Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders is the White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review Journal. Contact her at or at 202-662-7391. Follow @DebraJSaunders on Twitter.

Did Democrats Skip Embassy Opening to Snub Trump?


Washington In June 2017, the Senate reaffirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called on Washington to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, by a 90-0 vote. With not a single Democrat or Republican voting against the measure, it obviously was a bipartisan vote. But there was nothing bipartisan about the […]

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Trump Time


Washington President Donald Trump has the White House running on fast forward. He is pushing the once crusty and creaky foreign policy apparatus to move at the speed of Twitter. Is Trump’s at-a-blur pace for better or worse? Consider Trump’s action-packed Thursday. At 3 a.m., the president and first lady shared a triumph at Joint […]

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Spooking the Next Top Spook


Washington The U.S. Senate faces a clear choice as it prepares to confirm — or reject — acting CIA Director Gina Haspel as the permanent head spook. Confirm Haspel and get a chief who will encourage staff to do their utmost to uncover what they need to know to protect this country. Or, reject her […]

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Washington Media Gets Taste of What It’s Like to Be on Receiving End


Washington My Uber driver to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday night was an Iranian journalist jailed for four years in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and sentenced to 60 lashes. Siamak Ghaderi had been an editor and reporter for the Islamic Republic’s official news agency, IRNA. In 2010, Iranian authorities arrested him. He was […]

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White House Doctor Down


Washington When he ran for president, candidate Donald Trump promised to hire “the best people” and said he would look at potential cabinet members’ “track record, great confidence, love of what they’re doing, how they get along with people, references.” In many ways, Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s choice to be the next secretary of Veterans […]

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A Funny Thing Happens to Trump’s Rivals — They Start Turning Into Trump


An odd thing is happening in President Donald Trump’s America. Over time, his rivals turn into their own versions of The Donald. No greater example exists than James Comey, the FBI chief whom Trump fired last year. Trump canned Comey in a spectacularly brutal and public way. Not in person, but on camera, as if […]

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Lanny Davis James Comey

Many Dems Can’t Forgive ‘Renegade’ James Comey for Clinton’s Loss


Lanny Davis, the former White House counsel to President Bill Clinton and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, was just finishing his book, The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency, when President Donald Trump fired Comey. “I just lost my book,” Davis remembers thinking. Overnight […]

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Trump’s Turnover Is Huge


Washington Kathryn Dunn Tenpas has been keeping track of White House staff turnover since the late 1990s, but until President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the Brookings Institution senior fellow told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “no one’s ever cared about it.” Turnover in the Trump White House is, well, huge. The president loves […]

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For Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, Prison Reform Is Personal


Washington President Donald Trump wants to help federal inmates “who have served their time get a second chance.” That’s what he said in his 2018 State of the Union address. Thank Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, not his attorney general. For Kushner, prison reform is personal. In 2005, his real-estate mogul father was […]

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Trump, Democrats Create Logjam in Diplomat Confirmations


Washington What if they had negotiations to prevent a war and nobody came? That’s the prospect staring down at President Donald Trump who says he wants to remake U.S. foreign policy, but doesn’t have a fully staffed army of diplomats and national security figures to lead the charge. Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

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