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A man talks on the phone as he stands next to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Arizona's new immigration law SB1070 takes effect Thursday, July 29. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

EDITORIAL: Obama's immigration back door

The Obama administration's way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration is to declare it legal. This is the upshot of an 11-page memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about "Administrative alternatives to comprehensive immigration reform." As the title suggests, it is a compendium of backdoor measures the executive branch claims it can take without having to deal with pesky things like congressional authorization. Published August 2, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear at the "Defend the Constitution" rally planned for June 25 in Manassas.

EDITORIAL: Virginia wins a round vs. Obamacare

On one side lies federal tyranny. On the other side is freedom. Yesterday, federal district Judge Henry E. Hudson favored freedom by keeping alive Virginia's suit to invalidate the law that created Obamacare. Published August 2, 2010

Joe Scott says his Global Positioning System software helps warn drivers of about speed traps and red-light cameras, such as the one at Michigan Avenue at Trinity, or the Third Street tunnel to Interstate 395. Mr. Scott says his software will "help GPS owners to legally avoid unjust traffic tickets." (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Stop for green week

Whenever government tries to scare you with statistics, it's a good idea to hold on to your wallet. Through Aug. 8, local governments will bandy about threatening numbers as part of the "National Stop on Red Week," an event that purportedly encourages better driving habits at intersections. In reality, the idea is to pick your pocket by promoting red-light cameras. Published August 2, 2010

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson on Tuesday in Warren, Mich., previews the new Chevy Volt, which promises to get 230 miles per gallon in city driving. While the fuel economy is enticing, analysts say the $40,000 price tag would be daunting.

EDITORIAL: No jolt from Chevy Volt

President Obama was in Detroit on Friday to promote the Chevy Volt electric car, which is fantastically overpriced and offers underwhelming performance. This is the latest example of government burning billions on green ideas that don't pay off. Published July 30, 2010

Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, wants China to explain its intentions for its military buildup.

EDITORIAL: High seas segregation

The Navy wants to judge sailors by the color of their skin, not the content of their seamanship. Published July 30, 2010

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EDITORIAL: State Department flunks passport test

Big-government solutions rarely fix serious problems. Instead, they create bigger ones. Since 2006, U.S. passports have been issued with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking chip ostensibly intended to reduce unauthorized entry into the country. In testimony Thursday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that despite the high-tech efforts, passport fraud is still "easy." Published July 30, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan laughs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. The committee approved her nomination on Tuesday, July 20. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Kagan's abortive ethics

The U.S. Senate is derelict in its duty if it votes to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court without further investigating her legal ethics. Published July 29, 2010

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Reps. Bart Stupak (right), Michigan Democrat, seen here with Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat, said he won't "bypass" his pro-life "principles" by voting for the current version of the health care bill.

EDITORIAL: Another government-run insurance scheme

Some congressional Democrats might actually be having second thoughts about creating new spending programs. Last week, the House demonstrated unusual restraint in declining to put taxpayers on the hook for yet another government-backed insurance scheme. Unfortunately, the reluctance may turn out to be only a temporary delay. Published July 29, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, centre, delivers a statement to the media outside the High Court, London, after his release on bail, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.  Assange is swapping a Victorian prison cell for an English country mansion after a judge granted bail to the WikiLeaks founder wanted in Sweden for questioning on sex-crimes allegations.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

EDITORIAL: A Wikileak too far

Word is out that the Wikileaks classified-document dump contains reports naming Afghans who have been cooperating with Coalition forces. This is the kind of information that can get people killed. It also raises the data release to a new level of criminality. Published July 29, 2010

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, speaks with a reporter after voting yes on a cloture vote on the financial reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15, 2010. The vote passed which allows a final vote on passage of the bill later today.   UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

EDITORIAL: Kagan's Snowe job on gun rights

The more it looks like the Senate will confirm Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, the more gun owners should worry. Yesterday, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine became the fourth Republican to stand behind President Obama's nominee on the phony basis that Ms. Kagan supports gun rights. Published July 28, 2010

This undated photo taken from video and provided by KSAZ-TV FOX 10, shows U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on the bench in Phoenix, Ariz. Bolton, a former state court judge appointed to the federal bench in 2000 by President Bill Clinton, will decide whether to block Arizona's sweeping new immigration law, which requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. (AP Photo/KSAZ-TV FOX 10)

EDITORIAL: Judicial activism against Arizona

U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton miscalculated when she blocked critical aspects of Arizona's immigration enforcement law. Her decision will further intensify efforts by states to find solutions to problems posed by the Obama administration's unwillingness to take command of this pressing issue. Published July 28, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference announcing the indictment of six more New Orleans Police officers in the Danziger Bridge shooting and cover-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, is seen at right. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocker)

EDITORIAL: Holder puts felons over soldiers

Obama Justice Department outrages never cease. The politically charged gang led by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more interested in helping felons vote than in helping the military to vote. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, has put a legislative hold on the already troubled nomination of James M. Cole to be deputy attorney general until the attorney general ensures full protection for voting rights of our military (and associated civilian personnel) stationed abroad. The senator is right to raise a ruckus. Published July 28, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens to FBI Director Robert Mueller testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, during the committee's FBI oversight hearing. Grassley, also a member of the Senate Finance Committee, is one of the "Gang of Six" involved in the health care negotiations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Pushback on trial-lawyer tax breaks

The trial-lawyer bosses who pull the strings of most congressional Democrats are continuing to press for a special tax break through a secret deal with the Treasury. This is despite the fact that they have never been able to persuade Congress itself to approve their shenanigans. Two Republican lawmakers are right on target in fighting back against this $1.6 billion tax boondoggle. Published July 27, 2010

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ONE STEP: Gay rights activist Frank Kameny (right) joins President Obama, his team and other gay rights activists as the president signed a memorandum to expand benefits to gay partners of federal workers.

EDITORIAL: Obama's assault on marriage

President Obama's effort to undermine marriage as the union of one man and one woman advanced as an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulation took effect earlier this month. Under the new rules, Uncle Sam will provide long-term care insurance to the "domestic partners" of all federal employees as if they were partners in true wedlock. Published July 27, 2010

Oliver Stone attends the premiere of South of the Border, at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair, central London, with his wife Chong Son Chong (left) and daughter Tara Chong (right) Monday July 19, 2010. (AP Photo / PA) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

EDITORIAL: Stone-cold anti-Semitism

Oliver Stone has admitted that the Holocaust was an atrocity. Nice of him to notice. The award-winning director has been in the news lately as publicity winds down for his love-letter profile of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in "South of the Border." The moviemaker also is ramping up for his new Showtime documentary series, "Secret History of America." There's a good chance this project should be called a mockumentary, since its creator apparently seeks to make a mockery of history, as well as America. Published July 27, 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference in London on Monday, July 26, 2010, during which he said he believes there is evidence of war crimes in the thousands of pages of leaked U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Lizzie Robinson, PA)

EDITORIAL: Leaking death

The Wikileaks release of 92,000 mostly secret documents on the Afghanistan War has produced no bombshell revelations, but it has revealed the dangers of the "open government" movement. The main impact of the document dump may be to teach the enemy how better to kill our fighting forces. Published July 26, 2010

Four Republican lawmakers - Rep. Darrell Issa (left) of California, Rep. Lamar Smith (center) of Texas, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (right) of Iowa and Mr. Franks - wrote to LSC's inspector general about concerns over management of the legal aid program.

EDITORIAL: No more Panther blackout

Serious inquiries into potential Justice Department malfeasance related to voting rights are gaining momentum. Finally. Published July 26, 2010

Gamblers enjoy a game of poker inside the Oracle casino. The casino opened under a plan to limit legalized gambling to four remote parts of Russia. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Congress considers a new Internet tax

Ever since the Internet became a hub for buying and selling in the early '90s, lawmakers have been itching to deal themselves in on the revenue stream. Today, the House Financial Services Committee will consider a bill that lays the groundwork for a multibillion-dollar online tax. It all starts with legalizing Internet gambling. Published July 26, 2010

The reputation of Notre Dame University is under attack for the second time this year because a group of students were funded by the school to attend the National Equality March for gay rights in Washington last Sunday. Pro-life and Catholic organizations criticized the school for inviting President Obama to speak at its commencement ceremony in May and receive an honorary degree.

EDITORIAL: No faith in universities

Universities claim to be havens for diversity, but this political correctness does not guarantee freedom of thought. Tolerance is reserved for those who stick to the liberal line. Those who deviate from the approved set of views can expect to be set upon by angry student activists and reproving academic bureaucrats. Published July 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: U.N. threatens Second and First Amendments

The United Nations is holding secret closed meetings to work out a global arms trade treaty. The agreement, which could be finished by 2012, is a threat to Americans' Second and First Amendment rights. Published July 23, 2010