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Gerald Walpin

EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate judge has conflict

''I've got your back." That's what U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts said to his decades-long friend, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in introducing the AG at an April 22 speech at Vassar College. At that time, Judge Roberts was ignoring several legal deadlines to the benefit of Mr. Holder's administration on numerous motions and countermotions in a key lawsuit for which Mr. Holder's underlings effectively were acting as defense attorneys. Published September 1, 2010

President Obama says from the Oval Office on Tuesday night that U.S. combat operations in Iraq are over. He warns, however, that violence and political turmoil continue to plague the Mideast nation, so America's mission there isn't complete.

EDITORIAL: Mission accomplished in Iraq

President Obama was granted an opportunity to give a victory speech about Iraq on Tuesday, courtesy of George W. Bush. He mentioned President Bush in passing, essentially damning him with faint praise. If Mr. Bush had followed Mr. Obama's strategic recommendations in 2007, the war in Iraq would have been lost years ago. Published September 1, 2010

New vehicle window sticker proposed by Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation

EDITORIAL: The left's war on the gasoline-powered car

Professor Obama is looking to grade you on your car-buying preferences. Beginning with the 2012 model year, new vehicles will carry revised window stickers bearing ratings from "A+" to "D," with the highest marks reserved for choices the administration endorses and the lowest for those it frowns upon. This is just the latest example of the nanny state mentality that has taken hold inside the Beltway. Published September 1, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden gestures while addressing the summer meeting for the Democratic National Committee, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

EDITORIAL: Democrats party while nation suffers

It's striking how little empathy Democrats seem to have for the economic troubles facing ordinary Americans. While unemployment and underemployment rates remain sky-high, economic growth falters. During the last quarter of 2009, gross domestic product grew 1.4 percent, but that figure fell to 0.9 percent in the first quarter of this year and just 0.4 percent in the second. "Now the fun stuff starts!" Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said in a bubbly interview with Time magazine last week regarding the administration's stimulus plan. "This is a chance to do something big, man!" Published August 31, 2010

The government's required switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs come with potential hazards: Improper disposal of the mercury-powered bulbs may pollute landfills and groundwater. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Europe's light-bulb socialism

Beginning today, it is a crime to manufacture or ship for sale a traditional 75-watt incandescent light bulb in the European Union. Autocrats in Brussels last year declared war on Edison's greatest invention with a ban on 100-watt lamps. Homes throughout the Old World will continue to dim until incandescent lighting of all types is snuffed out in 2012 - the same year the United States is scheduled to begin a phaseout schedule mirroring the European plan. Published August 31, 2010

Voter Terry Penrod prepares to cast his absentee ballot at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial polling place Tuesday, September 30, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. Voters in this crucial swing state began casting absentee ballots Tuesday, a day after the Ohio Supreme Court and two separate federal judges cleared the way for a disputed early voting law that allows new voters to register and cast an absentee ballot on the same day from Tuesday through Oct. 6.

EDITORIAL: Ohio battles bullies at Justice

The Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Board of Elections today can stare down the increasingly rogue voting rights section of the U.S. Department of Justice, which continues to play ethnic politics nationwide. The state of Georgia recently forced the department to back off from its bullying tactics, and this Buckeye county should do the same. Published August 31, 2010

'UNBREAKABLE BOND': Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama both said reports about more distant relations in the past year were "wrong." Mr. Netanyahu visited Mr. Obama in the Oval Office and talked with a group of reporters. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's year of living peacefully

Peace is at hand; just wait a year. This week, direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to kick off after months of indirect "proximity" talks brokered by the United States. Published August 30, 2010

** FILE ** In this Feb. 19, 2001, file photo, Briton Robert Watson, right, then-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) accompanied by James J. McCarthy, USA, IPCC's co-chairman, gestures during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Some climate scientists are calling for drastic changes in how future United Nations climate reports are done. (AP Photo/Donald Stampfli)

EDITORIAL: Global warming report feels the heat

A group of international scientific organizations yesterday found fault with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning panel responsible for the influential report that claimed man's carbon-dioxide emissions were destroying the planet. In March, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tasked the InterAcademy Council to conduct an independent review of the inner workings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in light of a number of recent scandals. Published August 30, 2010

Election workers start the initial counting of votes cast by those entitled to vote early, at a counting center in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, March 5, 2010.  Early voting for detainees, hospital patients and military and security personnel took place Thursday, with Iraq's parliamentary elections due on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

EDITORIAL: Crunch time for military voting

The Justice Department should file suit this week against dozens of states that appear not to be in compliance with a 2009 law to ensure voting rights for military personnel stationed abroad. Failure to file suit will expose the Obama administration's lack of commitment to military voting. Published August 30, 2010

**FILE** Federal employee Lynda Salvatore holds her Glock 21 handgun in her home in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, where she says she feels safer since the Supreme Court overturned the District's ban on gun ownership. (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Gun owners dodge the bullet ban

The Supreme Court's recent McDonald and Heller decisions have thus far thwarted the gun grabbers' best efforts by upholding the individual's right to own firearms. Late Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency added another victory to the list as it shot down an attempt to undermine the Second Amendment through the regulation of bullets. On Aug. 3, the American Bird Conservancy and groups like Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to ban traditional lead ammunition as a "health risk." Published August 27, 2010

President Barack Obama waves to a crowd as he leaves the Bunch of Grapes book store in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on Friday, Aug. 2010, where the first family is vacationing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: Summer sizzles, economy fizzles

In the closing days of spring, administration cheerleader-in-chief and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. proudly predicted that as the months ahead heated up, so too would the economy. It was to be "recovery summer," according to Mr. Biden, who toured the country touting the alleged benefits of President Obama's "shovel-ready" economic policies. Published August 27, 2010

** FILE ** Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is shown in this June 24, 2010, file photo. (AP Photo/Louie Traub)

EDITORIAL: Democratic policies kill Democrat polls

Democrats must be losing sleep over new polls that for the first time show more voters trusting Republicans than Democrats on 10 of the most significant issues in American politics. The poll released Thursday by Rasmussen Reports doesn't necessarily represent strong voter confidence in Republicans, but it does show how noxious the Democratic approach has become across the board. Published August 27, 2010

In this image released by NBC, James Cameron holds the award for best director in a motion picture for "Avatar" during the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Cold feet on global warming

Hollywood producer James Cameron has the Midas touch when it comes to the silver screen, but his grasp on his favorite subject, the environment, is less confident than it once was. A debate between Mr. Cameron and climate realists set to take place last weekend at the American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen, Colo., was canceled after Mr. Cameron pulled out at the last minute. Published August 26, 2010

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, is charged with killing 13 people in a shooting rampage in December on the military post at Fort Hood, Texas. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Islamic extremists in the workplace

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 14 and wounded 30 in his jihad at Fort Hood in November. According to the Defense Department, the incident wasn't a terrorist attack but merely a case of workplace violence. This is typical of government efforts to paper over the growing domestic Muslim threat. Published August 26, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear at the "Defend the Constitution" rally planned for June 25 in Manassas.

EDITORIAL: Regulating abortion clinics

Liberals usually want to regulate everything that breathes, moves, burns, flows or produces. When it comes to abortion mills, however, the same leftists scream bloody murder - not against killing babies, but against daring to regulate the practice even for the mother's safety. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has drawn fire merely for saying his state's Board of Health is allowed to regulate providers of first-trimester abortions. The criticism belongs in the dumpster. Published August 26, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Thursday about the State Department's 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Iran and China topped a list of 25 countries criticized in the annual report for imposing "draconian" restrictions on rights.

EDITORIAL: Obama administration indicts America

Move over Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria. The State Department has made it official: The United States violates human rights. In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration submitted a report to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing the progress and problems in dealing with human rights issues in this country. The document is a strange combination of left-wing history and White House talking points. Published August 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Abusing due process

The Hawkeye State is one of America's child-abuse hotbeds, at least according to the latest federal statistics from state child welfare agencies. Iowa authorities have been forced to remove children from their homes at a rate twice the national average in recent years. Roughly 50,000 of the state's 3 million residents have been placed on a "child abuse registry" used to warn off some potential employers and focus state resources on protecting the victimized children. Published August 25, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cooking the books on job claims

Administration officials passed around the champagne Tuesday as the Congressional Budget Office reported that the $814 billion spent on the first stimulus bill created between 1.4 million and 3.3 million new jobs. President Obama's policies "put the country on a path to recovery by getting Americans back to work quickly," Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. crowed. "We've created 3 million jobs, and we're adding jobs every month." Published August 25, 2010

This photo, released on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, reportedly shows the launch at an undisclosed location of the Karrar drone aircraft, which Iran says is the country's first domestically built, long-range, unmanned bomber aircraft. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies. (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry, Vahid Reza Alaei)

EDITORIAL: Iran's Ambassadors of Death

Two milestones last weekend marked Iran's emergence as a regional hegemon. On Saturday, Russian technicians began loading fuel rods into the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, and on Sunday, Iran unveiled an unmanned long-range drone aircraft dubbed the "Ambassador of Death." The events highlighted Iran's progress in both nuclear-weapons development and the means to deliver warheads across the Middle East. Published August 24, 2010

** FILE ** President Obama warned in February of a "national catastrophe" if Congress doesn't "move swiftly" to pass an economic-stimulus plan, leveling a campaign-style attack on Republicans for opposing the legislation in favor of tax cuts.

EDITORIAL: Obama's foreign funny money

When President Obama speaks about campaign contributions, it's hard to know which is worse: his hypocrisy or his mendacity. Published August 24, 2010