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Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are displayed at Ritters True Value Hardware in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb banning begins

The cost of illuminating your home is about to go up significantly. Most Americans take for granted that when they flip a switch, darkness immediately gives way to a warm, natural light. That's no longer possible in California, where a regulation that took effect Jan. 1 only allows the sale of harsh, cold compact fluorescents above a certain wattage. Unless the new Congress takes action, the same rules will apply to the rest of the country, beginning next year. Published January 5, 2011

Incoming House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, receives the gavel from his predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, during the opening session of the 112th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Constitutional authority for Congress

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives adopted new rules yesterday that will make Congress more transparent, more fiscally responsible and more procedurally fair to members and their constituents. Although changes to procedure wade deep into the legislative weeds, they signify a new reform ethic taking hold on Capitol Hill. Published January 5, 2011

Mumtaz Qadri, center, the accused killer of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, arrives at court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. More than 500 Muslim scholars  praised the man suspected of killing the Pakistani governor because the politician opposed blasphemy laws that mandate death for those convicted of insulting Islam. The group of scholars and clerics known as Jamat Ahle Sunnat is affiliated with a moderate school of Islam and represents the mainstream Barelvi sect. The group said in a statement Wednesday that no one should pray for Mr. Taseer or express regret for his murder. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

EDITORIAL: Islam's blasphemy murders

The Obama administration has declared a "struggle against violent extremism," but it has little to say when it comes to extremism practiced by governments. Blasphemy laws in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being used to sanction judicial murder in the name of Islam. The United States refuses to condemn these practices, apparently believing this would amount to an unwarranted imposition of American values on foreign customs. Even in these backward countries, however, there are brave political leaders who are standing up to legal persecution. Published January 5, 2011

Coptic Christians weep under the broken remains of a sign celebrating "2011" Sunday in the blood-spattered Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt. Just after a New Year's Mass, 21 worshippers were killed and about 100 wounded in an apparent suicide bombing. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: When Muslims kill Christians

Radical Muslims detonated a car bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday, killing 21 and wounding many others. The White House condemned the attack as a "barbaric and heinous act" but - true to form - remained silent on the jihadist motives of its perpetrators. Published January 4, 2011

Packages of aspirin fill the shelves of a drugstore, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 in Chicago. A study suggests colon cancer patients who took aspirin reduced their risk of death from the disease by nearly 30 percent. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

EDITORIAL: The aspirin tax

Forty million Americans started paying higher taxes last weekend because of Obamacare. That's enough to make anyone feel ill, but it's only a start. Published January 4, 2011

Illustration: Obama windmills by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obama's breezy hypocrisy

Just before Christmas, President Obama's top trade negotiator dropped off a report to Congress complaining of Chinese wind-turbine incentives. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk wants the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene in the dispute over Beijing's use of grants and loans to prop up its domestic propeller industry. Published January 4, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: Medicare isn't mandatory

The Obama administration insists Americans must accept Medicare, even if they don't want it, in order to receive Social Security payments for which their paychecks have been raided for their entire adult lives. On Nov. 24, D.C. federal district Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ordered government lawyers to produce documentation for their extravagant claims of authority by next week. "She is literally calling their bluff," Kent Masterson Brown, attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Washington Times. Published January 3, 2011

President Barack Obama walks past a portrait of former President Jimmy Carter, right, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, as he headed to the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: America's promise of progress

As 2011 commences, Americans naturally are reflecting on the events of the past year and asking ourselves, are we as a nation moving in the right direction? It's ingrained in our national character to expect the answer to be yes. When the verdict isn't positive, we get restless. Published January 3, 2011

In this March 8, 2010, a California Highway Patrol officer helped slow this runaway Toyota Prius from 94 mph to a safe stop on Monday after the car's accelerator became stuck on a San Diego County freeway, the CHP said. Prius driver James Sikes said that the incident Monday occurred just two weeks after he had taken the vehicle in to an El Cajon dealership for repairs after receiving a recall notice, but he was turned away.(AP Photo/San Diego Union Tribune, John Gibbons)

EDITORIAL: Smugmobiles get noisier

So long as lawmakers insist on enacting new regulations to address the problems caused by old regulations, government growth will never end. This is the case with the innocuously named Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which was placed on President Obama's desk before New Year's. The goal of this bill - which passed the Senate unanimously and had only 30 dissenting votes in the House - is to make hybrid and electric automobiles noisier. Published January 3, 2011

Illustration: Hawks and doves by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama & U.S. global decline: Year Two

The second year of President Obama's foreign-policy and national-security management continued the pattern of decline established in his first year. The unbridled and naive optimism that ill-served the country in Mr. Obama's failed freshman outing gave way to a sense of policy drift in 2010. Even the president began to question whether the United States should maintain its primary global leadership role. Published January 2, 2011

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

EDITORIAL: A disastrous year domestically

With President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in charge, liberalism took a big step forward on the domestic front in 2010. Fortunately, the public's icy response to big government's advance means the new year represents the perfect opportunity to take two steps back toward fiscal responsibility. Published January 2, 2011

Champagne is a symbol of luxury, but sparkling values can be found.

EDITORIAL: The year ahead

A collection of headlines from the upcoming year both likely and not so likely. Published December 30, 2010

Former city manager Robert Rizzo, left, and former council member Victor Bello stand in the dock, among eight current and former Bell, Calif., city officials arrested on corruption charges, as they appear in court at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Al Seib, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Municipal meltdown

When Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, takes the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi next week, the California Democrat won't be the new year's biggest loser. That dubious honor falls on America's big-spending big-city mayors. The Republican resurgence sends a message that municipal partying at taxpayer expense must come to an end. Finally, after an era of indiscipline, 2011 promises to be a year of reckoning. Published December 29, 2010

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters stand in Silver Spring, Maryland.

EDITORIAL: Rationing cancer cures

Breast-cancer patients are charging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with moving toward Obamacare-style rationing of useful treatments. Congressional overseers should monitor how the FDA handles an appeal of its ruling to disapprove the drug Avastin in the fight against breast cancer. The sick need every weapon in the struggle against this killer disease. Published December 29, 2010

Some groups have taken offense at a costume depicting an illegal alien as a space alien.

EDITORIAL: Illegal aliens are illegal and alien

Are "illegal aliens" simply misunderstood "undocumented immigrants?" The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Diversity Committee believes so, and it's engaged in a campaign to "inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting" on the issue. That may sound nice, but there is nothing insensitive about calling a crime a crime. Published December 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: Murder on the border

Brian Terry died for President Obama's sins. Mr. Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol agent, was killed during operations against bandits near the southern Arizona town of Rio Rico, approximately 15 miles inside the U.S. border. Here and along other infiltration routes, gangsters prey on illegal aliens and drug smugglers or serve as private security forces for gangs engaged in illegal activities. Agent Terry was part of a four-man Border Patrol Tactical Unit sent to engage the bandits, and he was shot down in the resulting firefight. Published December 28, 2010

** FILE ** The Senate investigations subcommittee's ranking Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, questions a witness on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, during the subcommittee's hearing on Goldman Sachs and the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Baby steps on budget cuts

Politicians love to cry crocodile tears about how hard it is to cut government spending. An amendment introduced Dec. 15 by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, would have saved more than $156 billion over five years without very much hardship. Published December 28, 2010

EDITORIAL: Lawyering unto perdition

While Hollywood keeps churning out movies featuring villainous businessmen and financiers, the real world's more parasitic greed merchants are the big-money class-action plaintiffs lawyers. Stories about attorneys raking in millions while their clients receive pennies aren't the stuff of fiction. This year's edition of "Judicial Hellholes," an annual report of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), contains accounts of perfidious trial lawyers and the judges who enable them. Published December 28, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI during the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings to the Curia, in the Regia Hall, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Benedict XVI said Monday the Catholic Church must reflect on what is wrong with its message and Christian life in general that allowed for the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

EDITORIAL: Crucifying Christians on Christmas

On Saturday, the world's Christians will join in prayer and celebration of the birth of Jesus. For too many of them, this worshipful act will take place under the threat of imprisonment, torture or execution. Published December 22, 2010

Technician Charles Riggings in March services traffic cameras designed to catch speeders and motorists who run red lights in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Return of the red-light bandits

The blinding roadside flashes familiar to motorists in Maryland and the District will return to Northern Virginia in the new year. A private company completed the installation of red-light cameras last week at two Falls Church intersections: Broad and Cherry streets and Broad Street and Annandale Road. The Arizona-based firm American Traffic Solutions (ATS) will use the devices to issue warning notices until Jan. 18, when it will begin mailing out actual citations. Falls Church officials say this program is about safety; don't believe the propaganda. Published December 21, 2010