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Higher hopes for hemp

Take a moment and look around you. Look up. The sky hasn't fallen, has it? People in Colorado are buying marijuana - legally - and civilization hasn't come crashing to its knees.

January 11, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Welcome to the big leagues

My wishfully thinking Democratic friends are hoping that Bridgegate will sink the presidential ambitions of "frontrunner" Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor whose independent streak and straight-talking authenticity have earned him the mostly meaningless crown three years out.

January 11, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Why would out-of-work vote GOP?

CNN's Candy Crowley seems absolutely, positively astonished that Republicans could oppose raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

January 10, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Do look this gift horse in the mouth

It's still a mystery how Santa Claus got it down the chimney, but Bastrop got a Christmas present boys can only dream about: a big honking, steel-clad, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) truck.

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


Obamacare: Workplace disaster ahead

In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans with employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it, thanks to Obamacare's requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems "essential benefits." Some employers will consider this unaffordable, so after their current lower-cost plans expire over the course of the year, they'll drop coverage altogether.

January 08, 2014 | By BETSY McCAUGHEY Former Lt. Governor of New York | Other Views


LA firefighting recruits: One of 70

My cousin Ben, may he rest in peace, told me years ago that he was having terrible dreams about his house going up in flames, and the firefighter is there but can't save him because she's a woman. As the feminist lawyer in the family, I was surely to blame.

January 08, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Minimum wage and welfare

The Democrats have selected raising the minimum wage as THE issue to protect them from public opposition to the Obamacare fiasco, which is dimming their prospects for retaining the Senate in the 2014 elections. But raising the minimum wage may actually be worth considering if it has the side benefit of cutting the gigantic total of our hidden welfare programs.

January 07, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


California scheme bad for your health

In this wicked world of woe, there are hucksters, flimflammers, plain ol' crooks…and Republican members of the California Assembly.

January 07, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Is America going to pot?

Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado.

January 07, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Good news for independent judiciary

My friend Greg Jarrett from Fox News was the first to point out the irony. A few days earlier, I had made the point that it was a George W. Bush appointee on the federal bench who struck down the National Security Agency surveillance program that the Bush administration (as well as the Obama administration) relied upon. Three cheers for an independent judiciary. So what happens next? A different federal judge, this one a Bill Clinton appointee, has now declared that President Barack Obama's NSA plan does not violate the Constitution. As I told Greg, I really do love ...

January 06, 2014 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Enough happy talk about legalized pot

There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it's time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana - particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse.

January 06, 2014 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Obama should go to Sochi

With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized.

January 03, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Leasing out integrity to Coca-Cola

Irony is dead. It has been garroted by reality.

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


Global warming researcher stuck in ice

A funny thing happened during Australian climate change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

January 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The debate about gays goes ducky

"Don't be deceived," Duck Commander and A&E reality television star Phil Robertson insisted, when asked to define what he considered to be sinful behavior. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

January 01, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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Incredible, shrinking Obamacare

Obamacare is a fiasco. Why don't the media acknowledge that? And it's fair to ask: Why don't they ridicule it? After all, in the Bush years, the press reran President George W. Bush in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner time and again, did they not? Perhaps Joe Biden at the signing ceremony saying into an open mic that this was a "big (blanking) deal" would suffice.

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


Is Europe cracking up?

A week ago, in the St. George's Hall in the Kremlin, Russia's elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin's rule.

March 25, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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


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