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In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Caesar the chimp, a CG animal portrayed by Andy Serkis is shown in a scene from "Rise of the Planet  of the Apes ." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox)

EDITORIAL: Rise of the human-animal hybrids

Moviegoers love to escape reality for a couple of hours and get lost in a fantasy world on the big screen, but few would want to live the make-believe after the lights come back up. The coincidental convergence of Hollywood's creepy creations and actual developments in science can provoke thoughtful debate on ethical questions. Answers need to be found soon because fantasy might be closer to reality than we think. Published August 3, 2011

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, right, welcoming his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Damascus airport on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the start of the latter's three-nation trip which includes Algeria and the United States where he is to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting.(AP Photo/ Sana-HO).

EDITORIAL: Damascus doesn't believe in Ramadan

Security forces backing Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad opened the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with a furious armored assault on the oppositionist town of Hama. The Baathist regime is working overtime to stamp out pro-democracy sentiment across the country. The human rights tragedy is becoming so acute that even the United States and Russia are beginning to take notice. Published August 2, 2011

**FILE** An employee grabs boxes off the conveyor belt for shipment at a Fernley, Nev., warehouse. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Unplug the Internet tax

The class warriors in Congress won't rest until everything is taxed multiple times. The idea that online retailers aren't collecting tribute for states in which they have no physical presence galls Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat. So they dreamed up the Main Street Fairness Act to force Internet shoppers to prop up the big spenders in state government. Published August 2, 2011

A protester waves an Egyptian flag from the top of a street lamp on July 29, 2011, during a demonstration in Cairo after Friday prayers in Tahrir Square. Many Egyptians have rallied in the main city square seeking to unify their demands despite rifts over key issues between liberal activists and Islamist groups. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Shut up, Egypt is Muslim

Supporters of Egypt's various new political parties gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for what was supposed to be a unity rally. In a portent of things to come, however, the gathering was hijacked by masses of Islamists who intimidated the members of liberal and secular parties out of the square. America's most important Arab ally is hurtling toward an Islamist takeover and the Obama administration is egging on the transition. Published August 1, 2011

Red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Street in Alexandria, Va.

EDITORIAL: Alexandria's voluntary cameras

The city of Los Angeles last week abandoned its multimillion-dollar red-light camera cash grab because residents caught on to a dirty little secret. Payment of a citation that shows up in the mailbox anywhere in L.A. County turned out to be a strictly voluntary act. The same happens to be true in Alexandria, where ticketing resumed Monday. Alexandria officials hope you don't notice. Published August 1, 2011

**FILE** Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: America abandons Obama

So much for hope and change. With the economy growing worse and worse, the grand promises of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign have faded as the reality of malaise takes hold. Published July 29, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Obama's economic collapse

Smack in the middle of the debt-ceiling crisis comes word that the economic situation is worse than everyone thought. New Commerce Department figures show the gross domestic product (GDP) growing at an anemic 1.3 percent rate in the second quarter of 2011. Even more alarming, the initial first-quarter 1.9 percent figure was sharply downgraded to a scant 0.4 percent. If the second-quarter rate is later reduced that much, it would signal that the country is in a recession. Most Americans suffering during this historic downturn wouldn't be surprised. Published July 29, 2011

Illustration: Iran by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama gets tough on Tehran

The Obama administration is going where no White House has gone before: directly accusing Iran of supporting al Qaeda. This long overdue move to get tough on Tehran deserves to be applauded. Published July 28, 2011

Illustration: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Economics on the brink

The clock is chiming the 11th hour as the United States approaches default on its sovereign debt - or so we are told. The drama over the supposed Aug. 2 deadline always has been contrived. Published July 28, 2011

Illustration: Solar panel losers by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Jacking up your electric bill

America faces a European-style debt crisis, but you wouldn't know it from observing what's happening on Capitol Hill. At a Senate committee's request, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued an analysis of proposed renewable (RES) and clean-energy standards (CES). The federal government has grown so large that it's actually studying how to spend money to make electricity more expensive. Published July 27, 2011

Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: The debt ceiling and dictatorship

The debate over raising the federal debt ceiling has driven some liberals into a fit of despair. On Wednesday, Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, said if Congress forwards a debt-ceiling extension bill to the White House that isn't to the president's liking, he should veto it and raise the debt limit by executive order. "If that's what lands on his desk, a short-term lifting of the ceiling, the debt ceiling," Mr. Clyburn said, "he should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to this issue." The congressman was referring to a provision that the "validity of the public debt of the United States... shall not be questioned." The move, however, would be rule by executive fiat. Published July 27, 2011

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is said to sport green ties about "25 percent of the time."

EDITORIAL: Obama: 2; GOP: 0

It looks like the heated rhetoric over raising the debt ceiling is about to come to an end. Instead of serving as a wake-up call to Congress on the need to change course, the debate has sent House Republicans and Senate Democrats scrambling to pass bills with illusory cuts and put off doing something about our nation's crushing $14.3 trillion debt. Published July 27, 2011

** FILE ** American hikers Shane Bauer (left), Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are pictured at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran in May 2010. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Iran hostage crisis

Americans Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer are scheduled to face trial Sunday in Iran on charges of illegal entry and espionage. They and Sarah Shourd, who was later released, were detained by Iranian forces two years ago while hiking in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. Whether they strayed over a poorly marked border or were seized on Iraqi territory is unclear. Either way, these Berkeley-educated social activists don't fit the profile of clandestine operatives sent to infiltrate the Islamic republic. The charges are farcical, and the hikers should be freed. Published July 26, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

GHEI: Obamacare, a death panel for jobs

Rep. Nancy Pelosi once said we'd have to wait until the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed before we'd know what was in it. The San Francisco Democrat was right. Only now is it becoming apparent just how much the Obamacare law is oppressing small business, the engine of job growth in this country. Published July 26, 2011

**FILE** Ronald Reagan (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Hijacking Reagan

President Obama is the latest Democrat to try to enlist Ronald Reagan in a campaign to saddle Americans with more taxes. Last week, MSNBC host Chris Matthews took some of Reagan's quotes on taxes out of context and chided, "Would Reagan even be a Republican today?" No doubt the 40th president is in heaven smiling sadly and shaking his head. There they go again. Published July 25, 2011

Illustration: Al Gore's the End is Nigh by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Al Gore in '24'

Move over Jack Bauer, Al Gore is here. In the hit television series "24," federal agent Jack Bauer observed no limits in his real-time quest to thwart terrorists intent on killing millions of innocent Americans. Mr. Gore is looking to channel this program's success with his own "24 Hours of Reality," which he claims will rescue the planet itself from a more imminent threat - global warming. The Oscar-winning veep-turned-environmental-maven, however, is no Jack Bauer. Published July 25, 2011

A woman reacts to a TSA agent while having her body scanned during the busiest travel weekend of the year at Denver International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

EDITORIAL: Government pornography ring

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday that computerized fig leaves would be applied to the images produced by X-rated x-ray scanners in airports. The agency was forced to beat a partial retreat from its "all nude, all the time" position after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit insisted on the change in a July 15 ruling that also found TSA violated the Administrative Procedures Act by rushing the machines into service without adequate scrutiny or public notice. Published July 22, 2011

Space shuttle Atlantis is towed to the Orbitor Processing Facility for decommissioning at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The landing of the spacecraft marks the end of NASA's 30-year shuttle program. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

EDITORIAL: Sun sets on lunar glory

On Thursday morning the space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, marking the end of the U.S. manned space program. The date coincided with the 42-year anniversary of mankind's first steps on the moon. Now the eagle has landed for good. Published July 21, 2011

Illustration: CFL light bulbs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The left's brilliant lie

Liberals want to take away your light bulbs, pickup trucks and family sedans, but they aren't honest enough to admit it. On the House floor last week, Democrats insisted regulations prohibiting the sale of cheap sources of illumination beginning in January are about increasing consumer choice. Likewise, the Obama administration's forthcoming 56-mile-per-gallon fuel-efficiency mandate for automakers is supposedly a boon for consumers. Published July 21, 2011

President Obama, accompanied by GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, left, and Plant Manager Kevin Sharkey gestures while touring a GE plant in Schenectady, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Class warfare, Obama-style

Liberals have driven the debt-ceiling debate into the class-warfare swamp, promising most Americans they will continue to get something for nothing. This is a painless proposition for demagogues; the vast majority of Americans are not "rich" so it's easy to propose that those earning more money should fix the problems created by big-spending politicians. This undermines America's entrepreneurial spirit. Published July 20, 2011