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Along with many Americans, I watched President Obama's State of the Union speech last night. He is probably the most eloquent speaker that many of us have ever heard. He makes salient points on many issues that concern us, such as gun control and global warming. I do, however, have a few questions on some of his open-ended thoughts.

February 13, 2013 | By MARK LAURORA Manteca Resident | Other Views


Bickering over building Bay Bridge

In his column Sunday, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown wrote that on Labor Day weekend, he'll be preening at the Bay Bridge opening ceremony, taking credit for obstructing plans to rebuild the Bay Bridge so that it could be the "the world-class wonder" he knows it will be.

February 13, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Battle for control of GOP begins

Karl Rove has declared war on grassroots conservatives and Tea Parties. Rove, who had the richest super PAC in 2012 (American Crossroads, which reportedly spent $300 million in the 2012 election cycle), has started a new fund called Conservative Victory Project to spend big bucks in the 2014 Republican primaries to defeat Republican candidates not approved by the Establishment.

February 12, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


A godly man in an ungodly age

"To govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

February 11, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


High time to legalize hemp

Four years ago, Michelle Obama picked up a shovel to make a powerful symbolic statement about America's food and farm future: She turned a patch of White House lawn into a working organic garden.

February 11, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


State of the Union date night

This year, for the State of the Union address, Democrats and Republicans (those who can find "dates," anyway) will be sitting together. It is supposed to be a signal to the nation of bipartisanship - at least the kind that allows people from opposite parties, as we used to do decades ago, to put their differences aside at the end of the day.

February 10, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Worse than waterboarding

On Tuesday, NBC released a confidential Department of Justice paper concluding that our government can authorize the use of drones to kill targeted terrorist leaders, including U.S. citizens abroad. This story bares the dividing line between honest liberals - such as Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board, all of whom opposed some of the harsher anti-terrorism tactics employed under President George W. Bush's administration and under the current administration - and rank opportunists, such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who ...

February 10, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Workers’ road back to serfdom

The ancestors of many Americans came here to escape mingy monarchs, oppressive priests, and baleful barons who controlled all aspects of communal life back in their countries. They bravely left everything they knew behind in a quest for freedom.

February 08, 2013 | By WILLIAM COLLINS Columnist | Other Views


Wash your bags - or else

San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

February 08, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


USA ensnared in an endless war?

"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

February 07, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Tax code & America’s aristocracy

Tax-free gifts are solidifying the nation's financial dynasties.

February 06, 2013 | By SAM PIZZIGATI Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


She’s not afraid of Bruce Davis

Forty years after he was convicted for his involvement in two murders committed by Charles Manson, a California parole board has found that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole. His crimes, if it matters (and why should it?), didn't involve the notorious murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate; he participated in the killing of a musician and a stuntman. Early on, Davis claimed he was simply a bystander. A jury didn't agree. Since then, he has acknowledged shared responsibility. He has also been a model prisoner. He became a born-again Christian. He earned a master's degree and ...

February 05, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


It should be about our health, not fat

My grandmother lay in bed at a hospice facility, days away from death. With her loving children by her side, she looked at her belly and - as she had done for all of the years I'd known her - complained that she was too fat. What?

February 05, 2013 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Wrong man for Defense Secretary

Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes.

February 05, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


What Obama does best: Taunt Republicans

President Barack Obama is not committed to fixing Washington's chronic budget woes or jump-starting an ailing an economy, but that doesn't mean this administration lacks focus. If there is one area in which this administration delivers, it is taunting Republicans.

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


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Bitcoin is not real money

Just before the bankruptcy of the Mt. Gox bitcoin digital-money (or virtual-currency) exchange, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso predicted the inevitable failure. "No one recognizes them as a real currency," he told reporters. "I expected such a thing to collapse."

April 07, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich caves in

"While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the (Web). So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better." That moment of fantasy came courtesy of Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker as she announced last week that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, had caved in to calls that he resign for the Silicon Valley sin of having donated $1,000 to Proposition 8, the California ballot measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman - six years ago.

April 07, 2014 | By Debra Saunders Political columnist | Other Views


Obama’s 77 percent lie

A quick way to kill debate is to accuse your political adversary of "lying."

April 07, 2014 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Federal lawmakers’ secret affair

How bad will it get? The public approval rating for Congress has sunk to 9 percent, the lowest level since Gallup began to ask us about it.

April 07, 2014 | by Jim hightower | Other Views


Whose side is God on now?

In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.

April 04, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Best government money can buy

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976. What the 1976 court saw in Buckley v. Valeo as a "quite modest restraint upon protected political activity" that serves "to prevent evasion" of the limits on contributions to campaigns, the 2014 court has now held violates the fundamental protection of political speech enshrined in the First Amendment.

April 03, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political columnist | Other Views


Internet helps redefine tolerance

Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on.

April 03, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Branding school lunches as Obamafare

Ah, progress.

April 03, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Bad week for abortion

Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. Just last week, there were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement.

April 02, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National columnist | Other Views


Shell’s fossil-fueled bombshell

Royal Dutch Shell buried a bombshell in its recently released 2013 annual report.

April 02, 2014 | By BRETT FLEISHMAN Senior analyst, 350.org. | Other Views


Deflating Russia can be done

President Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again.

March 31, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


A repeal by any other name

Should Congress repeal Obamacare?

March 31, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, Yee, & FBI: Your tax dollars at work

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film "American Hustle," about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

March 28, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama and the ‘hipster elite’

Politico reported something interesting before President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis: "The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own."

March 27, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


The Plane & evil incarnate

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.

March 27, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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