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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

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

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France does right thing

It took them way too long to do it, and it happened in no small measure because of the tireless work of Stuart Eizenstat, who ...

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Manteca should regulate drones

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Very real political football

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System ...

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views

The GOP war over war policy

Rand Paul had his best debate moment Tuesday when he challenged Marco Rubio on his plans to increase defense spending by $1 trillion.

November 12, 2015 | | Other Views

Liberals losing culture wars?

The libertine left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social ...

November 09, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views

Presentation ‘Grapes in our Lives’ at MJC

MODESTO - The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled "Grapes in our Lives: Cultural Connections between Grapes and People" by Peter ...

November 08, 2015 | | Other Views

For a few, cholesterol is naturally high

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate ...

November 08, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

High school locker rooms

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants ...

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

Rabid extremists exiled 14-year-old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

We need more children

It made front-page headlines around the world when China's Communist Party announced the end of its notorious one-child policy. Imposed by Chinese dictator Deng ...

November 05, 2015 | | Other Views

Long-overdue vigilance

The competing Republicans presidential campaigns had a meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss their concerns with how the Republican National Committee had planned debates with ...

November 04, 2015 | | Other Views

US going to war in Syria?

"The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war," says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

November 03, 2015 | | Other Views

The ‘games’ council members play

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

November 02, 2015 | | Other Views

Counting down to a Silveira Christmas

I don't know if anyone is counting - I certainly am - but we're only about eight weeks away from Christmas.

November 02, 2015 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views

Hillary hasn’t learned from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from ...

November 02, 2015 | MEDEA BENJAMIN | Other Views

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