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Best government money can buy

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976. What the 1976 court saw in Buckley v. Valeo as a "quite modest restraint upon protected political activity" that serves "to prevent evasion" of the limits on contributions to campaigns, the 2014 court has now held violates the fundamental protection of political speech enshrined in the First Amendment.

April 03, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political columnist | Other Views

Internet helps redefine tolerance

Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on.

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

Branding school lunches as Obamafare

Ah, progress.

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

Bad week for abortion

Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. Just last week, there were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement.

April 02, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National columnist | Other Views

Shell’s fossil-fueled bombshell

Royal Dutch Shell buried a bombshell in its recently released 2013 annual report.

April 02, 2014 | By BRETT FLEISHMAN Senior analyst, | Other Views

Deflating Russia can be done

President Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again.

March 31, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views

A repeal by any other name

Should Congress repeal Obamacare?

March 31, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, Yee, & FBI: Your tax dollars at work

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film "American Hustle," about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

March 28, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Obama and the ‘hipster elite’

Politico reported something interesting before President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis: "The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own."

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

The Plane & evil incarnate

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.

March 27, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

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

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August 17, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Other Views

Shingles vaccine can prevent complications

DEAR DR. ROACH: My boyfriend, who is in his 60s, got the recommended shingles shot a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago, he got ...

August 16, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


DEAR DIDI: I take my dog for a nice walk each morning while the temperatures are still cool. The other morning he was doing his ...

August 16, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

California experiencing crime wave less than year after election

"The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" isn't living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved ...

August 15, 2015 | | Other Views

Manteca Unified ‘train’ wreck

Ashley Drain - self-proclaimed social media mogul and school board member dealing with a repertoire of felony charges ranging from election fraud and welfare fraud to ...

August 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


The media enthusiastically remind us that it's the first anniversary of the death of Ferguson's Michael Brown, a death that spawned the so-called ...

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Throwing public ed under the bus

Public ducation used to be, you know, public - an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.

August 14, 2015 | | Other Views

Carly as President?

Surprise. The one woman in the crowded Republican field, Carly Fiorina, turns out to be articulate and well informed, thoughtful and independent, actually the standout ...

August 12, 2015 | | Other Views


"Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn't Treated Fairly," read the Newsmax headline Friday. Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was ...

August 11, 2015 | | Other Views

Careful decision on anticoagulant use needed with patient’s history of bleedin

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old with a question about the blood thinner Xarelto. I take it for occasional atrial fibrillation. I hear ...

August 10, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

From size 22 down to 14

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca ...

August 10, 2015 | Jeanette Balmut | Other Views

SF’s Summer of Urine

How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed ...

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views

Phone scammers claim they’re from IRS

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 10, 2015 | | Other Views

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