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Polls biased? Gripers usually wrong

Every election year at this time, radio and television airwaves, newspaper columns and political websites are suffused with poll results. Some track voter preferences daily, like www.realclearpolitics.com, which carries a daily compendium of polls on presidential and other significant contests at the national and state levels.

October 16, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Can either of these guys govern?

Do Americans want to make Barack Obama a one-term president so that they can replace him with a one-term governor? My biggest beef with Mitt Romney is that he won his way into the statehouse in Boston in 2002 only to use it as a perch to run for the White House in 2008. He didn't run for re-election.

October 16, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Don’t let your vote be canceled by fraud

As we approach a major national election, we hear warnings about many kinds of vote fraud and possible recounts that might delay confirmation of the victors. We also hear from deniers who insist that vote fraud is a figment of the imagination of Republicans. It isn't; vote fraud is real.

October 16, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Paul Ryan contrasts with Joe Biden

Over the next few days, news media and Republicans will share video snippets of Thursday night's vice presidential debate. Voters will get an extra helping of Vice President Joe Biden chuckling, interrupting, laughing, mugging, smirking and otherwise behaving completely inappropriately. What Team Obama described as "just Joe being Joe" steadily devolved into Joe just being creepy.

October 14, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Is nuke deal with Iran possible?

In diplomacy, always leave your adversary an honorable avenue of retreat.

October 12, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Enough mother’s milk of politics

There was something ironic about the latest headlines detailing President Barack Obama's record fundraising success. His gigantic haul in September - some $181 million - was a big step up from the record pace set by both campaigns in August, when the president and his "affiliates" took in $114 million while Gov. Mitt Romney and his affiliate team took in $111 million.

October 11, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The fate of SF Sheriff Mirkarimi

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee needed nine of 11 supervisors to uphold his bid to fire Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. He lost. Four supes - John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim and Christina Olague - voted Tuesday night to retain Mirkarimi.

October 11, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Axis of Liberalism: Re-elect Obama

"I just thought it's too difficult. And you're not going to like this, but my gut feeling is that all the media is against George, Republicans, any Republican." - Former first lady Barbara Bush, who said she was surprised when her son won the presidency in 2000.

October 11, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


How “special” are those on Forbes list?

It's out! This year's list of American success stories has just been published, and, according to its compiler, it "instills confidence that the American dream is still very much alive."

October 11, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Huge victory for a principled Romney

Mitt Romney politely cleaned Barack Obama's clock. A lethargic and at times tired looking President Obama was out-hustled, out-facted, out-energized and out-informed by former Gov. Mitt Romney.

October 09, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Even in SF, there is no free naked lunch

The news release headline reads, "Supervisor Wiener to introduce legislation restricting public nudity to appropriate venues." That's San Francisco City Hall-speak for: The city is getting ready to ban public nudity, but not from the Folsom Street Fair or other public venues where nudity has been known to make cameo appearances.

October 09, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


What if Obama were white?

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said last year, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House."

October 08, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


A right to know what's in your dinner

One of the most important elections being held on Nov. 6 doesn't even have a Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, or other partisan on the ballot!

October 08, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


The curse of incumbency

Walter Mondale won his first debate against Ronald Reagan in 1980.

October 05, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


If you shoot the sheriff, you must kill him

San Francisco City Hall's vast machinery went into overdrive after police questioned Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi about a Dec. 31 argument during which he bruised wife Eliana Lopez's right arm. A neighbor videotaped the bruise and later contacted the police. District Attorney George Gascon filed three misdemeanor charges against Mirkarimi for domestic violence battery of his wife, child endangerment (because the couple's son was present) and dissuading a witness (presumably Lopez). San Francisco truly is the city that knows how - to overreact.

October 05, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


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Some common sense on cannabis

Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as "soft on drugs."

January 20, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Selma, 50 years later

On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America?

January 19, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

January 19, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Who polices the pay police?

One difference between top executives and worker bees is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below while simultaneously raising their own.

January 19, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The other ‘racial’ cop stories

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops - and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

January 18, 2015 | | Other Views


The other ‘racial’ cop stories

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops - and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

January 17, 2015 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Still lying about communists

Ask anyone under 40 to identify Paul McCartney or "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and the odds are you'll get a blank look in return. Ask someone under 30 to describe the Soviet menace and you may well get the same response. The first one is harmless ignorance, and some might argue the second one is as well. After all, it's over and we won, right?

January 15, 2015 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Dismissing the attack in France

When America was hit on 9/11, the world united around us. France just had its 9/11, and again the civilized world has come together, all except the United States. Where were America's leaders as the rest of the world united?

January 14, 2015 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


For the love of women

I love women. I've always loved women.

January 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Get wild but stay smart

Minutes to midnight on New Year's Eve, I sat around a fire with friends, discussing plans for 2015. I told them mine: to hike over 200 miles on the John Muir Trail through the High Sierras, by myself.

January 09, 2015 | | Other Views


Say Islam is violent . . .

Here's what I love about the French: They've long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris' Charlie Hebdo magazine "an act of exceptional barbarity," without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn't engage in the sort of blather White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered on MSNBC shortly after the shootings. Earnest called the attack a "terrible act of violence," but not necessarily terrorism.

January 09, 2015 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Flat-footed backflip for Wall Street

Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.

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


A party at war with itself

For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York.

January 06, 2015 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Remember 2014’s Demo wins

While last year's voters put a pack of reactionaries in charge of the new Congress, let's not forget that bigger majorities of the same electorate leapt at the chance to say "yes" to an array of unabashedly progressive ballot initiatives.

January 06, 2015 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


What’s up with ‘The Interview’?

"The Interview" is a funny movie that does a stand-up job showcasing how a not particularly serious or informed person would deal with Kim Jong Un - and evil itself, with all its blandishments. James Franco plays talk show host Dave Skylark, who discovers that the North Korean dictator loves his show. Skylark's susceptibility to flattery renders him willfully blind. Because Kim plays up to him, Skylark wants to believe that the phony grocery his chauffeured car happens to drive by is real, that reports that Kim starves his people are the result of media bias and that Kim, like ...

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


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