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 Unlikely to Dwell on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

 

Washington Has President Donald Trump’s White House moved past the horror that still grips Las Vegas in the wake of the bloody Oct. 1 mass shooting that left 58 dead and 546 wounded? Trump frequently mentions the shooting during speeches and on camera. On Friday, he brought up the “the horrific mass murder” when he […]

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Tax Cuts Are Bound to Increase the National Debt

 

Washington Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package “will be rocket fuel” for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in […]

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A Moment of Unity

 

Washington After violence pierces U.S. cities and towns, Americans come together. Later politics can drive them apart. Or not, maybe just this once. As a grim Monday morning dawned in Las Vegas, Nevada representatives in Congress issued statements that eschewed gun politics. They stuck to themes of sympathy and shared useful information for constituents, such […]

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Can Trump Get the Job Done?

 

Washington President Donald Trump and his Republican Party should be celebrating. The GOP just rolled out a big tax cut bill, as the party controls the White House, Senate and House. But instead of breaking out party hats and noisemakers, party leaders are looking down at a feast of anxiety and recrimination. In a town […]

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Trump’s Future Lies in Alabama

 

Washington The future of Donald Trump’s presidency could ride on what Alabama Republicans do at the polls on Tuesday. If Trump’s favored candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, wins after trailing in recent polls, the president can claim that he still can work magic with the GOP base. But if challenger Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme […]

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The Trump Mystique

 

Washington President Donald Trump amped up the energy at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly. At his maiden speech before General Assembly Tuesday, Trump called North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.” He threatened “to totally destroy” the hermit kingdom. He told reporters, “I have decided” whether to certify the international nuclear pact with […]

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To DACA Perchance to Dream

 

Washington President Donald Trump says DACA, Democratic leaders in Congress say DREAM Act. DACA is the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program imposed under President Barack Obama that gave temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. The Trump administration rescinded DACA on Sept. 5, after a six-month […]

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DeVos Wants to Right the Pendulum on Campus Sexual Assault

 

Washington Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talked to lots of people — victims, students who said they were falsely accused and the family members of both — before she started to reform a policy instituted under President Barack Obama that instructs college campuses on how to deal with allegations of sexual assault. She came to a […]

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Trump Makes ‘Friends’ Outside GOP

 

Washington Meet President Donald Trump’s new best friends. He calls them “Chuck and Nancy,” not Senate Minority Leader Schumer or House Minority Leader Pelosi. He met with them Wednesday morning, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The sit-down ended with Trump breezing past the GOP’s wish list and giving […]

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Trump Conflicted Ahead of Dreamer Decision

 

Washington No issue has torn President Donald J. Trump as much DACA — that is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted by the Obama administration in June 2012 to provide temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The White House has said that it will issue […]

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