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Debra J. Saunders from Creators Syndicate

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Last Build Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:57:55 -0800


Democrats Using Same Strategy Republicans Tried in 2013 for 01/21/2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — In 2013, House Republicans shut down the federal government in a doomed effort to defund then President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. It lasted 17 days and accomplished nothing.

Amazingly, Democrats have decided to follow the same lame playbook.

Back in 2013, Obama called it the "Republican shutdown" — and he was right, even if his party controlled the White House and Senate. Top aide Dan Pfeiffer likened the shutdown caucus to terrorists with a "bomb strapped to their chest."

Updated: Sun Jan 21, 2018

Pressure Builds for Trump to Change Federal Ethanol Mandate for 01/13/2018

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump embraced the federal mandate for ethanol in fuel — as many politicians, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush before him, did in the crush to grab votes in corn-rich Iowa.

As president, Trump has stuck by that campaign promise. But now free-market conservative groups and oil-state Republicans are pushing the administration to cut the corn cord.

For Ken Cuccinelli of the conservative group FreedomWorks, it's a moral issue. As the former GOP Virginia attorney general sees it, the ethanol mandate, which is part of Renewable Fuel Standards adopted in 2005 and 2007, drives up the price of both fuel and food.

Updated: Sat Jan 13, 2018

Trump Gets Book Thrown at Him for 01/07/2018

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — As a candidate for president, Donald Trump assured voters that, if elected, he would hire "the best people." It was a claim that suggested Trump didn't need years of Washington experience because, well, as Trump boasted in "The Art of the Deal," "my philosophy is always to hire the best from the best."

A shrewd eye for top talent? That's not the view from Washington.

The fallout from the release of Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," with its devastating quotes about Trump and family unloaded by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, reveal how overrated Trump's instincts have been when it comes to choosing the best people for the job.

Updated: Sun Jan 07, 2018

Bundy Mistrial Highlights Why the Right Distrusts the Feds for 12/24/2017

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — As Washington conservatives question whether partisan FBI officials working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have stacked the deck against President Donald Trump, a criminal case in Las Vegas points to the sort of federal prosecutorial abuses that give the right cause for paranoia.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the infamous 2014 Bunkerville standoff case against rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, on the grounds that federal prosecutors improperly withheld evidence.

The standoff, in which both sides were armed, was a national news story that pitted a Western rancher against federal officialdom. Bureau of Land Management officials had tried to seize Bundy's cattle following a decades-long dispute over grazing fees. The rancher had stopped paying federal grazing fees in 1993 to protest a BLM directive that he cut back on cattle grazing in order to accommodate the threatened desert tortoise.

Updated: Sun Dec 24, 2017

Top Spook Looks Back to 2016 for 12/17/2017

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision — that it might have played into President Donald Trump's distrust of the intelligence community.

It is possible, he told the Review Journal, "I played a role in that."

Updated: Sun Dec 17, 2017

How Does a First-Year National Monument Become an Institution? It's the Obama Touch for 12/10/2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — The New York Times' graphic said it all. On one side, the map displayed the "original boundaries" for Bears Ears National Monument with 1.35 million acres in green. On the other side was the drastically scaled-down monument with less green representing 201,876 acres, thanks to a recent proclamation by President Donald Trump reducing the national monument.

The Times stipulated in smaller print that the "original" boundaries were set in December 2016 by President Barack Obama. The date actually was Dec. 28. That is, the "original" boundaries were less than a year old.

Updated: Sun Dec 10, 2017

Trump Strikes Back at Federal Investigators and the Media for 12/05/2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump bashed federal investigators on Twitter for the fourth day in a row Monday for what he called "the greatest witch hunt in U.S. political history."

At the same time, critics suggested that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea could present, as Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus opined, "the moment that changed everything."

Updated: Tue Dec 05, 2017

Trump Against the World for 12/03/2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — It's been another week crammed with President Donald Trump duking it out on Twitter. This week he sparred with Democratic congressional leaders, two national news organizations and even mixed it up with British Prime Minister Theresa May to a point that put a chill on the U.S.' vaunted "special relationship" with the U.K.

People who live in the bubble of Washington have theories about why Trump finds himself in so many feuds that he can appear at war with the world. Some believe it is a deliberate strategy. Others see a man who thrives on chaos and loves the fight. And still others see a president with little impulse control.

Updated: Sun Dec 03, 2017

Is Time on Their Side? for 11/22/2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Over countless news cycles that churned out multiple allegations of sexual harassment aimed at figures on the right (Donald Trump, then Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes and Fox anchor Bill O'Reilly), movie mogul Harvey Weinstein saw no cause to curb his brutish behavior, actor Kevin Spacey abused the "House of Cards" crew and CBS/PBS anchor Charlie Rose saw himself as so erudite that he didn't need pants or a towel after a shower.

It was a different era.

Since Oct. 5, when The New York Times reported on Weinstein's abusive treatment of women, both women and men who had felt unable to protest suddenly found that they had the power to come forward with tales of powerful men using their clout to have their way with unwilling subordinates.

Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017

No Victory Dance Yet for Trump After House Passes Tax Bill for 11/19/2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — When the GOP House voted to repeal Obamacare in May, President Donald Trump invited supporters to the Rose Garden to celebrate with him and to pat themselves on the back for making history in record time.

Thursday, when Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act there was no talk of orchestrating a public victory lap.

Updated: Sun Nov 19, 2017

Who'll Be Crying in Their Beer? for 11/12/2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found a clever way to combine two passions — tweaking reporters and supporting big tax cuts — during a recent press briefing.

She laid out a scenario in which 10 reporters had a beer together every day and paid the $100 tab under a mechanism akin to the federal income tax system. Four reporters paid nothing, while the highest-paid journalist kicked in $59. When the bar proprietor decided to cut prices and the scribes calculated how to spread the savings, the highest-paid reporter enjoyed a $10 windfall, the other five journos enjoyed smaller savings, and the four who drank free gained nothing.

Updated: Sun Nov 12, 2017

1 Year After Trump Elected, Capital More Divided for 11/09/2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

WASHINGTON — One year ago, on Nov. 8, American voters elected Donald Trump president. It was a victory that confounded national pollsters, stunned Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and appeared to have surprised Trump himself.

When he walked onto the national stage in the wee hours of the following morning, Trump delivered remarks that reached out to friends and adversaries alike. "I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," Trump told supporters. "It's time."

Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017

Hooray for Hollywood for 11/05/2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — What does Donald Trump have that former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, TV newsman Mark Halperin and actor Kevin Spacey don't? A job.

All four men have been the subject of multiple accusations that they sexually harassed their subordinates. Many of the accounts go back decades. Some involve predatory assaults to which the accuser did not consent. Years later, many of the objects of their intentions still feel violated.

Updated: Sun Nov 05, 2017

Trump Has Found a Real News Story About a Fake Dossier for 10/29/2017

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — After months of going after "fake news," President Donald Trump has found a story about a "fake dossier" that he clearly takes to be real news.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday, Trump said that a Washington Post story connecting Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign to a dossier that alleged his 2016 campaign had ties with Moscow was a "disgrace" and "a very sad commentary on politics in this country."

Updated: Sun Oct 29, 2017

The General Shames the Briefing Room for 10/22/2017

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

WASHINGTON — Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario — when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry.

To wit, at Thursday's press briefing, Kelly tongue-lashed the usually feisty White House press corps so relentlessly that in 18 minutes he reduced the usually swaggering scribes and talking heads into shamed silence.

Updated: Sun Oct 22, 2017

Trump Unlikely to Dwell on Las Vegas Mass Shooting for 10/16/2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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 addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Trump also hailed Brady Cook, the Las Vegas police officer who had been on the force for two days when he was wounded in the hail of bullets.

Updated: Mon Oct 16, 2017

Do the Math. Tax Cuts Are Bound to Increase the National Debt for 10/15/2017

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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 April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there's no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts.

Updated: Sun Oct 15, 2017

A Moment of Unity for 10/08/2017

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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 as where they could give blood. President Donald Trump delivered a somber, unifying address to the nation.

Updated: Mon Oct 09, 2017

Can Trump Get the Job Done? for 10/01/2017

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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 where pundits frequently declare various weeks to be the worst in Trump's presidency, this last week could represent a nadir for the GOP, even if it lacks the drama of previous bad weeks.

Updated: Sun Oct 01, 2017

Trump's Future Lies in Alabama for 09/26/2017

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

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 Court chief justice, wins the primary, Trump and the party will have to fight harder to get things done.

Updated: Tue Sep 26, 2017