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"Just because Polanski has talent as a filmmaker doesn't make him any different than any other child predator," writes Sammy Benoit at his blog Yid with Lid. Published May 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's nuclear spill

The Obama administration has revealed - for the first time ever - the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in detail. This information was a closely guarded secret for more than 60 years. By unloading such sensitive information, President Obama is responsible for deliberately exposing a chink in America's defensive armor. The Land of the Free is less secure for it. Published May 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: Blame the white man

There was no joy in liberal land when the prime suspect in the Times Square bomb plot turned out to be a Pakistani-American. The right-wing terrorist boogeyman vanished. Leftist racial and ethnic profiling failed again. Published May 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: California radicals target Happy Meals

It's no wonder California's government is bankrupt. Too many of the state's politicians are obsessed with micromanaging everybody's lives. Take Santa Clara County, where the Board of Supervisors voted last week to ban the McDonald's Happy Meal. Officials insist this American classic has contributed to the so-called obesity epidemic afflicting our youth. Published May 5, 2010

EDITORIAL: Terrorism rises on American soil

Saturday's failed car bombing in Times Square was a reminder that the terror war is still on, if a reminder was needed. And as with the Christmas Day bomb plot, America only avoided catastrophe because of terrorist incompetence. Published May 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Pro-immigration violence escalates

Blatant falsehoods about Arizona's new immigration law keep piling up. Not only is the substance of the law grossly distorted, the liberal media is demonizing anyone who supports the reform and minimizing any wrongs by those opposing it. Published May 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cut the Small Business Administration

Americans rightly appreciate the competitive, underdog spirit embodied by small-town, mom-and-pop businesses. By exploiting this popularity, politicians have turned the Small Business Administration (SBA) into a bloated, billion-dollar affirmative-action agency that discriminates against worthy companies, using your tax dollars. Published May 4, 2010

EDITORIAL: The great iPhone caper

Law-enforcement agencies in San Mateo County, Calif., seem to have forgotten that the First Amendment exists to protect all Americans from overbearing government, not just accredited journalists. On April 23, the sheriff's department busted down a blogger's door and raided his home over a cell phone that an Apple employee carelessly dropped at a Redwood City bar. Apparently, the maxim "finders keepers, losers weepers" has no bearing in law. Published May 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's race-baiting

President Obama has been denouncing Republicans who purportedly "exploited for political purposes" the issue of illegal immigration. He also has denigrated Arizona's new illegal-alien law for threatening "to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans." All this overheated rhetoric exposes Mr. Obama as the one who is cynically manipulating racial tensions for political purposes. Published May 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: For Crist's sake, drop out

It's funny how Florida Gov. Charlie Crist didn't decide the system was broken until it broke under him. On Thursday, Mr. Crist announced he would run for the U.S. Senate as an independent after squandering a 30-point lead in the Republican primary. His departure in effect conceded the nomination to Marco Rubio. Mr. Crist apparently is convinced that the Senate desperately needs him, though it's an open question why this is, especially among Floridians who know him best. Published May 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Big Brother loves 'financial reform'

The next time you make a withdrawal from an automated teller machine, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner might be watching over your shoulder. Boosted by the sweeping, 1,400-page financial regulatory proposal currently making its way through the Senate, Mr. Geithner would have unprecedented, real-time access to a wealth of personal and corporate financial data - all in the name of protecting the public. Published April 30, 2010

Culture briefs

Holy Hotdog. Archie Comics - one of culture's most enduring portraits of wholesome Americana - is introducing a gay. A gay male Archie character. His name is Kevin Keller, and he is blonde. Published April 30, 2010

EDITORIAL: Fall of Saigon revisited

Thirty-five years ago saw one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history. South Vietnam's capital of Saigon fell to communist North Vietnamese troops, bringing a close to the Vietnam War, a conflict that the United States lost by choice. Published April 30, 2010

Political Scene

Laura Bush book suggests poisoning Published April 29, 2010

American Scene

A Continental Express flight from Houston to Washington was diverted to North Carolina on Wednesday after a threatening message was written on a restroom mirror, the Transportation Security Administration said. Published April 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's racial appeal

President Obama is transforming from being the "post-racial" to the most racial president. In a videotaped appeal made on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Obama says he wants to "reconnect" with "young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again." This attempt to reconnect reveals a substantial disconnect. Published April 29, 2010

Mahr makes area hall of fame

Mike Mahr, director of advertising for The Washington Times since 1992, has been inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame, honoring a career that has spanned five decades in Washington journalism. Published April 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: A not very stimulating stimulus

Talk about overstating a weak case. President Obama has asserted incessantly that "virtually all" or "all" economists agree that the $862 billion in government stimulus spending was necessary to fix the sputtering economy and that the largesse has spurred a recovery. Hold your horses, Mr. President. If the views of experts in the "dismal science" really matter, a new poll of economists should give pause to White House propagandists. Published April 29, 2010