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Putting a pitchfork in it

Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality "very destabilizing."

November 21, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obamacare: Based on ‘stupidity’

"Grubergate" is the name for the embarrassing revelations about Obamacare by its chief architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted that the House Oversight Committee will hold hearings on this issue, so the public can learn the facts underlying this legislative failure.

November 19, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Overworked 1 percenters stressed out

Here's something that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


How did we get here?

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: "The people have spoken - the bastards."

November 18, 2014 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Elections have consequences 2.0

The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration." Those two words seem so benign compared with "amnesty" - the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon - but that is their meaning.

November 18, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Did we vote for war?

"How do you like the Journal's war?"

November 18, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Berkeley beats big soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley were making history.

November 15, 2014 | By Jill Richardson Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Feinstein takes on Airbnb

In her mind, Dianne Feinstein will always be mayor of San Francisco. She may be a high-ranking U.S. senator with more than her share of clout in Washington, but she never forgets her roots as onetime mayor and supervisor in the city by the bay. As Ess Eff's mayor emerita, Feinstein recently inserted herself into the city's regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental concerns. Last month, DiFi wrote a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle urging Mayor Ed Lee to veto compromise legislation written by Supervisor David Chiu. The senator sees Airbnb as a neighborhood killer ...

November 15, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Shy people steal elections

A big surprise from this year's elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: shy people.

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


Operating under influence of profits

What happens to a person when their reckless driving while under the influence alcohol kills eight people? How about if this same person then gets indicted for criminal negligence leading to the accident and for lying about vehicle maintenance records? And, on top of it all, additional federal charges of jury tampering and backroom deal making? While confinement and loss of liberty might be expected for an individual whose dependence on alcohol results in death and destruction, what happens if the "person" instead is a corporation hooked on profits?

November 12, 2014 | By MARK TONEY Executive director, The Utility Reform Network | Other Views


Military-industrial complex & police

Don't look now, but the overbearing power of America's military-industrial complex has probably snuck into your town.

November 11, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


A Viagra for bored voters?

SACRAMENTO - Democrats won every statewide office and a comfortable majority of the congressional delegation and legislative seats. Yet at Capitol Weekly's election postmortem confab Thursday, Republicans were giddy, and many Democrats were, well, agitated.

November 08, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Dealing with bad things

A good friend who lives on the East Coast lost his 28-year-old daughter in a tragic accident of carbon monoxide poisoning.

November 06, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


President Obama’s dumb war

If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call the Iraq War what it was: "dumb."

November 06, 2014 | By PETER CERTO Editor of Foreign Policy in Focus | Other Views


U-turn at America’s ballot boxes

Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats and won gubernatorial races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.

November 06, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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A general misunderstanding

Last week's media chew toy involved the number of former generals President-elect Donald J. Trump has nominated for his cabinet. The ABC News website ...

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Will Trump defy McCain?

When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putin's Russia, was Donald Trump's choice ...

December 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Our one-party state

Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little ...

December 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump could learn from Hamilton

By now you've probably heard that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by fellow theater-goers at a performance of the musical Hamilton, an unlikely ...

December 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Democrats: From temper tantrum to self-delusion

Hard to believe, but Hillary Clinton's campaign team thinks they lost because Donald Trump ignited America's inner bigot, which caused the KKK and ...

December 08, 2016 | | Other Views


The real wall we need to build is in DC

Building a wall, per se, won't address what is really fueling a mass "illegal" immigration from south of the border.

December 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Living in the twilight

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all ...

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump calling out Xi Jinping?

Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to President-elect Donald Trump illuminated the Asian landscape.

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


A Civil War Christmas

The American Civil War, despite its savagery and enormous loss of life, still was the cause for many changes to our nation, which has been ...

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Fake news versus junk news

The big "fake news" stories of 2016 were the polls. Most showed Donald Trump losing big in November, thus cable news ran countless renditions of ...

December 06, 2016 | | Other Views


State’s river flow plan flawed on many levels

Visionary investments in dams, canals and facilities made generations ago by local farmers have allowed our two irrigation districts – Oakdale and South San Joaquin – to ...

December 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Wonders if her dog is stuck up

DEAR DIDI: My dog seems excited when I grab her leash to go for a walk but when we actually get out there she acts ...

December 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Mild neuropathy may be result of medication side effect

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are ...

December 04, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Clinton vs. Trump II, 2020

Every sane person expects Green Party candidate Jill Stein's attempt to overturn the election with her vote recount effort to crash and burn. Given ...

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


A republican ban on internet gambling would repeat a costly democratic mistake

Debra Saunders is off this week. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy.

November 30, 2016 | | Other Views


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