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On mercy, Obama is a gridlock of one

President Obama likes to complain about gridlock in Washington and blame Republicans for keeping him from doing his job. As president, he has the unfettered executive power to pardon individuals convicted of federal crimes or commute their sentences. Yet, while his 2008 campaign called for a review of federal mandatory minimum sentences to reduce the number of needlessly warehoused nonviolent drug offenders, Obama has pardoned a mere 22 offenders who served their sentences and commuted only one sentence. When it comes to acts of mercy, Obama has produced his own gridlock of one.

November 26, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Don’t cut our kids out of the budget

Barack Obama won his re-election fight because Americans who are committed to moving forward turned out in record numbers to vote, especially in battleground states.

November 26, 2012 | By Marian Wright Edelman President, Children’s Defense Fund | Other Views


The message Romney missed

The post mortems on the presidential campaign continue to pour in, the ones on the botched Romney effort the more interesting (and more depressing for those of us who supported him). President Obama was clearly vulnerable, and Mitt Romney clearly positioned to defeat him.

November 26, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


A time to reflect and give thanks

Thanksgiving week is a time to express gratitude and appreciation and to acknowledge what we are thankful for in our lives. Many of us have Thanksgiving routines and rituals that take us out of the everyday routine of our lives and provide a space for us to slow down, unwind, reflect and give thanks.

November 26, 2012 | By Jackie Gingrich Cushman Creators Syndicate | Other Views


Is Middle East Peace a Mirage?

With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace.

November 23, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Dwelling on half-full glasses

Like many people, I have a tendency to spend more time thinking about what's wrong than what's right, what's missing rather than what is there, what I don't have instead of what I do.

November 21, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Mitch and Boehner in Dreamland

Let's see – Obama won both the popular vote and the electoral collage tally. Democrats didn't just add to their senate majority, but added such feisty, progressive new senators as Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and Mazie Hirono. Even in the House, Dems won the national vote and gained seven seats. Plus, progressives scored victories coast to coast on ballot initiatives.

November 20, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Whose tax dollars are they?

A key question has raged in California for more than one year, ever since Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed two of his key tactics in the ongoing battle against seemingly perpetual state budget deficits.

November 20, 2012 | By THOMAS D. ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Trojan Horse in the debt debate

It's budget showdown time in Washington. With various tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in at the end of the year, the pressure is on for Republicans and Democrats to make a deal.

November 19, 2012 | By SARAH ANDERSON Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


An officer and a gentleman

Something very wrong has just gone down. It's played out so much like a soap opera, for those following the twists and turns of who sent whom a shirtless photo, but at its core, it is very simple. America has just lost the much-needed services of one of the most brilliant military leaders of our time because he had an affair with the woman who wrote his biography.

November 19, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Mandate to raise taxes on ‘rich’

Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the "rich."

November 18, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


Latinos’ one-side love affair with Obama

Clearly, we Latinos love President Barack Obama. He garnered nearly three-fourths of our vote. In battleground states like Nevada, Florida, and Colorado , we helped catapult the incumbent president to victory.

November 18, 2012 | By JAVIER ROJO New Mexico Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Voting: A pain and a bother?

Two heroes emerged at the polls this year, and neither was named Barack or Mitt.

November 16, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


About that monolithic Black vote

In 13 wards in Philadelphia, reports the Inquirer, President Barack Obama received 99 percent of the vote! A local Democratic ward leader outlined the strategy: "In this election, you had to point out to people what was at stake. And in many cases, they felt that the Romney doctrine was not going to favor the working man."

November 15, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Hiring hypocrisy of the NY Times

Mark Thompson, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, began his new job Monday as president and CEO of The New York Times. The lack of embarrassment was remarkable. Thompson claimed he was the worst kind of ignorant buffoon, knowing nothing about the massive sex-abuse scandal - and then its censorship - that's rocking the BBC.

November 14, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


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Wal-Mart scrooges us all

The nation's largest retailer is passing the cost of health care onto you.

October 25, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Terrorist-sympathizing opera

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is hardly a site for hundreds of angry protesters. But they have erupted over their current selection, an opera called "The Death of Klinghoffer." Leon Klinghoffer was the 69-year-old paralyzed New Yorker who in 1985 was aboard the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro, then executed by Islamic terrorists because he was a Jew. The terrorists forced the ship's barber and a waiter to throw his body and his wheelchair overboard off the coast of Egypt.

October 24, 2014 | L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Why are so many reporters liberal?

You heard it here first.

October 23, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Off to war we go

Here we go again - into yet another war in a tumultuous swath of the world we still don't comprehend. For a preview of what we're stepping into in Iraq and Syria, let's remember Afghanistan.

October 22, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Spare sermon on seizing sermons

If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.

October 21, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he'd live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what's best for California. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate "loyalty to California."

October 20, 2014 | | Other Views


Goodbye, Christopher Columbus

In 1492, "Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and discovered the New World. And Oct. 12 was once a celebrated holiday in America.

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


EBOLA CORRECTNESS

Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and '40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease - measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.

October 17, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Death on demand: Not dignity

I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received - terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live - I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.

October 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


You can’t make this stuff up

Just in the United States, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "makeup." But lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and the like aren't the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling.

October 15, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Corporate largesse

Corporations are funneling money to right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.

October 12, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Will next top cop back legal pot?

Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She's such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country."

October 10, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Try to buy baloney sandwich with that

Rather than urge guests to leave bigger tips and thank you notes, Marriott should pay its housekeepers a living wage.

October 10, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


College: It takes a mentor

I paid less than $10,000 to earn my college degree from a top-ranked school.

October 10, 2014 | By DIANA ANAHI TORRES Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


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