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STARS AND STRIPES: Aliah Penrod, 6, of Roseville, Calif., waves the American flag during the town's July 4th parade last year. Roseville is just one of many towns that have had to cut back on Independence Day celebrations owing to the recession.

EDITORIAL: Patriotism on parade

If you are planning on taking your kids to a Fourth of July parade, be on notice: You might be transforming them into activist Republicans. Published July 1, 2011

EDITORIAL: Independence

An Independence Day poem by John Pierpont written on July 4th, 1822 Published July 1, 2011

EDITORIAL: Red-light-camera flop

The traffic-camera industry must be getting desperate. The Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously voted on June 7 to end the use of red-light cameras in America's second-largest city. Voters in Houston last year amended the city charter to compel a reluctant city council to unplug the devices, which had been generating $10 million in annual revenue. Published June 30, 2011

Illustration: Enabling Muslim Brotherhood by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama and the Muslim Brothers

The administration is reaching out to Egypt's radical Muslim Brotherhood ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for September. "The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing," an unnamed White House source told Politico. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency." As President Obama's previous attempts at outreach to Islamists have failed, there is little reason to believe this effort will succeed. Published June 30, 2011

President Obama gestures during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama for states' rights?

It's easy to tell when campaign season has begun. At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama appeared to show an appreciation for the limitations of federal power and respect for the self-regulating capabilities of the states. He even distanced himself from decisions made by his own radical appointees. It's the same bait-and-switch routine from 2008 - candidate Obama is back. Published June 29, 2011

Illustration: Taliban

EDITORIAL: Taliban talks bombing

The Obama administration has confirmed that talks are under way with the Taliban to seek a diplomatic settlement in Afghanistan prior to the departure of coalition troops. The same Taliban conducted a spectacular assault late Tuesday on the InterContinental Hotel in Kabul. Seven suicide bombers and snipers killed 11 people. The attackers also died, some by design, the last three shot down on the hotel roof by NATO helicopters. Published June 29, 2011

International Criminal Court Presiding Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng of Botswana is seen in the courtroom in The Hague on Monday, June 27, 2011, as the court issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his intelligence chief for crimes against humanity in the early days of their struggle to cling to power. (AP Photo/Robert Vos, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Obama courts disaster

The Obama administration is backing the International Criminal Court's (ICC) arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It is a dangerous precedent for the United States to rush to affirm the jurisdiction of this relatively new international body, particularly with a president whose counterterrorism strategy has made his name synonymous with "targeted killing." Published June 28, 2011

Illustration: Obama's economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Another 'recovery summer'

A year ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden proclaimed the administration's $830 billion stimulus spending spree would kick off "Recovery Summer." It never came. For those hoping the dog days of 2011 might bring a change in the economic climate, the latest figures suggest this won't be a summer of recovery, either. Published June 28, 2011

This image made from video provided by the Israeli Defence Force on Monday, May 31, 2010 shows what the IDF says is the Mavi Marmara ship, part of the aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a raid that left at least nine passengers dead. (AP Photo/Israel Defence Force)  AP HAS NO WAY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFYING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE

EDITORIAL: The floating Gaza Strip show

Anti-Israel activists are launching a fresh high-seas publicity stunt. The ships of Freedom Flotilla II will set sail sometime this week to commemorate the May 2010 Gaza blockade run, which ended in violence. Nine passengers on the Turkish-flagged ship Mavi Marmara were killed resisting a boarding by Israeli naval commandos. Israeli officials don't expect violence this year, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his Cabinet that no ships will be permitted to breach the Gaza security perimeter. This type of confrontation is exactly what flotilla organizers want. Published June 27, 2011

Illustration: Climate change

EDITORIAL: An inconvenient cooling

Reports of imminent climatic catastrophes are turning out to be rather anticlimactic. That's because rather than heating up to life-threatening levels, new scientific findings indicate it's more likely the Earth will cool in coming years. That's bad news for a global-warming industry heavily invested in a sultry forecast. Published June 27, 2011

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PETITIONED: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been petitioned by 20 Arkansas lawmakers to run for president in 2012, citing his state's jobs success.

EDITORIAL: Perry takes on the feds

Rick Perry is having a good month. With all eyes on his possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the Texas governor is showing that his anti-Washington rhetoric is more than just talk. By vetoing feel-good, nanny-state regulations and thwarting of federal intervention in his state, he's demonstrating the kind of leadership America needs. Published June 24, 2011

Illustration: Iran by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Justice for the Khobar Towers victims

Everyone remembers the Twin Towers, but fewer recall the first towers targeted by violent extremists. Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombing in which 19 American servicemen and one Saudi national were killed and 372 wounded. For the families of those who died, justice has been long in coming, but a new court ruling gives hope that closure may be near. Published June 24, 2011

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's failed state

The White House plan to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is more political than military strategy. Whether it improves President Obama's chances of being re-elected depends largely on whether the Taliban think he should have a second term. Published June 23, 2011

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell used a line-item veto Tuesday  to cut 25 percent of the state's  funding to public broadcasting. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Virginia beats Maryland

When it comes to encouraging prosperity, the Old Dominion is trouncing the Old Line State. The American Legislative Exchange Council this week released a "Rich States, Poor States" report that modeled the 50 states and ranked the economic outlook in each. Virginia secured a third-place slot while neighboring Maryland lagged midpack at 21. That's no accident. Published June 23, 2011

Illustration: Greek flag

EDITORIAL: The Grecian formula

Greece will find out soon whether another $157 billion gift is headed its way to cover the government's obligations for next year. While the European Union would be on the hook for most of this second bailout, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also would contribute - and that means American taxpayers would foot some part of the bill. Published June 22, 2011

RETAIL POLITICS: Eva Yung, of Alexandria, joins other protesters at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices heard arguments as to whether a group of female plaintiffs can bring a class-action discrimination suit against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Wal-Mart justice

The Supreme Court on Monday handed down its decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a nearly decade-old class-action lawsuit involving more than 1.5 million women who worked at the retail giant since 1998. The plaintiffs argued that the company showed favoritism to men in decisions regarding pay and promotions, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Two lower courts gave the suit a green light, but the Supreme Court stopped it in its tracks. Published June 22, 2011

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Taliban waits out Obama

President Obama is expected to announce tonight the first phase of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, making good on his self-imposed July 2011 deadline. The White House will contend that this is being done from a position of strength, but the Taliban will spin it as an ignominious U.S. retreat. Published June 21, 2011

Too many patents approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office have been revoked by administrative law judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, inventors say. (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: An inventive bank bailout

Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, quipped in a 2009 radio interview that the banks "own" Congress. Congress does its best to prove Mr. Durbin right. This week, the House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed "America Invents Act," a patent-reform bill that includes a provision essentially providing another multibillion-dollar bailout to big banks. Published June 21, 2011

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday held out the possibility of a temporary debt limit increase while budget talks continue.

MILLER: Short-term debt fix

Debt-limit negotiations are heading in a direction that raises questions about the prospect of a long-term deal. The bipartisan, bicameral talks led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. seem unlikely to produce a broad agreement on the GOP demand for spending cuts and entitlement reform by the self-imposed July 1 deadline. Democrats are running out the clock to push tax hikes while avoiding spending cuts and any meaningful change to the Medicare system. Published June 21, 2011

Illustration: Ethanol by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Retire the kernel, release the gas

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have finally begun to feel queasy from their nearly-decade- long corn-alcohol bender. The Senate's first step toward swearing off ethanol came in the form of a 73-27 vote last week on an amendment that would kill the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol tax credit. Now that they've started to recover their senses, legislators shouldn't repeat their past mistakes by overindulging in natural gas. Published June 20, 2011