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Robert Slayton: California Republicans

California’s Republican Party is going to lose statewide elections for a long time. And it’s not just because of the leaders and candidates; it’s their electorate that is preserving this fate. Let’s start with the people who should head the ticket. The Golden State’s Grand Old Party has professional politicians with both charisma and issues that will appeal to many voters. Positions like a stress on individual responsibility and cutting the deficit. Conventional pols advocating these values could easily be winners. I am exempting from the above statement amateurs like the current governor. Arnie actually helped the Dems defeat Meg
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Richard Greener: Why Not Try This: Establishing Principles for Evaluating Measures Designed to Protect the Homeland From Terrorism?

The name “Homeland Security” speaks for itself. If the homeland wasn’t in danger, perhaps even in jeopardy, the agency known as Homeland Security would not exist. There would be no reason for it. And there would be no sub-group of more than 50,000 agents called the TSA and they would not be spending in excess of $7 billion a year to “protect” commercial air passengers and those living on the ground below some nearly 80,000 aircraft in US skies everyday from terrorists. The attacks of 9/11 generated this type of national hyper-response. The objective was, of course, to prevent another
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Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Calls For Immediate DADT Repeal

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he supports Congress using its lame-duck session to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Adm. Mike Mullen says he backs action before the new Congress in January – if that’s what it takes to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as soon as possible. A Pentagon report on the impact of lifting the ban is set for release Dec. 1. The Washington Post has reported that the study concludes the military can lift the ban with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to
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Warren Buffett: I ‘Should Be Paying A Lot More In Taxes’

WASHINGTON — Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good. “I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour in a clip played on “This Week” on Sunday. When Amanpour pointed to critics’ claims that the very wealthy need tax cuts to spur business and capitalism, Buffett replied, “The rich are always going to
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Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton: New START Treaty ‘Should Be Nonpartisan, Not Just Bipartisan’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen appeared on the Sunday morning public affairs shows to urge the Senate to stop obstructing the New START Treaty, a bilateral arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia, underscoring the importance of the issue for the Obama administration. “I think this is — more than anything else, it’s a national security issue,” said Mullen on ABC’s “This Week.” “I was involved extensively in the negotiations with my counterpart in Russia. We have for decades have had treaties with them to be able
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Terry Newell: Trade-Off America

There are two things we know about enhanced X-ray screening and full-body pat-downs at TSA check points. The first is that if we abolish them and a terrorist blows up a plane as a result of concealed explosives, Congressional hearings will castigate the TSA for failing to protect the public. The second is that if we keep them, Congressional hearings will castigate the TSA for excessive invasion of privacy in protecting the public. We learned this “damned if you do-damned if you don’t” lesson about government years ago, when media reports of tax cheaters led Congress to demand that the
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