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Populist anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders, center, casts his ballot in general elections in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday June 9, 2010. Polls opened Wednesday in the Netherlands where Dutch voters will elect a new parliament after an election campaign focused on economic and immigration policy. The conservative VVD party and its leader Mark Rutte are leading in opinion surveys on a deficit-busting, tough-on-immigration platform. The anti-Islam Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders also hope to book large gains. (AP Photo/Cynthia Boll)

EDITORIAL: Acquit Geert Wilders

Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilders is on trial in the Netherlands for "incitement to hatred and discrimination." His crime was daring to criticize Islam. Published October 5, 2010

Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law subcommittee hearing on Protecting America's Harvest. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Colbert before ethics

Democratic leaders would rather waste time with comedian Stephen Colbert than uphold the ethics of Congress. With the refusal of the House to hold ethics trials for Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, and Maxine Waters, California Democrat, the arrogance and impudence of Nancy Pelosi's speakership is on full display. Published October 5, 2010

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EDITORIAL: Remedial reading for Democrats

Members of Congress take note: "Read the fine print" is the universal business-world admonition for a reason. That's the lesson from the sudden revelation that some banks have rushed through foreclosures on thousands of homes without reading the legal documents. As a result, authorities in dozens of states have put foreclosures on hold. If bank officials are obliged to verify the accuracy of documents they issue that affect tens of thousands of Americans, the same measure of accountability should apply to federal lawmakers whose votes impact hundreds of millions. Published October 5, 2010

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President Obama laughs as he's welcomed by a bipartisan duo - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (center), a Republican, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat - upon his arrival aboard Air Force One in Newark, N.J.

EDITORIAL: Grading the governors

The ongoing economic crisis has been a test of leadership not only for the president and Congress, but also for the stewards of America's statehouses. Polls show the public holds the Obama administration in low regard for the tax and stimulus policies at the national level. According to a Cato Institute report released Thursday, however, a handful of governors has demonstrated a better way of managing budgets in tough times. Published October 4, 2010

ON THE SIDELINES: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan can't hear about half the cases this term because of her previous involvement. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Speech rights imperiled by Kagan

Defenders of the First Amendment are worried about the Supreme Court term that opened yesterday. With potentially explosive First Amendment cases on the docket, new Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is in prime position to push odd and dangerous ideas about free speech. Published October 4, 2010

President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Islamic flag over the White House

Islamists say the Koran is destined to rule America. In fact, the Muslim takeover of the White House is not just an unfolding action plan but a directive from Muhammad himself. Published October 4, 2010

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: The cliche president

President Obama sat down last week with "Good Morning America" for a long and exclusive interview in which he announced that his administration was no longer working for "change" to solve America's problems. "My administration is going to specifically focus on training 10,000 new math and science teachers," he said. With a brutal midterm smackdown looming, Mr. Obama is desperate enough to break out the cliches. Published October 1, 2010

This image from video provided by the SITE Intelligence Group shows the still picture of Osama bin Laden shown on the video released on jihadist forums on Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group)

EDITORIAL: Bin Laden goes green

Osama bin Laden is best known as a jihadist extremist, but he's lately added "eco-warrior" to his resume. In a new tape posted on a terrorist website, the al Qaeda leader waves the emerald banner of ecology alongside the green battle flag of Islam. Published October 1, 2010

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., right, announces 36 arrests in Medicare scams during a press conference as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius looks on in Miami, Friday, July 16, 2010. Federal authorities said they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

EDITORIAL: Holder is AWOL on military voting

The Justice Department is living down to its reputation for not caring about protecting voting rights of military personnel. With 20 full-time attorneys supposedly on the task, it has failed to do as much for military voters as a ragtag team of volunteer law students has accomplished. The department's inaction is suspicious. Published October 1, 2010

"How do we develop the team between Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Cyber Command and others to work as a team to defend the nation in cyberspace?" asked Gen. Keith Alexander as he testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on cyberspace operations. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Beware the Cyberscare

The same people who brought you the global warming and Y2K scares have dreamed up a scheme to assert greater federal control over the Internet in the name of cybersecurity. According to Reuters news agency, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, intends to pass legislation on the subject authored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat. The forthcoming effort will trade the freedom of an important communications medium for the illusion of safety. Published September 30, 2010

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Elizabeth Warren, announces that Warren will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Consumer finance czarina's double conflict

Wealthy class-action lawyers can count on another friend in the Obama administration. The president recently tapped Elizabeth Warren as an end-run appointee to establish the new federal agency known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The choice is raising eyebrows because, as Bloomberg News reported, Ms. Warren took $90,000 from a Miami plaintiffs' firm to serve as an expert witness in a lawsuit against major American banks, including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase for alleged antitrust violations related to credit-card processing rates. Published September 30, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton appears at a rally in support of first-term Rep. Michael E. McMahon, New York Democrat, on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, on Staten Island in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's health hazard

Bill Clinton predicted a year ago that Obamacare's passage would yield electoral gold for congressional Democrats. "The minute the president signs the health care reform bill," the former president told the Netroots Nation convention in August 2009, "approval will go up, because Americans are inherently optimistic." Last weekend, he admitted the prognostication had been a bit off. "First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years," Mr. Clinton explained to NBC's "Meet the Press." "And secondly, there has been an enormous and highly effective attack on it." Published September 30, 2010

President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's war on wealth

President Obama effectively has declared war on America's wealth creators. By refusing to extend fully the George W. Bush tax cuts, Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats are hoping their "tax the rich" rhetoric will carry the day. This sends an unmistakable message to investors and entrepreneurs: If you risk your capital and succeed, your government will punish you. It should come as no surprise, then, that this policy has led to a dramatic destruction of wealth. Published September 29, 2010

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law in May that authorizes cities and counties to begin deploying speed cameras on Oct. 1. The law specifies that fines cannot exceed $40.

EDITORIAL: O'Malley's blackmail cameras

Gov. Martin O'Malley last year signed legislation allowing Maryland localities to set up speed cameras in school zones because, he claimed, that would make the streets safer. Now that several of these municipal photo-enforcement systems are up and running, it's hard to argue with a straight face that they are anything other than a naked grab for cash. Published September 29, 2010

Some groups have taken offense at a costume depicting an illegal alien as a space alien.

EDITORIAL: The spaced-out U.N.

News spread at light speed this week that the United Nations appointed an official greeter for aliens visiting Earth. Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, head of the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs, was given the task of shaking the hands, claws, tentacles, antennae or other appendages (if any) of extraterrestrials who decide to drop in. With world peace and the global economy limping along on vapors, this appointment of an ambassador to aliens proves once again that the international body's priorities are lost in space. Then again, perhaps this outreach to the final frontier isn't all bad if it distracts U.N. space cadets from some of their misguided missions on this planet. Published September 29, 2010

BUCKING THE SYSTEM: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint seeks some new allies in the Senate.

EDITORIAL: Hot-lining on the hot seat

The anti-Washington fervor sweeping the country involves more than the backlash against exorbitant federal spending. The arrogance of power is manifest in the passage of laws opposed by vast majorities of Americans. Most of these bills aren't even read by those in Congress who vote for them and impose the dictates on the rest of us. The message to lawmakers is simple: Read the legislation. Published September 28, 2010

A GE washing machine (left) stands among the varied appliances at Howard's Appliance and Big-Screen Superstore, but it is a slow-growth business for General Electric and the conglomerate may shed its $7 billion appliance division that employs about 13,000 people worldwide.

EDITORIAL: Obamachine pulls the plug on appliances

Regulation-weary Americans had better brace themselves for another load of government-knows-best activism as President Obama's green czarina claims she has a mandate to pick what household appliances we can use in the future. Cathy Zoi, assistant energy secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, recently outlined the administration's so-called clean-energy strategy. Published September 28, 2010

In this image taken from undated video made available from Taliban sources on Saturday Jan. 9, 2010, purportedly showing Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, right, reading a statement to camera vowing revenge for the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, while sitting next to the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud. The authenticity of this video is unconfirmed. (AP Photo/Taliban video via APTN)

EDITORIAL: The secret war in Pakistan

Lyndon Johnson's "secret war in Laos" long has been a touchstone for liberal indignation over America's history of covert conflicts. Leftist critics, however, have been remarkably silent over the growing secret war in Pakistan. This war should escalate. Published September 28, 2010


EDITORIAL: 9/11 cover-up

In an attempt to censor a book about the war on terrorism, the government has handed terrorists a road map to information they should never see. The case also raises political questions regarding intelligence community efforts to keep critical information regarding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from the American people. Published September 27, 2010

**FILE** An enormous crowd takes part in the Sept. 12 march on Washington to protest government spending and health care reform proposals. The field plan for a series of grassroots demonstrations Tuesday to push President Obama's health care agenda show the events will be tightly scripted with plans for "escalation," but organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy town hall meetings and "tea party" protests challenging White House policies that they say conservatives staged. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: A bus against a bust

The theme of this year's election season is simple: Stop the spending now. The federal government needs to stop adding to its budget and stop funding new programs. Current expenditures should be rolled back. That's the message sweeping America's heartland. Published September 27, 2010