Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Nov 2019 04:39:42 -0800 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate d6b5c4ffb3bf4fbfd804e221a952fb22 The Courage Conceit for 11/17/2019 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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> 426027b226f8f624385167dfae2f1f70 Trump Should Treat Egypt Like It's Sweden for 09/08/2019 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; If you want to see where President Donald Trump's foreign policy chops beat his predecessor Barack Obama's, look to Egypt, the scene of Obama's most unnecessary foreign policy fail. </p> <p>In 2011, during the so-called Arab Spring, Obama pressured former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign in response to spirited protests in Tahrir Square. It was a completely unforced error, born of Obama's conceit that he could help usher in a spirit of democracy in the Arab world. Instead, the move put Mohamed Morsi, a leader in the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, in the presidential palace. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 08, 2019</p> 343016769559f19a5851f6fe0840a57a Decorum in the Trump White House for 08/25/2019 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I got into a Twitter war with radio talk show host Sebastian Gorka last week. It began when Gorka crowed about Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem having his White House press pass suspended for 30 days because of his lack of "decorum" at a White House event. </p> <p>For those of you not tethered to the realm of shallow stories with no purpose other than to incite umbrage on social media, the tale began with a White House social media summit, followed by a July 11 Rose Garden event at which President Donald Trump spoke. </p> <p>I rushed off to file a story as soon as the event ended, so I missed the fireworks that followed. Karem made a nonsensical wisecrack that he claims was part of his stock Rodney Dangerfield impression, about those seated before him: "This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession." <p>Updated: Sun Aug 25, 2019</p> 638722ddde76a7a7952bd5ae203c4e12 Sovereignty Is for Suckers for 08/18/2019 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It didn't take long for Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., to throw her grandmother under the bus. </p> <p>On Thursday, Israel had announced it would bar an official visit by Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, because they support the BDS &#8212; the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement &#8212; meant to choke Israel economically. The announcement was in keeping with a 2017 Israeli law that bans the entry of foreigners who support boycotts of the Jewish state. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 18, 2019</p> b2e7556b9410aa40c4b4b001216acdfd Rep. Castro Naming Names in Bid to Hang El Paso Shooting on the Right for 08/11/2019 Sun, 11 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; You could be next. That's really the message that Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, was sending to any potential donors of President Donald Trump's campaign &#8212; or to any Republicans, for that matter &#8212; when he tweeted the names and occupations of 44 San Antonians who contributed the maximum allowed to the Trump campaign. That's $2,800 per election.</p> <p>In the wake of the El Paso shooting that left 22 innocents dead, Castro named on Twitter the businesses of two donors and lamented that "their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as 'invaders.'"<p>Updated: Sun Aug 11, 2019</p> 642b7e9b5044703b3ef14c11b58677cd Who Needs Sweden Anyway? for 08/04/2019 Sun, 04 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump crowed Friday when a Swedish judge released New York rapper A$AP Rocky from custody pending the judge's verdict on an assault charge. The verdict will be announced on Aug. 14. </p> <p>"A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!" Trump tweeted in triumph. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 04, 2019</p> 55751d97269c65d4cefa5542f56afae0 Hard of Hearings for 07/28/2019 Sun, 28 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It was utterly delusional for House Democrats to think that compelling former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before two House committees would change minds about impeaching President Donald Trump. </p> <p>Democrats told themselves that because most Americans did not read the book &#8212; the 448-page two-volume report about Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump's attempts to put a lid on it &#8212; Congress should show the public the movie. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 28, 2019</p> 6023bda4e2b5b2de3c7e32d40c6d8c08 Trump's Unnecessary Roughness for 07/21/2019 Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The most revealing moment of Wednesday night's Greenville, North Carolina, Trump rally was not when the crowd chanted "Send her back" in support of President Donald Trump's criticism of first-term Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Somali-born immigrant who frequently calls Trump a racist and whom Trump argues hates America.</p> <p>Trump later told reporters he "felt a little badly about" the chant and "would certainly try" to stop supporters from repeating the refrain at future rallies &#8212; which I take as recognition that his go-back rhetoric against Omar and three female American-born House Democrats could endanger his reelection campaign. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 21, 2019</p> 74188c7a6b6bcb4b38d65f8b4990ffcf Acosta, the Only Prosecutor to Put Jeffrey Epstein Behind Bars, Loses His Job for 07/14/2019 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Alex Acosta resigned as labor secretary Friday morning. It was inevitable once he became the target of all virtuous people in Washington for negotiating a 2008 non-prosecution agreement that put super rich sex offender Jeffrey Epstein behind bars for 13 months and required him to register as a sex offender and agree to pay restitution to his many teenage victims. </p> <p>The Senate knew about the deal in April 2017 when 60 senators &#8212; including Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nev. &#8212; voted to confirm Acosta. Three things changed since then. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 14, 2019</p> 856507ba1e5e73f57d0edc946f0c5998 2 1/2 Summits for 07/07/2019 Sun, 07 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, both trusted White House aides, crossed into North Korea with Trump and strongman Kim Jong-un last Sunday.</p> <p>And where was national security adviser John Bolton?<p>Updated: Sun Jul 07, 2019</p> 06054277995529f3a8d7d7b0c9c10c86 Would-Be Democratic Presidents Want to Make America a Sanctuary Country for 06/30/2019 Sun, 30 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The star of Thursday night's Democratic presidential primary debate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was attorney general of California and, before that, district attorney for San Francisco. This put her in the vanguard of the Golden State's sanctuary state and sanctuary city policies. </p> <p>Now, it seems, all the 2020 Democratic hopefuls &#8212; and Harris in particular &#8212; are trying to turn the United States into one big sanctuary country where crossing the border illegally is analogous to jaywalking. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 30, 2019</p>