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.

Respecting the Power of the Pardon

 

Washington President Donald Trump has not used the power granted to him in the U.S. Constitution to pardon or commute federal offenders. (A pardon essentially blots out a criminal conviction; a commutation does not revoke a conviction, but reduces or eliminates the sentence.) But that could change on Tuesday when Trump visits Phoenix, where former […]

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Why Is This Not a Story?

 

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman known in political circles as DWS, is knee-deep in a scandal that involves a laptop, money and possible foreign entanglements. Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, the Washington Post and New York Times have barely reported on the story, which has conservatives observing — with President Donald Trump’s Twitter account concurring — that the mainstream media have a double standard.

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The White House Press Briefing Showdown

 

Washington When White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller called on CNN’s Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s press briefing, Miller knew what he was doing. Miller had every reason to believe that Acosta would challenge President Donald Trump’s support for the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, a measure that would cut in half […]

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Recurring Cast of Characters Complicate Probe Into Russian Meddling

 

Washington “This whole story reads like some kind of novel that nobody would buy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., marveled at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. The committee focused on foreign agents working inside the United States, as the intelligence community maintains that Russia tried to tilt the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win […]

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Trump’s Humiliation of Sessions Just Plain Ugly to Watch

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not the first man who would come to mind as an exemplar of a unifying political figure — yet by just being himself, the former Alabama senator inadvertently managed to become perhaps the most sympathetic man in Washington. For one thing, Sessions shares many unpopular (in Washington) positions with President […]

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Trump Steps on Message, Again, with Attorney General Comments

 

Washington For weeks, observers were wondering when President Donald Trump would focus on pushing recalcitrant Republicans to back a Senate bill to repeal and possibly replace Obamacare — so that Trump and GOP lawmakers could keep faith with a key campaign pledge dear to the GOP base. Wednesday, Trump seized his bully pulpit. He invited […]

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Trump Likens Terrorism Fight to Poland’s Resistance to Nazis

 

HAMBURG, Germany An enthusiastic Polish crowd chanted President Donald Trump’s name and “USA, USA, USA” as the American president gave a valentine of a speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square by a memorial to the 1944 Polish Uprising. In a half hour, Trump essentially wrapped America in Polish history and likened the Poles’ resistance to the […]

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Trump Puts Poland and Welcoming Crowds Before G-20

 

Warsaw President Donald Trump may well have felt as if Air Force One had touched down in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or any other American city that had hosted his campaign-style rallies when he landed in Warsaw Wednesday night — the first leg of his second trip abroad as president. First lady Melania Trump […]

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Trump Has Yet to Be Clear on Intent for Yucca

 

Washington In October 2016, candidate Donald Trump came to Las Vegas to face the question all presidential hopefuls who think they can win Nevada must face: Did he support building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain? “I’m very friendly with this area,” Trump responded. “I have a hotel here. I will tell you I’m […]

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With Two Tweets, Trump Settles Tape Question Raised in Earlier Tweet

 

Washington “I don’t know there was a game,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s latest tweets, in which he denied taping former FBI chief James Comey. Actually, it is a game — a 41-day back-and-forth marathon called “snooker,” played not with cue […]

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