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Forgive & forget Benghazi, dude

"Dude, this was, like, two years ago." Thus spake former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor on Thursday after Fox News Channel anchorman Bret Baier asked him whether he had been involved in changing talking points to prepare then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for Sunday talk shows in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya, attacks that left four Americans dead. Vietor explained that he should not be expected to remember something as "mundane" as "the process of editing talking points."

May 07, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Education ‘falls thru the cracks’

That's what the Simon Wiesenthal Center called the assignment given to eighth-grade students in Rialto, Calif., to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually happened or was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth."

May 07, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Delta College growing strong

Two years ago, Delta College was facing the prospect of closing its doors to summer school because of possible state revenue reductions. State budget cuts caused the college to limp through the recession, slashing courses, and losing faculty/staff positions through retirements. We had little operational funding to hire replacements. Then California voters passed Proposition 30 in November 2012, creating a five-year tax increase that staved off massive budget cuts and set a steadier course for higher education in California and the San Joaquin Delta Community College District.

May 06, 2014 | By KATHLEEN HART Superintendent/President San Joaquin Delta College | Other Views


Why am I subsidizing waiters?

Late April didn't just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It's when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association - a.k.a. the "other NRA" - swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.

May 05, 2014 | MARJORIE ELIZABETH WOOD | Other Views


Thanks for honesty, Donald Sterling

Their views are vile, despicable, shameful, pathetic and hurtful, but we should all be thankful that Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling didn't hide their true feelings about race.

May 03, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Lethal injection is torture, who’s responsible?

News reports this week were filled with lamentations from death penalty opponents about the messy and unnecessarily painful execution of Oklahoma's Clayton Lockett. As Andrew Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, Oklahoma corrections officials "were using an untested mix of lethal drugs, never previously used in that dosage combination, obtained through secret means, which precluded the possibility of oversight from attorneys or medical officials on the quality of the drugs. They were warned by medical experts, and asked by defense attorneys, to open up the process to review - by the courts, by doctors, by some members of the public. Yet ...

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


Strong winds can’t stop our fruit

"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him will bare much fruit." - John 15:1

May 02, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Other Views


Thanks for honesty, Donald Sterling

Their views are vile, despicable, shameful, pathetic and hurtful, but we should all be thankful that Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling didn't hide their true feelings about race.

May 02, 2014 | By Roland Martin Author | Other Views


Lethal injection is torture, who’s responsible?

News reports this week were filled with lamentations from death penalty opponents about the messy and unnecessarily painful execution of Oklahoma's Clayton Lockett. As Andrew Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, Oklahoma corrections officials "were using an untested mix of lethal drugs, never previously used in that dosage combination, obtained through secret means, which precluded the possibility of oversight from attorneys or medical officials on the quality of the drugs. They were warned by medical experts, and asked by defense attorneys, to open up the process to review - by the courts, by doctors, by some members of the public. Yet ...

May 02, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The philanthropic superpower

If a single word could sum up the goal of Barack Obama's Asia tour, it would be "reassurance."

May 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Glasses won’t magnify Rick Perry’s grain

Rick "Oops" Perry is back, pitching himself for another presidential run. This time, he's sporting eyeglasses.

May 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


A confederacy of dunces

A secretly taped conversation between long-time L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his then-girlfriend was released. The NBA has now banned Sterling from the league. The commissioner recommends that Sterling sell his team.

May 01, 2014 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Is America still a serious country?

Well, it looks like Donald Sterling will not be getting that NAACP lifetime achievement award he was set to receive at the civil rights organization's 100th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in May.

April 29, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Anti-business Obama strikes again

When President Obama holds back approval of the Keystone pipeline, for the umpteenth time, it's bad enough that he's politically pandering to Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and manic radical opponent of fossil fuels. If he gives in to Steyer by blocking the pipeline, Steyer gives $100 million to Democratic candidates this fall.

April 28, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Wall Street bankers MIA ethics

Let's review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.

April 28, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


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The new Eric Cantor

How's this for a punch line? You stage a rebellion to get rid of Eric Cantor, who is on his worst day (to critics on the right) a very conservative _guy who relishes hardball tactics, and he gets replaced by a pragmatic moderate from California. You call this victory?

June 23, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Absurd activism on ‘Redskins’

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found its way to the front page by declaring the word "Redskins" was offensive and therefore unworthy of trademark protection under a 1946 law that proscribes trademarks for "immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter."

June 22, 2014 | | Other Views


The fight against campus rape

The first time I ever went "online" to do a search on the "World Wide Web" (yes, we used to call it that), I figured I'd pick a subject I knew a lot about and see what was there. So I typed in the word "rape" - a subject I learned about the hard way many decades ago and have been teaching and writing about for the past 30 years. To my surprise and horror, what popped up on my search were not sites aimed at providing resources or support for the victims of rape, but one horror story site ...

June 22, 2014 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Poll-tested pee in a cup

"Pee in a cup" is a phrase you should prepare to hear frequently this election season. A requirement that doctors be subject to random drug and alcohol testing is the curb-appeal provision in a measure that will be on the California ballot in November.

June 21, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Bombing won’t save Iraq

The panic that engulfed this capital after the fall of Mosul, when it appeared that the Islamist fanatics of ISIS would overrun Baghdad, has passed.

June 20, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Slaughter in Iraq — Bush’s fault?

President Barack Obama, on Dec. 12, 2011, called Iraq "self-reliant and democratic." He praised that country, calling it a "new Iraq that's determining its own destiny - a country in which people from different religious sects and ethnicities can resolve their differences peacefully through the democratic process." Obama said, "I have no doubt that Iraq can succeed."

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


A legendary failure of liberalism

When Brown v. Board of Education, the 9-0 Warren Court ruling came down 60 years ago, desegregating America's public schools, this writer was a sophomore at Gonzaga in Washington, D.C.

June 18, 2014 | Patrick Buchanan | Other Views


It’s their war, not ours

As the Islamic warriors of ISIS rolled down the road from Mosul, John McCain was an echo of French Premier Paul Reynaud, when word reached Paris that Rommel had broken through in the Ardennes:

June 16, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


‘Transgender tipping point’

Now that our cultural elites feel they have sufficiently educated the public on the virtues of gays and lesbians, it's time to drill down to the next level. Here comes transgenderism. Time magazine placed "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox (born Charles Cox) on the cover as the face of "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's Next Civil Rights Frontier."

June 15, 2014 | Brent Bozell | Other Views


The power of 3,607 voters

That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking.

June 15, 2014 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


A populist path to power?

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

June 14, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


How to interview Hillary Clinton

There are two ways to interview potential presidents. You can pepper them with tough questions, and why not? They're going to apply for the job of Leader of the Free World. Hillary Clinton is used to the other way: Shameless pap. Softballs to be knocked out of the park.

June 11, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Speaking truth to power

One of the hardest things to understand about the whole Bowe Bergdahl exchange is how the White House could be so hopelessly tone deaf as to not understand what was going to happen next.

June 11, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


New front in the CEO pay wars

Have you heard about Domino's Pizza CEO J. Patrick Doyle? He pocketed $43 million over the last three years running an operation that stiffs low-wage workers and rakes in taxpayer subsidies.

June 11, 2014 | By Sam Pizzigati Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Endless invasion of America

For 10 days, Americans have argued over the wisdom of trading five Taliban senior commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

June 10, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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