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Christine O’Donnell

Christine O’Donnell

Articles by Christine O’Donnell

Central Intelligence Director (CIA) Director John Brennan gestures during a news conference at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan is pushing back hard against the wave of criticism following a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing harsh interrogation tactics employed by intelligence community people against terrorism war-era detainees. Brennan and several past CIA leaders fear the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots. The CIA is now in the uncomfortable position of defending itself publicly, given its basic mission to protect the country secretly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

The White House wants it both ways on torture report

When grilled about CIA Director John Brennan's statement in the days following the release of the report, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dubiously refused to address the discrepancy between the CIA and the administration-touted "torture" report. Published December 14, 2014

"Building a local playground or library isn't the federal government's job," writes Christine O'Donnell. "If these things will enrich a community, then it's up to the local government to pay for it, or, better yet, to find a private charity to build them." (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Khampha Bouaphanh)

What the government does right

Everything the federal government does should be restricted to three functions. If something does not have a direct impact on defense, infrastructure or interstate commerce, the federal government can't touch it. Leave it to the locals. Published November 21, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with members of his public health and national security team about the response to the diagnosis of a second Ebola case in Dallas, Texas, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Obama's going through a presidential phase that won't last past mid-November

This week, President Obama decided to cancel campaign appearances on both Wednesday and Thursday so that he could huddle in the White House and monitor the emerging Ebola crisis. In other words, the President has finally decided to act presidential and, surprise, surprise, it's right before next month's mid-term elections. Published October 16, 2014

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O'DONNELL: Don't live in fear of the media's spin

We give too much power to the media when we react to their salacious stories. We especially give them too much power when we don't discern between fact and opinion in their allegedly objective news story. Published October 2, 2014

President Obama, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry at the United Nations on Thursday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Show Obama some lovin' but don't over do it

The United States is a house divided and the world is watching. We're on the brink of losing our allies while countries like Iran and Russia continue to join forces, Published September 25, 2014

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. In a major reversal, Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq.  (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool) **FILE**

Russia is the phantom foe in Syria

While watching Congress debate whether or not we should arm the Syrian rebels, I found myself humming the 1960s Shirelles song, "Will you still love me tomorrow?" Published September 18, 2014

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. In a major reversal, Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq.  (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

No action in Syria is better than half-hearted action

Doing nothing is a better strategy than airstrikes alone. Airstrikes should be a part of a well thought out stratagem. Without proper planning, the unintended consequences will increase the violence. There are too many lives at stake, too many unanswered questions. Published September 11, 2014

Christine Allen raises her fist while protesting with several hundred others in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 against the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Move over lobbyists, loiters are the new game in town

If you want the promise of the full resources of the federal government, if you want a personal visit from one of the administration's most powerful officials, then set buildings on fire and incite riots. Published August 21, 2014

Police walk through a cloud of smoke as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The freedom food chain goes amok in Ferguson

It creeps. It crawls. It eats you alive. It's a mass that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Will it be stopped before it destroys everything in its path? Published August 14, 2014

President Obama golfs at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Three daily habits to save the republic

With all the turmoil in the world, many people are feeling uneasy, wondering if they should feel guilty for going on with their lives. While it's not time to duck and cover, there is a reason for this unease. Published August 7, 2014

FILE - Russian Federation Ambassador Vitaly Churkin addresses the United Nations Security Council,  in this May 2, 2014 file photo. Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday June 26, 2014 there is a real prospect of a terrorist state springing up from Syria's second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq's capital Baghdad.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

O'DONNELL: Fourth of July: Then and now

Instead of a cowboy for a president, we have a boy who plays cowboy as a president. Instead of a leader who works with Congress, we have a child who taunts Congress with statements like "Sue me!" Published July 3, 2014