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.

Harry Reid Calls Trump ‘Amoral’ — and He Should Know

 

Washington The gift that keeps on giving for President Donald Trump is that his fiercest critics on the left are no paragons of virtue. During an interview with Nevada Public Radio (KNPR) on Thursday, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Trump “amoral,” proposed that newly minted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, would make a “great […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Is Progressive — and Pragmatic

 

Washington I don’t think it was a coincidence that staff who worked for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sometimes ended up standing in front of me when I attended press events she held in San Francisco, when I worked for a local paper. Pelosi didn’t seem to like it when I’d pepper her with questions about, […]

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Cop’s Shooting Death May Upend Shutdown Debate

 

Washington President Donald Trump found a strong political issue in a brutal and needless crime on Thursday when he tweeted about the murder of a central California police officer at the hands of a man believed to be an illegal immigrant. This awful crime is likely to upend the debate surrounding a government shutdown that […]

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Only Trump to Blame for Making His Victories Fade Into Background

 

Washington In November, President Donald Trump set the stage for a remarkable bipartisan achievement, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to attain, when he announced he would support a prison reform bill that also addressed federal sentencing laws. Advocates for criminal justice reform and smart-on-crime Republicans had been pushing for such a bill through Obama’s […]

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From Your Table to Their Farm

 

Washington Forget all the tongue clucking about Washington being so divided and nasty that Democrats and Republicans cannot work together. As the Senate and House proved this week in passing the $867 billion farm bill, when it comes to spending money they don’t have, party leaders really can reach across the aisle. With the national […]

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Bush Funeral Raises Question: Who Will Speak for Trump?

 

Washington Who will speak for President Donald Trump at his state funeral, far in the future though it should be? That must be what the 45th president was thinking as he sat in the front pew at the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. Bush was eulogized by a man of words, a foreign […]

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Cohen’s Guilty Plea Isn’t Proof Trump Campaign Colluded with Russia

 

Washington On his way to catch Air Force One on Thursday, President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about Michael Cohen, his one-time personal lawyer who pleaded guilty that morning to lying to Congress about negotiations for a possible Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump said: (1) it was no secret he […]

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Partisan Divide Keeps Popping Up in Supreme Court Rulings

 

It’s not often that President Donald Trump appears more knowledgeable and honest about American jurisprudence than a Supreme Court justice — any Supreme Court justice — but on Thanksgiving week, Trump demonstrated a more realistic insight into how political the nation’s top court has become than Chief Justice John Roberts. A recap on Trump’s trash […]

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Florida Recounts Dredge Up 2000 Election Nightmare

 

Almost two decades after the infamous Florida recount to determine the 2000 presidential election, voters again have reason to look at Broward County’s election system with contempt and suspicion. In 2000, Broward County went so far as to judge indentations in ballots as legitimate votes. This netted Democratic nominee Al Gore an extra 567 votes […]

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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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