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.

How Does a First-Year National Monument Become an Institution? It’s the Obama Touch

 

The New York Times’ graphic said it all. On one side, the map displayed the “original boundaries” for Bears Ears National Monument with 1.35 million acres in green. On the other side was the drastically scaled-down monument with less green representing 201,876 acres, thanks to a recent proclamation by President Donald Trump reducing the national monument.

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Trump Strikes Back at Federal Investigators and the Media

 

Washington President Donald Trump bashed federal investigators on Twitter for the fourth day in a row Monday for what he called “the greatest witch hunt in U.S. political history.” At the same time, critics suggested that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea could present, as Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus opined, “the […]

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Trump Against the World

 

Washington It’s been another week crammed with President Donald Trump duking it out on Twitter. This week he sparred with Democratic congressional leaders, two national news organizations and even mixed it up with British Prime Minister Theresa May to a point that put a chill on the U.S.’s vaunted “special relationship” with the UK. People […]

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Is Time on Their Side?

 

Over countless news cycles that churned out multiple allegations of sexual harassment aimed at figures on the right (Donald Trump, then Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes and Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly), movie mogul Harvey Weinstein saw no cause to curb his brutish behavior, actor Kevin Spacey abused the House of Cards crew, and CBS/PBS […]

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No Victory Dance Yet for Trump After House Passes Tax Bill

 

Washington When the GOP House voted to repeal Obamacare in May, President Donald Trump invited supporters to the Rose Garden to celebrate with him and to pat themselves on the back for making history in record time. Thursday, when Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act there was no talk of orchestrating a public […]

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Who’ll Be Crying in Their Beer?

 

Washington White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found a clever way to combine two passions — tweaking reporters and supporting big tax cuts — during a recent press briefing. She laid out a scenario in which 10 reporters had a beer together every day and paid the $100 tab under a mechanism akin to […]

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One Year After Trump Elected, Capital More Divided

 

Washington One year ago, on Nov. 8, American voters elected Donald Trump president. It was a victory that confounded national pollsters, stunned Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and appeared to have surprised Trump himself. When he walked onto the national stage in the wee hours of the following morning, Trump delivered remarks that reached out to […]

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Hooray for Hollywood

 

Washington What does Donald Trump have that former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, TV newsman Mark Halperin, and actor Kevin Spacey don’t? A job. All four men have been the subject of multiple accusations that they sexually harassed their subordinates. Many of the accounts go back decades. Some involve predatory assaults to which the accuser did […]

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Trump Has Found a Real News Story About a Fake Dossier

 

Washington After months of going after “fake news,” President Donald Trump has found a story about a “fake dossier” that he clearly takes to be real news. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday, Trump said that a Washington Post story connecting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to a dossier that alleged his […]

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The General Shames the Briefing Room

 

Washington Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario — when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry. To wit, at Thursday’s press briefing, Kelly tongue-lashed the […]

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