Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:44:53 -0700 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate 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> e6c7c37b7b3982be6ec9328480f7130b Trump-Kim Summit Ends with Vague Commitments, Little Detail for 06/17/2018 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>SINGAPORE &#8212; Because it started so differently &#8212; with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inviting President Donald Trump to a face-to-face meeting, which the mercurial Trump promptly accepted &#8212; Tuesday's summit in Singapore held out the promise of delivering something big and transformative. </p> <p>Instead, the summit wrapped up like most other international jaw fests &#8212; with vague commitments and a piece of parchment that is not binding, but at best aspirational. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 17, 2018</p> 250f8db4c5d8af751a81b22a1e906b70 Trump Appears Too Eager to Dance With North Korea's Leader for 06/10/2018 Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On the first day of June, President Donald Trump invited Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's second-most powerful official, into the Oval Office where they talked at length and posed for photos. Afterward, Trump shook Kim's hand before reporters.</p> <p>If President Barack Obama had extended a hand to Kim Yong Chol in this manner, it's hard to imagine Republicans not accusing the Democrat of a flagrant act of appeasement. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 10, 2018</p> 3d270371b9c12c8f173ab2bf543b6013 Trump Grants Mercy with Little Input from Justice Department for 06/05/2018 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he has "the absolute right to PARDON myself," though he said there's no need to because "I have done nothing wrong."</p> <p>It was the sort of Twitter pronouncement that drives Trump's critics crazy while prompting supporters to cheer him on. The surprise is that some lawyerly types find themselves agreeing with the unorthodox chief executive's grants of mercy with little or no input from the Department of Justice.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> 1bbbea785e537f0b3e248816dd82b8bb Trump Flirts With Pardons and Prison Reform for 06/03/2018 Sun, 03 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited the White House Wednesday to urge President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of a 63-year-old great-grandmother serving a federal sentence of life without parole for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.</p> <p>Instead, Trump announced Thursday that he would pardon Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author who pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in 2012. D'Souza paid a fine and served eight months in a community center. A full presidential pardon would wipe clean his criminal record.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 03, 2018</p> f50135f3b92ab082387b55b9b6a906e9 Commencement Season 2018 for 05/27/2018 Sun, 27 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In 2014, commencement season stood out for the list of high-profile speakers pushed off the graduation stage at top-tier universities.</p> <p>At the peak of academia's podium purges, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed out of her planned commencement address at Rutgers University amid protests over her support of the Iraq War. The free-speech Foundation for Individual Rights in Education took to calling the annual rituals the "disinvitation season."<p>Updated: Sun May 27, 2018</p> 32d9b99663395a405aaea9994fc464b6 Did Democrats Skip Embassy Opening to Snub Trump? for 05/20/2018 Sun, 20 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In June 2017, the Senate reaffirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called on Washington to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, by a 90-0 vote. With not a single Democrat or Republican voting against the measure, it obviously was a bipartisan vote.</p> <p>But there was nothing bipartisan about the congressional delegation attending the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem last Monday. Four Republican senators attended, as did 10 GOP House members. There wasn't a single Democrat in the bunch.<p>Updated: Sun May 20, 2018</p> fb0c75b10b2246cdfc482b5d56cfb1e0 Trump Time for 05/13/2018 Sun, 13 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump has the White House running on fast forward. He is pushing the once crusty and creaky foreign policy apparatus to move at the speed of Twitter.</p> <p>Is Trump's at-a-blur pace for better or worse?<p>Updated: Sun May 13, 2018</p> bb4336982db77812cdb8762fd9f883c8 Spooking the Next Top Spook for 05/05/2018 Sat, 05 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The U.S. Senate faces a clear choice as it prepares to confirm &#8212; or reject &#8212; acting CIA Director Gina Haspel as the permanent head spook.</p> <p>Confirm Haspel and get a chief who will encourage staff to do their utmost to uncover what they need to know to protect this country. Or, reject her and prepare to settle for a cover-your-behind and keep-your-head-down bureaucrat whose chief selling point is not sticking out.<p>Updated: Sat May 05, 2018</p>