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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

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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

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

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

A demonstrator holds up a poster that reads in Spanish "We don't want a dictatorship" during a demonstration outside the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked congress Tuesday to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

EDITORIAL: Chavez copies the Pelosi-Reid playbook

The United States isn't the only country suffering a lame-duck power grab. On Friday, Venezuela's outgoing socialist-dominated parliament granted President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months. If democracy is not already dead in Venezuela, it's about to breathe its last breath. Published December 21, 2010

Workers work in a part of the electricity generating plant of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that the U.S. once hoped to stop over fears of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour)

EDITORIAL: EPA's power grab

The federal government is ushering in 2011 with new powers that will jack up energy costs for consumers. In the name of fighting unproven climate-change theories, bureaucrats are pushing through tough new business restrictions on emissions from energy plants that light and heat homes across the country. As a result, Americans in the near future may be forced to pay a hidden tax in their electric bills or, worse, find themselves in the dark and cold. Published December 21, 2010

** FILE ** President Obama (left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the New START nuclear pact at the Prague Castle in Prague on April 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's START secrets

The Obama administration is frantically trying to deliver a ratification win on the New START (or START II) nuclear arms treaty. The harder Democrats push the agreement, the more troubling questions arise. Published December 20, 2010

This picture provided by Christie's shows a  1970 oil painting by Herb Davidson of Hugh Hefner.  It is one of 125 items of original art from the Playboy Enterprises archive up for sale at a Dec. 8 auction at Christie's in New York dubbed "The Year of the Rabbit." Nearly all the items in the sale have appeared in Playboy magazine, a cultural icon that helped liberate American sexual mores.(AP Photo/CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD.)

EDITORIAL: Barely legal — TV peddles teen sex to girls

Christmas is a time for stories about the virgin birth and an innocent babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. On network TV, however, the babes are anything but innocent as programming pushes sex to America's youth, especially girls. Published December 20, 2010

A passenger at Palm Beach International Airport is patted down by a TSA worker on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Security lines moved quickly the day before Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: TSA comes to your bus stop

The security theater once exclusive to America's airports is now playing at a local Metro station. Washington's Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) on Thursday announced new search policies developed in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "It is important to know that implementation of random bag inspection is not a reaction to any specific threats toward the Metro system," MTPD Chief Michael A. Taborn said in his announcement. Published December 17, 2010

This image made available by IntelCenter and taken from a Web site frequently used by militants to disseminate their messages purports to show Mr. Abdulmutallab. In a statement posted on the Web site dated Saturday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attack. In the statement, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said Mr. Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group, an alliance of militants based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

EDITORIAL: So now it's terrorism?

First the government said underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not a terrorist. Now bureaucrats say he is. Abdulmutallab's shifting status says a lot about the politics of terrorism in the Obama administration. Published December 17, 2010