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 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:48:47 -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 4bcbf8eb07d24fdd264968ce87ae6b85 Fact-Checkers Only Looking At One Side for 01/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/20/fact-checkers-only-looking-at-one-side Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Google "fact-check Senate impeachment" and you can read about all the factual errors made by President Donald Trump's team of lawyers. What about those of the House impeachment managers? Apparently, this week, head prosecutor Adam Schiff and his colleagues cannot tell a lie. Or even a half-truth. </p> <p>Factcheck.org rattles off the White House's sins. White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrongly suggested that Republicans were barred from closed-door depositions conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. </p> <p>Trump attorney Jay Sekulow falsely said that the Trump team was denied "the right to have counsel present at hearings" &#8212; when the Trump lawyers declined to participate. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 26, 2020</p> 5ebf78c72db51a461e8f47137dd32716 Donald Trump and the Company He Keeps for 01/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/20/donald-trump-and-the-company-he-keeps Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In the first half of January, Americans saw President Donald Trump at his best. </p> <p>Trump ordered a Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Iranian terror leader Qassem Soleimani in response to Iranian proxies who rushed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and killed a U.S. contractor serving in Iraq. It was an appropriate response. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 19, 2020</p> 4f063f33cd34bef62bfccc4eb3993b32 Tech and Diversity of Thought for 01/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/20/tech-and-diversity-of-thought Sun, 12 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When the Consumer Technology Association announced that Ivanka Trump, elder daughter and adviser to President Donald Trump, would be a keynote speaker at CES 2020, some of the very people who had been pushing for more female speakers, and more diversity in general, at the country's premier tech confab actually protested. </p> <p>Some, such as Forbes' Carolina Milanesi, argued that Trump was a bad choice because she lacked tech credentials. "There are many more women who are in tech and are entrepreneurs who could run circles around Trump on how technology will impact the future of work," Milanesi wrote. </p> <p>On social media others were more honest: They maintained that the first daughter shouldn't have a place on the stage because, well, she is a Trump &#8212; and a distaff Trump, which made for some rather crude and misogynistic nicknames typed by anonymous scolds. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 12, 2020</p> 2d3407e5f989568e968c1efd2532205d 'Cancel Culture' Candidates Don't Make the Cut in Democratic Primary for 01/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/20/cancel-culture-candidates-dont-make-the-cut-in-democratic-primary Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Thursday that he was bowing out of the 2020 Democratic primary. The only reason to notice or care is that Castro was one of the more shrill candidates, so it's good that he never found purchase in the crowded field and hence had to "suspend" his campaign. </p> <p>Like Kamala Harris, the California Democratic senator who dropped out in December, <span class="column--highlighted-text">Castro has been part of the left's "cancel culture" that seeks to silence those with differing views </span>rather than to debate in the marketplace of ideas. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 05, 2020</p> eeba1c5cbf45eb37b8980ca8f8f6c575 Old Enough to Vote, Not Old Enough to Smoke for 12/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/19/old-enough-to-vote-not-old-enough-to-smoke Sun, 29 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I started smoking in high school and quit in my early 20s. I wish I never smoked, but I did. I thought it was cool until I knew it was stupid. That's when I quit.</p> <p>Laws that restricted the sale of cigarettes to those 18 or older didn't stop me. Because 18-year-olds can buy for younger teens, anti-tobacco advocates supported raising the legal age of purchase to 21 to make it harder for 16-year-olds to get their hands on tobacco and e-cigarettes. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 29, 2019</p> 1927e16b8ada3c2cebf26417e552bb0a Democrats Rush to Impeach Trump, Then Sit on It for 12/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/19/democrats-rush-to-impeach-trump-then-sit-on-it Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Imagine there is a murder trial that takes months and involves many witnesses, and then, at the end, the prosecutor announces that he's done such a great job of arguing guilt, he's not going to send the case to the jury.</p> <p>That's sort of what happened Wednesday night after the Democratic House voted to impeach President Donald Trump. With a win in her column, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had to confess that she wasn't ready to send the articles to the GOP Senate. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 21, 2019</p> 66e3a77bc195fdfb1fa824806c65f309 The FBI Did Russia's Dirty Work for 12/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/19/the-fbi-did-russias-dirty-work Sun, 15 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; A recent CNN story framed Attorney General Bill Barr's criticisms of the FBI's behavior in the Russia probe as "attacks," which could have a "chilling effect" on law enforcement. The metaphor makes it sound as if an innocent institution is getting mugged.</p> <p>But the "rank behavior," as Barr put it during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, chronicled in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, released Monday, make clear the FBI could use a good freeze.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 15, 2019</p> 0e504ae6ed59309793e636a5ea949b7a Trump Just Can't Help Himself for 12/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/12/19/trump-just-cant-help-himself Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>LONDON &#8212; On Wednesday, President Donald Trump abruptly left a NATO summit near London and canceled a scheduled press conference after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on camera amusing fellow big shots as he marveled at Trump's long-winded sessions with the press. Trump exhibited a classic case of being able to dish it out but not take it. </p> <p>Foreign policy guru Ian Bremmer tweeted out the video with a comment: "This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back." <p>Updated: Sun Dec 08, 2019</p> 9eac0abfd03cbd1835f57248ec597ebf No Way to Treat a First Lady for 12/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/19/no-way-to-treat-a-first-lady Sun, 01 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; After all the lectures from the superior folks on the left about the, well, "deplorable" tone of the Trump base, it has come to this: Tuesday morning, middle and high school students booed first lady Melania Trump as she spoke at the B'More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. </p> <p>Rather than use the cringe-inducing incident as a teachable moment about civility, which is a focus of the first lady's "Be Best" anti-drug, anti-bullying campaign, progressive pundits applauded the teens' nasty tantrum. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 01, 2019</p> ec50f80b8fdd0287cf0e734ec395438a Impeachment Again: First Clinton, Now Trump for 11/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/19/impeachment-again-first-clinton-now-trump Sun, 24 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Impeachment is a loser. That's the big takeaway I got covering the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. </p> <p>Yes, impeachment gave the right the delicious thrill of tagging an ugly asterisk to Clinton's biography. And the proceedings showed what hypocrites Democrats were on the issue of sexual exploitation in the workplace. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 24, 2019</p> d6b5c4ffb3bf4fbfd804e221a952fb22 The Courage Conceit for 11/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/19/the-courage-conceit Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was a courageous Republican when he took on rival presidential hopeful Donald Trump in 2016. Then, in 2019, Graham became a spineless specimen because he learned how to work with Trump &#8212; at least according to his detractors.</p> <p>I know because I'm on Twitter, where tweeps frequently hail the like-minded for their breathtaking bravery in taking a stand with which the tweeter agrees, while denouncing those with different views as quivering curs. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 17, 2019</p> 03807a2a3d77d6c8c04e2f66c4e33a9b Count on Big Media to Protect Anti-Trump Sources for 11/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/19/count-on-big-media-to-protect-anti-trump-sources Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It's so precious watching big-name journalists speak of the sanctity of the anonymity of the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower. </p> <p>They say they're concerned that publishing the whistleblower's name will discourage other whistleblowers from coming forward. Funny, they didn't seem to care in 2010 when, thanks to WikiLeaks, diplomatic emails were splayed across front pages and national security officials complained that the leaks hindered their work and spooked worthy allies. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 10, 2019</p> 406991ae4a3c4d310c61a3d91c82ba85 Harris Shuns Like-Minded Crowd Because of Trump for 11/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/11/19/harris-shuns-like-minded-crowd-because-of-trump Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Maybe because she's from San Francisco, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris believes she has license to police the speech of partisans on the right.</p> <p>Last month, she wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey suggesting that Twitter suspend President Donald Trump's account because, among other sins, Trump called the Ukraine whistleblower a "spy" &#8212; a linguistic offense that served as one of many "blatant threats" that violate Twitter's user agreement. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 03, 2019</p> b45df685323ad5eb25a927f110700ca5 Field of Anonymous Trump Donors Getting Crowded for 10/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/19/field-of-anonymous-trump-donors-getting-crowded Sun, 27 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last year, when a "senior administration official" wrote an anonymous New York Times opinion piece &#8212; "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" &#8212; the unknown author's essay prompted praise and approbation. </p> <p>Now, we learn, it has spawned a book. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 27, 2019</p> 946a1cc77803d74f837634c62e3f6756 The Danger in Trump's Syria Policy for 10/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/19/the-danger-in-trumps-syria-policy Sun, 20 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I think it was last Thanksgiving that a bright young family member told me about his fear that President Donald Trump would start World War III. </p> <p>He had watched Trump, the infamous counterpuncher, retaliate during political debates and tiffs with celebrities who had the cheek to challenge him, and he saw a man who always gave harder than he got. So this young man was afraid Trump would rain nukes on some scrappy little country that didn't salute when Trump took the stage. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 20, 2019</p> 3df4273134a1bedbf775e3d67cd8ad4a Whistling Past the Graveyard for 10/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/19/whistling-past-the-graveyard Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It started out predictably last month with a Washington Post story about a whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's remarks during a phone conversation. The conversation included a "promise" made to an unknown foreign leader. </p> <p>The next day, the Post reported that the country was Ukraine, according to "two people familiar with the matter." <p>Updated: Sun Oct 13, 2019</p> a3095159b842d610d19b50ae08da33b0 The Silence of the Aides for 10/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/10/19/the-silence-of-the-aides Sun, 06 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; There is a price to pay when a U.S. president communicates mostly through tweets, off-the-cuff responses to shouted questions and the rare press conference given in concert with a foreign leader. And that price is decreased credibility. </p> <p>It's odd because, in many ways, President Donald Trump is more accessible than any modern president. He often takes questions when the White House press pool pops into the Oval Office or as he heads out of town. But as he talks more often, he says less, or he repeats the same lines you've heard over and over again. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 06, 2019</p> 142ec423eb3c67521fa5c84c5ba9206d Trump Impeachment Inevitable for 09/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/19/trump-impeachment-inevitable Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I covered President Bill Clinton's House impeachment and the Senate's vote not to convict him. I thought the House was right to impeach and the Senate right not to convict. Clinton's lying under oath was serious enough to merit censure, but it was not so serious as to overturn an election. </p> <p>The country would have been better served if Congress had followed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's call for Clinton to be censured; the California Democrat sponsored a resolution that never made it to the Senate floor. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 29, 2019</p> 096708407d125417b6b8cc3b7555ac2d San Francisco Needs to Clean Up Its Act for 09/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/19/san-francisco-needs-to-clean-up-its-act Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump is right about San Francisco. It is, as he said, "a total disaster" that needs to clean up its act.</p> <p>It's a dystopian pit. It stinks. It feels dangerous. It isn't clean. It is an expensive temple to a left-wing ideology that has turned a shining city into an obstacle course of broken needles, human waste and broken men and women who harm themselves and those around them.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 22, 2019</p> dfbadc9c162f1c07529ebad4d4fa1771 Plenty of Candidates, but No Stars for 09/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/09/19/plenty-of-candidates-but-no-stars Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When you consider how much the Democratic establishment loathes President Donald Trump, it's just plain sad to watch a Democratic primary that has yet to offer up a front-runner who has Democrats truly jazzed about the election. </p> <p>Insiders are waiting for former Veep Joe Biden, 76, not so much to stumble, as to stumble and not be able to get up afterward. </p> <p>At 73, Trump is no spring chicken, but he exudes a vitality Biden lacks. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 15, 2019</p>