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** FILE ** Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's casualties: 800,000 jobs

Repeal of Obamacare ought to be a priority not only on constitutional grounds, but also as a move essential to pulling our economy out of its malaise. The head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) let slip the reason why in testimony Thursday before the House Budget Committee. Published February 11, 2011

Donald Trump waves after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: The Trump card

Donald Trump jetted into the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday to put himself forward as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012. The big-time developer and media star played to the crowd and made a splash. In the months ahead, we'll see if he can make some political headway. Published February 11, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood

EDITORIAL: Peddling Islamic extremism

When America’s top intelligence officer calls the Muslim Brotherhood a “largely secular” organization, it's appropriate to wonder what the intelligence community is doing with its generous budget. The spooks might get a clue get from the organization’s name, if nothing else. Published February 11, 2011

Anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Egypt's military announced on national television it had stepped in to secure the country and promised protesters calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster that all their demands would soon be met. Tens of thousands of protesters packed in central Tahrir broke into chants of "We're almost there, we're almost there" and waved V-for-victory signs as thousands more flowed in to join them well after nightfall. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

EDITORIAL: What's next in Egypt?

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decision not to step down begs what comes next. The Egyptian Army, a professional pro-Western force, stepped in to "safeguard the interests" of the country, and new powers were delegated to Vice President Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief. The wild card is the mob in the streets. Published February 10, 2011

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announcing the results of "Operation Broken Trust," a three-and-a-half-month operation targeting investment fraud, at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Sometimes the word "scandal" gets thrown around too lightly. But when the Department of Justice (DOJ) blocks the public's right to information, blatantly politicizes its practices and appears to break the law, it qualifies as a legitimate scandal. That appears to be the case after revelations yesterday by whistle-blower J. Christian Adams. His report is of concern to press outlets of all ideological stripes (or none) because basic rights of the public and a free press are under assault. Published February 10, 2011

** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (center), Kentucky Republican, listens to Kentucky Senate President David Williams as state House Speaker Greg Stumbo sits at left before their testimony before a state Senate committee in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. All three spoke in support of a bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medicines because of their use in making methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

EDITORIAL: House spending revolt

The Republican House leadership's realization that it's going to have to keep its pledge to trim $100 billion from the federal budget is proof that elections can matter. The GOP's fiscal hawks, especially those who joined the ranks after November's electoral blowout, balked at attempts to pass off a $40 billion cut as sufficient. Published February 10, 2011

The Dulles Toll Road proved its notoriety for traffic congestion. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority seeks to levy taxes for road improvements that would ease such commuting hassles. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Old Dominion of New Jersey

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell made a strategic retreat from a key element of his vision for Northern Virginia's roads. His transportation chief, Sean T. Connaughton, announced last week that Interstate 395 will no longer be part of the scheme to convert existing freeway car-pool lanes into "high-occupancy toll" (HOT) lanes. The shrewd maneuver has all but assured victory for Mr. McDonnell's broader plan to see the commonwealth's commuters tossing quarters into baskets each and every time they get behind the wheel. Published February 9, 2011

A poster of Liu Xiaobo, jailed Chinese activist and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is displayed as Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican (left), speaks Tuesday on Capitol Hill about human-rights issues. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Crucifying China's Christians

Christianity is growing fast in mainland China; the faithful number as many as hundreds of millions. Christians, however, are a persecuted minority in a country where worship is limited to the state-sanctioned deity Mao Zedong. Published February 9, 2011

EDITORIAL: Detain this judicial nominee

There are disturbing discrepancies in Senate testimony by D.C. federal appellate-court nominee Caitlin Halligan. If majority Democrats won't allow a full investigation, a Republican senator should put an indefinite hold on the nomination. Published February 9, 2011

Charlton Heston as Moses in "The Ten Commandments"

EDITORIAL: No room for the Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments have no place in an Ohio courtroom, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The federal judges insisted a poster featuring the Decalogue constituted "an explicit endorsement of religion." Left-wing groups hope similar judicial sentiment prevails in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, where a lawsuit is in the works to force schools to tear down displays that enjoy support from the local community. Published February 8, 2011

A TSA officer pats down a traveler as he works his way through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.  (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

EDITORIAL: Union power at TSA

It's hard to imagine flying could become any more inconvenient. Last week, however, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made clear it was committed to making its employees even less accountable for their treatment of passengers. On Friday, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole granted the agency's 63,000 blue latex-gloved employees the right to insulate themselves with protection from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). Published February 8, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki is hiding in Yemen under the protection of his tribe. The cleric, who communicated with Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, has denied he pressured the soldier to harm Americans. He also has been linked to would-be plane bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s jihadist coverup

A Senate investigation has found that the November 2009 Fort Hood massacre was predictable and avoidable, something that was obvious to anyone except members of the Obama administration. Worse, the White House still refuses to admit that a jihadist terror attack took place on the Army base. Published February 8, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, left, greets U.S. President Barack Obama upon his arrival at Qubba palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 4, 2009. President Obama is due to address the Muslim world in a speech during his visit to Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

EDITORIAL: Obama proves Osama was right

Osama bin Laden warned Arab regimes that the United States always abandons its friends when the going gets tough. President Obama is proving bin Laden was right. Published February 7, 2011

FILE - In this file photo made March 12, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is interviewed at his office in Washington. New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost

In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals. Published February 7, 2011

With a gas mask on his head, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, center, gestures as he runs away from tear gas during a protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits at a police base in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. There were no reports of serious violence against the government, but Correa was hospitalized due to the effects of tear gas after being shouted down and pelted with water as he tried to speak with a group of police protesters. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)

EDITORIAL: An Ecuadorian racket

Ecuador's case against California's Chevron Corp. has boomeranged against the plaintiffs' lawyers. Today in Manhattan, federal District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is considering a RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) complaint Chevron filed Feb. 1 against attorneys and consultants targeting the oil giant. Published February 7, 2011

In a July 28, 2010, file photo, the deepwater rig Noble Danny Adkins is seen from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's helicopter as he arrives to tour the rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the oil industry and others in the Gulf Coast, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 2010, lifted the moratorium on deep water drilling that it imposed in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

EDITORIAL: A contemptuous administration

The Obama administration doesn't hide its contempt for Congress, independent agencies, watchdog groups, the media and whistle-blowers. Now a federal judge has found the administration in contempt of court. It's about time. Published February 4, 2011

President Obama speaks about the situation in Egypt in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

EDITORIAL: Obama the Internet pharaoh

The power of social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to fan the flames of upheaval along the Nile must keep potential dictators up late at night. The Mubarak government's ham-fisted order to cut off Egypt's electronic access to the outside world on Jan. 27 is a potent reminder of how deeply strongmen resent the freedom of speech the Internet embodies. Although service was restored Wednesday, Egypt's response to troublesome tweets is not so foreign. A number of schemes are in the works to grant U.S. leaders similar powers in the name of fairness and safety. Published February 4, 2011

Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they march toward Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in downtown Cairo on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo, filling the city's main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

EDITORIAL: The next Mideast war

The Obama administration is pressing a reset button to return the Middle East to the bad old days of open Arab-Israeli warfare. The White House is requiring participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves are telling their countrymen to “prepare for war.” The current crisis in Egypt and the Obama administration’s maladroit response are forcing strategists to consider conflict scenarios that had been mothballed since the 1970s. Published February 4, 2011

**FILE** Ronald Reagan (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Gipper's lesson

Ronald Reagan left a void when he stepped down as president 22 years ago. The warmth, sincerity and class he brought to the Oval Office has not been equaled since. Nor has his ability to articulate and advance a compelling policy vision. Published February 3, 2011

Ronald Reagan

EDITORIAL: Reagan: A statement, not an apology

Ronald Reagan won the Cold War, but to achieve victory he had to convince some squishes that the war was still on. Reagan's detractors habitually dismissed him as a "cold warrior," an elderly kook frightfully and dangerously behind the times. Fortunately for the cause of freedom, the Gipper wasn't afraid to take on world opinion, and in so doing he changed the world. Published February 3, 2011