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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

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

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

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

Democrat Reps. Bart Stupak of Michigan (left) and Jerry Costello of Illinois arrive Wednesday at the West Wing of the White House for President Obama's closed door signing of an executive order that reaffirms the health care reform law's restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Taxpayer-funded abortions are here

It now appears that two more states, Maryland and New Mexico, will join Pennsylvania in using tax dollars to kill unborn children. As the National Right to Life Committee discovered, federally funded high-risk insurance pools in these states include "pre-existing condition" insurance plans that cover abortion. The pools have received $5 billion from Congress to provide benefits until 2014, when Obamacare kicks in. Published July 23, 2010


EDITORIAL: The speed-camera surge

While states such as Arizona and South Carolina are scaling back or eliminating speed cameras in the face of massive public opposition, the national capital region's big spenders are moving in the opposite direction. In this area, safety and respect for the constitutional process take a back seat when hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Published July 22, 2010

Iran, headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is one of the world's leading oil exporters but is lacking in refining capacity. Sanctions being developed in Congress are aimed at companies that sell Iran gasoline or refining equipment, but President Obama wants some exclusions. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Hitting Tehran in the tank

Three years ago, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asserted that Iran must be compelled to negotiate seriously regarding its nuclear-weapons program. He described this approach as "the only one that would prevent a catastrophic alternative: the Iranian bomb, or bombing Iran." Today, the Islamic regime is closer than ever to nuclear capability, and the international community still lacks a coherent plan to force Iran to the table. Published July 22, 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo taken June 28, 2010, job seekers wait in line to register and attend a National Career Fair in San Francisco. Initial claims for unemployment  benefits rose for the second time in three weeks last week, a sign that layoffs are rising.

EDITORIAL: Unemployment benefits to extend malaise

As long as President Obama is committed to treating the symptoms - not the causes - of the economic malaise, recovery will remain elusive. No better example of this can be found than his regular insistence on extending unemployment benefits. Published July 21, 2010

Editorial cartoon, December 2

EDITORIAL: Global warming's unscientific attitude

What separates a scientific claim from mere opinion is its ability to be tested by experiment. No true scientist objects to having his theories verified; the charlatan is the one with something to hide. Not surprisingly, purveyors of global warming have proved anything but open. Published July 21, 2010

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi holds his prisoner release papers Thursday as he walks up stairs to board an airplane bound for Tripoli at Glasgow International Airport in Glasgow, Scotland. He was released on compassionate grounds Thursday by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: BP's terrorist

Mercy for terrorists is a mistake. Almost a year ago, 57-year-old former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland where he was serving a 27-year minimum term for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. The convicted terrorist was said to be suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had three months to live. He was set free on compassionate grounds so he could die with dignity in his homeland, among his family. The tragedy is that al-Megrahi's health miraculously improved when he returned to Libya, and he is still alive months after his projected expiration date. Published July 21, 2010

Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman speaks at the National Press Club Tuesday. It was "a big day" as the Bush administration submitted a formal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build a waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nev., Mr. Bodman said.

EDITORIAL: Obama appeals to a higher power

President Obama is looking for help in collaring American nuclear power. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reconsider its refusal to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project. In doing so, Mr. Obama continues his relentless quest to throttle this politically incorrect form of clean energy while pretending to sustain it. Published July 20, 2010

A Marine holds up posthumous medals of honor to be presented to the family of a fallen soldier during the Remembering the Brave Ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Friday, October 23, 2009. (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Medals of Dishonor

Attention, phony war heroes: Dust off those surplus uniforms and shine up those medals awarded by eBay. Published July 20, 2010

A lawyer reviews his notes during a lunch break in a trial. Maya Alleruzzo/ The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Lawyers, goons and money

The autocratic nature of the Obama administration becomes ever more clear with each end run around Congress and each attempt to bully state legislatures and private companies into submission. Published July 20, 2010

Vice-President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch as President Barack Obama delivers a speech about health care reform to a joint session of Congress. 
(Katie Falkenberg / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Winning in Afghanistan

In June 2005, before becoming speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "The war in Afghanistan is over," making the case that Guantanamo detainees should therefore be released. It was a political ploy unconnected to the reality of Afghanistan. Five years later, U.S. combat fatalities in Afghanistan are five times higher. Published July 19, 2010

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, met with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill last week. Not since 1972 has a president chosen someone for the high court who hasn't been a judge.

EDITORIAL: Strange Graham-Kagan dance

It's troubling that Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is openly considering a favorable vote on the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The nominee has acted contrary to several matters particularly close to the senator's core values. Published July 19, 2010

Veteran Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania discusses his switch to the Democratic Party at the White House with President Barack Obama, left, in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Specter said "I think that I can be of assistance to you, Mr. President. ... There are a lot of big issues we're tackling now that I've been deeply involved in." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Specter's vote for an Obama job?

It appears lame-duck Sen. Arlen Specter, sometime-Democrat from Pennsylvania, hasn't had enough of the Obama administration's job-for-politics merry-go-round. Not one to go gentle into that good night, Mr. Specter is angling to be a special envoy to Syria. At the same time, he is abandoning his own standards in order to support the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, all while giving the cold shoulder to Sept. 11 victim families even though those victims are trying to help his own legislation. Published July 19, 2010

Culture Briefs

"When you say to people in New York: 'I think were going to go do our show in Vegas,'" Published July 19, 2010