Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:07:59 -0700 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate 40801cff13aabaddb2abc09a38437aeb Joe Biden Meets the Press for 07/05/2020 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; How is a Joe Biden press conference different from a Donald Trump press conference? Actually, the opposing candidates' pressers have much in common, judging by Biden's session with political reporters Tuesday, his first press conference in 89 days. </p> <p>Most of the questions were about Trump. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 05, 2020</p> c05dbdfa30f6e814c07bcfa75306ffd6 Trump Voters Not Dying to See Trump for 06/28/2020 Sun, 28 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donald Trump voters told the world that they are not short on common sense, even if their favorite candidate is. </p> <p>The Trump campaign had boasted that despite the coronavirus, which has kept many Americans at home, demand to see President Donald Trump was so high, it had given away a million tickets. The president would speak inside the 19,000-seat BOK Center and to an overflow crowd outdoors. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 28, 2020</p> 574b0370f4aa91c9fcb2ef46ca2e63f7 Trump a Voice of Reason on Police Reform for 06/21/2020 Sun, 21 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump was the voice of reason in Washington Tuesday as D.C. Democrats were sowing division. </p> <p>Before he signed an executive order on police reform in the Rose Garden, Trump had reached out to the families of black men killed by police or vigilantes and met with them privately. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 21, 2020</p> 224e1be8f4c8e44a92207ee7888a8bb5 In the War for Social Justice, Academic Freedom Is an Early Casualty for 06/14/2020 Sun, 14 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In the war for social justice, academic freedom is an early casualty. </p> <p>Consider the plight of UCLA Accounting Professor Gordon Klein. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 14, 2020</p> 698291107dd27106b008b5058667451f Riots Leave Cities with Just Rubble, Ashes for 06/07/2020 Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Black Lives Matter and other radical activist groups like antifa want you to believe that the protests, rioting and looting will make America a better country with more social justice. </p> <p>And the way that is supposed to happen is their top goal: Defund the police. Oddly, after all the pain and destruction America has seen because the police couldn't keep the peace, their mission to defund police actually is becoming a mainstream tenet. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 07, 2020</p> bddc0831b7a0f6663ad47a9947a95791 Trump's Above the Twitter Law for 05/31/2020 Sun, 31 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In January 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump bragged that his supporters were so loyal that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters." To Trump, that was a good thing. </p> <p>Which must be why, as president, he continually stands in the middle of Twitter and assaults not only his critics but also people who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. <p>Updated: Sun May 31, 2020</p> d9b28c3ff03625153e4d71d72cf7c043 States' Rights Are So Last Month for 05/24/2020 Sun, 24 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump did what he does worst &#8212; he took to Twitter to type two tweets that threatened to withhold federal funds from Michigan and Nevada because he doesn't like what state officials are doing to facilitate mail-in voting. </p> <p>Where to begin? <p>Updated: Sun May 24, 2020</p> 0e3ad84375bded6d94a9b3ae0851eafd Bill Barr, Champion of Justice for 05/17/2020 Sun, 17 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies," noted a letter signed by more than 2,000 former federal prosecutors calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to resign because he wants to drop a criminal charge against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Mike Flynn. </p> <p>Be glad these folks are former and not current prosecutors because they have gone to bat for the very practice they claim to oppose. Federal prosecutors against government overreach &#8212; that's an oxymoron. <p>Updated: Sun May 17, 2020</p> 8a9a9cad91e8cb9888904762ab12bcce Public School Closures May Be a Big Mistake for 05/10/2020 Sun, 10 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Decades from now, historians will ask themselves why most of America's governors shuttered public schools for months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Worse, America's parents didn't even complain. </p> <p>Our future selves, if the country rebounds, will be baffled that an establishment dead set against homeschooling became so gripped with fear that it sent children in need of an education away from the schoolyard. And if we're lucky, they'll be astonished that the governing class gave so little thought to the damage the move was bound to do to vulnerable kids who face dim economic prospects without a solid education. </p> <p>They'll wonder why voters just went along with the scheme and why public school teachers didn't fight to keep schools open because education is an essential service. <p>Updated: Sun May 10, 2020</p> 62978d22c75e869c06c4828f9eb68d3f The Silence of the Media Lambs for 05/03/2020 Sun, 03 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar &#8212; self-styled feminists who bought every flimsy claim made against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh &#8212; have chosen to stand by Joe Biden in the face of a sexual assault allegation made against him by a former staffer. </p> <p>The MeToo movement, which followed a New York Times' expose on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's abuse and degradation of women in the entertainment industry, was supposed to prove that the feminist movement was a moral entity committed to fair treatment of women, even when big Democratic figures stood accused. </p> <p>Biden's preferred treatment shows what a sham the accusation industry has become. <p>Updated: Sun May 03, 2020</p> 6af9f0a912a629db41bd151a59a71ffd Goodman Offers Hope, but CNN Isn't Buying for 04/26/2020 Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Bless Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman for wanting to open up Las Vegas for business as soon as possible. </p> <p>Then breathe a sigh of relief that she doesn't get to make it happen. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 26, 2020</p> 07412fb67751789a3f36db4da4e06eef Whitmer to Michigan: Stay Home and Shut Up for 04/19/2020 Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When historians look back at America's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, they likely will cite Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the best example of how not to contain a pandemic in your state. </p> <p>The Democratic governor has turned her state into the heart of COVID-19 resistance. On Wednesday, protesters shut down the roads in Lansing, the state's capital, in a protest dubbed "Operation Gridlock." </p> <p>Whitmer responded to the outrage of her constituents thusly: "I know that people are angry and that's OK, and if you want to take it out and send it my way, if it makes you feel better, that's fine. I support your right to free speech, and I respect your opinions. I just urge you, don't put yourself at risk and don't put others at risk either. I was really disappointed to see people congregating, not wearing masks. I saw someone handing out candy to little kids bare-handed." <p>Updated: Sun Apr 19, 2020</p> 12a1e7222ac9754e0b5c81c6a52326b5 Trump Uses Persuasion, Not Force, in Coronavirus Crisis for 04/12/2020 Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When President Donald Trump told Turning Point USA last July, "Then, I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president," the left conjured up images of a dictatorial strongman tossing out dictates like candy, which was not a far-fetched notion given his erratic hiring and firing of White House staff. </p> <p>Their worst fears have not been confirmed. With the coronavirus epidemic, Trump has chosen to govern with a light touch &#8212; allowing governors to decide whether or not to issue shelter-in-place policies &#8212; while many on the left have urged him to govern with an iron fist. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 12, 2020</p> 38640ae038c2fe015cb489cbcd53e981 No News Is Bad News in the Briefing Room for 04/05/2020 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The Washington Post and The New York Times aren't sending reporters to the Trump White House for daily briefings. </p> <p>Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron explained, "We have to keep in mind our reporters' health and those of our colleagues at other media outlets," as he noted that Post reporters were exposed to a symptomatic reporter who later tested negative. </p> <p>New York Times' executive editor Dean Baquet said that possible exposure to the coronavirus and the White House news briefings' lack of news value drove his decision, The Washington Post reported. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 05, 2020</p> 93c418f341bf0bf66d3a36ff5c6dbc10 Worst-Case Scenarios Aren't the Only Scenarios for 03/29/2020 Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call on COVID-19 and warned, as The New York Times reported, that 160 million to 214 million Americans could become infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million might die. </p> <p>On March 3, the World Health Organization noted that globally 3.4% of those infected with the virus died. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 29, 2020</p> 97a1857aa5aed524fe47509fc1b7a065 Notes From My Dining Room Table for 03/22/2020 Sun, 22 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In 2020, people talk about "two Americas." During the coronavirus outbreak, there is one America, a sheltered America, with people who &#8212; like me &#8212; can work at home. And another America, an edgier America, that stands to be devastated by coronavirus closures. </p> <p>There is also a third America that can be seen in the three states hardest hit by the COVID-19 and virtually shut down. In order to keep the rest of America from turning into that third America, sheltered America argues, stringent measures must be imposed on all of America. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 22, 2020</p> 88212cc7c5feaee8e5bc7cb697f5dcb5 Can Science Lead to Dumb Panic? for 03/15/2020 Sun, 15 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Can science lead to dumb panic? It's a question I've been asking as the stock market cannibalized itself in response to the coronavirus outbreak, academia shuttered classrooms and other interests did their utmost to convince their customers that they could get along just fine without them. </p> <p>There is no question the coronavirus is a health threat to millions of Americans, especially the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. We have to protect them. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 15, 2020</p> 3c79707efc8ced312bdc0033c5e28d47 Schumer's Threats to Justices Not Just Idle Talk for 03/08/2020 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Unlike President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tends to be precise in his language. </p> <p>So when Schumer stood before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday and called out two justices by threatening they would "pay a price" if they ruled contrary to his preference on a case that could affect states' ability to restrict abortion doctors, he wasn't just running at the mouth. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 08, 2020</p> 4ec6eb0d0b1587b53fabaadd212e4496 There Is a Double Standard, But Trump Has Staff Issues for 03/01/2020 Sun, 01 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In 2010, when Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone piece belittling top officials in President Barack Obama's administration, including Vice President Joe Biden, The New York Times went into high dudgeon. </p> <p>A Grey Lady editorial asked if Obama could trust McChrystal, his top Afghanistan commander, after his "hugely undisciplined comments" and argued that Obama should fire the revered general &#8212; or, at the very least, dress him down before sending him back to a combat zone. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 01, 2020</p> 1819d08cea6d25c7ea7b06e910013940 Trump's Own Criminal Justice Reform for 02/23/2020 Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For decades, a small cadre of reformers pushed whichever president occupied the Oval Office to use his pardon power more frequently and put a lid on draconian federal sentences that put low-level and midlevel offenders away for decades, even life. </p> <p>The problem they face on the week President Donald Trump issued pardons and commutations to 11 nonviolent offenders is that they got their wish &#8212; except for the Trump part. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 23, 2020</p>