Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:00:33 -0800 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate fcfb373a07a91995e7a7fb259fb1d8c0 Trump's Clash With CNN Reporter Shows How Polarized America Has Become for 11/11/2018 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta were made for each other. Both are masters at kicking up outrage.</p> <p>Acosta is a very likable guy, but he rarely asks actual questions. Instead, he uses press conferences and briefings to argue with Trump or press secretary Sarah Sanders.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 11, 2018</p> 54a6637872295f4560ed67d56a8b91ec Trump Sees the Migrant Caravan as a Winning Election Issue for 11/04/2018 Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump has reason to believe that the caravan of migrants heading toward the Southwest border might bring out his base of what he calls "forgotten" Americans. </p> <p>Progressives see his rhetoric as a "dog-whistle" for racists. But Trump voters I talk to see images of Central Americans marching toward the U.S. border and don't understand why activists and politicians support "offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant," as former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid put it in 1993.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 04, 2018</p> 6cad086aca15f7861bd048a791013488 Trump's Tricks: How He Riles the Media While Entertaining Supporters for 10/28/2018 Sun, 28 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Critics often accuse President Donald Trump of using dog-whistles to gin up his conservative base. But really, Trump's most effective trick is to get TV journalists to attack on demand &#8212; as you can see in cable news coverage on the caravan of Central Americans headed toward the U.S. border. </p> <p>Perhaps the biggest sucker for Trump's caravan play is Joe Scarborough, the former GOP congressman who hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Scarborough led his Friday show with a lecture to Americans concerned about the caravan. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 28, 2018</p> 439e8a403168edb3bbeb2da4952714a3 Body Slams on the Left; Body Slams on the Right for 10/21/2018 Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Progressive activist Wilfred Michael Stark was arrested Tuesday for suspicion of battery against Kristin Davison, the campaign manager for Nevada's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Adam Laxalt. </p> <p>Until he was fired after the incident, Stark worked for American Bridge, a self-described "progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions," His arrest, an earlier arrest at another campaign event, and other recent incidents involving the left made it appear this was open season on Republicans. </p> <p>Then, just when it seemed like the perfect time to write about Democrats' embrace of intimidation tactics, President Donald Trump stepped into the muck. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 21, 2018</p> e8c1df5fecc2a081899d93ec143fd7ec Trump May Be Inching Toward Broad Criminal Sentencing Reform for 10/14/2018 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump frequently brings up prison reform at his Make America Great Again rallies. The subject is on his short list of favored topics, like the wall at the Mexican border and killing NAFTA.</p> <p>Trump brought up prison reform in his 2018 State of the Union address. On Monday, he thanked the International Chiefs of Police for working with him on the issue. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 14, 2018</p> d4b726c869d0f6f6bfbcbf9eb03f4c34 Press Pack Set Aside Standards in Zeal to Smear Brett Kavanaugh for 10/07/2018 Sun, 07 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry.</p> <p>When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatically believed the accuser, a California professor, even though she could not corroborate her story. </p> <p>And when Kavanaugh talked back to his Democratic accusers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, they used his anger to argue that he lacked the temperament to sit on the big bench. CNN devoted hours to the unseemliness of his anger, with little thought to how dirty the news media looked for its role in the sliming of Kavanaugh. <p>Updated: Mon Oct 08, 2018</p> fad1b51e527efe53fccddf1a728da98c Kavanaugh Accuser Believable, But Can't Corroborate Her Story for 09/30/2018 Sun, 30 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, came across as genuine and believable as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. </p> <p>Maybe Ford was telling the truth, but she offered no substantial corroboration for her charge against Kavanaugh. </p> <p>Ford cannot say when the alleged incident occurred or where. She named three people whom she put at the house party where the misconduct allegedly occurred. All three have denied knowing anything about the incident under penalty of felony. (Ford also testified under penalty of felony.) <p>Updated: Sun Sep 30, 2018</p> 19f3ad3baad9572170ddcef7d1415ec5 Democrats Forget Rights of the Accused in Kavanaugh Case for 09/23/2018 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, like others in her party, apparently has forgotten that in America, the burden of proof falls on an accuser, not the accused. </p> <p>Thus Feinstein played a starring role in her party's efforts to slime the reputation of Brett Kavanaugh, an eminently qualified jurist nominated by President Donald Trump to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 23, 2018</p> fe1f01b4882252bbd1d55fbfec2ddb2a You Don't Have To Be a Bigot To Be a Racist Anymore for 09/16/2018 Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; What is a racist? There was a time when the answer to that question was pretty clear-cut. A racist was someone who joined a group like the Ku Klux Klan, spewed racial slurs, or supported segregation. A racist was someone who thought that people of other races were inherently inferior. </p> <p>In the last decade or so, that's changed. In a time of expanding definitions, you don't have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore. You just have to have the wrong politics to be branded a racist, or race-baiter or race warrior. Or you can just be associated with someone who has the wrong politics. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 16, 2018</p> 4ffc407c68b30d8043e310f0f595842a Trump, Others Question Integrity, Credentials of Anonymous Author for 09/09/2018 Sun, 09 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; An anonymous Trump administration official confessed in an opinion piece published Wednesday that many senior officials "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. </p> <p>"I know. I am one of them." <p>Updated: Sun Sep 09, 2018</p> d79306a704ea45eba19f2b77b9e331f9 Trump Proof Voters Care More About Policies Than Character for 09/02/2018 Sun, 02 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a two-bedroom ranch house in Plains, Georgia, assessed at $167,000, the Washington Post recently reported. And unlike former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he chose not to join corporate boards or deliver six-figure speeches because he didn't want to "capitalize financially on being in the White House." </p> <p>Carter is such a saint that he has devoted his post White House years to building 4,300 homes for Habitat for Humanity. In office, he showed himself to be a man of the people when he urged Americans to turn down their thermostats to 65 degrees on winter days &#8212; and ordered that the White House adhere to that standard. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 02, 2018</p> 9e1f6c3e18b7ba1956ad04a805b2ba7f GOP, Democrats Switch Roles 20 Years After Clinton Impeachment for 08/27/2018 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Lanny Davis became a TV news staple during President Bill Clinton's second term as the White House lawyer who battled a Senate investigation into Clinton fundraising practices, with a focus on suspected Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 election.</p> <p>Davis left the White House only to rail against independent counsel Kenneth Starr as he homed in on Clinton's false testimony about his relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.<p>Updated: Mon Aug 27, 2018</p> 0d75df1e0faf772b35a77fad97d6b92c Why Trump Sees Bias at the Justice Department for 08/26/2018 Sun, 26 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "Double standard?" President Donald Trump guffawed after Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt asked whether federal law enforcement has a double standard for how it handles allegations of wrongdoing by Republicans and Democrats.</p> <p>Trump had a little list of big disparities.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 26, 2018</p> 42692dc904029cc1faf1e62ddd201c3c Trump, Manafort and the Company They Keep for 08/19/2018 Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Rick Gates is to political consultant Paul Manafort what Omarosa Manigault Newman is to President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Gates is the 46-year-old former right-hand man to Manafort, who, in exchange for a lesser sentence, testified against his former boss during the first jury trial resulting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Jury deliberations began Thursday morning.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 19, 2018</p> 46d89b6b9ac11c93f7fd09837b427799 Manafort Trial Highlights Trump's Bad Choices for 08/12/2018 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In June, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis slammed the position of special counsel as a post too easily "deployed as a political weapon" to troll for dirt on targeted adversaries. At the same time, he ruled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecution of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was legitimate and should continue. </p> <p>Ellis, who is presiding over Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, was acutely aware that the multiple charges of tax and bank fraud had nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election or Russian meddling in the campaign. But the judge found grounds for Mueller's team to prosecute Manafort as its probe uncovered a fraudulent money trail funded by backers of former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych. The terms of the Mueller investigation included looking into the "strongly pro-Russian" Ukraine leader. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 12, 2018</p> ab060f4db6e56ad7a74d8702edd00012 Twitter Rants Against Russia Probe: Obstruction or Trump Being Trump? for 08/05/2018 Sun, 05 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, 2017, the president did what he often does when he talks on camera &#8212; he did not hold back his grievances and he contradicted previous White House staff pronouncements.</p> <p>When Trump acts out in this way, his supporters usually shrug and say that it's just Trump being Trump, and maybe he knows what he's doing because he did, after all, win the White House.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 05, 2018</p> 9ea927be8f13ebf50bec01a8730b35bf Trump's Supreme Choice for 07/14/2018 Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In May 2016, when candidate Donald Trump released a short list from which he pledged to choose a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, he probably clinched his victory in November. </p> <p>In one gesture, the former Democrat running in the GOP primary assured conservatives he would not pick a wobbly jurist in the David Souter mold &#8212; because the list had been drawn with the help of the conservative Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 14, 2018</p> bd88b6e7742d7defc82204cb208a01da What? Me, Liberal? That's 'Fake News' for 07/08/2018 Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I spent my first 30-plus years in the newspaper business as an editorial writer and later a columnist. Like many readers, I developed views about political reportage in this country, liberal bias and stupid cable news tricks. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 08, 2018</p> 5c161717618fbf97174fc219835a625f Where's the Independent Voice Among Justices Appointed by Democrats? for 07/01/2018 Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; As Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to retire, all eyes in Washington will be on the battle to confirm whomever President Donald Trump nominates.</p> <p>Prepare for warnings by Senate Democrats that the new nominee will not be sufficiently "independent," as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others said last year of now Justice Neil Gorsuch.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 01, 2018</p> b2b8f6d37d5b0d9e257dcee2d749e843 Separation Anxiety for 06/24/2018 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It's June and the crush of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border with Mexico has hit a crisis point.</p> <p>Government officials are housing migrants in tents and separating some children from their parents. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors attempt to cross the southern border; some 90,000 are expected to be apprehended by year's end. A former top administration official defends the government's policy: "We have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean your child gets to stay."</p> <p>The year was 2014. Barack Obama was president and the quote was uttered by Hillary Clinton, Obama's secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 who also plainly stated that thousands of children "should be sent back" to their families.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 24, 2018</p>