Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:38:34 -0800 Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate fd16a58bc3a251d0347d0e03b0ee5265 Will Biden Leave Little Sisters Free to Choose? for 01/24/2021 Sun, 24 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President Joe Biden likes to talk about unity and his intent to rise above partisan rancor to heal the divisions that led a pro-Trump mob to swarm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Given his history of cutting deals with Republicans, I believe he wants to work across the aisle. </p> <p>But a hail-fellow-well-met demeanor can't paper over his party's intolerance and readiness to use government as a club to beat dissenters into submission. Choice? That's not for Little Sisters of the Poor &#8212; or at least it wasn't last year as Biden was the presumptive Democratic nominee and the Supreme Court ruled in their favor. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 24, 2021</p> a1f43eec843c782452c3944f382f7dfb Things I Never Told Sheldon Adelson for 01/16/2021 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The knives were out for me in January 2017 when I arrived in Washington as the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You see, I worked for what scolds liked to call Sheldon Adelson's paper &#8212; and that was a no-no. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p> 67e4b09c69bedd1321db3d8bd94708f0 How to Start a Civil War for 01/08/2021 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; One thing the right always had claim to was the belief that &#8212; unlike Black Lives Matter and social justice protests &#8212; tea party and later MAGA rallies were peaceful, if at times profane, political speech.</p> <p>There have been instances of violence from partisans on both sides, but it was left-wing protests that left cities torched, small businesses in ashes, police forces terrorized and once-vibrant city centers a dystopian mess. </p> <p>That's gone now. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 99983223b413ed4b317a360edce01b8d House Republicans Splitting Apart From President Trump for 01/03/2021 Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "So, we spent a whole election on my side of the fence talking about, 'We got to fight socialism.' And now you're going to throw a half-trillion dollars" with "absolutely no targeting" for earners hurt economically by the coronavirus? </p> <p>That's Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., talking about President Donald Trump's call for Congress to increase COVID-19 relief checks for individuals from $600 to $2,000. </p> <p>"I'm the guy who campaigned for the president, contributed to the president and voted for the president," Amodei offered during a wide-ranging hour-long phone conversation Wednesday. The only Republican in Nevada's congressional delegation, Amodei stressed that he wanted Trump to serve four more years. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 03, 2021</p> f0334054739840069db22c6608039c38 Regulations Take California Policies Nationwide for 12/27/2020 Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; On Saturday, President-elect Joe Biden introduced his climate team at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. </p> <p>Biden's would-be energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, talked about U.S. investment of trillions for "electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines and energy-efficient appliances and buildings." <p>Updated: Sun Dec 27, 2020</p> 16473be6c82668e3fe27ba3ba0de6e5e Attorney General Bill Barr, Justice Warrior for 12/20/2020 Sun, 20 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The usual critics spent the past two years damning Attorney General Bill Barr as a shameless lackey in President Donald Trump's service, so it should be no surprise that, even as Barr announced his resignation Monday, the chattering class continued to call him names.</p> <p>Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus damned Barr's "bootlicking resignation letter," and her colleague Robin Givhan dismissed him as "a gray-suited lump" and "Trump's protective bunker."</p> <p>Fortunately for Barr, these barbs mean nothing. He didn't take on the job of attorney general for the second time &#8212; he first served under President George H.W. Bush &#8212; to make friends. Barr went in to right a wrong of the Department of Justice's making: an investigation of Trump fueled on misinformation.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 20, 2020</p> 0fe0f3f6f85c5c612f0bf0410f82c632 From China, With Love for 12/13/2020 Sun, 13 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Sanctimony is proving to be a bad look for Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., since Axios reported on his ties with a suspected Chinese spy. Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, insinuated herself with a number of up-and-coming U.S. politicians between 2011 and 2015. Swalwell was the biggest fish. </p> <p>The Chinese national's efforts, Axios reported, included raising money for Swalwell's 2014 reelection campaign. Fang also helped place at least one intern in Swalwell's House office.</p> <p>According to Axios, Swalwell did nothing wrong and was unaware Fang may have been working for Beijing until U.S. intelligence officials alerted him in 2015. Swalwell cut off all ties with Fang, who left the United States. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 13, 2020</p> 6c28ac74694468ca2ac01c1c1d0546ec Biden's All-Female Press Team? Yawn. for 12/06/2020 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; President-elect Joe Biden proudly has announced that his White House senior communications team will be "filled entirely by women." </p> <p>As a woman, I like to see women break barriers and take a seat in what used to be men's clubs. </p> <p>But it's hard to get excited at the notion that Biden's upper-press operation will be Ladies Only. Men represent some 49% of the population, so you'd think there would be a place for at least one of them in the top seven plum spots. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 06, 2020</p> 0e374f8bff485cb7cd4d331dc08d9fb5 Remote Learning in Public Schools Is Widening the Achievement Gap for 11/29/2020 Sun, 29 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "You don't just have a partner in the White House," former Vice President Joe Biden told the National Education Association as he campaigned for the White House in July, "you'll have an NEA member in the White House."</p> <p>That remark &#8212; a reference to the president-elect's wife, educator Jill Biden &#8212; should chill the hearts of American parents who believe education is essential and cannot be replicated outside the classroom. </p> <p>As the coronavirus spread fear among the country's elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that research shows public schools have not turned into superspreaders, as feared, the education establishment is in little hurry to end distance learning even though it especially hurts poor children, immigrant children and those with special needs. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 29, 2020</p> 82e3409e4d94b9db847e62c45d4534cd Newsom's Mea Culpa Offers Lesson Other Governors for 11/21/2020 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When caught with his mask down, California Gov. Gavin Newsom knows how to apologize and admit that he has sinned.</p> <p>He is disappointed in himself, Newsom told reporters Monday after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he had broken his own COVID-19 dicta when he dined recently at the tony French Laundry restaurant and sat indoors with friends who happen to be lobbyists or doctors.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 21, 2020</p> 82f1d65968ec2275d646dfbf5557b645 Epstein Case Still Used to Smear Acosta for 11/15/2020 Sun, 15 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Before he was found dead in a New York jail cell in what a coroner described as a suicide, Jeffrey Epstein was a super-rich serial sex abuser with impeccable political connections and a ruthless streak. A year after his death, Epstein haunts a criminal justice system that failed his many victims. </p> <p>In 2005, the parents of a 14-year-old girl complained to the Palm Beach Police Department in Florida that Epstein had paid their daughter for a massage. The investigation led to the discovery that Epstein used personal assistants to recruit girls to provide massages for him and the massages often led to sexual abuse. </p> <p>After the state attorney's office presented its case, a grand jury indicted Epstein for a felony count solicitation of prostitution. In search of a tougher, more appropriate sentence, local law enforcement reached out to the FBI in the hope that the feds could come up with charges that better reflected Epstein's crimes. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 15, 2020</p> c5f7f90b7a34d1ccf12785f35479bffe Susan Collins Beat the Lincoln Project for 11/08/2020 Sun, 08 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The long knives were out for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. </p> <p>Her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, had determined to beat the last New England Republican in Congress by tying President Donald Trump around her neck like an anvil. That was to be expected. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 08, 2020</p> c53ed7cc32cec5819648fb18e2dc0eff And Then There Were None for 11/01/2020 Sun, 01 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In the first months of President Donald Trump's presidency, the briefing room was standing room only. Around the room's 49 assigned seats for the press, with the front rows reserved for big media, reporters with smaller news outfits jostled for space and a chance to pose a question of then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.</p> <p>Playboy's Brian Karem named those of us standing in the sidelines "the aisle people."</p> <p>Trump was a full employment act for political journalists. Networks and newspapers couldn't get enough of a story that sold itself to news consumers. Trump himself has been more accessible to the press corps than predecessors who had nicer things to say about the Fifth Estate.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 01, 2020</p> 96f90610eef9eb71d76ed782afb1c492 Big Journalism's Laptop/Dossier Double Standard for 10/25/2020 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "60 Minutes" host Lesley Stahl probably figured her sit-down with President Donald Trump last week would be the usual fare. She would ask "tough questions," as she told Trump. He would push back. She'd push back, too. "60 Minutes" would have another feather in its cap and Trump would weather the moment with angry tweets about "fake news." </p> <p>There was one little problem. Trump had spent a week watching big news organizations ignore a New York Post story about Hunter Biden after they had spent his first years in office hyperventilating over Russian disinformation and fictional coordination between Moscow and his 2016 campaign. </p> <p>The Post story undercut former Vice President Joe Biden's claim that he never spoke with his son Hunter about Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm that paid Hunter Biden some $50,000 per month even as his father was tasked with fighting corruption in Ukraine by President Barack Obama. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 27, 2020</p> b11df1170cada3d5607b128b1654b379 The Lockdown Hazard for 10/18/2020 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; In a bid to convince potential viewers that it is more interested in lecturing the masses than informing them, CNN has produced ads about face masks. "This is a mask," a know-it-all narrator claims. "It prevents the spread of coronavirus. This is not a political statement. It's a mask." </p> <p>Whenever someone tells you that something is not political, they're lying. They're being political and trying to discourage others from challenging their views, because ... well, they're so right there is no other side. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 18, 2020</p> cc95fe2f22b5c04495a41e8e2c44c67c Mike Pence's Calm Conservatism for 10/11/2020 Sun, 11 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Thursday morning on Fox Business Network, President Donald Trump announced that since the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the Oct. 15 presidential debate would be conducted virtually to guard against the spread of coronavirus, he would skip it. </p> <p>Of course, shortly after I wrote the above paragraph, the story changed. The Trump campaign called for two live debates, one on Oct. 22 when the third debate was scheduled, and then a new third debate on Oct. 29. <p>Updated: Sun Oct 11, 2020</p> e008b4b065f2f5ed3b0110cd507412b6 No Winners in First Presidential Debate for 10/04/2020 Sun, 04 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The first presidential debate probably didn't win many votes for former Vice President Joe Biden, who was vague and unconvincing. I do think, however, the debate may lose President Donald Trump some votes. I may be one of them.</p> <p>In 2016, I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson because I saw Democratic Hillary Clinton and Trump as self-destructive chaos agents.</p> <p>Trump turned out much better than I expected. He is about to put a third highly qualified conservative jurist, Amy Coney Barrett, on the Supreme Court, and he has filled federal courtrooms with qualified judges who won't legislate from the bench.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 04, 2020</p> d7e6b4debf9cc5d761d056e00c9f69eb Trump Move on Jerusalem Embassy Led to Peace for 09/27/2020 Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced he would install an embassy in the Holy City in December 2017, the foreign policy establishment said bad things would follow. </p> <p>European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the move "has the potential to send us backwards to darker times than the one we already are living in." Then-British Prime Minister Theresa May said the move was "unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region." </p> <p>Former Secretary of State John Kerry warned it would cause "an explosion in the region." Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., urged Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital lest the move "spark violence and embolden extremists on both sides of the debate." <p>Updated: Sun Sep 27, 2020</p> 162d34af4a436a52b5b54899c06cb04d Inside the Maddening Crowd for 09/20/2020 Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; During an exclusive interview before he appeared on stage, President Donald Trump was clear about who was to blame for his campaign's decision to host an indoor rally in Henderson Sunday night: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. </p> <p>The campaign had planned to hold a rally in Las Vegas near McCarran International Airport; when that fell through, they considered other outdoor venues, but Sisolak's order against events with more than 50 people blocked them. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 20, 2020</p> 3b4b18673f3b91f4c91cfa1cf5740041 Stop Me Before I Tweet for 09/13/2020 Sun, 13 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; When young adults starting a career in journalism or public service ask me if they should set up a Twitter account and join the fray, they all get the same answer. </p> <p>Don't do it. Create an account so you can monitor what's going on in the Twitterverse, but don't dive in. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 13, 2020</p>