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JEFFERSON: Sorry to miss Independence Day

Respected Sir - The kind invitation I receive from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. But acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. Published July 1, 2010

Volkswagen launches Certified Collision Repair Facility program

Volkswagen has just launched a today VW-Certified Collision Repair Facility program for U.S. dealer-affiliated and independent body shops. This program provides VW-certification for collision repair facilities performing repairs in accordance with Volkswagen's high safety standards and specifications. Published July 1, 2010

1930 Oldsmobile coupe has 62 healthy horsepower

Every Oldsmobile in 1930 was offered in three trim levels, standard, special and deluxe, all of them equipped with a 198-cubic-inch in-line six-cylinder engine. Published July 1, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, testifies on the third day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 30, 2010.    UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

EDITORIAL: Kagan's partial-birth extremism

Elena Kagan has failed the ethical standards necessary for service on the Supreme Court. She also has shown herself to be an apologist not just for legalized abortion, but for legalized partial-birth abortion - a gruesome form of infanticide opposed by up to 75 percent of the American public. In yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Ms. Kagan utterly failed in her attempts to explain away her unethical actions on behalf of an immoral policy. After these revelations, no senator claiming to be a moderate should be able to support Ms. Kagan. Published June 30, 2010

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Gay rights activist Cleve Jones serves as grand marshal Sunday at the Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City, where he announced plans for a march on Washington this fall to demand equality.

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on the traditional family

President Obama has wasted little time in using his executive branch power to give the country a leftward shove. In just the past few weeks, the administration has ramped up programs intended to reshape conceptions of the family. When it comes to moral values, it is clear that radical leftists are driving the agenda. Published June 30, 2010

A bust of Josef Stalin sits at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. The statue has faced harsh criticism, and opponents have created a petition with signatures of people from 45 states and 20 countries. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Just say no to Uncle Joe Stalin

Josef Stalin had nothing to do with the June 6, 1944, Normandy invasion, yet a bust of the Soviet dictator is being given a place at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. This is an unearned and indecent honor for a man who is remembered as one of history's greatest mass murderers. The memorial to this communist should be removed. Published June 30, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Still waiting for that middle-class tax cut

Almost 1 1/2 years into Barack Obama's pres- idency, we're still waiting for that mid-dle-class tax cut that he promised during the campaign. "Here's what I can tell the American people: 95 percent of you will get a tax cut," Mr. Obama said in the first presidential debate. "And if you make less than $250,000, less than a quarter-million dollars a year, then you will not see one dime's worth of tax increase." Published June 29, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's kabuki theater

The most important question members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is, "Who do you think you are kidding?" Published June 29, 2010

President Obama speaks during his closing press conference Sunday at the G20 summit in Toronto. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Calling the president's bluff on deficits

Sunday's close to the Group of 20 summit in Toronto opened a new window into President Obama's thinking on the deficit. In a response to a press question about what concrete steps the U.S. would take to reduce its growing debt burden, Mr. Obama promised future cuts - while at the same time preaching the benefits of massive short-term "stimulus" spending to the troubled European nations. The message may have been muddled, but the president's words were forceful. Published June 29, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the resignation of Army General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, while Army General David Petraeus listens at right, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Obama said McChrystal will be replaced by Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia and the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy the U.S. is pursuing in Afghanistan. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: Obama's muddled Afghan obsession

Confusion reigns over the administration's Afghanistan policy, particularly regarding the timetable for withdrawal of American forces. "There has been a lot of obsession" about the issue, President Obama explained over the weekend. If people are preoccupied with the topic, the president only has himself to blame. Published June 28, 2010

Senator Robert and Erma Byrd on May 28, 1987. ( Shayna Brennan / The Washington Times )

EDITORIAL: Bye, Bye Byrd

It is customary to avoid speaking ill of the newly deceased, so perhaps the less admirable elements of the life and career of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd are better left to be examined at a later date. The West Virginia Democrat died yesterday at age 92. Set aside, for now, his background as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his outrageous pork-barreling and his general liberal-blowhard tendencies. Instead, Americans today can respect Mr. Byrd's devotion to Senate traditions, even when they ran contrary to his own political desires. Published June 28, 2010

** FILE ** In this Sept. 29, 2009, file photo, the Supreme Court poses for a portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated, from left are: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak. File )

EDITORIAL: The new battleground for gun rights

The Supreme Court yesterday gunned down the Windy City's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment rights of its residents. In the closely divided McDonald v. Chicago decision, the justices expanded on 2008's District of Columbia v. Heller ruling by making it clear that the right of the people to keep and bear arms applies in all 50 states, not just federal enclaves like the District. Law-abiding gun owners can find a lot to celebrate in this decision. Published June 28, 2010

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points to some oil as he talks to reporters while touring the site where workers are building barriers to keep oil from entering wetlands near Grand Isle, La.

EDITORIAL: Obama bureaucracy soils the Gulf

The Obama administration's red tape continues to tie the hands of individuals seeking to mitigate the effects of the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a sign of how out-of-touch the O Force's priorities have become. Published June 25, 2010

This is a high efficiency compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. Associated Press

EDITORIAL: Light-bulb grabbers at it again

In the midst of an economic crisis, troubles in Afghanistan and various terrorist threats around the globe, the last thing on the minds of Americans is the light bulb. That didn't stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month from releasing 91 pages of regulations that will force manufacturers to revise their packaging and make costly compact fluorescent bulbs appear more appealing to consumers. Published June 25, 2010

In this undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, hand guns that prosecutors say belonged to Washington Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arena are shown. Prosecutors say Arenas tried to pressure teammate Javaris Crittenton into covering up their locker-room confrontation in December. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh has advocated for a three-month jail sentence for Arenas. Arenas' lawyer is arguing for probation and community service. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, March 26. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia)

EDITORIAL: Gun grabbers treat criminals as victims

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Violence Policy Center (VPC) are peddling the notion that concealed-handgun permit holders are a danger to society. Last month, the center released a report claiming that in the past three years, 166 people were killed by holders of concealed-weapon permits. A closer look at the evidence suggests that many of the so-called victims of gun violence were criminals. Because more than 6 million Americans hold permits, it is important to set the record straight. Published June 25, 2010

The 'New Car' experience

Nissan Motors has just entertained nearly 500 potential customers to preview the world's first mass-production, 100% electric, zero-emission car - Nissan LEAF - at the company's Oppama test track in Japan. Published June 24, 2010

VW debuts 2011 sophisticated Jetta

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced the world debut of itsall-new 2011 Jetta, delivering style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance, all at an extremely accessible price. Published June 24, 2010