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.

Oscar Rants

 

Washington Actress Meryl Streep likely set the stage for a very political Academy Award ceremony Sunday night when she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January. Now the question is, will President Donald Trump be watching what is likely to be a four-hour verbal pounding of his person and policies? Streep […]

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Team Trump’s First Scalp

 

Washington Gen. Mike Flynn provided the first scalp in the Trump administration in record time — he served as White House National Security Adviser for 23 fleeting days before he resigned Monday night. In the eyes of President Donald Trump, Flynn could be his team’s first casualty of “fake news.” As Trump told reporters at […]

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Court Rejects Trump Travel Ban

 

Washington Speaking before a law enforcement group earlier this week, President Donald Trump maintained that a federal immigration law was “so perfectly written” that even “a bad student in high school” could see that he had the authority to issue an executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries temporarily. Thursday, however, a three-judge […]

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Short Circuit: Bill Aims to Deep-Six 9th

 

Washington How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 percent of the U.S. population and 40 percent of the nation’s land mass. It’s so big that Congress has looked at bills to split the circuit since 1941, and it’s […]

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The New Edge of Intolerance

 

Washington Last weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick informed his employees that he would stay on President Trump’s economic advisory council, even though he, like much of his staff, vehemently opposed many Trump platforms. By Thursday, Kalanick resigned from the panel. The ride-sharing czar’s swift reversal is a sign of the divide widening across America. We […]

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What Is Trump Doing and What Does He Think He’s Doing?

 

Washington Hang on, friend. This is going to be a bumpy ride. President Donald Trump’s first full work week began with action and drama. Trump had planned to assume office with executive orders that showed his commitment to making good on key campaign promises. He delivered. In his first three days, Trump signed executive orders […]

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As the Briefing Room Turns

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team had been flirting with moving the daily White House press briefing from the West Wing to nearby quarters that could accommodate more journalists. The White House Correspondents Association registered its concern — while not present in public sentiment, umbrage followed. By Thursday, Team Trump assured the media that Monday’s press […]

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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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