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Judges need mechanism for mercy

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., believes that Congress is "about 10 years behind the public." So Paul said on "Fox News Sunday" as he argued against incarcerating marijuana users. Paul sagely suggested the Republican Party should employ such thinking to "appeal across the left-right paradigm."

March 26, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


One nation, without a clue

There was a time when we had a Greatest Generation. That would be my parents' generation. If you're a mere stripling of 40 or 50 or so, it probably was your grandparents' generation.

March 26, 2013 | By Donald Kaul Washington correspondent | Other Views


Autopsy for the Republican Party

A claque of liberals and media bigwigs are calling RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's 97-page political opus an "autopsy," which the dictionary defines as the dissection of a body after death. Some people are hoping the Republican Party is dead, but the grassroots are raring to rise up and fight.

March 25, 2013 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Putting some pop in populism

"In the wealthiest nation on Earth," President Barack Obama declared in his State of the Union speech, "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty."

March 25, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Is nothing private anymore?

Two guys are at a conference, looking bored. On stage, there's been talk about "dongles," which, if you aren't aware, are devices you plug in to laptops to get connectivity. Bigger ones are supposedly more powerful. Can you guess the joke? (Hint: about whether size matters.)

March 24, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Should shedder be shaved short?

DEAR DIDI: We have a long haired breed dog. He is super sweet and goes to the groomer every six weeks. With the upcoming hot weather we are considering shaving him short. What do you think? -Doggy Mommy in French Camp

March 24, 2013 | By Didi McElroy mycaliforniacanine.com | Other Views


Still shooting it up on TV

Adweek reporter Katy Bachman obviously doesn't know how silly she sounds. She recently passed along the intelligence that TV and movie industries would be "fulfilling a promise made to Vice President Joe Biden that they would be part of the solution to curb gun violence." They've taken the Newtown massacre to heart and toned down the violence of TV and movies?

March 22, 2013 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Goading gullible America into war

As President Obama departed for Israel, there came a startling report. Bashar Assad's regime had used poison gas on Syrian rebels.

March 22, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Turning Medicare into ‘WeDon’tCare’

Apparently, Rep. Paul Ryan missed the outcome of last November's presidential election. Oh, wait - wasn't he on the ballot in that election as Mitt Romney's running mate?

March 22, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Other side of immigration debate

We reap the benefits of cheap farm and meatpacking labor in the form of low-priced food, thanks to the contributions of millions of undocumented workers.

March 20, 2013 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Meet the NRA's biggest recruiter

If you want to know why Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban couldn't muster 40 votes - that's according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who says he will cut the ban from the Democrats' gun bill - attend a National Rifle Association event in Feinstein's backyard. Though critics like to paint the organization as an out-of-touch haven for angry old white guys, Sunday's NRA "Fun Shoot" at the San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range was anything but.

March 20, 2013 | | Other Views


Was Iraq war worth it?

Ten years ago today, U.S. air, sea and land forces attacked Iraq. And the great goals of Operation Iraqi Freedom?

March 19, 2013 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Segregation 2.0 by income

Our political vocabulary is changing all the time. Words that loom large in one generation's national public discourse can almost totally disappear in the next.

March 19, 2013 | By Sam Pizzigati Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


San Francisco’s new muzzle zone

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is about to introduce a law to end the city's 8-foot "bubble zone" around reproductive health clinics in favor of a new 25-foot "buffer zone."

March 19, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Drone on: War isn’t civilized

Modern warfare is an exercise in savagery.

March 17, 2013 | By DONALD KAUL Washington Correspondent | 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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