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.

An Inaugural Address or a Rally?

 

At nearly 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump spoke to the world after TV networks declared him the victor in the presidential election. His remarks were short. Trump praised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. He even reached out to those who had not supported him and asked for their guidance and “help so […]

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Question: What’s a Good Question?

 

What should reporters ask President-elect Donald Trump at his first post-election press conference scheduled for Jan. 11? The answer isn’t as simple as it may seem. Trump has not held a formal news conference for six months. He postponed until January the news conference promised for December. He refers to the press on Twitter as […]

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A Different Kind of Journalism

 

There is standard progression in the world where journalism and politics intersect. After years of reporting and watching newsrooms shrink, many journalists go to work for the governments they covered, or for an elected official they covered, or for organization they covered and admire. A few who stay in journalism rise in the ranks to […]

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Stanford Rape Judge Demonstrates Need for Judicial Independence

 

When Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford freshman convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, to six months in jail, three years’ probation and lifetime sex-offender registration in June, it was a national story. Legal insiders knew Turner would serve three months — not six — […]

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Hollywood Does Orwell

 

When you see videos of Hollywood celebrities — like the latest with Martin Sheen, Debra Messing and Bob Odenkirk — earnestly telling Americans how to live up to their brand of liberal politics by rejecting the GOP, the first question you have to ask yourself is: Why? I still ask myself that after watching the […]

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An Over-General Misunderstanding

 

Last week’s media chew toy involved the number of former generals President-elect Donald J. Trump has nominated for his cabinet. The ABC News website announced Trump “would have the most generals in the White House since World War II.” What is that near-record number? Two. Yes, a whopping two among 14 announced cabinet-level picks. Trump […]

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One-Party State, Meet Party of One

 

Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country, a national political equivalent of California. As it is, California is turning into San Francisco, where outsiders stand zero chance of penetrating […]

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Fake News Versus Junk News

 

The big “fake news” stories of 2016 were the polls. Most showed Donald Trump losing big in November, thus cable news ran countless renditions of the many ways Trump could not possibly win the necessary Electoral College vote. Getting the story utterly wrong should result in hand-wringing, hair-pulling and painful introspection in my profession; instead […]

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‘Sanctuary’ Means Career Criminals Can Run and Hide

 

Donald Trump understood something that many Washington insiders missed. Many Americans and some naturalized citizens bristle at elected officials constantly defending the rights of non-Americans to migrate here illegally — and to be rewarded for breaking the law with a path to citizenship. Toward that end, and in deference to his campaign promises, Trump seems […]

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Anti-Trumpers, Leave the Kids Alone

 

Hillary Clinton voters, I feel your pain. I’ve been on the losing side more times than I cared to be. It’s painful and personal. I would venture to add that Donald J. Trump’s victory probably is more bitter than a Clinton win would have been for conservatives because you didn’t see it coming. You lost […]

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