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Loose screws on Achy-Breaky Bay Bridge

Gov. Jerry Brown recently stepped in it when a reporter asked him about the Bay Bridge. In March, 32 of 96 key rods in the under-construction eastern span cracked after they were tightened. Dao Guv -- who, as Oakland's mayor, helped delay construction of the new span to win a tony, world-class design -- gave the wrong answer: "(Scatological stuff) happens."

May 23, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Newsom turns a new leaf on pot

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom likes to be out front on issues. As San Francisco mayor, he approved same-sex marriages in City Hall even though they weren't legal. He pushed for a first-of-its-kind ban on city pharmacies selling cigarettes. Likewise, he signed the Special City's first-in-the-nation ban on groceries giving away plastic bags.

May 23, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Graduation: Play the hand you’re dealt

It is that time of year again.

May 23, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Clean up the IRS rat’s nest

When you get right down to it, the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the tea party. Rick Santelli, one of the tea party founders and my CNBC colleague, was the first to make this point. I've taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the tea party out of play for the 2012 election, as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another tea party landslide.

May 21, 2013 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Gohmert wins nincompoop roundup

My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it's only fair that office holders from other states be considered before deciding which one is the nincompoopiest of all.

May 21, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


What should Americans die for?

"The American people are weary. They don't want boots on the ground. I don't want boots on the ground. The worst thing the United States could do right now is put boots on the ground in Syria."

May 18, 2013 | Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Too much information is leaking

As a journalist, I am not supposed to admit this, but: I sympathize with the Obama administration's frustration over national security leaks. After a spate of leaks last year - notably, The Associated Press' reporting that national security officials foiled an underwear bomb 2.0 attempt last May - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein joined Republicans to denounce the Beltway's proclivity for leaking classified information. "This has to stop," quoth DiFi. "When people say they don't want to work with the United States because they can't trust us to keep a secret, that's serious."

May 17, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama’s legacy? Scandal

The Obama scandals started piling up on top of each other in the last few days. The civil servants who testified on Benghazi were heartbreaking. Then the IRS admitted a punitive agenda against tax exemptions for groups with "tea party" in the name or groups that "educate about the Constitution."

May 16, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


The art of inequality

Monumental gifts to museums are coinciding with the erosion of arts programs at the nation's public schools.

May 15, 2013 | By Sam Pizzigati Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Benghazi Cover-up matters

Last Sept. 11, a terrorist attack left four Americans dead at the Benghazi, Libya, diplomatic mission. The next day, a State Department official wrote in an email, "The group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists." Days later, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows and blamed an anti-Islam video for the violence, even though others in her own department knew better.

May 14, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


That ‘pretty white girl’ comment

Three young Cleveland girls missing and presumed dead turned up alive and in good health. A hero of the story is a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, a black man who helped free the girls from the home in which they were apparently imprisoned for some 10 years.

May 11, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Free speech & conservative students

It sounded like a freedom-of-religion case when a Columbus, Texas high school relay-race team was disqualified from the state track championship because Derrick Hayes pointed heavenward after his team won the race. That would seem odd in a red state like Texas. It turned out that officials were so strict, they warned runners to make no hand gestures after the finish line. Hayes had apparently pointed forward, and then upward, and for that he was out.

May 09, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Big ag chokes on its own scam

Amy Meyer was curious. Then she was appalled. Then she was charged with the "crime" of using a cell phone to video what appalled her.

May 09, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


How we pay for CEO ‘performance’

Federal unemployment benefits for 400,000 Californians out of work since last fall recently dropped 18 percent, a $52 cut out of weekly checks that average $297. Similar cuts are rolling out in other states.

May 09, 2013 | By Sam Pizzigati Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


The drunk guy in the parking lot

The report from the Arlington, Va., Police Department is, on its face, hardly newsworthy:

May 08, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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Silicon Valley worker conspiracy

"You can make money without doing evil" is No. 6 on the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true. The Google list leaves out a few caveats. Like: You can make more money flouting antitrust laws. You can pay your brainiacs less if they believe you will retaliate if they try to go to work for someone else.

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


Robin Williams & mental illness

When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought - for a moment - "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."

August 14, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


CYBER CRIMES

Most Americans have received an authentic-looking email from a scammer, purportedly from a bank, requesting an update to the account information for official-sounding reasons.

August 13, 2014 | By KATY GRIMES Political analyst | Other Views


John Boehner’s Kabuki dance

If John Boehner is so worried about the president's executive orders, why didn't he sue George W. Bush?

August 13, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Passing the buck on Bay Bridge

"Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


Koch brothers pony up for GOP

The Koch brothers - the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates - live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family's enormous stockpiles of wealth.

August 10, 2014 | | Other Views


‘Limited, specific & achievable’

That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

August 09, 2014 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political commentator | Other Views


Who owns the future?

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the "end of history" where "Western liberal democracy" becomes "the final form of human government."

August 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Nixon — before Watergate

It has been a summer of remembrance.

August 07, 2014 | | Other Views


Hollywood fools around with virginity

Back in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis saw chastity as under attack with "all the contemporary propaganda for lust that makes people "feel that the desires we are resisting are so 'natural,' so 'healthy,' and so reasonable, that it is almost perverse and abnormal to resist them."

August 04, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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