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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the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.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

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, to discuss the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Infallible Obama

As the country enters the 2012 campaign season, the press and prospective Republican nominees are drawing increasing attention to President Obama's record. An NBC News poll released last week showed that 74 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, the highest number since before the 2008 election. According to the Gallup Presidential Job Approval website, Mr. Obama has the second-lowest approval rating at this point in his presidency of any holder of the high office since 1945. Only Jimmy Carter's numbers were worse. Published October 20, 2011

Inside Politics

The Senate defeated a bid by Sen. John McCain on Wednesday to stop funneling federal funds to transportation museums, highway beautification and preservation of historic bridges, rejecting his argument that money needed to repair rundown roads was being diverted to projects like squirrel sanctuaries and car museums. Published October 19, 2011

Sports Briefs

There is still no sign of Theo Epstein in Chicago. It has been more than a week since word leaked that Epstein was headed to Chicago to join the Cubs after nine years with the Boston Red Sox. Published October 18, 2011

** FILE ** A protester affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration listens to a drum circle in Zuccotti Park in New York on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

EDITORIAL: The Wall Street whiners

Judging by their list of complaints, most members of the "Occupy" movement are simply disaffected graduate students. These products of the most left-wing institutions in America have discovered that expensive degrees in useless fields don't deliver instant wealth. What a surprise. Published October 18, 2011

President Obama announces the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray (right) as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday, July 18, 2011, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: Reject the trial-lawyer czar

The legacy of President Obama's time in office has been an unprecedented expansion of the federal government. A perfect example of this is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. Even though this brand-new bureaucracy opened for business in July, most Americans have never heard of it - and they won't so long as it remains leaderless. Published October 18, 2011

Carson Palmer's best season was in 2005, when he passed for 3,836 yards anbd 32 touchdowns in leading Cincinnati to the AFC North title. (Associated Press)

Raiders land Palmer for pair of draft picks

The Oakland Raiders made a bold move to replace injured quarterback Jason Campbell on Tuesday, trading two high draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for Carson Palmer. Published October 18, 2011

Inside Politics

The House Ethics Committee has extended its investigation of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Published October 18, 2011

American Scene

Arizona police looking for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing six days said Monday they now think she was most likely kidnapped, because otherwise they would have found her. Published October 17, 2011

** FILE ** Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

EDITORIAL: Will Obama attack Iran?

Revelations of Iran's plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks on U.S. soil have some talking about a case for war with Iran. America has had plenty of justification for decades. Published October 17, 2011

**FILE** Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Playing favorites with Solyndra bet

Gambling is a risky proposition - but not when playing with loaded dice. That's what Solyndra's private investors were handed when the Energy Department guaranteed they'd have first dibs on compensation if the firm went belly up. This unfairly shifted the peril of investing in an uneconomical solar-panel scheme onto the backs of taxpayers. We're the ones stuck with the $535 million bill. Published October 17, 2011

Economy Briefs

Oil prices fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis fueled concerns about future energy demand. Published October 17, 2011

Economy Briefs

Kinder Morgan agreed to buy El Paso Corp. for about $20.7 billion in cash and stock in a deal expected to create the largest natural-gas pipeline in the U.S. Published October 16, 2011

American Scene

A federal appeals court Friday blocked a key part of Alabama's law that requires schools to check the immigration status of students, temporarily weakening what was considered the toughest immigration law in the nation. Published October 16, 2011

Illustration: Down economy by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The income problem

A majority of Americans disapprove of what President Obama has done in office. He promised hope and change but delivered disappointment and stagnation. The unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent. The poverty rate is at 15.1 percent, tied for the worst performance since the Census started tracking numbers in 1959. White House policies of class warfare and redistribution are impoverishing America, and the public is starting to feel worked over. Published October 14, 2011

Illustration: Ethanol by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Corn-fueled politics

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to shove more ethanol into your gas tank. Obama administration bureaucrats have signed off on a crony-capitalist scheme to boost the corn content of gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. This serves absolutely no purpose beyond enriching farm-state agribusiness giants. In fact, it may even result in the voiding of millions of new-car warranties. Published October 14, 2011

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Maryland gerrymander

Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is on the horns of dilemma. He has to resolve the philosophical question of whether it is nobler to gerrymander congressional districts to seek partisan advantage or to do so to pander to ethnic politics. Published October 13, 2011

Inside Politics

After months of lying low in the leadoff caucus state, Mitt Romney is stepping up his public presence in Iowa with hopes of generating momentum for the follow-up New Hampshire primary. Published October 13, 2011

Illustration: Obama and Islam

EDITORIAL: Obama's Christian problem

The Obama administration has been obsessed with Muslim outreach and recently tried to mend fences with the Jewish community. Given the state of the world, however, the White House ought to be focused on helping the world's oppressed Christians. Published October 12, 2011