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John Edwards, the campaign reformer

The smart thinking among savvy election lawyers and political insiders is that federal prosecutors will have a hard time proving that John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he ran for president in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty. Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder captured this view when he said: "With the government having to prove that Edwards knew the intricacies of the campaign finance law and intentionally broke it, the government has a very tough road in this trial. He may not be a sympathetic figure, but that doesn't mean he should go to prison for trying to hide ...

April 27, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Newt Gingrich’s great adventure

Every four years, there is one presidential campaign that is much more fun to watch than the rest, even if it has no realistic chance of success. I loved watching Mike Huckabee four years ago. It was far better than watching John McCain going from the Straight Talk Express (fun four years before) to the cautious conservative.

April 27, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


How to build a better tuition trap

This week, President Barack Obama has been warning students that without his intervention, interest rates for a federal student loan program will double to 6.8 percent July 1.

April 27, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


If Mormonism is fair game . . .

A well-regarded Republican strategist at a private gathering recently warned, "And just wait until they play that Mormon card." By "they," he meant the Obama campaign and its complicit media cheerleaders.

April 26, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Twenty years after LA burned

"Bring diapers and wine."

April 24, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Dark Skin: Problem among African-Americans

Acura found itself in a bit of hot water last week when it was revealed that a casting agency in Los Angeles only desired light-skinned African-American actors for the company's Super Bowl commercial, featuring Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.

April 22, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Raising cigarette taxes a $1 a pack

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Proposition 29, the measure on the June 5 ballot in California to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1, to $1.87 per pack. Lung Association President Jane Warner likes to emphasize the demarcation at play: She's with the good guys, while the bad guys, big tobacco, will spend buckets more money trying to fight the measure than her groups will spend trying to pass it.

April 22, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


How dumb can you be?

I went to a strip club once. OK, maybe it was twice. The guys were going; I was curious.

April 21, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The Mad Hatter of the GOP’s tea party

Just when you think the tea party Republican majority in the U.S. House couldn't possibly get any screwier, up jumps Rep. Allen West.

April 21, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Myths of ‘racist’ criminal justice system

Calling America's criminal justice system "racist" is not confined to "civil rights leaders" like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, "are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences ... for the same crime."

April 20, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


The political debate: Women’s work

As it turns out, Hilary Rosen was wrong about Ann Romney not working a day in her life. She's plainly working right now, as a strategist for her husband's campaign, not a stay-at-home mom. For all the shock and chagrin about Rosen's comment (which was, of course, poorly put, but was an effort to address the question of whether the Romneys could understand the problems of "people like us," as pollsters usually ask it), it turns out that Mrs. Romney wasn't insulted at all. She considered it an "early birthday gift," a strategic opportunity for her ...

April 18, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


They shoot rich guys, don’t they?

President Barack Obama calls his proposed tax on millionaires the "Buffett rule," based on financier Warren Buffett's claim that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Obama claims that the "Buffett rule" asks millionaires to "do their fair share" by paying the same income tax rate that middle-class families pay.

April 18, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


June 5 primary now means little

Never again. That should be the determined motto of California legislators who will set dates for this state's future primary elections, now that it's perfectly clear the June 5 California Republican presidential primary election will mean little or nothing, just like all other June primaries contested here since 1972.

April 16, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


The horror of wearing hoodies in America

I've not weighed in on the Trayvon Martin killing, because I really didn't have anything to add. Until now.

April 16, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Impact of leftist California professors

"I don't know any polite way of putting this - but he's lying," said professor John Ellis, president of the National Association of Scholars' California division. Ellis was reacting to a critic's characterization of the NAS's damning report, "A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California."

April 15, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


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Spare sermon on seizing sermons

If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.

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


Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he'd live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what's best for California. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate "loyalty to California."

October 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Goodbye, Christopher Columbus

In 1492, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and discovered the New World. And Oct. 12 was once a celebrated holiday in America.

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


EBOLA CORRECTNESS

Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and '40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease - measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.

October 17, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Death on demand: Not dignity

I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received - terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live - I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.

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


You can’t make this stuff up

Just in the United States, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "makeup." But lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and the like aren't the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling.

October 15, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Corporate largesse

Corporations are funneling money to right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.

October 12, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Will next top cop back legal pot?

Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She's such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country."

October 10, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Try to buy baloney sandwich with that

Rather than urge guests to leave bigger tips and thank you notes, Marriott should pay its housekeepers a living wage.

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


College: It takes a mentor

I paid less than $10,000 to earn my college degree from a top-ranked school.

October 10, 2014 | By DIANA ANAHI TORRES Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Health care: Only in America

I hadn't heard from my friend John in some time.

October 09, 2014 | PHILIP BOOKMAN | Other Views


Volunteers for vino: Saga continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines, back wages and penalties for using unpaid volunteers. Those fees put Westover in the red.

October 09, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


None can call it treason

A couple of weeks ago at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met's new facade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete.

October 08, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


That gosh darn minimum wage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."

October 08, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Dog running into things could have eyesight issues

DEAR DIDI: Our four year old pit mix will play with toys if we interact with them but if we throw the toy and ask him to fetch he loses all interest and walks away. He runs into things around the house fairly often so we are wondering if he has a balance or coordination issue. How PETS we work on this? We adopted him when he was a year old and he is so calm and such a joy to us. Our other issue, unrelated, is that he growls intensely at anyone that comes to our home even if ...

October 07, 2014 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


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