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Same-sex marriage needs voters' stamp

As a conservative with gay friends, nothing would make me happier than to watch Californians pass an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage - preferably with protections for religious objectors. Polls suggest it would pass today. Then the issue would be settled, and Californians - not a court in Washington - would have determined their own marriage laws.

March 07, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


ABC's porn pinup for teen girls

Sometimes it's hard to measure the distance between the supposedly established, respectable press and the seediest corners of hardcore pornography. On March 1, ABC's "Nightline" celebrated a porn star named "James Deen" (real name: Bryan Sevilla). The apparent "news" hook is his role in a forthcoming movie with the ever-more pathetic Lindsay Lohan.

March 07, 2013 | | Other Views


Dennis Rodman gets hammered

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman traveled to communist North Korea, a trip financed by a documentary filmmaker. Rodman appeared neither officially nor unofficially as part of the U.S. government.

March 07, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


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


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Divest USA of UC

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. "UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others," proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion - which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote and five abstentions - faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation's high ...

February 18, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Ridiculous Williams suspension

Brian Williams' six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren't mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over - though his tenure at NBC may very well be done.

February 16, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Ultimate enemy of ISIS

The president's request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country.

February 13, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Old McPontiff had a farm

Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses.

February 13, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Rev. Wright’s star pupil

"A steady patriot of the world alone,

February 11, 2015 | y Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Obama insults Christians

President Barack Obama inserted a jarring note in his speech to the annual Prayer Breakfast by insulting Christians with an inappropriate reference to the Crusades and charging that people "committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."

February 10, 2015 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


NFL stiffs cities hosting Super Bowl

How about this year's Super Bowl, huh?

February 10, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Is there is a death penalty?

What happened to California's death penalty? There has not been an execution since 2006, when a federal judge ruled against the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld three-drug executions. It didn't matter. Though as candidates Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris - who both personally oppose capital punishment - promised to uphold the law, in real life they've let things slide. Fed up, two men related to murder victims have filed suit to push the state to carry out the law.

February 10, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Smartphone could be poisoning kids

Kim Gunoo is a 15-year-old South Korean boy who has lived with perpetual diarrhea since birth.

February 10, 2015 | By ELIZABETH O’CONNELL Green America’s Campaign Director | Other Views


A tax cut for tax cheats

If the most frequently dialed federal agency in America can't even answer two-thirds of the millions of phone calls it gets, should the government cut its budget?

February 08, 2015 | | Other Views


Whose job is it to kill ISIS?

Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity?

February 07, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Where’s Woody Guthrie when we need him?

This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and in these hard times of tinkle-down economics, we sure could use some of his hard-hitting musical stories and inspired lyrical populism.

February 07, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Give yourself some loving

Life is short, so don't spend it beating yourself up.

February 06, 2015 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Smart medicine, foolish politicians

I believe that parents should vaccinate their children. Because children are vulnerable, the media have a responsibility to inform parents about the risks involved when they don't vaccinate their children.

February 05, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘Get out of jail free’ cards

"Many people were inconvenienced by the Montgomery bus boycotts. Do you think Rosa Parks should pay restitution for that?" Mollie Costello hectored the Bay Area Rapid Transit board at a recent hearing. Costello is one of the Black Friday 14 - 14 protesters arrested Nov. 28 for shutting down the West Oakland BART station and four of five transit lines for three hours to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police officers.

February 04, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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