Debra J. Saunders

Posted November 21, 2015

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you've kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face.

Posted November 19, 2015

President Barack Obama wants the United States to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees next year -- but in the wake of last week's Paris attacks and reports that one of the terrorists may have had a valid Syrian passport with a stamp from Greece, more than half the governors in this country, a mostly Republican group, are opposed.

Posted November 17, 2015

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State -- at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead a "sickening setback," he saw no need to reset his Syrian policy.

Posted November 14, 2015

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black.

Posted November 10, 2015

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday.

Posted November 08, 2015

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs.

Posted November 05, 2015

Outsiders like to think of San Francisco as a hotbed of contentious activism.

Posted November 03, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the Republican in the 2016 presidential field whom Democrats I know like the most. He evokes his Christian faith to explain his support for government spending.

Posted November 01, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a standout moment early in Wednesday night's Republican debate when he went after, not other Republicans, but the CNBC moderators, none of whom appeared to have "any intention of voting in a Republican primary."

Posted October 27, 2015

I am starting to feel really sorry for Jeb Bush -- almost as sorry as Jeb! (his campaign nom de plume) apparently feels for himself.

Posted October 25, 2015

Thursday's House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing delivered what oversight hearings so often do. One party was on the offensive; the other party was cheerleading the politician on the hot seat.

Posted October 22, 2015

Is there such a thing as being too politically correct in San Francisco?

Posted October 22, 2015

Posted October 20, 2015

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, speaking in San Francisco, a town infamous for its sanctuary city policies, said last month that sanctuary city rules are "not acceptable" and "counterproductive."

Posted October 18, 2015

Both proponents and opponents of San Francisco's "Airbnb measure" -- Proposition F -- see the November ballot initiative as a David vs. Goliath contest. Both sides also see themselves as David. And both sides have a point.

Posted October 15, 2015

Elections change how Americans think and talk. Nowhere was the shift in the conversation more evident than in Las Vegas on Tuesday night at the Democrats' first debate for the 2016 presidential campaign.

Posted October 13, 2015

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police.

Posted October 10, 2015

Posted October 08, 2015

The smart folk at Grammarly -- an online grammar checker -- examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press.

Posted October 06, 2015

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."