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In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, every politician who has me on their email list - and there are many, on both sides of the aisle - has been filling my inbox. All of the messages begin with the requisite expression of shock and horror, the business of sending out our hearts and prayers to those who mourn. Then the gun control advocates insist that now is the time for congressional action, and the opponents caution that no legislation is going to stop people (not guns) from killing.

December 20, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Grim New Year approaches for women

While some prominent Republicans appear to be more open to raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of a budget deal that would keep us from tumbling off the so-called "fiscal cliff," others are digging their heels in deeper.

December 20, 2012 | By Martha Burk Director Corporate Accountability Project | Other Views


Reviving a gun law that didn’t work

On Friday, a heavily armed young man walked into a Connecticut elementary school and murdered 20 first-graders and six adults before he killed himself. Even in a country inured to gun violence, this crime is too heinous to contemplate.

December 18, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Gov. Snyder: The Czardom of Michiganistan

Michigan is no longer a state. It is now "Michiganistan," an autocratic czardom in the hands of Emperor Rick Snyder.

December 17, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


The dead soul of Adam Lanza

"No set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society."

December 17, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Taxman to Middle Class: ‘Bend over’

President Barack Obama in 2008, and again during the 2012 election, promised absolutely, positively no tax hikes on the middle class. The rich, however, must pay more: "It's not me being stubborn, it's not me being partisan - it's just a matter of math."

December 16, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Smart conservative position on drug war

"Mandatory sentences breed injustice," Judge Roger Vinson told the New York Times. A Ronald Reagan appointee to the federal bench in Florida, Vinson was railing against a federal system that forced him to sentence a 27-year-old single mother to prison life without parole because her dealer ex-boyfriend had stored cocaine in her house.

December 14, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The airline industry’s rampant fee-for-all

Those who say we should run government like a business must not be frequent flyers.

December 14, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Cal Logo 2.0: Let there be UC Lite

When you think about it, it's amazing that the high-minded swells at the University of California didn't unveil a new logo sooner. The old logo, which will continue to appear on diplomas and official letters, features the school motto, "Let there be light." Ancient. An English translation of a Latin phrase. And a book. Dead-tree lit. 1868? Dead white guys. Under a star. Too militaristic.

December 13, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS Political Commentator | Other Views


Ripe for reduction in military spending

Here we are on brink of a major historical moment. We're beginning to wind down the longest period of war in our history. And we're about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.

December 12, 2012 | By MIRIAM PEMBERTON Research fellow, Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Observing Christmas in Santa Monica

Christmas in my home city of Santa Monica is different this year. It used to be that there were elaborate displays depicting the birth of Jesus in the big public park by the ocean. I've always believed that Christmas is a major religious holiday, and the display reflected that. According to people who know more about such things than I do, the large dioramas told the story of Jesus' birth according to the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

December 12, 2012 | By SUSAN ESTRICH Political Commentator | Other Views


The winter of conservative discontent

As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964.

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


Atheist attacks on Christmas

Bill O'Reilly asked this question on his Fox News program last week: "Why do I have to be the leader defending Christmas against its attackers?" O'Reilly was criticizing Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's renaming his state's Christmas tree a "holiday tree."

December 10, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Shortchanging future of young people

More than 5 million young people are looking for work. College is increasingly unaffordable, while youth jobs are few and far between. For years lawmakers have been cutting programs that help young Americans find a productive path. And as if that weren't enough, budget cuts scheduled for 2013 may hollow out what's left of federal education and training programs.

December 10, 2012 | By MATTEA KRAMER Senior research analyst National Priorities Project | Other Views


Republican retreat - or rout?

Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy - that Mitt was headed for a big victory - the jolt of defeat hit especially hard.

December 09, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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