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President debates himself

When a man has been in the Oval Office for a few years, does he start to buy his own balderdash? In an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose that aired Monday, President Barack Obama asserted that the debate on National Security Agency intelligence gathering "is a healthy thing" and "a sign of maturity" and that "this debate would not have taken place five years ago."

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


Oh, yeah, the economy

The recent Obama administration scandals shift the spotlight from the economy. Yet the recovery remains depressingly sluggish, with the labor force participation rate at a 34-year low as millions of able-bodied, able-minded Americans simply stopped looking for work.

June 19, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


We should reform child support

President Obama's Father's Day speech included one provocative, yet very declarative, sentence: "We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children." Obama didn't elaborate, but we can build on what he said because, yes indeed, child support laws urgently need "reform."

June 19, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Another prince of a Jersey Shore Show

When Prince Harry visited Seaside Heights, New Jersey, the authorities faked a return to relative normalcy for the Sandy-struck beach town.

June 19, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Reluctant warrior tiptoes to war

Barack Obama has just taken his first baby steps into a war in Syria that may define and destroy his presidency.

June 18, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Privacy matters & upset Americans

When I first started teaching criminal law (decades ago), I spent weeks on the Fourth Amendment and the "zone of privacy." The big case was Katz v. United States, decided in 1967. The FBI suspected that Charles Katz was using a payphone in a phone booth (those enclosed spaces we used to rely on before cellphones) to transmit gambling information to folks in other states (a federal offense). So they attached a listening device to the outside of the booth, which picked up his end of the conversation. He was convicted and, on appeal, claimed that the government should have ...

June 17, 2013 | Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Big Brother Obama is watching

It has become evident that Barack Obama's definition of "fundamentally transforming the United States" includes Big Brother harassing selected conservatives while monitoring everybody's email and telephone traffic. These seem to be among the surprising duties of the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency (NSA), respectively.

June 15, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Young IT guys who knew too much

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald wrote that Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former intelligence analyst who leaked information on huge U.S. data mining operations, "will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers." House Speaker John Boehner called Snowden "a traitor." Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein railed that he had committed "treason."

June 15, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Bell tolls for ‘new majority’

Next year should be a banner year for the GOP, and may yet be.

June 13, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The evil of big government

The scandals surrounding the Obama administration come down to one common theme - that the ever-growing size and scope of our federal government gives it enormous power over virtually every aspect of our lives, power that in the wrong hands can be used to reward supporters, exact revenge and punish enemies. In education, health care, transportation, energy, disaster relief, welfare, commerce, work and salary rules, and on and on, the federal government plays an outsized role completely inconsistent with the Founding Fathers' notion of a limited government that allows maximum personal liberty.

June 13, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Obama less tyrannical than Bush?

The unfolding story of the Obama administration monitoring not just telephone records but Internet usage has drawn media coverage with adjectives like "astonishing." No doubt about it, even the pro-Obama press acknowledges it is a scandal. Still, it is laughable that the media would label him a "dictator" or discuss the "I word."

June 12, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Obamacare ‘cooked’ math won’t add up

Before President Barack Obama took a question on intelligence surveillance and stepped on his message in an odd and hastily put-together event in San Jose on Friday, the president made a few scheduled remarks about California's implementation of his Affordable Care Act.

June 12, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Is our guardian angel Big Brother?

"Gentlemen do not read each other's mail," said Secretary of State Henry Stimson of his 1929 decision to shut down "The Black Chamber" that decoded the secret messages of foreign powers.

June 11, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


It’s only modest snooping?

SAN JOSE - "Nobody's listening to your phone calls," President Obama proclaimed at a Friday event that was supposed to be about California's implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

June 08, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Guns and grade-school panic

The specter of school shootings has brought a too-typical staple to local newspaper sections: the boys disciplined at (or suspended from) grade school for bringing a toy gun or anything resembling a gun.

June 07, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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Under good jobs-report hood

Good news for the American worker: Employment in June surged 288,000, with a 262,000 gain in the private sector, easily beating the consensus forecast of 215,000 new payrolls. This marks the fifth consecutive monthly increase of 200,000 or more jobs, the best five-month stretch since early 2006. As for the unemployment rate, it dropped from 6.3 to 6.1 percent.

July 14, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Obama’s backers said ‘go gangsta’

Obama's poll numbers dropped below those of former President George W. Bush. By the end of Bush's term, focus groups were telling pollsters they despised the very four-letter word B-U-S-H. When John McCain faced Obama in 2008, Democrats gleefully slammed McCain's quest as the "third Bush term."

July 12, 2014 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Romney has done enough for GOP

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he thinks that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and that "he will be the next president of the United States." The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008 and then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be, "the third time's a charm"?

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


Obama can’t work with others

In January, President Barack Obama outlined his strategy for 2014. "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone," he said. The president planned on using his pen to sign executive and administrative orders and his phone to call outside groups - not Congress - to rally behind his pet programs.

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


Impeachment, a bridge too far

Increasingly, across this city, the "I" word is being heard.

July 09, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Impeachment, a bridge too far

Increasingly, across this city, the "I" word is being heard.

July 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Americans lose, immigrants gain

American-born workers have had a net loss in jobs since 2000, while all of the job growth since then has gone to immigrants, according to a remarkable new study by the Center for Immigration Studies. This revelation comes as some Republican politicians continue to flirt with amnesty and the disastrous proposal of so-called immigration reform.

July 08, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Americans lose, immigrants gain

American-born workers have had a net loss in jobs since 2000, while all of the job growth since then has gone to immigrants, according to a remarkable new study by the Center for Immigration Studies. This revelation comes as some Republican politicians continue to flirt with amnesty and the disastrous proposal of so-called immigration reform.

July 07, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Great Pacific garbage patch hoax

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could mean bad news for environmental doomsayers. Forget all those warnings about the million tons of plastic debris floating in the ocean. Ignore the photos that you think show the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Andres Cozar of the University of Cadiz in Spain is the man who once extrapolated the 1 million-ton estimate. Since then, however, he has led research that collected samples at 141 ocean sites. Cozar's new estimate: Between 7,000 and 35,000 tons of plastic are floating in the ocean.

July 07, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Give business chance to comply with ADA

Recently the towns of Manteca, Ripon and Tracy among others have seen a sharp rise in the number of lawsuits from out of town lawyers targeting local businesses for allegedly violating portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these are small, family owned businesses who are ill equipped to afford the vast legal fees to fight a professional trial lawyer and have been forced to shut down. It is a problem that has been growing for years, especially here in the Valley and most acutely in minority and immigrant communities where lawyers target those who learned English ...

July 07, 2014 | JEFF DENHAM | Other Views


Obama’s anti-media tantrums

President Barack Obama treats the press like a spoiled child treats his parents. Despite the pampering, he just keeps complaining about them until he gets his way. As America tires of his inflated sense of self-importance while the economy limps and his foreign policy crumbles, Obama travels around the country complaining that the mean old media aren't complimentary enough.

July 04, 2014 | Brent Bozell | Other Views


Free to choose vs. cost-free access

How did women get birth control before President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act? Before Obamacare, a woman could go to a doctor and get birth control. She often had to pay or make a copayment for contraception. But in the 2014 political lexicon, that means she had no access.

July 04, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘The great adventure continues’

Ok. President Obama decreed that federal workers can extend their lunch hours by an hour to watch the U.S. play in the World Cup. Big deal. The president of Costa Rica gave all workers a full day off to watch their team.

July 03, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Justices & their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one - on the left or the right - believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.

July 02, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Tell President: No more wars!

Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government.

July 02, 2014 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


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