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Thanksgiving in & out of prison

In December 2001, I wrote my first column urging President George W. Bush to commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron, a federal drug offender who, at age 24 in 1993, was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction. Aaron has been part of my holiday season every year since Bush left the Oval Office and Barack Obama succeeded him.

November 29, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hagel’s out, inner circle remains

When President Barack Obama chose former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third secretary of defense, most Republicans were not amused. Obama was able to claim that his pick was an example of his reaching across the aisle, when in fact, most Beltway Repubs viewed Hagel with distrust.

November 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Hagel’s out, inner circle remains

When President Barack Obama chose former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third secretary of defense, most Republicans were not amused. Obama was able to claim that his pick was an example of his reaching across the aisle, when in fact, most Beltway Repubs viewed Hagel with distrust.

November 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Remember what Obama said

President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. He got his response loud and clear: The American people said, "No, thanks."

November 24, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Obama pardons 2 GOP turkeys

A Big Ag group with a soft spot for the GOP supplied the birds.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


UC TUITION HIKES

University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was "apoplectic" at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. "In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid," said Blum, "I'd have nothing but empty desks." And: "You've got to get real about this stuff."

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


America’s rogue president

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

November 21, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Putting a pitchfork in it

Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality "very destabilizing."

November 21, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Based on ‘stupidity’

"Grubergate" is the name for the embarrassing revelations about Obamacare by its chief architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted that the House Oversight Committee will hold hearings on this issue, so the public can learn the facts underlying this legislative failure.

November 19, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Overworked 1 percenters stressed out

Here's something that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


How did we get here?

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: "The people have spoken - the bastards."

November 18, 2014 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Elections have consequences 2.0

The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration." Those two words seem so benign compared with "amnesty" - the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon - but that is their meaning.

November 18, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Did we vote for war?

"How do you like the Journal's war?"

November 18, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Berkeley beats big soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley were making history.

November 15, 2014 | By Jill Richardson Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Feinstein takes on Airbnb

In her mind, Dianne Feinstein will always be mayor of San Francisco. She may be a high-ranking U.S. senator with more than her share of clout in Washington, but she never forgets her roots as onetime mayor and supervisor in the city by the bay. As Ess Eff's mayor emerita, Feinstein recently inserted herself into the city's regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental concerns. Last month, DiFi wrote a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle urging Mayor Ed Lee to veto compromise legislation written by Supervisor David Chiu. The senator sees Airbnb as a neighborhood killer ...

November 15, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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Hollywood hypocrites

When actress Patricia Arquette won an Oscar, she pled for "wage equality" for women: "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in this nation: We have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

March 04, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Corporate cons’ escape hatch

"Do the crime, do the time," goes the old saying.

March 03, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Political science: Heat’s on climate change dissidents

"I am under 'investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday.

February 28, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Clinton Inc.: Living large

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton addressed the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state comes to the Bay Area at a time when I hear more people, on the left and the right, cringing at the prospect of Clinton's heading the Democratic ticket next year - and, worse, squaring off against Jeb Bush in a Bush-Clinton rerun. To many, a Clinton nod has the grim inevitability of death and taxes.

February 27, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


War on drugs, SF-style

I can't tell you how many times I've had out-of-towners tell me they think San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city - so why is it that City Hall hasn't done more about baseball pitchers chewing tobacco at city ballparks? No, wait. I can tell you. I've never heard that. I have heard countless complaints from tourists and locals about homeless people sprawled on sidewalks, the stink of the city and the creepiness of walking downtown while navigating around urine puddles, feces and used hypodermic needles.

February 26, 2015 | Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Aiming starter’s gun at GOP

The safest bet you can possibly make at the beginning of a presidential election cycle is that the "objective" national media will savage the Republican contenders with "investigative" journalism. Not just one Republican contender, but all the Republican contenders.

February 25, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Hanging Rudy out to dry

Back in 1987, this writer was invited by friends to advise them on a press conference they had called to oppose President Reagan's signing of an INF treaty to remove all nuclear missiles from Europe.

February 23, 2015 | Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Drug war opposition builds

The times they are a-changin'. Last week, a Republican congressman from Orange County, California, joined Oakland medical marijuana dispenser Steve DeAngelo to urge President Barack Obama, a Democrat who started out as a critic of the war on drugs, to curb his Department of Justice. They want Obama to make his prosecutors stop trying to shut down honest marijuana establishments in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and the left-leaning DeAngelo have found common cause in calling out one area in which the federal government can and should do less.

February 22, 2015 | | Other Views


Taking on ‘Mayor 1 Percent’

The people of Chicago are grappling with a big question that people in nearly every urban place face: Can anyone really govern such a sprawling, brawling city?

February 22, 2015 | | Other Views


Path to imperial presidency

When Republicans challenged Obamacare in the courts, they sought to overcome the hurdle of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a program passed by Congress and enacted by a president. The legal challenge by Texas and 25 other states to the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration is different. Congress never passed a Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, to grant legal status to some 5 million immigrants. President Barack Obama himself never signed what his aides call an "executive action"; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson takes that honor ...

February 21, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Sacramento wants more taxes

After years of debt, deficits and budget cuts, it may come as a surprise to learn that our state government is flush with cash. But you wouldn't know it by the talk of tax increases coming out of Sacramento.

February 20, 2015 | By GEORGE RUNNER State Board of Equalization member | Other Views


A snow job: Process of writing

The other day I built my first snowman. It was cold and a little rainy and we didn't have the stereotypical carrot nose or corncob pipe to adorn our new friend with, but it was something of a success. It had branches for arms and I even used my hat and glasses to make him look cool - if a snowman can get any 'cooler'.

February 18, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Honoring our presidents

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

February 18, 2015 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Truth about religious violence

President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.

February 18, 2015 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Divest USA of UC

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. "UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others," proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion - which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote and five abstentions - faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation's high ...

February 18, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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