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President Obama takes the stage before he signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. At right is Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, is at left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's imposition of dependence

The prognosis is dire: "The very nature of this country's republican form of government is called into question." Furthermore, the United States has reached the brink of a "tipping point," at which "reckless growth in dependence programs has produced domestic debt crises." Such are the findings of the Heritage Foundation's annual "Index of Dependence on Government," released yesterday. Reading the report makes clear why next month's elections may be the last chance to stop government from growing so big as to cause systemic collapse. Published October 14, 2010

President Obama participates in a youth town-hall event broadcast live on the BET, CMT and MTV networks on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Obama shafts the economy

America's economy is trapped. While the recession technically has ended, few people can see daylight from under the mountain of unnecessary spending and red tape that's piled on over the past 22 months. So long as President Obama refuses to acknowledge that these policies are digging us in deeper, there's little hope for rescue anytime soon. Published October 14, 2010

Parents are creating a backlash against popular Disney Channel shows such as Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana."

EDITORIAL: Bureaucrats way out of tune

The government wants to regulate Hannah Montana CDs and DVDs. The bureaucrats at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) insist that the discs marketed to children be tested for lead, but when the same young starlet churns out raunchier material under her real name, Miley Cyrus, they will escape scrutiny. Never mind that the same 10-year-olds will likely end up buying both products. Published October 13, 2010

WJZ-TV anchor Denise Koch, center, moderates a debate between Maryland gubernatorial candidates former Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, left, and Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley right, in Baltimore, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

EDITORIAL: Anti-speed-camera uprising

The beauty of the American system of government - and what sets us apart from Europe - is that we can effect a policy revolution without relying on the political establishment to set things in motion. Several first-time Republican candidates are polling within striking distance of incumbents long believed to be invulnerable. Add to the list of Election Day's must-watch races five contests. Published October 13, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden, left, playfully hides behind President Barack Obama, center, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner looks on at right. Obama made a statement on the Senate cloture vote to allow a final vote on a bill setting aside a 30 billion dollar fund to help small U.S. businesses tide over a credit crunch, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: White House looks down on America

Mark Twain once joked that Richard Wagner's music was "better than it sounds." Obama administration officials say in all seriousness that the economy is better than it seems, if only people were smart enough to get it. Published October 13, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS This Nov. 24, 2009 photo, shows the entrance to the DeVry University in Miramar, Fla. Students aren't the only ones benefiting from the billions of new dollars Washington is spending on college aid for the poor. An Associated Press analysis shows surging proportions of both low-income students and the recently boosted government money that follows them are ending up at for-profit schools, from local career colleges to giant publicly traded chains such as the University of Phoenix, Kaplan and Devry.

EDITORIAL: Short-sale scandal over Obama rules

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations to block college access to 300,000 students of for-profit colleges. This benefits sharpie short-sellers out to make their own profits. Published October 12, 2010

A pro-democracy protester gestures while holding a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo during a rally demanding Liu's release outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The imprisoned Chinese dissident who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize was allowed to meet with his wife and told her in tears that he was dedicating the award to victims of a 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, his wife and a close friend said.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

EDITORIAL: A light-year of difference with Liu

The contrast between the Nobel Committee's choice for its Peace Prize a year ago and today couldn't be more stark. In 2009, the Norwegian group tapped President Obama for its prestigious award. On Friday, they chose a genuine hero: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Published October 12, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address Monday at the White House Conference on Gang Violence Prevention and Crime Control at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: No black hole for Black Panthers

The Obama Justice Department can put an end to the scandal surrounding the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. All Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would have to do is allow members of his Voting Rights Section to answer a few simple questions under oath, without waiving a single legal privilege. Published October 11, 2010

Newly-appointed science adviser John Holdren discusses geoengineering options as a "last resort" approach to counteracting the effects of global warming.

EDITORIAL: The climate crackup

Switching terminology from "global warming" to "climate change" to newly favored "global climatic disruption" was supposed to help revive the environmental left's plunging poll numbers. It hasn't worked. Nature has, inconveniently, failed to cooperate, with dire predictions of upcoming catastrophes falling flat. Desperation pervades a propaganda effort that has finally gone too far. Published October 11, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Ammar Awad , Pool)

EDITORIAL: The Jewish State

Israel has approved an amendment to its citizenship law by which those seeking to become naturalized citizens will take an oath of allegiance to Israel "as a Jewish and democratic state." The oath doesn't require a new Israeli citizen to be Jewish, but to acknowledge the essentially Jewish nature of the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explains that Israel was established as "the national state of the Jewish People, as the sovereign state of the Jewish People in its historic homeland." The U.S. State Department reiterated yesterday that "both President Obama and Secretary Clinton are committed to Israel's democracy as a Jewish state." Published October 11, 2010

Hot air balloons inflate during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. Many balloonists participating in the event are hopeful that missing American pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis will be found. The pair went missing over the Adriatic Sea on Wednesday during a European gas balloon race. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

EDITORIAL: Rediscovering the New World

Over 100 years ago, Columbus Day was known as Discovery Day. President Benjamin Harrison's Discovery Day proclamation in October 1892 asked the people of the country to "cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discoverer, and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life." The holiday honored the spirit of the occasion more than the man who made it happen. The holiday did not only honor Columbus, it glorified all he made possible and what generations of free Americans had made of it. Published October 8, 2010

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Camera crews, press, well-wishers and beautiful young ladies celebrate Hugh Hefner's 82nd birthday.

EDITORIAL: Hugh Hefner's desperation

It's not all fun and games at the Playboy mansion anymore. On Friday, it was reported that married Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent vulgar messages and pictures to Playboy pinup Jennifer Sterger, now a sports reporter, to try to entice her into a tryst. On the same day, prosecutors in Jakarta issued an arrest warrant for Erwin Arnada, former editor of Playboy's Indonesian edition. He faces two years in prison after the Indonesian Supreme Court found him guilty of violating the archipelago's laws against indecency. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, a trial continues to try to place blame for the various addictions that led to the 2007 overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith, one of Playboy's most famous centerfolds. Published October 8, 2010

"We will not tolerate anti-competitive practices," Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama Justice Department plays 'Snooki'

When George W. Bush appointees at the Justice Department used political considerations in hiring career employees, official Washington exploded in outrage. Yet we hear barely a peep of protest now as the Obama Justice Department does the same thing for liberal ends. Published October 8, 2010

A Pakistani man on a donkey-drawn cart passes by a burning oil trucks in Shikarpur, southern Pakistan on Friday Oct. 1, 2010. Suspected militants set ablaze at least 27 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Friday, police said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

EDITORIAL: Our ally, Pakistan

Pakistan did not immediately accept an American apology for the deaths of Pakistani troops killed by mistake in Kurram Agency during a cross-border hot pursuit last week. Meanwhile, nearly 100 tankers in Pakistan carrying fuel to support the war effort in Afghanistan have been torched, the Torkham Gate in the Khyber Pass remains closed, and there are reports that elements in the ISI, Pakistan's military intelligence service, are supporting the Taliban. Policymakers in the United States should begin discussing whether Pakistan is part of the solution to the challenges in the Mideast and South Asia or part of the problem. Published October 7, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Hizzoner, Bob Tyrrell

Demand a recount. We're talking about Chicago, where "how many votes ya got" often depends on "how many votes ya need." The question at hand is whether a nonresident like Rahm Emanuel, late of the Obama White House, can pirouette into town (like the dance student he once was) and get his finger around the levers of machine power that anoints Chicago's mayors. In a volatile year like this, almost anything could happen. Published October 7, 2010

New vehicle window sticker proposed by Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation

EDITORIAL: EPA to drain $1 trillion from economy

The zealots at the Environmental Protection Agency are poised to suck a trillion dollars and 7 million jobs out of the economy with an unnecessary and destructive change to pollution rules. Less than two years ago, the EPA set a ground-level ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb), but Obama administration officials are looking to impose an even lower standard of 60 ppb by fiat. That seemingly small change will have sweeping effects throughout the economy. Published October 7, 2010

l-r, Helen Talley, 73, votes, while five year old Sean Leonard gets a civics lesson watching his dad Ken Leonard, 41, vote. (Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Measuring civic health

Voter surveys, the Tea Party movement and public demonstrations across the land make it clear Americans think something major is wrong in this country. Not to worry, the federal government is spending your cash to pay so-called volunteers to collect data to assess civic health. That's hardly what the doctor ordered. Published October 6, 2010

President Obama stands with Phil and Maureen Miller, parents of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington as the soldier posthumously is awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Sgt. Miller's last stand

Modern wars often are described euphemistically with expressions like "overseas contingency operations" and "low-intensity conflict." They sometimes are fought from air-conditioned cubicles whence missiles are fired remotely from pilotless drones on unsuspecting targets. At the tip of the spear, however, war remains what it always has been: a punishing, violent, life-or-death struggle - the ultimate test of character of anyone who faces it. Published October 6, 2010

The Liberator Car, an electric car/monorail hybrid, would ride on an overhead monorail system for long distances across the nation and on streets, using battery power.

EDITORIAL: Designing Obamacar

It's not enough for the Obama administration to take over America's largest automaker. The O Force is pushing to redesign every car on the road to reflect the bland, lifeless vision of an activist base committed to undoing the Industrial Revolution. Proposed rules floated Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation would raise the existing corporate average fuel economy mandate of 35.5 mpg by 2016 to 60 mpg by 2025. Published October 6, 2010