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’s Supreme Choice

 

Washington In May 2016, when candidate Donald Trump released a short list from which he pledged to choose a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, he probably clinched his victory in November. In one gesture, the former Democrat running in the GOP primary assured conservatives he would not pick a wobbly jurist in the David Souter mold […]

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What? Me, Liberal? That’s ‘Fake News’

 

Washington I spent my first 30-plus years in the newspaper business as an editorial writer and later a columnist. Like many readers, I developed views about political reportage in this country, liberal bias, and stupid cable news tricks. Since the Las Vegas Review-Journal gave me my first reporting job, White House correspondent, and asked me to […]

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Where’s the Independent Voice Among Justices Appointed by Democrats?

 

Washington As Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to retire, all eyes in Washington will be on the battle to confirm whomever President Donald Trump nominates. Prepare for warnings by Senate Democrats that the new nominee will not be sufficiently “independent,” as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others said last year of now Justice Neil […]

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Separation Anxiety

 

Washington It’s June and the crush of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border with Mexico has hit a crisis point. Government officials are housing migrants in tents and separating some children from their parents. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors attempt to cross the southern border; some 90,000 are expected to be apprehended by year’s […]

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Trump-Kim Summit Ends With Vague Commitments

 

Singapore Because it started so differently — with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inviting President Donald Trump to a face-to-face meeting, which the mercurial Trump promptly accepted — Tuesday’s summit in Singapore held out the promise of delivering something big and transformative. Instead, the summit wrapped up like most other international jaw fests — […]

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Trump Appears Too Eager to Dance With North Korea’s Leader

 

Washington On the first day of June, President Donald Trump invited Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s second-most powerful official, into the Oval Office where they talked at length and posed for photos. Afterward, Trump shook Kim’s hand before reporters. If President Barack Obama had extended a hand to Kim Yong Chol in this manner, it’s […]

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Trump Grants Mercy With Little Input From Justice Department

 

Washington President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he has “the absolute right to PARDON myself,” though he said there’s no need to because “I have done nothing wrong.” It was the sort of Twitter pronouncement that drives Trump’s critics crazy while prompting supporters to cheer him on. The surprise is that some lawyerly types find […]

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Trump Flirts With Pardons and Prison Reform

 

Washington Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited the White House Wednesday to urge President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of a 63-year-old great-grandmother serving a federal sentence of life without parole for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Instead, Trump announced Thursday that he would pardon Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative author who pleaded guilty to […]

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Commencement Season 2018

 

Washington In 2014, commencement season stood out for the list of high-profile speakers pushed off the graduation stage at top-tier universities. At the peak of academia’s podium purges, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed out of her planned commencement address at Rutgers University amid protests over her support of the Iraq War. The free-speech […]

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Did Democrats Skip Embassy Opening to Snub Trump?

 

Washington In June 2017, the Senate reaffirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which called on Washington to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, by a 90-0 vote. With not a single Democrat or Republican voting against the measure, it obviously was a bipartisan vote. But there was nothing bipartisan about the […]

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