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Too many patents approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office have been revoked by administrative law judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, inventors say.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

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

** FILE ** A smoke and dust cloud from an explosion rises into the sky after a NATO airstrike in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of daytime airstrikes on Tripoli. (AP Photo/Abdel Meguid al-Fergany)

EDITORIAL: Defund the war in Libya

The absurd argument that there is no war in Libya should not stop Congress from defunding it. Moving against this unnecessary "limited kinetic action" using the power of the purse will return Congress to first principles that have been obscured by the arcane debate over the meaning of the War Powers Resolution. Published June 20, 2011

Illustration by Moir, Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia

EDITORIAL: Obama's weak war memo

The White House sent a 38-page report to Congress on Wednesday attempting to explain why the president had the authority to continue military operations against Libya without congressional approval as mandated under the War Powers Resolution. The Obama administration's argument is both legally suspect and politically unfathomable. Published June 17, 2011

Illustration: Global warming by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: U.N. climate propaganda exposed

The entire world will soon depend on renewable energy so governments ought to start subsidizing these industries immediately. So said the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report released Tuesday. The study's conclusion was such a blockbuster that the panel issued a press release last month previewing the finding. "Close to 80 percent of the world's energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows," it proclaimed. Published June 17, 2011

Illustration: Medicare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Democrats in a Medicare box

Democrats are boxing themselves in politically by going after cheap political points on the Medicare issue. As details of a deal to raise the debt ceiling are hammered out behind closed doors, it looks increasingly likely that the Dems are going to regret painting any reform to health care for the elderly as an attempt to kill the program. Published June 16, 2011

In this file image provided by Intel Center, Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, speaks during a new 106-minute long video released Sept. 22, 2009 predicting President Barack Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world. Officials also said they believe the death of Osama bin Laden puts al-Qaida on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse, but there was no word on the whereabouts of al-Zawahri, bin Laden's second-in-command. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

EDITORIAL: Meet al Qaeda's new boss

After weeks of waiting and speculation, Ayman al Zawahri has officially taken over the leadership of al Qaeda. Whether the new chairman of terror will be able to resurrect the organization after the death of its charismatic, visionary leader - or simply watch as internal and external forces tear it apart - remains to be seen. Published June 16, 2011

Illustration: Guns and the 14th Amendment by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: States challenge feds on guns

Eight states have thrown down the gauntlet and denied the federal government's authority to regulate firearms that never cross state lines. In 2009, Montana became the first to enact a law declaring any gun manufactured and kept within the state's borders was subject only to state rules. It's now up to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether Montana - and by extension Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming - must yield to the whims of Uncle Sam. Published June 15, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from May 31, 2011, President Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House. Republicans and Democrats scolded Obama on June 3, 2011, for dispatching U.S. forces against Libya without getting congressional approval. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama, warmonger

A bipartisan group of congressmen is filing a lawsuit against the president for pursuing an illegal war. The speaker of the House warned the Obama administration it would soon run up against a 90-day deadline, after which it will be "in violation of the War Powers Resolution unless it asks for and receives authorization from Congress or withdraws all U.S. troops and resources from the mission." Who ever would have thought this would be happening to Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama? Published June 15, 2011

Syrians walk past a T-shirt with a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic wording that reads "we love you" at a popular market in downtown Damascus, Syria, on May 30, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Mideast indignity

President Obama's "lead from behind" strategy for dealing with the rolling crisis in the Middle East has claimed more victims. On Saturday, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's forces shelled Jisr al-Shughour, burned its fields and rolled into the city center on tanks. The White House responded with a statement that the Syrian government had created a "humanitarian crisis" and that unless it gave "immediate and unfettered access" to the Red Cross, it would "once again be showing contempt for the dignity of the Syrian people." The Damascus regime was unmoved. Published June 14, 2011

Illustration: Jobs by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama's euro-style unemployment

It's no secret that President Obama wants America to look more like Europe. He desires expanded powers for labor unions, higher gas prices for commuters and a diminished role on the world stage. So far, he's been effective in fostering the conditions for European-style unemployment on these shores. Published June 14, 2011

Illustration: United Nations

EDITORIAL: Defund the U.N. over a Palestinian state

A unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood by the United Nations General Assembly would cause incalculable harm to peace and stability in the Middle East. The United States cannot prevent this ill-advised move - it circumvents America's Security Council veto by design - but U.S. leaders can let it be known that the U.N. would incur more than just a political cost. Published June 13, 2011

**FILE** Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Rick Perry vs. TSA

It's now up to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to rescue the nation's travelers from the indignity of x-rated airport screening at the hands of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). On Tuesday, a state House of Representatives committee is scheduled to consider revised legislation holding blue-gloved bureaucrats criminally liable for grabbing the private parts of passengers without probable cause or consent. For the measure to proceed further, however, Mr. Perry would have to formally add it to the list of bills considered during the special session now under way. Published June 13, 2011

Illustration: Solar shovel ready by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Peak renewables

The "peak oil" scare has long been used as an excuse for alternative-energy providers to demand government subsidies. We are told that oil production will reach a zenith and the wells will run dry any day now, so failure to provide billions in handouts to the providers of other fuels would be irresponsible. Forget peak oil - the world may be on the verge of peak renewables. Published June 13, 2011

** FILE ** The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads South Korean warships during joint military drills in the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jung-joon)

EDITORIAL: China's Pearl Harbor?

Imagine a Chinese aircraft carrier sailing south close along the Florida coast and making a port call in Cuba. It seems unimaginable but this scenario may be in our near future. Published June 10, 2011

April Gilliland makes signs for a living.  She uses her own business to show what she can do for customers.  Yet, her tasteful, attractive signs violate the letter of the Dallas ordinance. Photo by Institute for Justice

EDITORIAL: Signs of tyranny

If the government can dictate what you can put in your own window, there's no limit to what it can do. The Institute for Justice was forced last week to end its constitutional challenge to a Dallas city ordinance that prohibited small businesses from displaying large window signs advertising specials or even specifying the store's hours of operation. To prevent the case from going to trial, Dallas bureaucrats threatened a mom-and-pop vacuum store, travel agency, uniform store and dry cleaner each with $300,000 in fines. Published June 10, 2011

** FILE ** In this Jan. 10, 2011, Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, smiles during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. General Motors said Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, it earned $510 million in the fourth quarter and $4.7 billion last year as it continued its comeback from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

EDITORIAL: GM's gas-tax fraud

Government Motors has become yet another mouthpiece for the Obama administration. General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News Saturday that he wants a $1 per gallon hike in the gas tax. Consumers already facing nearly $4 a gallon prices at the pump aren't going to be pleased to see that figure jump overnight to $5, but the left and its crony capitalist allies don't care what the public thinks. Published June 9, 2011

President Obama announces his nomination of John E. Bryson (right) to be the next secretary of commerce on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. At left is current Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who has been appointed U.S. ambassador to China. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: John Bryson, job destroyer

President Obama's pick to replace Gary F. Locke as commerce secretary faces an uphill Senate confirmation battle. Even before the White House handed in the name of John Bryson for the job, Senate Republicans had vowed to block any nominee over administration foot-dragging on free-trade agreements. The selection of this particular leftist for a business-outreach post is rallying the opposition. "I find Mr Bryson unacceptable as secretary of commerce for the United States, and I will work in opposition to his conformation," said Sen. John Barrasso, vice chairman of the Republican Conference, to The Washington Times. Published June 9, 2011

Illustration: Red tape by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Red tape is on a roll

Like so much of President Obama's agenda, the promise of regulatory reform has proved entirely empty. After Democrats received a beat-down at the polls last November, an executive order was dashed off promising to pare back the job-killing regulations being pumped out by federal agencies that the president said "were just plain dumb." On Friday, House Republicans called Mr. Obama's bluff. Published June 8, 2011

'CRISIS' ENDING: Syrian President Bashar Assad acknowledged that his security forces made mistakes in the crackdown against protesters but suggested that the current crisis was nearing a conclusion. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Syrian conflict

NATO warplanes subjected Tripoli to hours of heavy bombing on Tuesday, apparently hunting Libyan leader and international outcast Moammar Gadhafi. But as NATO's mission to protect Libyan civilians continued, so did Bashar Assad's mission to gun down demonstrators against his regime in Syria. Over a thousand have been killed and reports emerging from the country indicate worse things are coming. Published June 8, 2011