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.

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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Time for a Good Buddy Tale

 

Washington Americans needed a good buddy movie after a deranged gunman targeted Republicans practicing for a bipartisan ballgame to raise money for charities Wednesday morning. The attack left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in critical condition and sent others to the hospital, including Capitol Hill police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who fought […]

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Russia Inquiry All a Little Bit of History Repeating

 

Washington If you watched the testimony of former FBI chief James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, you heard Democratic senators refer to Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election as a “hostile” act by a “hostile” government, an affront, their tone suggested, heretofore unknown in American politics. Yet two decades […]

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James Comey Has His High Noon Moment

 

Washington President Donald Trump was right about this much: As he told NBC’s Lester Holt last month, former FBI chief James Comey, whom Trump had just fired, is a “showboat.” As he sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee about to testify Thursday, Comey demonstrated that he knows how to set the stage in the theater […]

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Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Gruesome Trump Photo but Backlash Builds

 

Washington By Wednesday afternoon comedian Kathy Griffin had apologized for posing for a photo with what looked like the blood-soaked decapitated head of President Donald Trump. “I went too far,” she said in a contrite follow-up video. “I sincerely apologize.” But it was too late. Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards announced that it was suspending […]

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Trump Flexes U.S. Muscle, World Takes Notice

 

President Donald Trump may find Washington a hostile home lurking with political foes who want payback for his harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail. Funny thing, though: On his first foreign trip as president, the one-time isolationist found forgiveness and bonhomie from leaders and nations he trolled during the 2016 campaign. In Saudi Arabia, King […]

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Trump’s Road to Riyadh

 

Washington In the long list of things that few would have anticipated last year, consider this scenario: President Donald Trump starting his first foreign trip in Saudi Arabia, where he expects a strong welcome from Muslim leaders. Critics at least would not be surprised at the circumstances, Trump skipping town leaving a trail of bad […]

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Which Story Are We Sticking To?

 

Washington President Donald Trump did himself no favor Thursday when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “I was going to fire Comey” regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted […]

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Trump Fires Away — Again

 

Washington Washington is buzzing with talk of Watergate. In a town nostalgic for the days when reporters didn’t run in packs and Republicans and Democrats would raise a pint together, many cannot resist the temptation to compare President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey to President Richard Nixon’s 1973 Saturday Night Massacre, […]

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Will Trumpcare Be Obamacare 2.0?

 

Washington Comedian Jimmy Kimmel went to the heart of the debate on pre-existing conditions during a monologue last week. He talked about the birth of his son Billy, who was born with a heart condition that required surgery within days of his birth. Billy Kimmel is doing fine now, but the situation was traumatic for […]

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