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.

Trump’s Clash With Acosta Shows How Polarized U.S. Now Is


President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta were made for each other. Both are masters at kicking up outrage. Acosta is a very likable guy, but he rarely asks actual questions. Instead, he uses press conferences and briefings to argue with Trump or press secretary Sarah Sanders. Acosta started his non-question at Wednesday’s postelection […]

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Trump Sees the Migrant Caravan as a Winning Election Issue


Washington President Donald Trump has reason to believe that the caravan of migrants heading toward the Southwest border might bring out his base of what he calls “forgotten” Americans. Progressives see his rhetoric as a “dog-whistle” for racists. But Trump voters I talk to see images of Central Americans marching toward the U.S. border and […]

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Trump’s Tricks: How He Riles the Media While Entertaining Supporters


Washington Critics often accuse President Donald Trump of using dog-whistles to gin up his conservative base. But really, Trump’s most effective trick is to get TV journalists to attack on demand — as you can see in cable news coverage on the caravan of Central Americans headed toward the U.S. border. Perhaps the biggest sucker […]

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Body Slams on the Left; Body Slams on the Right


Washington Progressive activist Wilfred Michael Stark was arrested Tuesday for suspicion of battery against Kristin Davison, the campaign manager for Nevada’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, Adam Laxalt. Until he was fired after the incident, Stark worked for American Bridge, a self-described “progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions,” […]

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Trump May Be Inching Toward Broad Criminal Sentencing Reform


Washington President Donald Trump frequently brings up prison reform at his Make America Great Again rallies. The subject is on his short list of favored topics, like the wall at the Mexican border and killing NAFTA. Trump brought up prison reform in his 2018 State of the Union address. On Monday, he thanked the International […]

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Press Pack Set Aside Standards in Zeal to Smear Brett Kavanaugh


Washington Of course Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was angry. When he was about to win confirmation, Senate Democrats produced an accusation from his high school years that were more than three decades old. Partisans and like-minded journalists automatically believed the accuser, a California professor, even though she could not corroborate her story. And when […]

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Kavanaugh Accuser Believable, But Can’t Corroborate Her Story


Washington Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, came across as genuine and believable as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Maybe Ford was telling the truth, but she offered no substantial corroboration for […]

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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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