Debra J. Saunders

Posted September 18, 2014

The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently.

Posted September 16, 2014

"Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no.

Posted September 14, 2014

Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so.

Posted September 11, 2014

President Barack Obama has moved from being disingenuous on immigration to downright undecipherable. Earlier this year, the administration promised a groundbreaking executive action on immigration before summer's end. Over the weekend, aides announced that the big new change essentially won't happen until after the midterm elections.

Posted September 11, 2014

The American Association of University Women, which supports SB 967, wrote a missive titled "5 Ways Faculty and Staff Can Fight Sexual Violence on Campus." It does not mention police.

Posted September 09, 2014

President Barack Obama has moved from being disingenuous on immigration to downright undecipherable. Earlier this year, the administration promised a groundbreaking executive action on immigration before summer's end. Over the weekend, aides announced that the big new change essentially won't happen until after the midterm elections.

Posted September 07, 2014

California.

Posted September 04, 2014

President Barack Obama slipped up last week when he told reporters, "We don't have a strategy yet" to dispatch the Islamic State. These things happen. On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., dished out a mild but fitting response to the president's remarks. "He's very cautious," she said. "Maybe in this instance too cautious."

Posted August 31, 2014

On Aug. 24, United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after two passengers got into an argument.

Posted August 28, 2014

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon charged the aunt of a 2-year-old killed by a hit-and-run driver with felony child endangerment. Loyresha Gage, 25, didn't run over her niece Mi'yana Gregory as the toddler stood alone in a crosswalk after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; an unknown hit-and-run driver hit the child. Yet it is Gage who has been charged with a felony. If convicted, she faces years in prison.

Posted August 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Asian Chamber of Commerce last week: "The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." In remarks videotaped by the GOP group America Rising, Reid also joked that he has trouble keeping his "Wongs straight." Then followed this apology: "My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."

Posted August 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Asian Chamber of Commerce last week: "The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." In remarks videotaped by the GOP group America Rising, Reid also joked that he has trouble keeping his "Wongs straight." Then followed this apology: "My comments were in extremely poor taste, and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."

Posted August 24, 2014

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Tuesday that the San Francisco ride-matching company had hired David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, as a senior vice president/campaign manager.

Posted August 21, 2014

The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to ask the City Council to consider "financial incentives, such as a lottery system," to draw voters to the polls.

Posted August 19, 2014

Oh, the irony...

Posted August 17, 2014

I've never used Airbnb. I'm not proud of my failure to dive into the sharing economy.

Posted August 14, 2014

"You can make money without doing evil" is No. 6 on the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true.

Posted August 12, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a woman on a mission. As chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she has set out to prove the illogical -- that enhanced interrogation techniques used for a time under the George W. Bush administration constituted torture and that they never produced useful intelligence. Americans are supposed to believe that top terrorists are likelier to divulge information if they are lawyered up and politely asked questions.

Posted August 10, 2014

"Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May.

Posted August 07, 2014

In the past few weeks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has referred to Hamas as a "humanitarian organization," likened the thousands of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border to the "baby Jesus" and flouted House etiquette by heckling a GOP member.