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Justice finally prevails in drug cases

President Obama commuted the sentences of eight crack-cocaine offenders Thursday, including that of Clarence Aaron, who was serving a sentence of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction when he was 23.

December 21, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


They’re peeping while you’re sleeping

It's a scary world out there, with global terrorists plotting to kill us.

December 21, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Tonsil patient: Preserve her privacy

Jahi McMath, 13, died after a routine tonsillectomy, according to doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland who declared McMath brain-dead on Thursday. The coroner's office was set to remove her body on Tuesday.

December 20, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘Lie of the Year’ — aided by media

PolitiFact has awarded their "Lie of the Year" to President Barack Obama for his promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

December 18, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Ryan saves GOP from itself

Did Paul Ryan's budget deal save the Republican party from itself? I think it did.

December 17, 2013 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


The Cold War continues

I was, frankly, quite delighted to see that my former student Chai Feldblum, who grew up to be one of the nation's leading scholars and lawyers on issues of equality, especially for women and LGBT Americans, was confirmed to serve a full term on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai, a longtime law professor at Georgetown University, was first appointed to the EEOC in 2009 and then was a recess appointment in 2010. Her term expired last July, and her re-nomination has been languishing along with the nominations of more than a hundred other highly qualified people for executive ...

December 17, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Corn subsidies draw nearly universal ire

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are about as opposite politically as two people can be. Nonetheless, last week they joined forces to introduce a bill to repeal the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline.

December 17, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Fair share of less care

Lately, I've been hearing from readers who are among the million Californians who had private health care plans, received cancellation notices and now have to buy new coverage. Some figured that if they signed up with their old providers - Blue Shield or Anthem - they'd have access to the same doctors and hospitals. Not quite. In Marin, San Francisco and Alameda counties, new plans in Covered California exchanges don't include doctors and hospitals in other counties.

December 11, 2013 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Google’s barge glides by in SF

The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall - winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors - only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot.

December 10, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


This Texas conservative fad stinks

Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader - except when it's stupid.

December 10, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Upgrading our clunker economy

Pondering America's economic system is a bit like going to the mechanic with your old heap and being told there's nothing more he can do.

December 09, 2013 | | Other Views


It isn’t about sensitivity

How do you run against a woman candidate?

December 06, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


No mercy from Obama this Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving has passed without a presidential commutation for Clarence Aaron, who, at age 24, was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction in 1993.

December 06, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National columnist | Other Views


Obamacare’s next problem: Doc Shock

"The bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future," President Barack Obama said of his signature Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. It would be easier to believe the president if he hadn't said in 2009, "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too."

December 05, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The criminal justice system at its worst

You may remember hearing about the Montana judge who sentenced a former high school teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student to 30 days in prison.

December 03, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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Thanksgiving in & out of prison

In December 2001, I wrote my first column urging President George W. Bush to commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron, a federal drug offender who, at age 24 in 1993, was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction. Aaron has been part of my holiday season every year since Bush left the Oval Office and Barack Obama succeeded him.

November 29, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hagel’s out, inner circle remains

When President Barack Obama chose former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third secretary of defense, most Republicans were not amused. Obama was able to claim that his pick was an example of his reaching across the aisle, when in fact, most Beltway Repubs viewed Hagel with distrust.

November 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hagel’s out, inner circle remains

When President Barack Obama chose former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third secretary of defense, most Republicans were not amused. Obama was able to claim that his pick was an example of his reaching across the aisle, when in fact, most Beltway Repubs viewed Hagel with distrust.

November 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Remember what Obama said

President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. He got his response loud and clear: The American people said, "No, thanks."

November 24, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Obama pardons 2 GOP turkeys

A Big Ag group with a soft spot for the GOP supplied the birds.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


UC TUITION HIKES

University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was "apoplectic" at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. "In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid," said Blum, "I'd have nothing but empty desks." And: "You've got to get real about this stuff."

November 22, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


America’s rogue president

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

November 21, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Putting a pitchfork in it

Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality "very destabilizing."

November 21, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Based on ‘stupidity’

"Grubergate" is the name for the embarrassing revelations about Obamacare by its chief architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted that the House Oversight Committee will hold hearings on this issue, so the public can learn the facts underlying this legislative failure.

November 19, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Overworked 1 percenters stressed out

Here's something that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


How did we get here?

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: "The people have spoken - the bastards."

November 18, 2014 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Elections have consequences 2.0

The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration." Those two words seem so benign compared with "amnesty" - the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon - but that is their meaning.

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


Did we vote for war?

"How do you like the Journal's war?"

November 18, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Berkeley beats big soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley were making history.

November 15, 2014 | By Jill Richardson Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Feinstein takes on Airbnb

In her mind, Dianne Feinstein will always be mayor of San Francisco. She may be a high-ranking U.S. senator with more than her share of clout in Washington, but she never forgets her roots as onetime mayor and supervisor in the city by the bay. As Ess Eff's mayor emerita, Feinstein recently inserted herself into the city's regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental concerns. Last month, DiFi wrote a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle urging Mayor Ed Lee to veto compromise legislation written by Supervisor David Chiu. The senator sees Airbnb as a neighborhood killer ...

November 15, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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