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Pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center Saturday, Aug.14, 2010, in New York. President Obama says Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero in New York, but he's not saying whether he thinks it's a good idea to do so. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

EDITORIAL: A monument to terrorism

The Ground Zero Mosque project already has failed in its intended outreach mission, and its backers now seem to be committed to alienating as many Americans as possible. Published August 19, 2010

Mr. Obama's budget projections face such potential obstacles as interest rates on deficit borrowing and rising discretionary spending. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: We can't afford this government

Whether by design or incompetence, the Cloward-Piven Strategy lives. Named after two leftist professors at Columbia University, the scheme calls for overwhelming government obligations to the point of collapse, therefore providing an excuse for a radical government takeover of the whole economy. Three news stories yesterday show the Cloward-Piven day of reckoning is creeping perilously closer. Published August 19, 2010

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

EDITORIAL: Tax man spies on book purchases

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to protect the privacy of people who buy books like "Obama Zombies: How The Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation." On Aug. 12, a federal judge allowed the left-leaning group to join the side of big business in a court case against greedy, tax-obsessed state bureaucrats. Published August 19, 2010

The German-built zeppelin flies over the Golden Gate Bridge, arriving in San Francisco on Oct. 25 to begin aerial tours of the Bay Area. The airship is the first of its kind to fly in the United States in more than 70 years. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Time to tax walkers and riders

California officials can always be counted on to take bad ideas and push them to the extreme - especially when they can do so with your money. The board of directors that oversees San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge voted Friday to take $5 million in federal "congestion mitigation" road funds to design a gigantic suicide-prevention net that will run the length of the 1.7-mile landmark. To pay for the rest of the net's estimated $50 million cost, board members may impose a $1 toll on the sidewalks for crossing pedestrians and cyclists. Published August 18, 2010

Dr. Edwin Feulner (left), president of the Heritage Foundation, presents Jimmy Kemp with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom. (Barbara L. Salisbury / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A Heritage of new ideas

One of the falsest attacks President Obama makes about his conservative opponents is that they have proposed not "a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people." From the "Roadmap for America's Future," authored by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, to the series of proposals featured in House Republicans' "America Speaking Out" series, the political right is awash in creative solutions to contemporary problems. Published August 18, 2010

'BARRY O'BOMBER': President-elect Barack Obama began playing basketball at 10 after his father gave him a ball. Now at 47, he remains an avid player.

EDITORIAL: Barack Obama, war criminal

The discovery of tapes of Sept. 11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh being interrogated in Morocco has drawn the attention of Justice Department investigators. The tapes were made in 2002 at a facility the CIA used near Rabat and purportedly were found "under a desk" at the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. Ninety-two other such tapes are said to have been destroyed. Published August 18, 2010

Members of the New Black Panther Party walk toward the U.S. Capitol for the Million More Movement rally to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 15, 2005. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Justice stiffs Civil Rights Commission

The hypocrisy of the Obama Justice Department has reached staggering proportions on a host of issues stemming from the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. Such systemic evasion of justice breeds lawlessness. Published August 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Bombs away in three days

Israel's long-anticipated attack on Iran's nuclear program may come as soon as Friday. Yesterday, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Israel had eight days to strike Iran's nuclear facility at Bushehr before it would become operational. He revised the timeline to three days after word came that nuclear fuel would begin loading on Friday. We're now down to two days and counting. Published August 17, 2010

Lt. Jamison Ferriel, Dr. Sharon Taylor and AET Everett Hill release pelicans into the Indian River Lagoon on Sunday. About a dozen birds tainted with oil from the gulf spill were released at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The birds were treated in Louisiana and flown Sunday on board a United States Coast Guard HC 144 aircraft with a crew of 4 and veterinarian Dr. Sharon Taylor with US Fish and Wildlife. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Gulf's bird toll

While several million gallons of crude oil have poured into the Gulf of Mexico since April, nature has been far more resilient than environmental doomsayers would like. The left is counting on images of oiled pelicans and lingering devastation to build urgency for unpopular policies like "cap-and-trade." Nature is refusing to cooperate, and the so-called environmentalists are proving to be the true hazard. Published August 17, 2010

This undated handout photo provided by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) shows a Delta crib. More than 2 million cribs from seven companies were recalled Thursday amid concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs. (AP Photo/CPSC)

EDITORIAL: The red tape stimulus

The latest dictates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will drive up the cost of manufacturing products intended for children. The agency adopted a pair of new rules in July and August implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, but as drafted, these regulations will force companies to waste time and money on redundant testing programs solely for the entertainment of bureaucratic busybodies. Published August 16, 2010

Construction cranes tower above One World Trade Center, Friday, August 13, 2010 in New York. A mosque would be part of a proposed $100 million Islamic center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

EDITORIAL: Obama's mosque mess

President Obama's fixation on all things Islamic tripped him up again this weekend when he seemed to give strong support to the Ground Zero Mosque project, then quickly "clarified" his way into yet more trouble. Mr. Obama gratuitously raised the mosque issue at an Iftar dinner with Muslim-American leaders, a double dose of symbolism that drew immediate fire. But just as Mr. Obama's defenders had settled on a "profile in courage" story line, the president backed off, lamely parsing his earlier statements. The president's stance on the issue is now fair game. Published August 16, 2010

This undated image made available by Amnesty International in London, Thursday, July 8, 2010, shows Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two who is facing the punishment of stoning to death in Iran, on charges of adultery. (AP Photo/Amnesty International, ho)

EDITORIAL: The stoners of Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has a habit of throwing rocks at its perceived enemies, but the mullahs in Tehran are slowly learning that the civilized world will not countenance the practice. Iranian officials last week commuted the sentence of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. But all is not well yet. Published August 16, 2010

 In a Tuesday, October 26, 2004, photo, convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo enters a courtroom in the Spotsylvania Circuit Court in Spotsylvania, Va. Malvo, convicted in the deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, says two others planned to participate in the attacks but backed out. The revelation comes in a prison interview for the Thursday premier of "Confessions of the DC Sniper with William Shatner: An Aftermath Special" on the A&E television network. (AP Photo/Mike Morones, File)

EDITORIAL: Coddling terrorists with the Patriot Act

Instead of protecting civil liberties, the Justice Department is wasting money coddling prison inmates, including convicted terrorists. A report released by the department's inspector general last week examined implementation of a section of the USA Patriot Act that requires the evaluation and, if necessary, investigation of claims of civil rights or civil liberties violations allegedly committed by Justice employees. Published August 13, 2010

New born Indian triplet babies lie at a hospital in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, April 1, 2010. India began counting its billion-plus population Thursday, with 2.5 million census-takers fanning out across the country to photograph and fingerprint citizens for a new a database that will be used to issue its first national identity cards.(AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

EDITORIAL: Anchor babies away

Eight percent of babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2008 had mothers who were illegal aliens, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Such newborns bring significant societal costs. Because their parents are poor, the families contribute little in taxes while at the same time relying heavily on government services. Published August 13, 2010

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi  (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Shoot the lame duck

The House last week took about seven hours out of its customary August recess to come back and pass the $26 billion union bailout bill. The unusual session confirmed the well-known principle that the republic is most imperiled while Congress is in town. That's why Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, is on the right track with his resolution that would restrain federal lawmakers from meeting after the November elections until the new representatives take the oath of office in January. Published August 13, 2010

Protesters chant slogans next to a riot police cordon during clashes at a union protest in Athens on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

EDITORIAL: Obama's economic tragedy

America appears to be in worse long-term financial health than Greece, Europe's poster child for govermental mismanagement. According to a report issued last month by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United States has built up so much debt and so many financial obligations that the difference between all future expenditures and revenues, the so-called "fiscal gap," will equal 14 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for as far as economists can project - in Greece, that figure is an unsustainable 11.5 percent. Published August 12, 2010

Illustration: DOJ: Return to Sender by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Silencing the citizen soldier

Military voting rights still aren't protected. That's the message from former Justice Department official M. Eric Eversole, who argues in a column at the front of this section that his former employer is undermining the new law requiring states to mail ballots to military voters at least 45 days before the November elections. If anything, the situation might be even worse than Mr. Eversole suggests. Published August 12, 2010

President-elect Barack Obama's victory is headline news in papers Abdul Raheem is selling Nov. 5 in Islamabad.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Islamic America

President Obama says Islam has always been part of America, which raises the question, does the president know something about American history that we don't? Published August 12, 2010


EDITORIAL: Ecuador's Chevron shakedown

Ecuadorean Ambassador Luis Gallegos says in a letter on this page that "the government of Ecuador has no stake in the outcome of the private environmental litigation." The facts show otherwise. On multiple occasions, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has weighed in against Chevron, making clear that his government has prejudged the case that claims the country suffered grave ecological damage from energy drilling performed by Texaco before the company became part of Chevron. Published August 11, 2010

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at his primary-night party in Driftwood, Texas, on Tuesday. His first-ballot win over incumbent Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison eliminates the expense of a runoff and is seen as a good omen for other tea-party favorites.

EDITORIAL: Stimulating the unions

As President Obama's poll numbers continue to slide, congressional Democrats faced with increasingly tough re-election contests are turning to their best remaining friend, Big Labor, for help. Tuesday's enactment of a $26 billion "jobs bill" was carefully tailored to please public-sector unions, especially those representing teachers. The House majority hopes labor will reciprocate by delivering votes in the fall. Published August 11, 2010