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Joe Scott says his Global Positioning System software helps warn drivers of about speed traps and red-light cameras, such as the one at Michigan Avenue at Trinity, or the Third Street tunnel to Interstate 395. Mr. Scott says his software will "help GPS owners to legally avoid unjust traffic tickets." (Peter Lockley/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Rebooting the red-light-camera cash grab

Northern Virginia's streets are set to become more dangerous as a new law takes effect enhancing the profitability of red-light-camera schemes. The robotic ticket machines are already flashing in Arlington and Alexandria, but Arlington next month will become the first northern jurisdiction to issue tickets. Based on the program's dismal results from 1999 to 2005, there will be more people, not fewer, in area hospitals and more cars in body shops. Published June 21, 2010

President-elect Barack Obama's victory is headline news in papers Abdul Raheem is selling Nov. 5 in Islamabad.

EDITORIAL: Obama's Muslim outreach fiasco

President Obama's outreach to the Muslim world has failed to reap the benefits once expected. The latest report from the Pew Global Attitudes Project indicated that Muslims in the Middle East are less impressed with Mr. Obama now than they were when he first delivered his message of hope and change to Cairo last year. Published June 18, 2010

President Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Mr. Obama said the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an urgent call for action to cut U.S. dependence on fossil fuels and vowed that BP PLC will be required to spend whatever is needed to repair damage caused by the company's "recklessness." (Bloomberg News/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool)

EDITORIAL: Move over global warming, BP disaster is here

The left can't "hide the decline" in world temperatures for much longer. Knowing public faith in global warming is on the wane, President Obama was determined to adapt his message Tuesday night. The BP oil spill is now the reason to boost the subsidies to his friends who make windmills and solar panels. Mr. Obama expressed his support for legislation that "finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses." Published June 18, 2010

** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Death tax threatens to kill jobs

While Congress weighs the potential of enacting yet another multibillion-dollar stimulus proposal in the name of creating jobs, it is overlooking a legislative time bomb. Unless tax law is modified, mom-and-pop stores could close and family farms disappear, taking with them jobs far more real than those found in stimulus package make-work programs. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, has sounded the alarm over tax-relief provisions that will expire at year's end. It is perhaps most important to the health of our economy to prevent the estate tax, more popularly known as the "death tax," from coming back to life. Published June 18, 2010

Briefly: Asia

North apologizes over Chinese deaths Published June 17, 2010

World Scene

The pope met Thursday with the head of the Legionaries of Christ before an expected announcement about who will take charge of the conservative order scarred by revelations that its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered at least one child. Published June 17, 2010

Culture Briefs

It would be hypocritical, or at least inauthentically self-deprecating, for 'Sunset Boulevard' to suggest that sound, and more specifically words, cheapened cinema. Published June 17, 2010

Refreshed '11 Azera arrives with improved fuel economy, more horsepower

The 2011 Hyundai Azera adds power and efficiency to a model known for its luxurious appointments. The updated large sedan now includes an advanced six-speed automatic transmission and other powertrain refinements raising the bar on fuel economy in its class, while still gaining horsepower. Published June 17, 2010

2010 SRX gives Cadillac a winner

Since its debut last year, the all-new 2010 Cadillac SRX has posted the largest gains in its segment for both sales and projected resale value, establishing SRX as a leader among mid-size luxury crossovers. Published June 17, 2010

1948 Plymouth Club Coupe still beautiful

Six decades ago, a young Clayton Miller saw a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Club Coupe and remembers thinking, "That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen." Published June 17, 2010

Political Cartoons - Spending Cuts - By Gorrell

EDITORIAL: Obama's endless summer of spending

The White House kicked off a "recovery summer" public relations blitz yesterday to promote the alleged benefits of stimulus spending. The mood of self-congratulation was interrupted by a Labor Department report that found initial jobless claims for the week climbed by 12,000. A Conference Board survey showed the average wait in unemployment lines increased from 30 weeks at the start of the year to 34.4 weeks in May. It won't be a summer of love in those households. Published June 17, 2010

Ford's restoration parts keep dad's ride hot

As Father's Day approaches, Ford is proud to support the millions of enthusiasts nationwide who keep antique and classic Ford-built vehicles on the road. And nowhere is that support more evident than through the official Ford licensed restoration parts program. Published June 17, 2010

Illustration: Elena Kagan

EDITORIAL: Kagan and Shariah

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faces new questions about her stance on the U.S. military, just 10 days before confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, wants to know why Ms. Kagan was strangely silent about big money Harvard accepted from a questionable source while she served as the law school's dean. Published June 17, 2010

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