Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:21:10 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/debra-saunders-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders 81525f0060f4d381eecc7cd0fd7e85b1 Harry Reid Calls Trump 'Amoral' -- and He Should Know for 01/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/19/harry-reid-calls-trump-amoral-and-he-should-know Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The gift that keeps on giving for President Donald Trump is that his fiercest critics on the left are no paragons of virtue. </p> <p>During an interview with Nevada Public Radio (KNPR) on Thursday, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Trump "amoral," proposed that newly minted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, would make a "great foil against Trump" and said Romney should run against Trump in 2020.<p>Updated: Sun Jan 13, 2019</p> 07016ecf9e42b455439c16fd51835c4c House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Is Progressive -- and Pragmatic for 01/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/19/house-speaker-nancy-pelosi-is-progressive-and-pragmatic Sun, 06 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I don't think it was a coincidence that staff who worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sometimes ended up standing in front of me when I attended press events she held in San Francisco, when I worked for a local paper.</p> <p>Pelosi didn't seem to like it when I'd pepper her with questions about, say, her ill-considered 2007 visit to Syria, during which she proclaimed, "The road to Damascus is the road to peace." </p> <p>She was, after all, used to a press corps that considered her a political moderate in spite of her very progressive voting record and positions. I was not among that group. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 06, 2019</p> 117ab1705fbb76a59d91e5f89aeefb43 Cop's Shooting Death May Upend Debate Surrounding Government Shutdown for 12/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/18/cops-shooting-death-may-upend-debate-surrounding-government-shutdown Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump found a strong political issue in a brutal and needless crime on Thursday when he tweeted about the murder of a central California police officer at the hands of a man believed to be an illegal immigrant.</p> <p>This awful crime is likely to upend the debate surrounding a government shutdown that began because Trump rejected a compromise budget &#8212; which the White House had signaled he would sign &#8212; that did not include some $5 billion for border wall funding. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 30, 2018</p> 0616e1b43e3a5e8b4528cb96aa3fa755 Only Trump to Blame for Making His Victories Fade Into Background for 12/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/18/only-trump-to-blame-for-making-his-victories-fade-into-background Sun, 23 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In November, President Donald Trump set the stage for a remarkable bipartisan achievement, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to attain, when he announced he would support a prison reform bill that also addressed federal sentencing laws. </p> <p>Advocates for criminal justice reform and smart-on-crime Republicans had been pushing for such a bill through Obama's tenure, to no avail. In an only-Nixon-can-go-to-China moment, Trump ushered through needed reforms for federal mandatory minimum sentencing. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 23, 2018</p> d383e70c8385c4eda23a1c87b86263dc From Your Table to Their Farm for 12/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/18/from-your-table-to-their-farm Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Forget all the tongue clucking about Washington being so divided and nasty that Democrats and Republicans cannot work together. As the Senate and House proved this week in passing the $867 billion farm bill, when it comes to spending money they don't have, party leaders really can reach across the aisle. </p> <p>With the national federal debt approaching $22 trillion, President Donald Trump has praised the bill, which provides food stamps for the poor, but also hands out subsidies to American farmers, even though it does not include needed reforms or even modest spending cuts. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 16, 2018</p> 17b0fe13e838fca76ce36876907f3bac Bush Funeral Raises Question: Who Will Speak for Trump? for 12/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/18/bush-funeral-raises-question-who-will-speak-for-trump Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Who will speak for President Donald Trump at his state funeral, far in the future though it should be? That must be what the 45th president was thinking as he sat in the front pew at the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.</p> <p>Bush was eulogized by a man of words, a foreign world leader, a onetime ally in Congress and his eldest son &#8212; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and son and former president George W. Bush.</p> <p>Is there a scribe who will praise Trump for his leadership and his rhetoric?<p>Updated: Sun Dec 09, 2018</p> b6da7dc30fea38be4d764cfc9c67f024 Cohen's Guilty Plea Isn't Proof Trump Campaign Colluded with Russia for 12/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/18/cohens-guilty-plea-isnt-proof-trump-campaign-colluded-with-russia Sun, 02 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On his way to catch Air Force One on Thursday, President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about Michael Cohen, his one-time personal lawyer who pleaded guilty that morning to lying to Congress about negotiations for a possible Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. </p> <p>Trump said: (1) it was no secret he was interested in putting a Trump Tower in Moscow; (2) as a private citizen, he had every right to build in Russia; so (3) there was no reason for Cohen to lie to Congress, and if he did lie, it had nothing to do with the president.</p> <p>Trump has a point. As Brad Blakeman, a lawyer in President George W. Bush' administration, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Trump's actions were legal. Trump wasn't president in 2016, and he didn't know that he would win. He had every right to push to keep his business going. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 02, 2018</p> 81e06d667de00b811f4d230146ae368a Partisan Divide Keeps Popping Up in Supreme Court Rulings for 11/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/18/partisan-divide-keeps-popping-up-in-supreme-court-rulings Sun, 25 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's not often that President Donald Trump appears more knowledgeable and honest about American jurisprudence than a Supreme Court justice &#8212; any Supreme Court justice &#8212; but on Thanksgiving week, Trump demonstrated a more realistic insight into how political the nation's top court has become than Chief Justice John Roberts. </p> <p>A recap on Trump's trash talking of American judges: </p> <p>During the 2016 election, Trump asserted that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel had an "absolute conflict" of interest and should not preside over class-action lawsuits against Trump involving the dubious Trump University because Curiel is of "Mexican heritage."<p>Updated: Sun Nov 25, 2018</p> 4062377f401a615680bbcb307ec1de9d Florida Recounts Dredge Up 2000 Election Nightmare for 11/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/18/florida-recounts-dredge-up-2000-election-nightmare Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Almost two decades after the infamous Florida recount to determine the 2000 presidential election, voters again have reason to look at Broward County's election system with contempt and suspicion.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 18, 2018</p> fcfb373a07a91995e7a7fb259fb1d8c0 Trump's Clash With CNN Reporter Shows How Polarized America Has Become for 11/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/18/trumps-clash-with-cnn-reporter-shows-how-polarized-america-has-become 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/18/trump-sees-the-migrant-caravan-as-a-winning-election-issue 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/18/trumps-tricks-how-he-riles-the-media-while-entertaining-supporters 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/18/body-slams-on-the-left-body-slams-on-the-right 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/18/trump-may-be-inching-toward-broad-criminal-sentencing-reform 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/18/press-pack-set-aside-standards-in-zeal-to-smear-brett-kavanaugh 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/18/kavanaugh-accuser-believable-but-cant-corroborate-her-story 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/18/democrats-forget-rights-of-the-accused-in-kavanaugh-case 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/18/you-dont-have-to-be-a-bigot-to-be-a-racist-anymore 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/18/trump-others-question-integrity-credentials-of-anonymous-author 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 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/18/trump-proof-voters-care-more-about-policies-than-character 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>