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The Republican Party platform of 1956

Here's some unexpected news.

March 07, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


There is no sequester catastrophe

President Obama may be backing away from his doomsday spending-cut predictions as the sequester goes into place. But the new party line is that while there will be no impact in the first few days, there'll be a slow, downward slump after that.

March 05, 2013 | By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Sequestration and stupidity

WASHINGTON - The screeching you hear in Washington is the sound of politicians slamming their mouths into reverse as they back away from their previous positions on the misnamed "budget sequester." For weeks now, we have been told that an $85 billion reduction in the rate of increase in federal spending - a 2.4 percent cut - will have devastating consequences for our nation.

March 05, 2013 | By Oliver North Honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance | Other Views


Give the Post Office a break

The Postal Service says it's going to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. This won't happen until August, but the overseers of our postal workers in Congress are already swooning.

March 05, 2013 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


The Borking of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Weeks before the Oscars, Sony Pictures, the studio behind "Zero Dark Thirty," put out this statement: "We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in (the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) as a platform to advance their own political agenda. The film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an artist's right of expression is abhorrent. This community, more than any other, should know how reprehensible that is."

March 03, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


America’s organized sports racket

While we sports fans regularly lionize the stars of pro baseball, football, basketball, etc., it's time to acknowledge that the team executives and owners are also great athletes of a different sort. They routinely make dazzling off-the-field moves.

March 03, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


How do you maintain dog’s quality of life when you ‘re away?

DEAR DIDI: I got my amazing dog, a Dalmation, five years ago. My husband and I were not blessed with children, so Dougy has been cherished. With the change in the economy I was forced to rejoin the work force last year. I am concerned about Dougy staying home alone every day and his quality of life but can't imagine our life without him either. Any suggestions? -Lots of Spots in French Camp

March 03, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


The politics of sequestration

Inside the Beltway, everybody's talking about sequestration - and not only about whether it will happen (various supposed "high-level" sources say they are not optimistic that it will be avoided) and what it will mean, but also - it being the Beltway - which side of the aisle will pay the price.

March 01, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Woodward-Sperling flap may turn tide

There is a rule in Politics 2013 that's evident in the flap about a White House aide's maybe threatening or not threatening Washington Post veteran reporter Bob Woodward. The rule: The more superficial the brouhaha the bigger its impact.

March 01, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Has the bell begun to toll for China?

"Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered," China's new leader, Xi Jinping, told a closed meeting of party elite in Guangdong province.

February 28, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Prosecutorial indiscretion & trials

"You've got African Americans; you've got Hispanics; you've got a bag full of money. Does that tell you - a light bulb doesn't go off in your head and say, 'This is a drug deal'?"

February 27, 2013 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Columnist | Other Views


Will dumb cuts trump smart cuts?

When Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., met with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board last week, she said reasonable people could pass a bill to apply $85 billion in sequester cuts more surgically. Too bad she's a member of Congress.

February 27, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The impact of Trayvon Martin's death

In the age of rapidly shortening attention spans and the mass media hopping from one story to the next, it is fairly remarkable that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one year ago Tuesday, continues to resonate in the consciousness of many Americans.

February 26, 2013 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


The pro-growth sequester

The Obama administration is whipping up hysteria over the sequester budget cuts and their impact on the economy, the military, first providers, and so forth and so on. Armageddon. But if you climb into the Congressional Budget Office numbers for 2013, you see a much lighter and easier picture than all the worst-case scenarios being conjured up by the administration.

February 25, 2013 | By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Broomstick and prison stripes

In its wisdom - and yes, I am being ironic - the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday that revives a California inmate lawsuit to force the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a paid, full-time Wiccan chaplain. Oddly, the three-judge panel found that the complaint "did not contain sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory under the First Amendment." Nonetheless, the court overturned a federal judge's 2011 dismissal of the lawsuit.

February 24, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


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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


Soda tax: Supervise someone else

The (well-funded, I am sure) opposition to San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener's ballot measure to tax soda and other sugary drinks calls itself the Coalition for an Affordable City. Its website features owners of corner markets explaining how the proposed tax would hurt their businesses and expressing their bewilderment at City Hall's picking on hardworking merchants.

August 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Senator 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.

August 01, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Obama: Blame Bush, then Congress

In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador."

August 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Father of Obamacare

Last week, by 2-1 vote, a Washington, D.C., appellate panel ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully changed Obamacare. Meanwhile, on the same day, on the same question, a panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the other way. This issue is headed for the Supreme Court.

July 31, 2014 | By Larry Elder | Other Views


The Indian mascot killers

Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn't reading USA Today. On the top of their Sports front page on July 22, the paper reported on activists taking a stand against "redface," championing a group called Eradicating Offensive Indian Mascotry.

July 30, 2014 | | Other Views


Pot prohibition doesn’t work

The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana.

July 29, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Congress hides its debt to lobbyists

When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger.

July 26, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


FBI: Gone fishin’ in SF

The FBI's motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity." But given the FBI sting against Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow - a convicted felon who was freed from prison in 2003 because the feds got him to testify against a confederate - I suspect that a more apt motto might be "Fuggedaboutit."

July 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Israel wasn’t the aggressor

The "crossfire" mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle. I've been saying for years that it might be just as entertaining, and certainly more productive, to see where ideological opposites find common ground. But until someone actually attempts it, we will keep spiraling down into extremism and incivility.

July 24, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


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