Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:18:01 -0700 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate 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> 5a7599fadb0315f36c4eb41c8230c085 Biden Apologizes for the Wrong Thing for 06/23/2019 Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Joe Biden backtracked on the wrong old thing. </p> <p>Earlier this month, the former vice president abandoned his decadeslong support for the Hyde Amendment, a middle-ground measure that bans federal funding for most abortions. It was a reversal that showed Biden could be pushed into a progressive corner that demands choice for women who want abortions and denies it to those who do not want to bankroll a procedure that goes against their deeply held beliefs. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 23, 2019</p> 6b50a72eb5cfc0fad95a114204a53480 The Deficit in Media Questioning for 06/16/2019 Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Trade secret: We in the news media often hate the media, too. </p> <p>I had such a moment Tuesday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's annual summit when CNN senior congressional respondent Manu Raju interviewed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 16, 2019</p> 817f839b46525cf3e231554d2c5015c2 From 'Impeach' to 'Lock Him Up!' for 06/09/2019 Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "Lock her up," of course, is a chant beloved by President Donald Trump's fan base.</p> <p>Now Democrats have their own version &#8212; "lock him up" &#8212; since the demur House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a closed meeting of Democratic leaders, "I don't want to see (Trump) impeached; I want to see him in prison."<p>Updated: Sun Jun 09, 2019</p> 6f78bcafde5a0b9e0eb5bd913e908dc7 Trump Increased Suspicion, but There Was Nothing to See There for 06/02/2019 Sun, 02 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It's July 8, 2017, and The New York Times has submitted questions to the White House about a June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting between top figures within the Trump campaign. On the list: the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. As he determines how to respond, President Donald Trump is on Air Force One returning from the G-20 summit in Hamburg after his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. </p> <p>It was a pivotal moment for Trump, and he took the wrong path. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 02, 2019</p> 5ba4cdea733de1eece09cfdbfdd51bfc No Winners in Infrastructure Spat for 05/26/2019 Sun, 26 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Here's a scary thought about last week's skirmishes between President Donald Trump and the Democratic leaders formerly known to him as "Chuck and Nancy": Both sides think they won. </p> <p>When both parties think they've won, dear reader, that probably means you lost. Because there always has to be a big loser in Washington. <p>Updated: Sun May 26, 2019</p> 718a1025372317f8c3e45f68e2905c84 A Common-Sense Ruling on Death Penalty Drugs for 05/19/2019 Sun, 19 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; If there's one thing that tells you government in America is too big and unaccountable, it's when one branch of government stops another government from doing what it was set up to do, even if it's not the first agency's job. Case in point: Under President Barack Obama, the Food and Drug Administration stopped multiple states from carrying out executions because the agency had not approved the drugs they intended to use for lethal injection. Really.</p> <p>President Donald Trump's Department of Justice is changing that.<p>Updated: Sun May 19, 2019</p> 6d98eba990e30d4efad675b46b8c62dc Past Attorney General Went Unpunished for Contempt for 05/12/2019 Sun, 12 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Can Attorney General William Barr thumb his nose at Congress and get away with it? Can the nation's top lawman refuse to honor a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and not pay a penalty?</p> <p>In 2012, then-Attorney General Eric Holder did just that. Holder defied a congressional subpoena to furnish documents about Operation "Fast and Furious," a program to attempt to trace gun trafficking along the southwest border that went awry. The House held Holder in contempt, but since Holder declined to indict himself, the controversy faded. Holder resigned in 2015.<p>Updated: Sun May 12, 2019</p> 1c5f04bfdfc47283e6e7d823919f4009 The $2 Trillion Infrastructure Trap for 05/05/2019 Sun, 05 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emerged from the White House on Tuesday after meeting with President Donald Trump. They announced that Trump and congressional Democrats had agreed to spend $2 trillion on a big infrastructure package.</p> <p>It's amazing how chummy partisans can be when they doubt they will actually have to get anything done &#8212; other than set a trap for the other side.<p>Updated: Sun May 05, 2019</p> 03d199540434d380596abf3d539af8e9 The 'What If' Question for the White House for 04/28/2019 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The "what if" question of President Donald Trump's presidency is this: How would Trump have entered office if then-FBI Director James Comey had not told him about a "dossier" on Trump's ties with Russia &#8212; which major news organizations declined to report on because their crack reporters could not substantiate it &#8212; when they first met in Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017? </p> <p>Is it possible that instead of delivering his dark "American carnage" inaugural address, Trump would have taken the oath of office with the optimism he displayed on election night? In the warm glow of victory, Trump told America, "It is time for us to come together as one united people." <p>Updated: Sun Apr 28, 2019</p> a4c543b0fa85872b38d6fba79060ef88 The Heroes of the Mueller Report for 04/21/2019 Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's report is out, it is time to salute the heroes.</p> <p>Mueller is not among them. He was a hero when he served in Vietnam. During his career as a prosecutor, he won the respect of colleagues who still talk of him as a godlike figure. But in this role, Mueller became living proof that there is such a thing as too much rectitude.<p>Updated: Sun Apr 21, 2019</p> 716a433431dc55be713785128128a517 After Rapid Rise, Michael Avenatti Sees Inevitable Fall for 04/14/2019 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Last week, federal prosecutors released a 61-page indictment against attorney Michael Avenatti, who allegedly bilked his own clients to bankroll his lavish lifestyle. Last month, federal prosecutors in New York charged him with trying to extort millions from Nike.</p> <p>Avenatti says he is not guilty, and he is entitled to a presumption of innocence on criminal charges. Still, his rise and fall presents an apt moment to ask how such a feral figure was so quickly elevated in the public eye, before what seems to be an inevitable fall.<p>Updated: Sun Apr 14, 2019</p> a435190494835fdc94096e0e7f6d8c65 Enforcement Trumps a Border Wall for 04/07/2019 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; During the two years when Democrats controlled the Oval Office, Senate and House, President Barack Obama squandered a major opportunity. </p> <p>He failed to push for a vote on a DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. That matter was left for a vote in the lame-duck Congress; and that vote proved to be a gesture, as the Democratic Senate failed to garner the needed 60 votes. America will never know how it might have ended if Obama had put his back into it. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 07, 2019</p> 25314c2d41b805ee95da48e9061236d3 There Was No Collusion, Adam Schiff for 03/31/2019 Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign from Congress. That, of course, is not going to happen.</p> <p>Even after special counsel Robert Mueller found no conspiracy or coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian actors, Schiff told The Washington Post, "Undoubtedly, there is collusion."</p> <p>That establishes Schiff as a facts-don't-matter chairman who makes fellow Democrats seem immune to reality. But that's their right, and Schiff did win his Southern California district with 78 percent of the vote.<p>Updated: Sun Mar 31, 2019</p> 47ab53593cdd2736d3563a25d79f4a05 Trump's Bully Pit for 03/24/2019 Sun, 24 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; During a week when President Donald Trump should have been beating his chest nonstop to celebrate the strong U.S. economy, he instead chose to flog his enemies, dead and alive, on Twitter and on camera.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Trump bashed the late Sen. John McCain, a war hero and Vietnam POW, in front of Ohio supporters who did not appear to see the dead man bashing as just clean fun. "I never liked him much," Trump offered, flaunting his conviction that people actually care whom he does and does not like.<p>Updated: Sun Mar 24, 2019</p> 0661b09a2df99afc4de5bb2d85838827 California Governor Praised for Things That Get Trump Condemned for 03/17/2019 Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Donald Trump, meet California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic rising star who tracks mud across the legal system the same way you do, <span class="column--highlighted-text">but his dirty footprints win accolades from the mainstream media.</span> </p> <p>Wednesday, Newsom signed an executive order granting execution reprieves for all 737 inmates on California's death row. The night before the signing, a New York Times headline announced, "After Soul Searching, Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California." <p>Updated: Sun Mar 17, 2019</p> e83ef7586374403a328e175927b98cac Foxes and Hounds for 03/10/2019 Sun, 10 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Fox News reporter Peter Doocy trailed Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., as she walked through a Capitol hallway on Wednesday so that he could ask her: "Rep. Omar, there seems to be some confusion among your colleagues. Are you anti-Semitic?"</p> <p>Rather than say "yes" or "no," Omar refused to respond, even as House Democrats were wrangling over a resolution condemning anti-Semitism that was drafted in response to Omar's comments about Israel supporters pushing "allegiance to a foreign country."<p>Updated: Sun Mar 10, 2019</p> 1c019f2a19a4b9081395e0ae6c3c76c5 Cohen Hearing Shows There's No Grand Case Against Trump for 03/03/2019 Sun, 03 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; At one point during his hours of testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen was asked what "breaking point" prompted him to split with Trump.</p> <p>"There were several factors," Cohen responded. "Helsinki" &#8212; a reference to Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last year &#8212; "Charlottesville" &#8212; think Trump's racially insensitive decision to blame "many sides" for the death of an activist protesting white nationalism &#8212; and "watching the daily destruction of our civility to one another."<p>Updated: Sun Mar 03, 2019</p>