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.

Trump Counters Media Narrative With ‘Victims’ of Obamacare

 

Washington President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “The press is making it look so wonderful,” Trump complained last week at an event at the White House arranged to counter the […]

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Trump’s Budget Turns ‘Policies Into Numbers’

 

Washington President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the […]

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Encountering Resistance From Both Sides

 

Washington This should be the moment President Donald Trump cleans up Obamacare with a broad smile on his happy face. He won the Electoral College — and as his predecessor Barack Obama liked to say, “Elections have consequences.” Trump’s Republican Party controls the House and the Senate, which should mean there are no sand traps […]

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Special Prosecutor or Witch Hunter?

 

Washington Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of the Senate and Nancy Pelosi of the House on Thursday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, to resign from office and to appoint a special prosecutor. “A special prosecutor is what’s called for and […]

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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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