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Economy Briefs

The American job market improved modestly in October, and economists looking deeper into the numbers found reasons for optimism, or at least what counts for optimism in this agonizingly slow economic recovery. Published November 6, 2011

Illustration: Obama jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Create jobs by cutting red tape

Finally some positive economic news: The official unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a point to 9 percent. It would be cause for celebration, except the gains are far too modest to make any serious dent in the problem of joblessness in America. Published November 4, 2011

**FILE** Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat

EDITORIAL: The job-creation circus

Asian and African aliens are traveling around the country taking American jobs, and one politician wants to put a stop to it. The catch is, the fight is over circus animals. Published November 4, 2011

"Occupy Oakland" protester Mike Clift runs from tear gas on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Following a mainly peaceful day-long protest by thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, several hundred rallied through the night, with some painting graffiti, breaking windows and setting file to garbage cans. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

EDITORIAL: Occupied with violence

Remember when Sarah Palin was accused of promoting "Tea Party violence" because she used an ad graphic depicting crosshairs on a map of the United States? On Wednesday, the Occupy Wall Street movement declared a general strike in Oakland, Calif. According to the Occupy Oakland website, the goal of their "anti-capitalist march" was to "shut down Oakland" and "blockade everything." This was no drawing - the violence was real. Published November 4, 2011

Illustration: Washington spending cuts by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: What matters in 2012

Within a matter of days, America's national debt will bust through the $15 trillion barrier. When Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the figure was $10.6 trillion. Putting a stop to this uncontrolled growth of government is the most important political issue in 2012. Published November 3, 2011

** FILE ** As part of first lady Michelle Obama's nationwide campaign to lower childhood obesity rates, Wal-Mart and other retailers plan over the next five years to open or expand 1,500 stores in areas without easy access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. "This is a really big deal," Mrs. Obama said. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Americans groan

Liberals love to tell other people what to do. America's First Nanny, Michelle Obama, is no exception. Though she admits she can't stay away from French fries herself, that doesn't stop her from lecturing everyone else on what to eat. Now she wants us to spend our money to buy her new book on tips from the White House garden. Published November 1, 2011

The Dulles Toll Road proved its notoriety for traffic congestion. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority seeks to levy taxes for road improvements that would ease such commuting hassles. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Georgia's tolling nightmare

Virginia is sticking stubbornly by its unpopular decision to convert Interstate 95 into one big toll road. The idea is to double-tax drivers from the North Carolina border all the way up to Stafford County and then have high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes take over up to Interstate 395. The commonwealth's residents instinctively know this is a dumb idea. Published November 1, 2011

Illustration: U.N. and Palestine by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The U.N. suicide vest

The Palestinian Authority's bid for U.N. recognition has substantial downsides, including wrecking the peace process and increasing regional instability. The upside is that it could drive the United States out of the United Nations. Published October 31, 2011

Ban Ki-moon

EDITORIAL: Faint welcome for No. 7 billion

The world welcomed the 7 billionth human being Monday, but not everyone is celebrating. The United Nations believes the Earth's population is climbing too fast, and the delivery stork is jeopardizing the coveted objective of "sustainability." Published October 31, 2011

Demonstrators protesting against the Veterans Administration policy at Houston National Cemetery to ban   all religious references and prayers from funerals and other events.

EDITORIAL: Veterans allowed to rest in peace

America's heroes can once again be laid to rest with appropriate religious services. A federal court last month approved a consent decree in which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed to drop its ban on prayer and the mention of "God" during funerals and other events at national cemeteries. Published October 28, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Obama's spooky economy

For the first time in quite a while, consumers got something better than a rock after they knocked at the door of our economic scorekeepers. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew at 2.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011 - a big jump from the 0.9 percent in the first half of the year. It's all because consumers are spending, but that may not last for very long because the data also show we're frightened about what lies ahead. Published October 28, 2011

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Sen. Barack Obama signs a copy of his book "The Audacity of Hope" following a Democratic rally in November 2006 at Bowie State University. The title is derived from his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. At left, Sen. John McCain talks about his book "Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir," in 1999.

EDITORIAL: Obama is better than you

The administration is downplaying the revelation that the State Department blew $70,000 in taxpayer cash buying copies of President Obama's books. As first reported in The Washington Times, the purchase was meant to "engage key audiences in discussions of foreign policy." It's another uncomfortable reminder of the degree to which those who surround Mr. Obama feel it necessary to bathe him in adulation. Published October 27, 2011

Illustration: Gun lock by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Democrats cling to their guns

Gun ownership is on the rise in some surprising places. As much as President Obama would have us believe that only small-town yokels "cling to guns or religion," a Gallup poll released Wednesday suggests many of the firearms that have been flying off the shelves in the past two years were purchased by Democrats and women. The Second Amendment has truly gone mainstream. Published October 27, 2011

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Oct. 24, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Out-of-control college tuition

On Wednesday, President Obama announced a plan to use his executive powers to allow students to reduce their student-loan debt payments and seek outstanding loan forgiveness at 20 instead of 25 years after graduation. The White House claims the scheme won't carry additional costs to taxpayers, but voters are well past the point where they believe in Mr. Obama's free lunches. Published October 26, 2011

In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2010, Transportation Security Administration employee Anthony Brock, left, demonstrates a new full-body scanner at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, with TSA employee Andres Lozano in San Diego.  (AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune, Eduardo Contreras)

EDITORIAL: TSA's power grope

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has always intended to expand beyond the confines of airport terminals. Its agents have been conducting more and more surprise groping sessions for women, children and the elderly in locations that have nothing to do with aviation. It's all part of TSA's Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program, which drew additional scrutiny following an Oct. 18 blitz in Tennessee. Published October 26, 2011

Illustration: Arab Spring

EDITORIAL: From Arab Spring to Islamist Winter

When the Arab Spring uprisings broke out earlier this year, many foreign-policy experts were alarmed that the revolts took the White House by surprise and concerned by the Obama administration's lackadaisical response. Washington adopted a hands-off policy toward the sweeping political changes, arguing that the people of the region should be free to chart their own destiny. "There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity," President Obama said in May. In his typically weak manner, he also cautioned that, "we must proceed with a sense of humility." Published October 25, 2011

Illustration: Occupy Wall Street by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Uncorking occupiers' unrest

Lefty agitators aren't succeeding in their efforts to inspire middle America. A solid majority remains ambivalent about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, according to a Gallup poll published Oct. 18. The survey found 22 percent of Americans approve of this anti-capitalist outburst, 15 percent disapprove, and 63 percent admit they don't know enough about it to say. Published October 24, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, where he declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Obama's pyrrhic Iraq victory

The White House announced the pullout from Iraq by the end of the year on a note of triumph. Obama adviser James Kvaal claimed that was "an example of what happens when a leader sets a plan and sees it through." West Wing machismo was on full display, trumpeting, "President Obama has ended the war in Iraq." Mr. Obama said the withdrawal was taking place "as promised," but the pullout timeline evolved as did the president's responsibility for the aftermath. Published October 24, 2011

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Occupying your mortgage

Politicians and realtors want to maintain a permanent government occupation of the housing market. If the hippies clogging the streets of major cities had any integrity for their cause, they'd speak out against mortgage lending practices that stick taxpayers with the bills when banks make bad loans. On Thursday night, the Senate voted 60-38 to do more of the same. Published October 21, 2011