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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: Nickel-and-diming commuters

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) released its long-term vision for the Commonwealth on Wednesday. If fully implemented, the "2035 Virginia Surface Transportation Plan" would shake down taxpayers every time they get in their automobile by setting up toll booths on every interstates in Northern Virginia. The document also encourages the use of "congestion pricing" to extract greater sums from commuters as they travel to and from work. Published June 17, 2010

Political Scene

Gen. David H. Petraeus, who oversees the war in Afghanistan as head of U.S. Central Command, compared the conflict there to a roller-coaster ride with ups and downs similar to what was seen in Iraq. Published June 16, 2010

Is immigrant detention softening up?

In an agreement U.S. immigration officials hope will begin to reshape the entire 30,000-bed detention system, some asylum-seekers and immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings could soon be held in facilities where they can wear their own clothes, participate in movie and bingo nights, eat continental breakfasts, and celebrate holidays with visiting family members. Published June 16, 2010

Culture Briefs

According to Ben Brantley, ... a new rock musical called 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' portrays our seventh president as ... a literal, if fictional rock star, 'poured into a pair of tight black jeans and fiercely embodied by a microphone-riding Benjamin Walker.' Published June 16, 2010

President Obama is pictured after delivering a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday June 15, 2010. Mr. Obama said the nation will continue to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for "as long as it takes." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Obama running on empty

In his Oval Office address on Tuesday night, President Obama issued a ringing challenge to "embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny" through developing clean alternative energy. The president stated that the future of unlimited clean energy had been denied to Americans through a cabal of "oil industry lobbyists" and politicians lacking "courage and candor." But don't worry, the O Force is determined to focus the efforts of government on the problem, defeat these conspiratorial forces and save the country. Published June 16, 2010

Gerald Walpin

EDITORIAL: Walpin-gate swings wide open

One year to the day after illegally firing AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, the Obama administration is scrambling to ward off further embarrassments related to the case. On Friday, Mr. Walpin's lawsuit for reinstatement moved forward another step. For this tempest to be raging a full year later shows how badly the administration botched the situation from the start. Published June 16, 2010

The eBay offices in San Jose, Calif., include the new PayPal, which is taking off strongly and expects continued growth. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Ohio court takes on negative eBay feedback

The Ohio Supreme Court is staffed by legal minds so weak that it's only a matter of time before they are nominated to federal jobs by President Obama. For expressing this opinion, which appears in print as well as online at washingtontimes.com, a majority of Ohio's top judges believe we should be hauled into court in Columbus. We'd like to see them try. Published June 16, 2010

President Obama in crisis response mode/AP.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Gulf war

Five weeks into the Hurricane Katrina crisis, President George W. Bush's Gallup weekly public approval rating stood at 45 percent. Five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, the same survey pegged President Obama's approval rating at 46 percent. That is bad news for the White House. The worse news is that Mr. Bush's approval rating had increased five points since the Katrina crisis had started; Mr. Obama's has dropped four points. Published June 15, 2010

Rep. Bob Etherridge, North Carolina Democrat

EDITORIAL: Congressional brutality

Congressional Democrats went on a rampage three months ago to paint Tea Party activists as violent extremists, despite zero evidence that the movement's rallies have been anything but peaceful. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, took a media tour, somberly informing viewers of CBS' "The Early Show" that, "We've had a lot of serious disagreements on tax bills, on war and peace and other matters, and I haven't seen the level of, frankly, threats or anger or threatening of violent acts that I've seen recently." Published June 15, 2010

Goodwin Liu, 39, is President Obama's nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The worst judiciary ever

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday forwarded to the full Senate the appellate judicial nomination of U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny, whose self-proclaimed sympathy for "sexual sadists" knows few bounds. Thus proceeds President Obama's attempt to remake the federal judiciary into a den of criminal-coddling left wingers completely alien to most Americans' sense of equal justice under law. Together, these nominees are dangerous to the American legal system. Published June 15, 2010

Culture briefs

"We have asked incoming first-year students to read two texts in the summer before they arrive at Bard - Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' and the fourth chapter of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species,' 'Natural Selection.' Published June 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Pro-Black Panther prejudice

The foundation is crumbling from the Justice Department's stonewall on the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. What's becoming visible is a serious corrosion in the whole edifice of the Civil Rights Division in the Obama-Holder Justice Department. Published June 14, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Paraguay's Enrique Vera, top, fights for the ball with Italy's Domenico Criscito during the World Cup group F soccer match between Italy and Paraguay in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, June 14, 2010.

EDITORIAL: It's called soccer. Deal with it.

Islamist militants in Mogadishu last weekend killed two people and arrested 10 others for watching World Cup soccer, which is banned in Somalia. Islamist leader Sheik Abu Yahya Al-Iraqi said that soccer "descended from the old Christian cultures, and our Islamic administration will never allow" watching the World Cup. Published June 14, 2010

** FILE ** Helen Thomas (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

EDITORIAL: The Brady Campaign's anti-Semitic honoree

Disgraced reporter Helen Thomas' May 27 rant that Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany or Poland brought justifiable condemnation in some circles. The Society of Professional Journalists is considering renaming its Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Bethesda's Walt Whitman High School withdrew its invitation for Ms. Thomas to be its commencement speaker this week. Even President Obama belatedly admitted, "Her comments were offensive." Too bad the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence doesn't agree. Published June 14, 2010

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke speaks during a House Budget Committee hearing on the state of the economy in Washington on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Mr. Bernanke said the U.S. central bank will act as needed to aid financial stability and economic growth after restarting emergency currency-swaps to help contain Europe's debt crisis. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

EDITORIAL: Fast track to the poorhouse

Each American's share of the total U.S. debt will grow to $60,000 in the next five years unless Congress and the Obama administration reverse their reckless spending habits. Treasury budget projections released last week show that red ink will swell to $19.6 trillion by 2015. If President Obama wins re-election in 2012, he could easily be responsible for doubling the national debt on his watch. It stood at $10.6 trillion when he took office, which is starting to sound quaint. Published June 11, 2010

Al Gore

EDITORIAL: Pacific islands not sinking from global warming

Of all the apocalyptic imagery summoned by global warming's proponents, the most compelling has been the threat of coastal devastation from rising sea levels. In his best-selling work "Earth in the Balance," Al Gore argued that the selfishness of Western industrialization would obliterate small, impoverished countries. Published June 11, 2010

1983 Chrysler Cordoba achieves antique status

Like anyone else in the market for a Chrysler Cordoba in 1983, Norman and Lillian Lee of Oxnard, Calif., could have purchased a plain model that had a base price of about $9,500. Instead, with the assistance of Harbor Chrysler-Plymouth salesman Gordie Williams, they opted for a crimson red beauty loaded with most of the available bells and whistles. Published June 10, 2010

Ford expands alternative-fuel conversion capability

Ford has just informed nearly 500 North American fleet customers that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab. Published June 10, 2010