Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 04 Aug 2021 20:21:13 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/debra-j-saunders-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders a36d059dfd1bf5b3e0681e51fc0c0403 A Conversation Where There Used To Be Tweets for 08/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/07/21/a-conversation-where-there-used-to-be-tweets Sun, 01 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Ahead of and after the 2020 presidential election, a number of my friends who also are Republican women engaged in what came to be known as "The Conversation."</p> <p>As special House Committee hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks have begun, there's a new conversation in the air.</p> <p>In 2016, many Republican women I know &#8212; men, too &#8212; told each other they didn't vote for Donald Trump because they didn't like the way he talked and tweeted. But also, they weren't sure Trump would govern from the right.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 01, 2021</p> 43743c386faa9b7a2e70ac4050276bb9 Want to Solve Homelessness? Call a Cop for 07/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/07/21/want-to-solve-homelessness-call-a-cop Sun, 25 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We can end homelessness in the State of California," California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Monday. It's a goal Newsom shares with President Joe Biden, despite Democrats' inability to curb homelessness by throwing money at it.</p> <p>Their solution? Throw more money at it.</p> <p>"I don't think that homelessness can be solved; I know homelessness can be solved," Newsom also offered as he boasted that California would spend $5.8 billion to add 42,000 new housing units.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 25, 2021</p> 931f8a22923d7978aa5e64e5a722f6f9 Biden Punts on Pot for 07/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/07/21/biden-punts-on-pot Sun, 18 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is one issue where President Joe Biden has not moved further left and in lockstep with other liberal leaders: marijuana. The oldest man to take the oath of office &#8212; he's now 78 &#8212; just can't bring himself to support legalization.</p> <p>On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden claimed he wanted to decriminalize it and leave legal questions for states to decide.</p> <p>But does Biden even want to do that?<p>Updated: Sun Jul 18, 2021</p> 203b823b32052566e393d87d22821a67 Who Will Prosecute the Prosecutors? for 07/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/07/21/who-will-prosecute-the-prosecutors Sun, 11 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fun fact: It took special counsel Robert Mueller less than two years to release his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. It's been more than two years since then Attorney General William Barr named John Durham to head a probe into the origins of the Russian investigation.</p> <p>One investigation resulted in a raft of indictments and convictions. The other, not so much, probably because Durham is more scrupulous than the Mueller team.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 11, 2021</p> ef8ae2b916503330b66bc094bfd319f1 California Targets Free Speech and Charities for 07/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/07/21/california-targets-free-speech-and-charities Sun, 04 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling Thursday that invalidated California's practice of demanding that charities disclose their largest donors to the state attorney general, lawyer Casey Mattox of the conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation marveled at the coalition that came together to fight the machine.</p> <p>When the California attorney general notified charitable organizations in 2010 that they had to share information they file with the IRS with the Golden State, Americans for Prosperity Foundation and Thomas More Law Center, which promotes religious freedom, fought back. The policy, they argued, could infringe on free speech and free association rights.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 04, 2021</p> 9cc167a70964009a5ae13ac0fd99a1f4 Hunter Biden's Midas Touch for 06/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/06/21/hunter-bidens-midas-touch Sun, 27 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Joe Biden clearly has no problem with his son Hunter Biden cashing in on the family name. It's something Biden has in common with former President Donald Trump.</p> <p>According to Forbes, Trump's estimated wealth dropped from an estimated $3.6 billion in 2016 to $2.4 billion in April &#8212; which means he lost a fortune while in office. Conflicts nonetheless existed as Trump made it known that he kept track of which foreign dignitaries and political interests spent money at his properties.</p> <p>While Trump bled millions those four years, Biden far surpassed the limits of a public servant's salary. The self-styled working-class Democrat who used to talk about being one of the poorest men in the Senate earned more than $17 million while Trump was in the White House.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 27, 2021</p> 051f25bf2c2cbb3a62d1f93c993fe054 Jan. 6 or June 2020 for 06/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/06/21/jan-6-or-june-2020 Sun, 20 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Joe Biden released his National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism on Tuesday. A fact sheet on the measure cautioned that narratives about election fraud, the Jan. 6 Capitol breach and COVID-19 "will almost certainly spur" extremist groups to engage in domestic violence this year.</p> <p>Biden remains fixated on the events of Jan. 6 &#8212; for good reason &#8212; and apparently oblivious to the violence committed during "social justice" rallies &#8212; for no good reason &#8212; over the summer of 2020.</p> <p>Activists assaulted police officers, torched government buildings at great expense to taxpayers and destroyed the life's work of small business owners, but the Biden Department of Justice clearly hasn't made prosecuting offenders a priority.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 20, 2021</p> b34edb3ca5ad224238d4d50dd174419a Gov. Newsom, Kevin Cooper Is Guilty for 06/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/06/21/gov-newsom-kevin-cooper-is-guilty Sun, 13 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Kevin Cooper used to tell reporters that he wanted DNA testing, which didn't exist when he went to trial, to prove that he was not guilty of the four 1983 murders that put him on California's death row. If the tests implicated him, he said, he would drop his appeals.</p> <p>In 2000, Cooper got those tests &#8212; and they nailed him.</p> <p>DNA tests placed Cooper in the Chino Hills home of chiropractors Doug and Peggy Ryen, who were found dead with their daughter Jessica, 10, and houseguest Christopher Hughes, 11. The Ryens' 8-year-old son Josh somehow survived after he was left for dead with a slit throat. At trial, Cooper had denied entering the Ryen home.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 13, 2021</p> 06ba23bcd6b066ffcab5f2f1573e9a59 Bad Election Rules and Stupid Media Tricks for 06/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/06/21/bad-election-rules-and-stupid-media-tricks Sun, 06 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A crisis is a terrible thing to waste, the saying goes. So Democrats have been working to make state election law changes implemented to make voting safer during COVID-19 both permanent and broader. And they're pushing federal legislation to impose their methods on unwilling states.</p> <p>They're framing their play as "voting rights" &#8212; as if anyone who voted in 2016 had fewer rights.</p> <p>Never mind that some states are pushing to get rid of COVID-inspired poll changes &#8212; including 24-hour voting and drive-thru voting in Texas &#8212; that are pricey and offer an open invitation to mischief.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 06, 2021</p> ed2a6359770bd22b9fab81257c1b81c2 Without Dirty Mining, You Can't Make Clean Cars for 05/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/05/21/without-dirty-mining-you-cant-make-clean-cars Sun, 30 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Before the November election, candidate Joe Biden's campaign let it be known that the Democratic nominee would part ways with environmental activists by supporting mining in the United States for technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>Unnamed sources from Team Biden told Reuters: "A Biden administration would emphasize green energy, and in order to get more solar panels, you need more raw materials. These materials don't come out of a test tube."<p>Updated: Sun May 30, 2021</p> 84ecb93328f68236dd924228e3b0aff8 Who Is That Masked Man? Your President for 05/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/05/21/who-is-that-masked-man-your-president Sun, 23 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After the CDC announced on May 13 that fully vaccinated Americans don't have to wear masks, many big news organizations followed not with stories of celebration, but warnings that the guidance was confusing for businesses and governments and jarring to those who had gotten used to working from home.</p> <p>This is The New York Times' America: People learned to adapt to remote learning, and they're so comfortable they fear going out again. In this America, anxiety is king.</p> <p>A bigger story is out there. It involves the other America where people have been living as if the rules changed much earlier. In this America, folks couldn't work at home, others traveled for pleasure and parents sent kids to schoolhouses in lieu of laptops.<p>Updated: Sun May 23, 2021</p> fe656216c40976f0b7c1f02605aa0bfc Bet On It. Trump Is Running. for 05/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/05/21/bet-on-it-trump-is-running Sun, 16 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Let's not kid ourselves. Former &#8212; yes, former &#8212; President Donald Trump wants to run for president in 2024, and so he shall.</p> <p>The story some Republicans like to tell themselves &#8212; that Trump will not run again for the White House because he knows he can't win and he's smart enough to see the glory in being a GOP kingmaker &#8212; is wishful thinking.</p> <p>Trump is enjoying leaving his plans unclear so he can lure various GOP hopefuls to Mar-a-Lago to kiss his ring. Later, Trump can use their courtship against them.<p>Updated: Sun May 16, 2021</p> d7ab4f7753defe25e092bad5bf9ff437 The Social Justice Mob Tries to Do to Tech What It Did to Academia for 05/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/05/21/the-social-justice-mob-tries-to-do-to-tech-what-it-did-to-academia Sun, 09 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The same tactics used to suppress dissent in academia &#8212; with the goal of making colleges "safe spaces" that feel "welcoming" to snowflakes &#8212; have graduated to the tech world.</p> <p>Fortunately, rather than let activists do to their startups what they did to academia, some CEOs are fighting back.</p> <p>This episode begins when a new employee at Basecamp, a Chicago-based software firm, formed a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI, as it is known) committee to improve workplace diversity.<p>Updated: Sun May 09, 2021</p> c6de0d796337c0d608b819058bb2b878 It's the End of the Ride for 03/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/03/21/its-the-end-of-the-ride Sun, 07 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON - White House press briefings are no longer must-see TV. With former President Donald Trump gone, if you want to watch the daily briefings, you can't just turn on cable news networks that rely on ratings. In President Joe Biden's White House, C-SPAN is your safe bet. </p> <p>Because of coronavirus social distancing protocols, there are no crammed rows of questioners from assorted media outlets shouting questions at press secretary Jen Psaki. The back and forth is civil. </p> <p>Even without the COVID-19 rules, you know that the mood in the room is different simply because Trump, with his arsenal of grudges and suspicion of "fake news," is gone. <p>Updated: Sun Mar 07, 2021</p> 074b264d79953b4ec3e964dcd7dcd409 House Democrats Against Free Speech for 02/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/house-democrats-against-free-speech Sun, 28 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Democratic House members are using the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot and the coronavirus pandemic in a scary effort to censor conservatives &#8212; and get Big Media to do their dirty work for them. </p> <p>Remember when the left believed in more speech as the solution to bad speech? Those days are gone. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 28, 2021</p> 499946629cef93229e76ee031b1e35d8 Limbaugh's Success Came in Spite of Big Media for 02/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/limbaughs-success-came-in-spite-of-big-media Sun, 21 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I met Rush Limbaugh before he became a god. </p> <p>It was the mid-1980s. Our careers had begun but had not taken off. Rush had a radio talk show on Sacramento station KFBK-AM 1530. I worked in the California legislature. </p> <p>Later he moved to New York for the syndicated talk show that put him in car radios, as he would say, "across the fruited plain." <p>Updated: Sun Feb 21, 2021</p> 41f796224e2930d08c40bc856ade556b Senator, Impeach Thyself for 02/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/senator-impeach-thyself Sun, 14 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators that their vote on impeachment should be based on "conscience." </p> <p>Conscience? It apparently has less of a presence on Capitol Hill than partisan identity. </p> <p>Consider the words of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a likely presidential hopeful in 2024 anxious to court the Trump vote. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 14, 2021</p> 4bbf6e12fc68fe980d18d78884853320 True Believers the Past, Cheney the Future in Modern GOP for 02/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/02/21/true-believers-the-past-cheney-the-future-in-modern-gop Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "I was allowed to believe things that weren't true," Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., told her colleagues Thursday. </p> <p>It was a non-apology for repeating vile disinformation &#8212; which resulted in Democrats stripping her committee assignments. In 2017, Greene wrote that that gun control "could be the very motive of the Las Vegas Massacre" that, ultimately, killed 60. In 2018 she spoke of a "so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon" on 9/11. </p> <p>Greene denied those assertions, as she argued that those remarks should not be an issue because she made them before she ran for office. <p>Updated: Sun Feb 07, 2021</p> 8d7fe88267d86ca3fdbef84fc301e0cc If Schools Are Essential, They Should Be Open for 01/31/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/if-schools-are-essential-they-should-be-open Sun, 31 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "There are only two choices: Which one will it be?" the Chicago Teachers Union argued to its members. "Risk your life or your students' lives by going into dangerous buildings," or agree to strike if Chicago Public Schools go ahead with plans to reopen classrooms Monday. </p> <p>Obviously, teachers, students and staffers with compromised immune systems or co-morbidities that put their health at risk should work from home. Alas, the Windy City union makes no distinction between healthy and unhealthy educators, while ignoring the data on the low risk that COVID-19 poses for healthy working adults and school-age children. </p> <p>Everyone knows that remote education is failing students, especially immigrant children and others whose parents can't fill in the gaps that plague schooling by computer screen. Yet, somehow, education groups that ostensibly are committed to closing the achievement gap are willing to let this separate-but-equal education policy stand. <p>Updated: Sun Jan 31, 2021</p> fd16a58bc3a251d0347d0e03b0ee5265 Will Biden Leave Little Sisters Free to Choose? for 01/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/debra-saunders/01/21/will-biden-leave-little-sisters-free-to-choose 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>