Debra J. Saunders

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

Democrats Forget Rights of the Accused in Kavanaugh Case

 

Washington The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, like others in her party, apparently has forgotten that in America, the burden of proof falls on an accuser, not the accused. Thus Feinstein played a starring role in her party’s efforts to slime the reputation of Brett Kavanaugh, an eminently qualified jurist […]

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You Don’t Have To Be a Bigot To Be a Racist Anymore

 

Washington What is a racist? There was a time when the answer to that question was pretty clear-cut. A racist was someone who joined a group like the Ku Klux Klan, spewed racial slurs, or supported segregation. A racist was someone who thought that people of other races were inherently inferior. In the last decade […]

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Trump, Others Question Credentials, Integrity of Anonymous

 

Washington An anonymous Trump administration official confessed in an opinion piece published Wednesday that many senior officials “are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. “I know. I am one of them.” There are many ways to react to the anonymous piece published by the New York Times. […]

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Trump Proof Voters Care More About Policies Than Character

 

Washington Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a two-bedroom ranch house in Plains, Georgia, assessed at $167,000, the Washington Post recently reported. And unlike former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he chose not to join corporate boards or deliver six-figure speeches because he didn’t want to “capitalize financially on being in the White House.” Carter […]

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GOP, Democrats Switch Roles 20 Years After Clinton Impeachment

 

Washington Lanny Davis became a TV news staple during President Bill Clinton’s second term as the White House lawyer who battled a Senate investigation into Clinton fundraising practices, with a focus on suspected Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 election. Davis left the White House only to rail against independent counsel Kenneth Starr as he […]

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Why Trump Sees Bias at the Justice Department

 

Washington “Double standard?” President Donald Trump guffawed after Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt asked whether federal law enforcement has a double standard for how it handles allegations of wrongdoing by Republicans and Democrats. Trump had a little list of big disparities. For starters, Trump named “Awan,” as in Imran Awan, a former House Democratic IT […]

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Trump, Manafort, and the Company They Keep

 

Washington Rick Gates is to political consultant Paul Manafort what Omarosa Manigault Newman is to President Donald Trump. Gates is the 46-year-old former right-hand man to Manafort, who, in exchange for a lesser sentence, testified against his former boss during the first jury trial resulting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in […]

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Manafort Trial Highlights Trump’s Bad Choices

 

Washington In June, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis slammed the position of special counsel as a post too easily “deployed as a political weapon” to troll for dirt on targeted adversaries. At the same time, he ruled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was legitimate and should continue. […]

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Twitter Rants Against Russia Probe: Obstruction or Trump Being Trump?

 

Washington When President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on May 11, 2017, the president did what he often does when he talks on camera — he did not hold back his grievances and he contradicted previous White House staff pronouncements. When Trump acts out in this way, his supporters […]

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Trump’s Supreme Choice

 

Washington In May 2016, when candidate Donald Trump released a short list from which he pledged to choose a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, he probably clinched his victory in November. In one gesture, the former Democrat running in the GOP primary assured conservatives he would not pick a wobbly jurist in the David Souter mold […]

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