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There are two sides within the anti-abortion movement. On one side, stand men and women who care deeply about human life and fear that abortion devalues society by creating a caste of disposable people. On the other side, lurk crabbed adults who think women should be punished for having extramarital sex and that pregnancy is fit punishment that (luck of the draw) spares men and falls instead on women and girls.

August 21, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The GOP’s ‘Hunger Games’

Mitt Romney is a bit of a sci-fi buff. He not only took his grandkids to see "The Hunger Games" when the movie came out but also read the Suzanne Collins trilogy. I wonder whether he was thinking about the books when he picked Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

August 20, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Skipping over the shooting at FRC

Floyd Corkins, a volunteer for the last six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, marched into the Family Research Center with a gun and serious ammunition, denounced FRC's policy positions and shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.

August 18, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Turning college students into a commodity

Let's take a trip deep into the magic kingdom of "Laissez Fairyland" and prostrate ourselves before the infallible and inscrutable force known as the free market.

August 18, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Obama-Biden: Hope and chains

Vice President Joe Biden played the race card this week when he drawled Southern-style to a racially mixed audience that if Mitt Romney takes the White House, he'll "unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."

August 17, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS Political Commentator | Other Views


Bad Sacramento deal: More felons, less money

When the Legislature passed Governor Brown's public safety "realignment" plan last year, I was vehemently opposed to it because I predicted that it would put Californians in serious danger. Regardless, we were promised that the plan would save money without compromising justice. But judging from recent history and a new report from the Chief Probation Officers of California, the Valley is receiving none of what we were promised. It turns out, I was right to be concerned.

August 16, 2012 | By BILL BERRYHILL California Assemblymen | Other Views


Temp agencies: Shortcut to nowhere

It seemed that Joseph Holman, a 51-year-old redhead from Brooklyn, had climbed into the middle class the old-fashioned way: by the sweat of his brow.

August 15, 2012 | By GABRIEL THOMPSON Author of "Working in the Shadows" | Other Views


No citizen needs an assault weapon

For all of the gun lovers, feel free to go buy your Glock, shotgun, hunting rifle, .22 pistol, .357 magnum or any of the other guns at your disposal, but you do not need an AK-47.

August 15, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


All Ohioans should be able to vote early

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are engaged in a fierce battle in Ohio, knowing full well that it is one of the critical battleground states that could determine who wins in November.

August 15, 2012 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Gabby's hair: Issue of life & death?

Gabrielle Douglas became the fourth American - and first black female - to win a gold medal in women's individual all-around gymnastics. Effervescent and attractive, Gabby stands to make millions of dollars in endorsements. But she has received criticism - in the social media, via Twitter, Facebook and, according to The Daily Beast, several "black blogs."

August 13, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Accuracy: Not in campaign ads

In this very negative election season, the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns don't sweat accuracy. Even if fact-checking PolitiFact rates a 30-second spot as "pants-on-fire" false or Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gives it four Pinocchios - his maximum rating - no worries; they don't clean up their act. As Slate's John Dickerson wrote, to the grizzled campaign operatives of 2012, "if you're not getting four Pinocchios or a pants-on-fire, you're not doing it right."

August 12, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Death penalty & Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 counts involving a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. As part of the deal, Loughner will receive a sentence of life without parole. Victims' families have been spared the rigors of a trial, and prosecutors can be sure that Loughner will never again endanger the general public. Thank the federal death penalty, which applied because Loughner shot people at a federally protected political event.

August 10, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Harry Reid has one big mouth

Whenever a name Republican says something stupid or indefensible or arguably both, for the next three days folks will open a conversation by asking me (the only Republican they know) what I think about the latest GOP gaffe.

August 09, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Extra parent could split baby more ways

State Sen. Mark Leno wants California to recognize that a child can have "more than two legal parents." So he wrote a bill, SB 1476, which, he argues, wouldn't change the definition of a parent - for example, live-in lovers would not qualify - but would allow family court to recognize more than two parents only "when it is required to be in the best interest of the child." He stresses that if the bill becomes law, "none of our sponsors or supporters believe that this authority will be used very often."

August 08, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Will poll stymie pension changes?

The Field Poll is rarely wrong in gauging public sentiment. Its final reading prior to a major election almost never deviates more than 4 percent or 5 percent from the final vote.

August 07, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


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Crush grapes, not vintners

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business.

September 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Keep the no-ransom policy

The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley's parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as France and other European countries paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy.

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


NFL uses NOW’s playbook

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down a mere a two-game suspension for domestic violence, he took his cue from some of the very same women's groups now calling for his head.

September 19, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


SF feminism: Abort girls

Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so.

September 17, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Looking ‘soft’ on campus rape

In its wisdom (such as it is), the California Legislature passed a measure that would change the standard of sexual consent on the state's college campuses. Gov. Jerry Brown should veto this bill. If the University of California and other institutions that receive state-funded student aid want to demonstrate they have "no tolerance for any form of sexual violence" when students report rape as state Sen. Kevin de Leon has argued, then they should call the cops, not academic panels.

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


About those LA bums

The bums they were. The L.A. bums they are.

September 13, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


9-11: Thirteen years later

It seems like yesterday. And yet, so much was different.

September 13, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


America’s ‘Forever War’

The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to "degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL," is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.

September 12, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


The class war goes retail

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as "good" has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama's presidency.

September 09, 2014 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


War drums along the Potomac

By releasing the grisly videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, ISIS has altered the political landscape here and across the Middle East.

September 05, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


ANOTHER FERGUSON?

Why has there been no media interest in the police shooting of an apparently unarmed suspect in Salt Lake City?

September 04, 2014 | By LARRY ELDER Authro | Other Views


Upright & locked position

On Aug. 24, United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after two passengers got into an argument. It started when a 47-year-old man used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the 48-year-old woman in front of him from reclining her seat.

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


Farewell to another summer

A farewell.

September 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Rand Paul not afraid of Blacks

There is no white Republican elected official today who is coming close to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's effort to reach out to black voters.

September 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Can oil and sanctimony mix?

When Al-Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million in January 2013, former Vice President Al Gore, who co-founded Current, praised the deal. Both Al-Jazeera, a network owned by Qatar's oil-rich royal family, and his far-left Current TV, Gore said, were founded "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling."

August 30, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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