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Forgive & forget Benghazi, dude

"Dude, this was, like, two years ago." Thus spake former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor on Thursday after Fox News Channel anchorman Bret Baier asked him whether he had been involved in changing talking points to prepare then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for Sunday talk shows in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya, attacks that left four Americans dead. Vietor explained that he should not be expected to remember something as "mundane" as "the process of editing talking points."

May 07, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Education ‘falls thru the cracks’

That's what the Simon Wiesenthal Center called the assignment given to eighth-grade students in Rialto, Calif., to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually happened or was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth."

May 07, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Delta College growing strong

Two years ago, Delta College was facing the prospect of closing its doors to summer school because of possible state revenue reductions. State budget cuts caused the college to limp through the recession, slashing courses, and losing faculty/staff positions through retirements. We had little operational funding to hire replacements. Then California voters passed Proposition 30 in November 2012, creating a five-year tax increase that staved off massive budget cuts and set a steadier course for higher education in California and the San Joaquin Delta Community College District.

May 06, 2014 | By KATHLEEN HART Superintendent/President San Joaquin Delta College | Other Views


Why am I subsidizing waiters?

Late April didn't just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It's when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association - a.k.a. the "other NRA" - swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.

May 05, 2014 | MARJORIE ELIZABETH WOOD | Other Views


Thanks for honesty, Donald Sterling

Their views are vile, despicable, shameful, pathetic and hurtful, but we should all be thankful that Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling didn't hide their true feelings about race.

May 03, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Lethal injection is torture, who’s responsible?

News reports this week were filled with lamentations from death penalty opponents about the messy and unnecessarily painful execution of Oklahoma's Clayton Lockett. As Andrew Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, Oklahoma corrections officials "were using an untested mix of lethal drugs, never previously used in that dosage combination, obtained through secret means, which precluded the possibility of oversight from attorneys or medical officials on the quality of the drugs. They were warned by medical experts, and asked by defense attorneys, to open up the process to review - by the courts, by doctors, by some members of the public. Yet ...

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


Strong winds can’t stop our fruit

"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him will bare much fruit." - John 15:1

May 02, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Other Views


Thanks for honesty, Donald Sterling

Their views are vile, despicable, shameful, pathetic and hurtful, but we should all be thankful that Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling didn't hide their true feelings about race.

May 02, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Lethal injection is torture, who’s responsible?

News reports this week were filled with lamentations from death penalty opponents about the messy and unnecessarily painful execution of Oklahoma's Clayton Lockett. As Andrew Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, Oklahoma corrections officials "were using an untested mix of lethal drugs, never previously used in that dosage combination, obtained through secret means, which precluded the possibility of oversight from attorneys or medical officials on the quality of the drugs. They were warned by medical experts, and asked by defense attorneys, to open up the process to review - by the courts, by doctors, by some members of the public. Yet ...

May 02, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The philanthropic superpower

If a single word could sum up the goal of Barack Obama's Asia tour, it would be "reassurance."

May 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Glasses won’t magnify Rick Perry’s grain

Rick "Oops" Perry is back, pitching himself for another presidential run. This time, he's sporting eyeglasses.

May 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


A confederacy of dunces

A secretly taped conversation between long-time L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his then-girlfriend was released. The NBA has now banned Sterling from the league. The commissioner recommends that Sterling sell his team.

May 01, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Is America still a serious country?

Well, it looks like Donald Sterling will not be getting that NAACP lifetime achievement award he was set to receive at the civil rights organization's 100th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in May.

April 29, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Anti-business Obama strikes again

When President Obama holds back approval of the Keystone pipeline, for the umpteenth time, it's bad enough that he's politically pandering to Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and manic radical opponent of fossil fuels. If he gives in to Steyer by blocking the pipeline, Steyer gives $100 million to Democratic candidates this fall.

April 28, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Wall Street bankers MIA ethics

Let's review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.

April 28, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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Hillary doesn’t stumble

That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team's stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.

May 13, 2015 | | Other Views


Eating crow after British elections

The media elite have a preeminent place in our politics, allegedly with the knowledge to declare what is politically feasible and what is not, including which candidates have a chance at winning and which do not. Before we head into a presidential primary season, it's time to insist that these "experts" don't know any better than the rest of us.

May 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Grievance culture, welfare state

After the mysterious death of suspect Freddie Gray, the Maryland state's attorney for Baltimore charged all six Baltimore police officers involved with his arrest and transport. The crimes ranging from "second-degree depraved-heart murder" to involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. Locals cheered her decision to charge all six. The charges followed three days of riots triggered by Gray's funeral and came almost immediately after the medical examiner filed his report calling Gray's death a "homicide."

May 12, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Pentagon works on creating ‘new food’

The Pentagon's mad scientists have a God-like goal of "creating" new food.

May 11, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Don’t know much about history

In March, President Barack Obama teased the notion of making voting mandatory. "It would be transformative if everybody voted," he said during a Cleveland event. "That would counteract money more than anything." Spokesman Josh Earnest walked back the idea the next day, after whetting the appetites of liberal activists. Too often, partisans talk about tinkering with our system to improve voter turnout without fixing why the electorate isn't showing up.

May 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Reagan’s lasting gift to immigrants

Mother's Day I hugged my mother tightly and celebrated with her. I'd like to thank our 40th president for that.

May 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Hollywood’s climate hypocrites

Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multimillionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex?

May 08, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


United States’ real drug racket

Al Capone, the infamous mob boss and bootlegger in Chicagoland during the 1920s, always maintained that he was just a businessman.

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


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