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The pardon attorney who just says no

In 1993, a jury convicted Clarence Aaron for his role in two planned cocaine deals. Aaron was a 23-year-old college student. It was his first offense. Unlike his co-defendants, Aaron was not a career drug dealer. He didn't know enough to plead guilty and testify against others to win a reduced sentence. He perjured himself in court. A federal judge sentenced Aaron to three terms of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug offense.

May 15, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National columnist | Other Views


Same-sex marriage honesty was overdue

President Barack Obama emerged from his ideological closet last week when he said, "Same-sex couples should be able to get married." Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996. He opposed same-sex marriage, however, in 2004 and 2008 and right up until Vice President Joe Biden announced that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex nuptials on "Meet the Press" May 6. Thus, I would categorize the president's position on same-sex marriage not as having evolved, as he claims, but as a long overdue moment of honesty.

May 14, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama-loving media spin economy

National Public Radio's Kai Ryssdal recently talked about the weak economy. His guests, two reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times, acknowledged the obvious - that the economy is underperforming.

May 11, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Who’s on first? Romney or Obama?

Depending on which poll you believe, Obama is either up by 3, 7 or 9 points, or down by 1, 3 or 5.

May 10, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


A sham for Wal-Mart’s scam in Mexico

First, the corruption. Then, the cover-up. And now, a sham to cover-up the cover-up.

May 10, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Julia: A woman in need of protector

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," President John F. Kennedy famously said in his inaugural address.

May 08, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Obama, Congress breaking promise on healthcare

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May 07, 2012 | | Other Views


Decade of war - for what?

"My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war," said Barack Obama from Bagram Air Base.

May 07, 2012 | by PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Obama entitled to victory lap

President Barack Obama was entitled to a victory lap. In August 2007, then-Sen. Obama stuck out his neck when he said that there were terrorists holed up in the mountains of Pakistan and that he was willing to do something about it.

May 06, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Thou shall support the welfare state

As a candidate for the presidency, George W. Bush took heat for supposedly saying something like, "God wanted me to become president." He never said that. But no matter. Here comes another yet another Bible-banging religious conservative "taking his marching orders from God." Apparently, if you feel God endorses a particular path, God wants you to keep the news to yourself.

May 04, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


(Pete) Stark raving congressman

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has made some nasty charges during his 19 terms in Congress. Stark has called a female colleague a "whore," a male colleague a "little fruitcake" and a black Cabinet member "a disgrace to his race." At a political debate last month, Stark accused Democratic challenger Eric Swalwell, a city councilman, of accepting "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes" - without presenting any proof.

May 04, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Romney: Rich man, poor dog

Mitt Romney can't get past the Seamus story. In 1983, Romney put the family dog in a carrier on the roof of his Chevy as his wife, their five sons and their luggage squeezed in to the station wagon for a vacation. The dog got diarrhea. Romney has not figured out how to put the 29-year-old story behind him. So critics continue to use the episode as the defining anecdote about the GOP hopeful.

May 02, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Lifetime’s perky prostitute

Ten years ago, perky actress Jennifer Love Hewitt tried to jump-start a music career with a song titled "Bare Naked." Now she's trying that attention-grabbing tactic again with a sleazy new Lifetime series called "The Client List." She plays a massage therapist who turns tricks.

May 02, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


SF political correctness run amok

Former San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Brown is appalled. He didn't vote for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and he isn't his biggest fan. But when he considers the prosecution of Mirkarimi for bruising his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve argument, he is appalled. People lose sight of what types of cases should be prosecuted, Brown told me last week, and Mirkarimi's case is not one of them.

May 01, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Mitt’s photo-op neglects a little detail

Poor Mitt Romney. He might have the picture-perfect Hollywood looks of a president, but he keeps stumbling, bumbling, and fumbling along the campaign trail like he's in a Three Stooges slapstick comedy.

May 01, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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Flat-footed backflip for Wall Street

Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.

January 07, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


A party at war with itself

For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York.

January 06, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Remember 2014’s Demo wins

While last year's voters put a pack of reactionaries in charge of the new Congress, let's not forget that bigger majorities of the same electorate leapt at the chance to say "yes" to an array of unabashedly progressive ballot initiatives.

January 06, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


What’s up with ‘The Interview’?

"The Interview" is a funny movie that does a stand-up job showcasing how a not particularly serious or informed person would deal with Kim Jong Un - and evil itself, with all its blandishments. James Franco plays talk show host Dave Skylark, who discovers that the North Korean dictator loves his show. Skylark's susceptibility to flattery renders him willfully blind. Because Kim plays up to him, Skylark wants to believe that the phony grocery his chauffeured car happens to drive by is real, that reports that Kim starves his people are the result of media bias and that Kim, like ...

January 05, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Christie’s pork barrel politics

The past month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grew warmer and our thoughts turned to kindness and goodwill toward all.

January 03, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Hollywood plays with fire

In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne.

January 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Millennials rely on newspaper media

It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technology. They are a group more likely to check their Twitter or Instagram apps than keep up with world events. In fact, voters age 18-29 made up a mere 13 percent of the vote in this month's mid-term elections.

December 31, 2014 | By CAROLINE LITTLE CEO, Newspaper Association of America | Other Views


Remembering greediest Americans

Peace on Earth, good will toward men. We honor these noble values every holiday season - and some people actually work to advance them all year long.

December 28, 2014 | | Other Views


The war on cops

"NYPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?"

December 27, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Torturing Obama’s legacy

An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime's enthusiasm for waterboarding: "Impeach Bush," it urged. "Torture Cheney."

December 27, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


War against Christians & Christmas

There are 250 million Christians in America today, but most seem to be oblivious of the fact that they and their religion are under steady attack from those who apparently hate Christianity, or at least want to expunge Christianity from any public place or mention. That hatred seems to extend to all sorts of evidences of Christianity in our society, such as Christmas, which is a federal holiday.

December 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ethics training for Congress? Dream on

Do you - or does anyone - really need a book of rules and a three-hour briefing to do your job ethically?

December 25, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Global warming, empty gestures

I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results.

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


Obama throws Fidel a rope

The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro's Cuba.

December 19, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The spooks are haunted

The spooks are spooked.

December 17, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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