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Relax, this won’t hurt - much, that is

Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut – and never, ever, ask national security officials if they think there should be more shortcuts around the Constitution's protections of our civil liberties.

April 30, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Obama’s 2.5 percent stall

Wall Street headlines are full of fears of a springtime stall for the already subpar economic recovery. And if that weren't bad enough for Obama's re-election chances, a spate of new polls show Mitt Romney's economic-approval ratings are far outdistancing the president's.

April 28, 2012 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


John Edwards, the campaign reformer

The smart thinking among savvy election lawyers and political insiders is that federal prosecutors will have a hard time proving that John Edwards broke campaign finance laws when he ran for president in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty. Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder captured this view when he said: "With the government having to prove that Edwards knew the intricacies of the campaign finance law and intentionally broke it, the government has a very tough road in this trial. He may not be a sympathetic figure, but that doesn't mean he should go to prison for trying to hide ...

April 27, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Newt Gingrich’s great adventure

Every four years, there is one presidential campaign that is much more fun to watch than the rest, even if it has no realistic chance of success. I loved watching Mike Huckabee four years ago. It was far better than watching John McCain going from the Straight Talk Express (fun four years before) to the cautious conservative.

April 27, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


How to build a better tuition trap

This week, President Barack Obama has been warning students that without his intervention, interest rates for a federal student loan program will double to 6.8 percent July 1.

April 27, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


If Mormonism is fair game . . .

A well-regarded Republican strategist at a private gathering recently warned, "And just wait until they play that Mormon card." By "they," he meant the Obama campaign and its complicit media cheerleaders.

April 26, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Twenty years after LA burned

"Bring diapers and wine."

April 24, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Dark Skin: Problem among African-Americans

Acura found itself in a bit of hot water last week when it was revealed that a casting agency in Los Angeles only desired light-skinned African-American actors for the company's Super Bowl commercial, featuring Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.

April 22, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Raising cigarette taxes a $1 a pack

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Proposition 29, the measure on the June 5 ballot in California to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1, to $1.87 per pack. Lung Association President Jane Warner likes to emphasize the demarcation at play: She's with the good guys, while the bad guys, big tobacco, will spend buckets more money trying to fight the measure than her groups will spend trying to pass it.

April 22, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


How dumb can you be?

I went to a strip club once. OK, maybe it was twice. The guys were going; I was curious.

April 21, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


The Mad Hatter of the GOP’s tea party

Just when you think the tea party Republican majority in the U.S. House couldn't possibly get any screwier, up jumps Rep. Allen West.

April 21, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Myths of ‘racist’ criminal justice system

Calling America's criminal justice system "racist" is not confined to "civil rights leaders" like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, "are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences ... for the same crime."

April 20, 2012 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


The political debate: Women’s work

As it turns out, Hilary Rosen was wrong about Ann Romney not working a day in her life. She's plainly working right now, as a strategist for her husband's campaign, not a stay-at-home mom. For all the shock and chagrin about Rosen's comment (which was, of course, poorly put, but was an effort to address the question of whether the Romneys could understand the problems of "people like us," as pollsters usually ask it), it turns out that Mrs. Romney wasn't insulted at all. She considered it an "early birthday gift," a strategic opportunity for her ...

April 18, 2012 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


They shoot rich guys, don’t they?

President Barack Obama calls his proposed tax on millionaires the "Buffett rule," based on financier Warren Buffett's claim that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Obama claims that the "Buffett rule" asks millionaires to "do their fair share" by paying the same income tax rate that middle-class families pay.

April 18, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


June 5 primary now means little

Never again. That should be the determined motto of California legislators who will set dates for this state's future primary elections, now that it's perfectly clear the June 5 California Republican presidential primary election will mean little or nothing, just like all other June primaries contested here since 1972.

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


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Disinvestment of fossil fuels

A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California's endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. "As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change," Fossil Free UC explains on its website.

July 21, 2014 | by Debra Saunders | Other Views


Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

July 20, 2014 | by JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Triumph of dubious appeals

A - all bow - federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

July 19, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


N. Carolina’s moral freedom summer

The Moral Monday movement is mobilizing again.

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


Triumph of dubious appeals

A - all bow - federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment."

July 19, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


N. Carolina’s moral freedom summer

The Moral Monday movement is mobilizing again.

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


Reporter without visa at border

The star of a CNN film, "Documented," journalist Jose Antonio Vargas went to Texas to bring attention to the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally since October. On Tuesday, authorities detained Vargas at McAllen/Miller International Airport because his Philippine passport lacks a U.S. visa. Within hours, Immigration and Customs Enforcement released him.

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


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