Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:34:15 -0700 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate 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> 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>