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Those annoying calls on airliners

I have found the issue that can bring America together. Republicans and Democrats, urban hipsters and country folk, corporate scions and infrequent fliers - they all seem to agree: The federal government must not allow mobile phone use on planes.

February 17, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


A human face on gay rights

"On Aug. 4, he's an Eagle Scout and has the highest honor," Pascal Tessier's mother, Tracie Felker, told a reporter. "Aug. 5, all of a sudden, he's no longer good enough to be a Boy Scout."

February 17, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The angels cried for Caroline

The angels cried for Caroline today. How could they not, looking down from the heavens, watching the mourners pack Blessed Sacrament Church. The funeral service was attended by hundreds, those closest to her, those who knew her, and those who knew of her. Those who could not attend found time to pray for her soul. One found the time to write about her.

February 17, 2014 | | Other Views


Time to scrap the Patriot Act

It's back. The PATRIOT Act - a grotesque, ever-mutating, hydra-headed monstrosity from the Bush-Cheney Little Shop of Horrors - has risen again. This time, it's got an added twist of Orwellian intrusiveness from the Obamacans.

February 17, 2014 | Jim hightower | Other Views


Biden, media’s secret Quayle

Hidden just below the surface of the liberal media is a barely noticed trend of patronizing contempt: Joe Biden is the Democrats' Dan Quayle, but because he is a Democrat, they'll do anything to avoid treating him like they treated Quayle.

February 15, 2014 | | Other Views


Coming out as a gay athlete

Michael Sam appears to be a fine young man. But, no, he isn't the first openly gay male U.S. athlete to play in a major sport. And "brave"? Can we please dispense with the absurd Jackie Robinson comparisons? Wake me when a black collegiate pro prospect "comes out" as a Republican.

February 14, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Wall Street’s fix for homelessness

It's so great - truly heartwarming - to see billionaires devoting their deepest thoughts to finding solutions for eradicating poverty.

February 14, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


End of line for welfare state?

The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs.

February 12, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Would you like a shot of formaldehyde?

The delightfully naughty movie star Mae West liked to joke: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

February 12, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Hoffman and his death via heroin

When my kids were little, an older and more experienced mother told me that one key to raising kids safely is to limit the number of "nos" to what really matters and insist firmly on those. Motorcycles and heroin, she said, which seems like a pretty good list. I added driving drunk or getting in a car with someone who had been drinking. I left heroin on the list, even though heroin use is totally foreign to me. I have friends and family who have struggled with alcohol (mostly) and other drugs, but heroin is outside of my life experience.

February 12, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The Clintons in the war on women

Do Americans want another Clinton in the White House? As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flirts with running in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also a potential White House candidate, has put an interesting spin on Bill Clinton's White House years. Democrats shouldn't accuse the GOP of waging a "war on women," he recently told "Meet the Press," because President Clinton was a "sexual predator" with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

February 12, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


ACA: Paying more to work less

In 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the Affordable Care Act as a bill "not only about the health security of America; it's about jobs. In its life, it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately."

February 10, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hollywood can’t stomach GOP

Democratic fundraiser/actor Ben Affleck - and the next big-screen "Batman" - recently gave an interview to Playboy. His own bias against Republicans, he admits, prevents him from fully enjoying a Republican actor's performance. "It's ... hard," said Affleck, "to get people to suspend disbelief."

February 10, 2014 | By Larry Elder | Other Views


Terrorism fight: Big Brother blows it

President Barack Obama's support for the NSA's domestic spying program prompted a critic to say: "Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: 'Trust us, we won't abuse the data we collect.'"

February 10, 2014 | Jim hightower | Other Views


Drug war: Heroin vs. pot

The apparent heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman already has become a hockey puck in the war over the war on drugs. During a House subcommittee hearing on federal marijuana policy Tuesday, critics of the war on drugs hammered a White House drug official for putting too much emphasis on marijuana when Washington instead should focus on dangerous drugs that actually kill users.

February 06, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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San Francisco: City of the rich

In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background. And if City Hall somehow did approve the project, you know there'd be some ballot measure to kill the deal. The grounds could be endless: No photon torpedoes. Too many techies already. What about affordable housing?

April 18, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Rep. Paul Ryan’s joke is on us

My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's highly touted budget guru, doesn't have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

April 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Snitchgate: Sharpton still lying

If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.

April 18, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Wall Street’s MIA ethics

Let's review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.

April 18, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obamacare, Part Two

As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

April 17, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Want to see where your taxes go?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns by April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

April 16, 2014 | By ROBIN CLAREMONT The National Priorities Project | Other Views


Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy's seized cows - which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down?

April 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The end of ideology?

On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages, and in our think tanks here, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States.

April 14, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Censorship works for Demos

On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010.

April 14, 2014 | | Other Views


Uncle Sam just can’t say no

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be "large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries," warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the "truly disabled," whom the system originally was designed to serve.

April 11, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


America’s high price of laziness

I know I shouldn't be, but I am shocked by Americans' laziness.

April 11, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


America’s new blacklist

"There is a gay mafia," said Bill Maher, "if you cross them you do get whacked."

April 11, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Freaky April Fools’ Day stories

On a recent morning, after checking news reports, I thought: What a freaky news day.

April 11, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Close Paris Hilton loophole

Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.

April 10, 2014 | By CHUCK COLLINS Senior scholar, Institute for Public Studies | Other Views


Abortion fight, 40 years later

It has been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman, in consultation with her physician, has the right to decide whether to have a child in the early months of pregnancy.

April 08, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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