bashar Assad as demonstrators rally in support of the Assad regime in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

EDITORIAL: Homage to Homs

The violent repression of Syrian activists is accelerating, and there is no international consensus on halting the killings. The Arab Spring has reached its limits in the besieged and bloody city of Homs. Published February 9, 2012

Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Clean green fraud

The spectacular failure of Solyndra opened a lot of eyes. Yet the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer is far from the only fly-by-night outfit to take advantage of the current "green energy" fad. No program is more ripe for abuse than the renewable fuel standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Published February 8, 2012

Illustration: Iran by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's coming choice on Iran

The buzz around a possible military strike on Iran's nuclear program has shifted from whether it will happen to when and how. Events are conspiring to force choices on President Obama that he would rather avoid. Published February 8, 2012

President Obama, in an appearance at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, details his proposal that would allow millions of "underwater" borrowers to refinance home loans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Obama's lack of conscience

During Thursday's national prayer breakfast, President Obama said, "I am my brother's keeper, and I am my sister's keeper." The problem is that he actually believes it. Published February 7, 2012