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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


Using click training to help dogs learn new tricks

DEAR DIDI: I would like to teach my dog some tricks. I read something about clicker training. Is that good to use when teaching tricks? Dog Fun in Lathrop, CA

February 03, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Keep dancing for Jesus, Ray Lewis!

Keep Dancing for Jesus, Ray Lewis!

February 03, 2013 | | Other Views


Mass-marketing goes platinum

Hawkers of consumer products are embracing the growing gulf between rich and poor Americans.

February 03, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Don't let your boss steal your lunch break

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Alone? Continuing to work as you chew?

February 01, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


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Cry a river over California’s drought

As a Californian, I have not gotten too much sympathy from friends and family about our rotten weather this winter. Yes, I said rotten weather. It's been incredibly pleasant- except for a few times when the temperature crept up to 90 - but we've hardly had any rain.

March 24, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Death-row-optional death row series

Actor-turned-producer Robert Redford boasts that his new CNN series, "Death Row Stories," is "about the search for justice and truth." That's odd, because the series has aired three episodes and they're all about victims of prosecutorial abuse. So far, nobody's really guilty. The second episode features a woman who never spent a night on death row.

March 24, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


How about banning bossy billionaires?

Of course Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is right to point out that "bossy," the other B-word, is often used to discourage girls - and later women - from becoming leaders. "Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up," says the website of her "Ban Bossy" campaign. "By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys - a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead."

March 21, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


California GOP halts orgy of panic

Even though it was in Burlingame, one might have expected the California Republican Party's weekend convention to feel a bit like the last days of Pompeii. The Dems hold every statewide office and control both houses of the Legislature. Still, GOP Chairman Jim Brulte managed to halt an orgy of panic.

March 20, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Pornified professor vs pro-life youth

The other day, this story hit the New Media. It's one the Old Media will simply never report.

March 19, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


America’s rigged housing market

The homeownership rate is declining while rents rise and hedge funds snap up thousands of foreclosed homes.

March 19, 2014 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


What difference does it make?

In the last stanza of "The Battle of Blenheim," Robert Southey writes:

March 14, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Caught in the act of snooping

Medical science has long known that the optic nerve runs from the retina of our eyeballs to the visual cortex of our brains, letting us see what's going on around us.

March 14, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


What would the GOP do?

Though Barack Obama is widely regarded as a weak president, is the new world disorder really all his fault?

March 13, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


So much for the new Russia

It didn't take very long for the smiling sports fan cheering in the Olympic stands to revert to his true nature. I'm referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB leader whose idea of diplomacy is sending in the troops.

March 12, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


We should make work pay more

"It is time to give America a raise," President Barack Obama proclaimed in support of his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.

March 12, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

In assessing the motives and actions of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton compared them to Adolf Hitler's. Almost always a mistake.

March 10, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


You are paying for corporate crime

Sometimes, a news story can be so crammed with irony that it boggles the mind. Consider just the headline on one such story that ran recently in my town's daily paper: "Man gets 10 years for defrauding banks."

March 10, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The Silence of the Tax Lamb

Former IRS official Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right Wednesday not to incriminate herself when she testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS targeting of tea party groups.

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


Listening on two flights to San Jose

A few weeks ago, the woman next to me on a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to San Jose said she was going north to have her hair done. For a moment, I indulged myself. Imagine a life where you have the freedom to get on a plane on a Thursday to have your hair done. I felt self-righteous and hardworking, for at least the 90 seconds that elapsed before the woman told me the whole truth. She was also going north to tend to the garden she and her family planted at the site where her 17-year-old son drove ...

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


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