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 Fri, 14 May 2021 02:23:29 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/debra-j-saunders-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders d7ab4f7753defe25e092bad5bf9ff437 The Social Justice Mob Tries to Do to Tech What It Did to Academia for 05/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/05/21/the-social-justice-mob-tries-to-do-to-tech-what-it-did-to-academia Sun, 09 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The same tactics used to suppress dissent in academia &#8212; with the goal of making colleges "safe spaces" that feel "welcoming" to snowflakes &#8212; have graduated to the tech world.</p> <p>Fortunately, rather than let activists do to their startups what they did to academia, some CEOs are fighting back.</p> <p>This episode begins when a new employee at Basecamp, a Chicago-based software firm, formed a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI, as it is known) committee to improve workplace diversity.<p>Updated: Sun May 09, 2021</p> c6de0d796337c0d608b819058bb2b878 It's the End of the Ride for 03/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/03/21/its-the-end-of-the-ride Sun, 07 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON - White House press briefings are no longer must-see TV. With former President Donald Trump gone, if you want to watch the daily briefings, you can't just turn on cable news networks that rely on ratings. In President Joe Biden's White House, C-SPAN is your safe bet. </p> <p>Because of coronavirus social distancing protocols, there are no crammed rows of questioners from assorted media outlets shouting questions at press secretary Jen Psaki. The back and forth is civil. </p> <p>Even without the COVID-19 rules, you know that the mood in the room is different simply because Trump, with his arsenal of grudges and suspicion of "fake news," is gone. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 07, 2021</p> 074b264d79953b4ec3e964dcd7dcd409 House Democrats Against Free Speech for 02/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/house-democrats-against-free-speech Sun, 28 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Democratic House members are using the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot and the coronavirus pandemic in a scary effort to censor conservatives &#8212; and get Big Media to do their dirty work for them. </p> <p>Remember when the left believed in more speech as the solution to bad speech? Those days are gone. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 28, 2021</p> 499946629cef93229e76ee031b1e35d8 Limbaugh's Success Came in Spite of Big Media for 02/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/limbaughs-success-came-in-spite-of-big-media Sun, 21 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I met Rush Limbaugh before he became a god. </p> <p>It was the mid-1980s. Our careers had begun but had not taken off. Rush had a radio talk show on Sacramento station KFBK-AM 1530. I worked in the California legislature. </p> <p>Later he moved to New York for the syndicated talk show that put him in car radios, as he would say, "across the fruited plain." <p>Updated: Sun Feb 21, 2021</p> 41f796224e2930d08c40bc856ade556b Senator, Impeach Thyself for 02/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/senator-impeach-thyself Sun, 14 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators that their vote on impeachment should be based on "conscience." </p> <p>Conscience? It apparently has less of a presence on Capitol Hill than partisan identity. </p> <p>Consider the words of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a likely presidential hopeful in 2024 anxious to court the Trump vote. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 14, 2021</p> 4bbf6e12fc68fe980d18d78884853320 True Believers the Past, Cheney the Future in Modern GOP for 02/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/true-believers-the-past-cheney-the-future-in-modern-gop Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "I was allowed to believe things that weren't true," Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., told her colleagues Thursday. </p> <p>It was a non-apology for repeating vile disinformation &#8212; which resulted in Democrats stripping her committee assignments. In 2017, Greene wrote that that gun control "could be the very motive of the Las Vegas Massacre" that, ultimately, killed 60. In 2018 she spoke of a "so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon" on 9/11. </p> <p>Greene denied those assertions, as she argued that those remarks should not be an issue because she made them before she ran for office. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 07, 2021</p> 8d7fe88267d86ca3fdbef84fc301e0cc If Schools Are Essential, They Should Be Open for 01/31/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/if-schools-are-essential-they-should-be-open Sun, 31 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "There are only two choices: Which one will it be?" the Chicago Teachers Union argued to its members. "Risk your life or your students' lives by going into dangerous buildings," or agree to strike if Chicago Public Schools go ahead with plans to reopen classrooms Monday. </p> <p>Obviously, teachers, students and staffers with compromised immune systems or co-morbidities that put their health at risk should work from home. Alas, the Windy City union makes no distinction between healthy and unhealthy educators, while ignoring the data on the low risk that COVID-19 poses for healthy working adults and school-age children. </p> <p>Everyone knows that remote education is failing students, especially immigrant children and others whose parents can't fill in the gaps that plague schooling by computer screen. Yet, somehow, education groups that ostensibly are committed to closing the achievement gap are willing to let this separate-but-equal education policy stand. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 31, 2021</p> fd16a58bc3a251d0347d0e03b0ee5265 Will Biden Leave Little Sisters Free to Choose? for 01/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/will-biden-leave-little-sisters-free-to-choose Sun, 24 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Joe Biden likes to talk about unity and his intent to rise above partisan rancor to heal the divisions that led a pro-Trump mob to swarm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Given his history of cutting deals with Republicans, I believe he wants to work across the aisle. </p> <p>But a hail-fellow-well-met demeanor can't paper over his party's intolerance and readiness to use government as a club to beat dissenters into submission. Choice? That's not for Little Sisters of the Poor &#8212; or at least it wasn't last year as Biden was the presumptive Democratic nominee and the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 24, 2021</p> a1f43eec843c782452c3944f382f7dfb Things I Never Told Sheldon Adelson for 01/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/things-i-never-told-sheldon-adelson Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The knives were out for me in January 2017 when I arrived in Washington as the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You see, I worked for what scolds liked to call Sheldon Adelson's paper &#8212; and that was a no-no. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p> 67e4b09c69bedd1321db3d8bd94708f0 How to Start a Civil War for 01/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/how-to-start-a-civil-war Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; One thing the right always had claim to was the belief that &#8212; unlike Black Lives Matter and social justice protests &#8212; tea party and later MAGA rallies were peaceful, if at times profane, political speech.</p> <p>There have been instances of violence from partisans on both sides, but it was left-wing protests that left cities torched, small businesses in ashes, police forces terrorized and once-vibrant city centers a dystopian mess. </p> <p>That's gone now. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 99983223b413ed4b317a360edce01b8d House Republicans Splitting Apart From President Trump for 01/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/house-republicans-splitting-apart-from-president-trump Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "So, we spent a whole election on my side of the fence talking about, 'We got to fight socialism.' And now you're going to throw a half-trillion dollars" with "absolutely no targeting" for earners hurt economically by the coronavirus? </p> <p>That's Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., talking about President Donald Trump's call for Congress to increase COVID-19 relief checks for individuals from $600 to $2,000. </p> <p>"I'm the guy who campaigned for the president, contributed to the president and voted for the president," Amodei offered during a wide-ranging hour-long phone conversation Wednesday. The only Republican in Nevada's congressional delegation, Amodei stressed that he wanted Trump to serve four more years. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 03, 2021</p> f0334054739840069db22c6608039c38 Regulations Take California Policies Nationwide for 12/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/20/regulations-take-california-policies-nationwide Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Saturday, President-elect Joe Biden introduced his climate team at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. </p> <p>Biden's would-be energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, talked about U.S. investment of trillions for "electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines and energy-efficient appliances and buildings." <p>Updated: Sun Dec 27, 2020</p> 16473be6c82668e3fe27ba3ba0de6e5e Attorney General Bill Barr, Justice Warrior for 12/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/20/attorney-general-bill-barr-justice-warrior Sun, 20 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The usual critics spent the past two years damning Attorney General Bill Barr as a shameless lackey in President Donald Trump's service, so it should be no surprise that, even as Barr announced his resignation Monday, the chattering class continued to call him names.</p> <p>Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus damned Barr's "bootlicking resignation letter," and her colleague Robin Givhan dismissed him as "a gray-suited lump" and "Trump's protective bunker."</p> <p>Fortunately for Barr, these barbs mean nothing. He didn't take on the job of attorney general for the second time &#8212; he first served under President George H.W. Bush &#8212; to make friends. Barr went in to right a wrong of the Department of Justice's making: an investigation of Trump fueled on misinformation.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 20, 2020</p> 0fe0f3f6f85c5c612f0bf0410f82c632 From China, With Love for 12/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/20/from-china-with-love Sun, 13 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Sanctimony is proving to be a bad look for Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., since Axios reported on his ties with a suspected Chinese spy. Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, insinuated herself with a number of up-and-coming U.S. politicians between 2011 and 2015. Swalwell was the biggest fish. </p> <p>The Chinese national's efforts, Axios reported, included raising money for Swalwell's 2014 reelection campaign. Fang also helped place at least one intern in Swalwell's House office.</p> <p>According to Axios, Swalwell did nothing wrong and was unaware Fang may have been working for Beijing until U.S. intelligence officials alerted him in 2015. Swalwell cut off all ties with Fang, who left the United States. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 13, 2020</p> 6c28ac74694468ca2ac01c1c1d0546ec Biden's All-Female Press Team? Yawn. for 12/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/20/bidens-all-female-press-team-yawn Sun, 06 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President-elect Joe Biden proudly has announced that his White House senior communications team will be "filled entirely by women." </p> <p>As a woman, I like to see women break barriers and take a seat in what used to be men's clubs. </p> <p>But it's hard to get excited at the notion that Biden's upper-press operation will be Ladies Only. Men represent some 49% of the population, so you'd think there would be a place for at least one of them in the top seven plum spots. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 06, 2020</p> 0e374f8bff485cb7cd4d331dc08d9fb5 Remote Learning in Public Schools Is Widening the Achievement Gap for 11/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/20/remote-learning-in-public-schools-is-widening-the-achievement-gap Sun, 29 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "You don't just have a partner in the White House," former Vice President Joe Biden told the National Education Association as he campaigned for the White House in July, "you'll have an NEA member in the White House."</p> <p>That remark &#8212; a reference to the president-elect's wife, educator Jill Biden &#8212; should chill the hearts of American parents who believe education is essential and cannot be replicated outside the classroom. </p> <p>As the coronavirus spread fear among the country's elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that research shows public schools have not turned into superspreaders, as feared, the education establishment is in little hurry to end distance learning even though it especially hurts poor children, immigrant children and those with special needs. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 29, 2020</p> 82e3409e4d94b9db847e62c45d4534cd Newsom's Mea Culpa Offers Lesson Other Governors for 11/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/20/newsoms-mea-culpa-offers-lesson-other-governors Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When caught with his mask down, California Gov. Gavin Newsom knows how to apologize and admit that he has sinned.</p> <p>He is disappointed in himself, Newsom told reporters Monday after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he had broken his own COVID-19 dicta when he dined recently at the tony French Laundry restaurant and sat indoors with friends who happen to be lobbyists or doctors.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 21, 2020</p> 82f1d65968ec2275d646dfbf5557b645 Epstein Case Still Used to Smear Acosta for 11/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/20/epstein-case-still-used-to-smear-acosta Sun, 15 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Before he was found dead in a New York jail cell in what a coroner described as a suicide, Jeffrey Epstein was a super-rich serial sex abuser with impeccable political connections and a ruthless streak. A year after his death, Epstein haunts a criminal justice system that failed his many victims. </p> <p>In 2005, the parents of a 14-year-old girl complained to the Palm Beach Police Department in Florida that Epstein had paid their daughter for a massage. The investigation led to the discovery that Epstein used personal assistants to recruit girls to provide massages for him and the massages often led to sexual abuse. </p> <p>After the state attorney's office presented its case, a grand jury indicted Epstein for a felony count solicitation of prostitution. In search of a tougher, more appropriate sentence, local law enforcement reached out to the FBI in the hope that the feds could come up with charges that better reflected Epstein's crimes. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 15, 2020</p> c5f7f90b7a34d1ccf12785f35479bffe Susan Collins Beat the Lincoln Project for 11/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/20/susan-collins-beat-the-lincoln-project Sun, 08 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The long knives were out for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. </p> <p>Her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, had determined to beat the last New England Republican in Congress by tying President Donald Trump around her neck like an anvil. That was to be expected. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 08, 2020</p> c53ed7cc32cec5819648fb18e2dc0eff And Then There Were None for 11/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/20/and-then-there-were-none Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In the first months of President Donald Trump's presidency, the briefing room was standing room only. Around the room's 49 assigned seats for the press, with the front rows reserved for big media, reporters with smaller news outfits jostled for space and a chance to pose a question of then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.</p> <p>Playboy's Brian Karem named those of us standing in the sidelines "the aisle people."</p> <p>Trump was a full employment act for political journalists. Networks and newspapers couldn't get enough of a story that sold itself to news consumers. Trump himself has been more accessible to the press corps than predecessors who had nicer things to say about the Fifth Estate.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 01, 2020</p>