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Life according to Sam Berns

Sam Berns died last week, at the age of 17.

January 16, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

Who wants to lose to Gov. Brown?

How near death is the California Republican Party? It's this bad. Democrats hold every statewide office. Term limits have opened up a few offices; still, no serious Republican plans to run for attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer or controller this year. If the lead Democrat for any of those offices were to die in September, there would be no Republican in the race to win in November.

January 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Blank check for war on Iran

As we approach the centennial of World War I, we will read much of the blunders that produced that tragedy of Western civilization.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views

Sobering up without stepping down

Perhaps you thought the political world was finally safe from the dynamic duo of Rob Ford and Trey Radel. But no. Heeeere they come, rushing back into the limelight.

January 15, 2014 | | Other Views

‘Least productive’ complaints

Liberals are angry President Barack Obama won a second term, and yet, they didn't get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens. The complaint at the end of the year is that this was the "least productive Congress" in 66 years, with production always being measured by the amount of legislation passed.

January 14, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views

Chris Christie — Bridgegate floodgate

If I were governor of New Jersey and really wanted to know whether my staff had any involvement whatsoever in a nasty political prank that closed lanes and gridlocked traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September as payback for the Fort Lee mayor's refusal to endorse me, I would not do what Chris Christie did. That is, wait until December and then tell staffers that if they knew anything about the bridge mess, they had one hour to inform not me but my top underling or chief counsel.

January 14, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

The enemy of our enemy

In the wars she has fought, America has often allied with regimes that represented the antithesis of the cause for which we were fighting.

January 12, 2014 | Patrick Buchanan | Other Views

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

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Clinton plays gender card

Here's the setup. Hillary Clinton has been pointing out that her opponent Bernie Sanders, the darling of the left, has actually opposed gun control ...

November 02, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Familial mediterranean fever is genetic condition

DEAR DR. ROACH: After an intestinal virus, I ended up in the hospital with a sed rate of 110 and a high white blood count ...

November 01, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Weeks after NBC granted Hillary Clinton the favor of appearing on "Saturday Night Live," playing a bartender to the actress who impersonates her on the ...

October 31, 2015 | | Other Views

Fight for the Spratlys?

Trailed by two Chinese warships, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of Subi Reef, a man-made island China claims as her ...

October 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Thanking Safe Halloween merchants

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

October 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Hillary won. America lost.

The narrative following Hillary's testimony at Congress' recent Benghazi hearing is clear: Hillary won. She (for the most part) calmly answered all the questions ...

October 29, 2015 | | Other Views

Staffing up for corruption

Oh, great - just what America's Big Money politics needed: more campaign consultants.

October 28, 2015 | | Other Views

Pope toying with heresy?

Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times?

October 27, 2015 | | Other Views

Manteca needs help with crosswalks

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

October 27, 2015 | | Other Views

Would you like fries with that?

When it comes to predatory marketing to children, nobody's lovin' it like McDonald's.

October 25, 2015 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views

Clinton wrong about Snowden

Hillary Clinton is wrong about Edward Snowden. Again.

October 25, 2015 | JOHN Kiroakou | Other Views

Reactive blood pressure causes treatment confusion

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am sensitive to blood pressure machines. Whether on my wrist, arm or leg, they hurt, and my blood pressure goes up ...

October 25, 2015 | | Other Views

Dealing with barking dogs along fences

DEAR DIDI: I have had the Standard Poodle breed for 25+ years. Two of my three are UKC GRCH and they all have their AKC ...

October 25, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

In search of a cause?

"If the Cold War is over, what's the point of being an American?" said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels.

October 23, 2015 | | Other Views

Who can corral the crazy caucus?

House Republicans are in turmoil.

October 23, 2015 | | Other Views

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