The Trump Mystique

By: Debra J. Saunders 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…

Why Is This Not a Story?

By: Debra J. Saunders WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman known in political circles as DWS, is knee-deep in a scandal that involves a laptop, money and possible foreign entanglements. Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, The Washington Post and New York Times have barely reported on the…

Trump Finds Freedom Lacks Loyalty

By: Debra J. Saunders WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump failed to persuade enough House Republicans to vote for his American Health Care Act, leading to its withdrawal from the House floor on Friday. How did the effort to pass a replacement for Obamacare go wrong? Let me count the ways. One. The GOP House has…

Team Trump’s First Scalp

By:    Debra J. Saunders           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…

A Different Kind of Journalism

By:    Debra J.  Saunders There is standard progression in the world where journalism and politics intersect. After years of reporting and watching newsrooms shrink, many journalists go to work for the governments they covered, or for an elected official they covered, or for organization they covered and admire. A few who stay in journalism rise…

Would The Donald Govern Like Arnold?

By:     Debra J. Saunders                       They’re both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California’s former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold’s two terms in the governor’s office have watched…