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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

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Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj in November in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which ranked poorly on religious freedom in a new Pew survey.

EDITORIAL: No time for Islam

In a severe case of clock envy, Saudi Arabia has erected a nearly 2,000-foot-high timepiece intended to stake a symbolic claim for Mecca as the world's center. Islamic scholars have proposed that the Royal Mecca Clock Tower supplant the observatory in Greenwich, England, to set the new global standard time. It is the latest form of Muslim global outreach - taking control of time itself. Published August 11, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Engineered by Obama Motors

A report by the Troubled Asset Relief Program's inspector general, Neil M. Barofsky, underscores the danger of handing control of private enterprise to government bureaucrats. In running General Motors and Chrysler, the Obama administration's Auto Team made decisions based on what its members know best: race and politics. Published August 10, 2010

** FILE ** Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., outside the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Democratic decline

Polls show the public knows Democratic policies have hurt the country. Having no defense, Democrats have ramped up efforts to blame George W. Bush for today's troubles, going so far as to distribute "Blame Bush" pocket cards with talking points attacking the former president. American voters are too smart to fall for the blame game. Published August 10, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, addresses a gathering as groups planning a proposed mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan to be named Cordoba House showed and spoke about their plans for the center at a community board meeting in New York Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Community members both for and against the plan spoke during the meeting.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

EDITORIAL: Tax dollars to build mosques

The State Department is sending Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - the mastermind of the Ground Zero Mosque - on a trip through the Middle East to foster "greater understanding" about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States. However, important questions are being raised about whether this is simply a taxpayer-funded fundraising jaunt to underwrite his reviled project, which is moving ahead in Lower Manhattan. Published August 10, 2010

EDITORIAL: A pattern of misconduct at Justice

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says the Justice Department continues to stonewall investigation of the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. This reflects systemic injustice at Justice. Published August 9, 2010

Red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Street in Alexandria, Va.

EDITORIAL: The ongoing red-light camera danger

The Federal Highway Administration "had nothing to do with" this year's National Stop on Red Week campaign, according to an agency spokesman who explained that, "We had been involved a few years back - a long time ago, maybe 10 years, but not this year." Instead, support came primarily from the entities that profit from robotic ticketing cameras. Published August 9, 2010

Gov. Martin O'Malley's furlough plan, imposing unpaid leave on thousands of state employees to reduce a budget shortfall, began Friday. Mr. O'Malley has returned five days of his salary. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: O'Malley's spy cameras

With great fanfare, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday announced his use of your tax dollars to track every move made by Maryland motorists. The Democratic chief executive will spend $2 million in federal grants to double the number of roadside and mobile spy cameras, with the data centrally collected at a "fusion center" accessible to government bureaucrats. Published August 6, 2010

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Latin America leaders include (from left) Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva of Brazil and Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

EDITORIAL: Drilling Chevron in Ecuador

Chevron Corp. dropped a bombshell last week in defending against a gold-digging lawsuit from Ecuador. The U.S. government should stand up for the California-based company and its millions of American stakeholders. Published August 6, 2010

First lady Michelle Obama smiles while she visits Marbella, southern Spain on Aug. 4, 2010, during a private vacation with daughter Sasha. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Let them eat tapas

The Obama family has been working hard to show their indifference to the plight of middle America. Whether it's the president's golfing fetish, private air transportation for family dog Bo to a Maine vacation, or Michelle Obama's taxpayer subsidized trip to the Spanish Riviera, the gulf between the White House leisure class and the American middle class has grown to unprecedented proportions. Published August 6, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, to discuss the jobs bill.

EDITORIAL: Democrats: Voters are dumb

Missouri's overwhelming rejection of Obamacare made it clear Americans will resist the federal government's power grab, but Democrats aren't getting the message. Despite being a middle-of-the-road swing state, an overwhelming 71 percent of Missourians voted against federal mandates over their personal health care choices. Ignoring the clarity of this protest, top Democrats maintain that the problem lies with American voters, who aren't smart enough to know what's good for them. Published August 5, 2010

People carry an injured person from the spot of bombing in Yakaghund in Pakistani tribal area of Mohmand on Friday, July 9, 2010. Two suicide bombers, at least one of them on a motorcycle, struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing scores of people and left many injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

EDITORIAL: A kinder, gentler Taliban

The Taliban can't stop killing the people they supposedly are trying to help. A new directive from leader Mullah Omar instructs Taliban fighters to go easy on Afghan civilians. On Monday, however, five Afghan children fell victim to Taliban suicide bombs. Apparently, Islamist guerrillas believe they have to destroy kids in order to save them. Published August 5, 2010

Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters march through San Francisco celebrating a federal judge's decision overturning California's same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker made his ruling in a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

EDITORIAL: The arrogance of judicial power

A homosexual judge branded 7,001,084 California voters as hateful people on Wednesday. In so doing, Vaughn R. Walker, a man never elected to his lifetime position, decided he would reshape the state to better suit his personal lifestyle preference. In striking down Proposition 8's simple statement that, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," Judge Vaughn undermined not just the political process, but society itself. Published August 5, 2010

Illustration: Obamacare and the states by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: It's now fact: The public hates Obamacare

Just under a million Missouri voters braved 102-degree heat Tuesday to cast ballots exempting the state's residents from Obamacare mandates. The verdict on the nationalized health care scheme could not have been more clear: More than 71 percent chose to tell the federal government to stop meddling with their personal health care choices. Published August 4, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Sacking Shuler

Jeff Miller is the Republican challenger for Congress in North Carolina's 11th district. The incumbent, Rep. Heath Shuler, was elected on the 2006 wave that swept Democrats into power on Capitol Hill. Most Washingtonians loathe Mr. Shuler as one of the Redskins' worst draft picks of all time, who in his previous career bilked the team for millions and was traded away as a total flop. It's time to send Mr. Shuler packing again. Published August 4, 2010

** FILE ** Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (foreground) listens to questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions (pictured on a video screen), Alabama Republican, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, during Ms. Kagan's confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Go to the mat against Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is being rammed through Senate confirmation before important questions about her background have been answered. Opponents should use every parliamentary tool available to delay a final confirmation vote until after the August recess. One available tool is the old-fashioned, one-man filibuster that lasts as long as the filibustering senator can keep his feet. Published August 4, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner talks on his cell phone as he walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Our sputtering economic engine

As the nation's economic engine continues to sputter, Americans are wondering when the administration's promised "recovery summer" is going to start. From a peak annual growth rate of 5 percent last autumn, the measure of gross domestic product slid to 3.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and was down to 2.4 percent by the end of June. Published August 3, 2010

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, assessing the risk of damage from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The two-day fact-finding trip also took him to Alabama and Mississippi.

EDITORIAL: Obama to Gulf: Drop dead

The Gulf oil spill should not recede from the headlines without further attention to how President Obama continues to punish the victims. His moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is unreasonable and unconscionable. Published August 3, 2010